Moving Tips and Tricks from Our Texas Moving Professionals – How to Prepare and Pack for Your Move

Moving to a new home can be a daunting task. It takes a lot of planning, preparation, time, and of course, effort. With the help of qualified and experienced professional movers, your moving experience won’t be as stressful. They’ll do the heavy lifting for you and if you hire full-service movers, they’ll even pack your things. Before your movers arrive at your front doorstep, you must prepare your home. At AB Moving & Storage, our Texas moving professionals have compiled a list of helpful packing and moving tips for a fast and hassle-free move.

Getting Ready for Your Move – What to Do Before Your Professional Movers Arrive

  1. Plan Ahead: The earlier you start planning and organizing for your move, the better. This is especially true if you’re planning a long-distance move to another state. Give yourself up to 4 months, or at least 2 weeks in advance. Create a moving calendar and fill it up with essential tasks you must complete before your moving day. Organize tasks by their priority and due dates. Spend the rest of your time finding the professional local movers or long-distance movers right for you!
  2. Create a Moving Budget: This should be the first thing you do after creating your moving calendar. Make a realistic budget and don’t forget to include expenses aside from your moving costs, expenses that may be less obvious like packing charges, temporary storage, and fuel costs for your family vehicle. If you’re moving out of state, you might take a plane to your new home while your stuff is transported by road. If that’s the case, don’t forget to account for travel and flight expenses in your moving budget. At AB Moving & Storage, we offer the lowest, most affordable flat-rate and hourly rates to best suit your moving budget!
  3. Take an Inventory of Your Home: The weeks or days before your move is a great time to get rid of some of your stuff, the things you no longer use or want. Go room to room and decide which items are you going to keep, donate, or discard. Get rid of the items in the latter two categories before your movers arrive. A decluttered home is an easier and cheaper one to move out of!
  4. Take Measurements of Furniture and Doorways: Weeks in advance of your moving date, either take or get measurements of your new place, particularly its hallways and doorways. Then, measure all the large furniture pieces you currently have including your bed, couch, dining table, etc. Any piece of furniture that won’t fit through the halls, doors, and rooms of your new home must go. By doing this before your movers arrive, you’ll have saved them the time and money it would take to transport this oversized furniture only to have to throw them away once you arrive at your destination.
  5. Packing by Yourself? Here’s Our Step-by-Step Packing Guide!
    • Boxed Items
      • Carefully protect all items inside boxes by individually wrapping them with wrapping paper, newspaper, or bubble wrap.
      • Use boxes whenever possible for all items. This not only provides additional protection but loading the moving truck will be much easier and keep your costs down.
      • Use plenty of tape and wrapping paper – this is far cheaper than losing items to damage.
      • Clearly mark “Fragile” on each box that has breakable items in it, so they can easily be identified for loading on the top of heavier boxes or items.
      • Mark the room and contents of each box to help your organization and unpacking at your new home.
    • Kitchen and Dining Room
      • Wrap each item individually and pack “snuggly” into sturdy boxes. Use plenty of paper and fill extra spaces with additional paper. “Dish-pack” boxes designed specifically for kitchen items can be purchased at a packaging or rental store and will provide the best overall protection.
      • Use towels or bubble wrap for small kitchen appliances before they are loaded into boxes.
      • Put heavier items on the bottom of all boxes.
    • Refrigerators, Stoves, and Washing Machines
      • Refrigerators should be empty of all contents, defrosted, and taped shut.
      • All appliance hoses and cords should be taped or secured to the side or top of the appliance.
      • The washing machine “tub” should be secured so it does not rock back and forth during transit.
    • TV, Stereo, VCR, Computer and other Electronics
      • Box all these items whenever possible. TVs or other items too large for a box should be wrapped in blankets or moving pads.
      • Original manufacturer boxes are best.
    • Household Decor
      • Lamps should be disassembled and boxed whenever possible.
      • Pictures and wall hangings should be individually wrapped and boxed in groups of two or three.
      • Items should be individually wrapped and packed “snuggly” into sturdy boxes. Use plenty of paper and fill extra spaces with additional paper. “Dish-pack” boxes provide the best overall protection and should be used if available. They can be purchased at most packaging or rental stores.
    • Garage, Storage, and Garden Items
      • All power and gas equipment (lawnmower, weed eater, chain saw, chipper, tiller, etc.) must have the oil and gasoline drained.
      • Propane tanks (barbeque) must be empty.
      • Garden tools can be strapped together in a bundle.
      • Use smaller sturdy boxes for heavy hand tools and use plenty of paper.
      • Disassemble all items that you can. This will take up less space and will make it easier to load and pack.
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This was my first time ever using a moving company. I was blown away by everything they did. They were so nice, respectful, took care of everything, fast but very careful with my items. Kept me updated on their arrival. Asked if I needed any additional help. A job well done!! Very Satisfied!!! Will recommend this company to anyone that needs help moving.
Ms Fox
Ms Fox
We scheduled and rescheduled our move multiple times due to our closing date being moved back. They were very responsive and accommodating. The movers showed up on our move day, were very professional and quick. We had quite a bit of stuff for them to move and they tackled it and made it look easy. When unloading our items into our house, they took great care, and asked us where we wanted everything. They even put our beds together so we were able to sleep on them right away. It made things so much easier for us! Thank you AB Moving!
Katharina Seng
Katharina Seng
Our family had to move a senior into a smaller home. Three moves were required. One to transition him from his four bedroom home into a one bedroom apartment. One to transition the remaining furniture from his large home to a different family member’s home. And another to move a piano and several large pieces of furniture and appliances within the final home. Each experience with AB moving was extremely impressive. We had three different teams for the three different moves. Every teammate was highly trained and careful. They moved everything we asked quickly. We never felt we overpaid for an hour because they worked so diligently. Watching three teams perform so well gives me a lot of reassurance about the entire rest of the company, honestly. 10/10. They worked super hard and we tipped well. Overall great experience.
Aaron Michelsohn
Aaron Michelsohn
I highly recommend AB Moving Co. I must admit, at first I was somewhat apprehensive about using a moving company for my move into my apartment. But now I am very happy that I did. Eddie and his crew arrived promptly to my storage facility. The three-man crew was very polite, friendly and hard-working. They knew they were on the clock so they did not waste time or my money by messing around. Eddie and his crew were careful to wrap all of my furniture carefully as there would be no damages during the move. When they departed, the crew was quick to arrive to my apartment without wasting precious time driving around "getting lost". They helped my wife and I set up our furniture and washer and dryer and organized our boxes as directed. Eddie and his workmates actually finished within the two hour minimum time. They were all polite, professional, responsible, efficient and fast. My wife and I will definitely be using AB Moving Company on our next move. Thank you, Eddie and your wonderful crew, for a job well done!
Victor Perez
Victor Perez
I’ve used AB Movers for two partial moves and one final and they’ve impressed me more with each move. They are professional, punctual and they do an amazing job!!Their attention to detail is great! They are very careful with your belongings and are beyond helpful! They are very reasonably priced too. I checked out several moving companies and AB Movers were the most reasonable without extra charges. They charge exactly what they quote with no hidden fees! Try them, you won’t regret it!
Cherene Wynn
Cherene Wynn
The crew was very professional. They were fast but careful. Everything arrived at my new house in the condition it was in when it left the old house. They disassembled then reassembled two larger pieces of furniture. They placed everything where I asked them to. It started pouring rain at the end of the move and they carefully double-covered the remaining pieces and safely brought everything inside. I'm extremely happy with their service. This is the third time I have used AB Moving Co. The other two moves were just as smooth. Highly recommend!
Jennifer Lynne
Jennifer Lynne
From the first time I contacted this company to the end of my move, I had a great experience! AB moving was a huge help to me during my move from out of state. I used their unpacking service because my apartment is up three flights of stairs and I couldn't get the big stuff myself. The crew members, Eric, Kevin, and Christian, were extremely friendly and helpful. All of the crew members were respectful of my things and professional throughout the entire experience. If you are looking for a local moving crew to help load/unload, I would highly recommend AB moving. Timely, professional, friendly, and cost-effective.
Kelsey Burlini
Kelsey Burlini
Reason for move:Our Lease was terminated by the Apartment, due to Natural disaster (winter storm damage) which happened on February month. We have a 7 days notice period to vacate the home. Usually we use to shift our home on our own, but this time we have no time. so we focused on packing. AB was referred by my Wife's Friend.About AB Moving company:The one word to say, it's an outstanding performance by the 3 guys who are involved in moving. I thought it would take at least 3 hours for shifting. Because i have lot of stuff, moreover they have to shift the things from 3rd floor to the new apartment which is also 3rd floor. They first took an assessment for 2 minutes and started their work.They didn't had a break, They didn't had any drinks, They didn't speak to anyone in phone.Their energy level is at top till they finish their work. They have 8 Years of experience in this field. They have two schedules per day. I don't how this work for them. They work more than a machine.Really Awesome Do you Guess How much time they took to complete their job?It's just 1 hour 22 minutes.... Really a stunning performance.People who go behind cheapest movers and spending lot of money per hour. I would suggest this AB moving company. Rate is also cheap and you will good satisfaction at end.Beautiful thing is that there is no damage in any of my package.Keep rocking guys.........
Shunmugam A
Shunmugam A
William, Juan and Vintor were absolutely AMAZING today!!! They worked their butts off for almost 10 hours and had the best attitudes ever!! I seriously...
Kim L.
Kim L.
The best moving experience i have ever had was with AB Movers. Very professional. They were punctual and moved swiftly. Highly recommend for your moving...
Ann R.
Ann R.
ab moving & storage were friendly, quick, and so efficient in providing a quote and scheduling my move - despite my date changing 2 times. on the day of...
Judith K.
Judith K.
My wife and I can't say enough about how professional and pleasant everyone at AB Moving was during our move. From those who worked in the office, to the...
Dana F.
Dana F.
Angel and the crew just moved us across town into our new home. They did a fantastic job! I was very impressed with their attention to detail. The greatest thing was there attitude. Always willing to help and do more. Even after an 9 hour day of moving they're were still willing to do more. Love AB Moving!
Michael Lance
Michael Lance
I had a wonderful experience with the Convey Crew! They took care of my possessions like they were their own. They showed up on time did exactly what they said they would do I had no damage whatsoever not even a nick in the wall. I will be using them again!
Dr. Cheryl Carr
Dr. Cheryl Carr
I was very impressed by the work ethic of the crew AB sent to help us with our move. They moved us from our third floor apartment (no elevator) to a two story house with ease. Despite the heatwave this week, these guys gave it 110% the entire time and seemed to be having a blast doing it (singing and joking around with each other). Besides the actual move, both people I spoke to on the phone to arrange the move were very professional and friendly. They were able to schedule a last minute move for us and then had no problem adjusting the time to suit our schedule. The moving details were confirmed by both email and by text message. I’ve used other moving companies in the past and had one of them give me a quote for this move. The quote that they gave me was 3x what AB ended up charging us. I’m not planning on moving again any time soon, but if something changes, I’ll definitely be calling AB. I highly recommend AB Moving.
Peter Brooke
Peter Brooke
We moved into our new home and Dany and his AB moving crew were great!! They noted all descriptions of any prior damages to our furniture and appliances....
Ronnie R.
Ronnie R.
Thank you AB Moving for another successful move! Always prompt, courteous, and affordable. I look forward to using your services again in the future.
Olivia T.
Olivia T.
I hired this company to move my late mother's things from a storage unit 40 minutes away to one closer to my home (easier access to start sorting through everything). The three gentlemen that came out were extremely professional and understanding. They handled my mother's things with care and got things moved in a reasonable amount of time. The time saved in hiring a moving company was well worth the money, and I would definitely use this company again in the future.
Tabitha Stripe
Tabitha Stripe
AB Moving did a fantastic job helping me relocate. The crew was quick and very careful with my things. The crew also helped guide me in moving my truck...
Nick D.
Nick D.
If I could give more than 5 stars, I absolutely would! I've experienced many moving companies in life and this is the 2nd one that I will remember forever. They were EXTREMELY cooperative and patient with me as my move date changed 3 or 4 times due to contractor delays. Never a peep of irritation or attitude to reschedule. Then, when moving day finally came, it was awesome. They paid attention to my guidance on items as I have several very heavy pieces and moving them takes calculation. Moved me in and even were flexible for a second trip to help empty out my rental. I felt like I had sons looking out for me! After the move, I realized that some of the cabinet pieces were not secured together and there was zero hesitation in sending a team to address this. The gentleman was so nice that he even addressed my concerns about some of my furniture and helped me remedy the situation. This had nothing to do with the move and was him simply going above and beyond! I can not Express how grateful I am to have had their support during a very stressful time for me.
shamila malik
shamila malik
AB Moving helped move our home from North Dallas to Austin area. Really appreciate their team communicating the logistics of our move from start to finish. Moving team was on time and had a lot of energy. They even swept and cleaned floors after packing and moving. Great service. Good people. Highly recommend.
Austin Alaniz
Austin Alaniz
Ismael and Cristian (crew) did a great job on a challenging move. We had to move my mom out of an assisted living apartment and into a memory care facility,...
Val K.
Val K.
AB Moving ,and more specifically the “Romo Crew” they sent, were absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! From start to finish, the process was seamless!! In fact, we were so pleased that we are hiring them again in less than a month to move us from our storage unit into our new home. They blew their competition out of the water in every category: price, friendliness, and service. No hidden fees, fast and careful work...wish I could give them 10 stars!!
Lauren Hunke
Lauren Hunke
I was pleasantly surprised of how professional my moving experience was. From the first phone call to the last bit of furniture being unwrapped. Excellent...
Diana P.
Diana P.
These guys busted their butt moving my stuff! It was no small job! The crew was very helpful and attentive to how I wanted a few items taken care of. They...
Chris M.
Chris M.
This is the third move I have had with AB Moving. Each with a different crew. All of them have been super! They are always on time, work quickly and...
Jana B.
Jana B.
This is our second time using AB Moving. Our first experience was off a recommendation and the moving crew we met day-of was top notch! Second moving experience - also excellent! This time we were able to take advantage of a promotional offer but ended up paying around the same (our moves were 3-4 years apart, just for reference and price comparison). Scheduling was easy, their staff who we communicated with also very knowledgeable and sweet. We would 100% recommend AB Moving and will definitely be calling them for our next (and hopefully final) move!
D'angelique Carrillo
D'angelique Carrillo
I had an excellent moving experience with AB Moving and particularly, Teo and his crew. The crew arrived on time and called in advance to inform they were...
Jen G.
Jen G.
The crew that worked our move was awesome! They were professional, courteous, and they stayed busy the entire time they were on the clock. We even offered...
Alicia T.
Alicia T.
Over the last ten(ish) years, I've moved from apartment to apartment to apartment to apartment to house to house, and I've used AB for every move. Why?...
Joe F.
Joe F.
Ab Moving & Storage moved two of my very heavy sofas, a huge chair and a large area rug to another location. I called Mike on Thursday and his guys promptly...
Susan S.
Susan S.
In less than a year we have moved my mom 3 times each time I tried a different moving company. I must say hands down these are nicest, most efficient, and...
Heidi S.
Heidi S.