The most common type of moving job looks like the following : Residential moving jobs are the most common type of moving job we perform for our clients. Usually we are moving a 1 bedroom apartment / 2 bedroom home, or something along these lines.
The first thing we do after assessing the job during our walk through is to gather all the various boxes, forms of boxes, plastic totes, crates, containers and whatever else our client has used to pack his personal belongings. We make sure each and every container/box is taped closed. Sometimes crates are used and they do not have tops. We use plastic stretch wrap to seal the top closed, or we take cardboard, cut it to shape and cover the top and seal it tightly closed. We do not want our clients belongings falling out all over the place during the move. Once all the containers/boxes are sealed, gathered and stacked/packed onto the truck, we now have enough room to begin the wrapping of the furniture. Some furniture pieces have been built inside the various rooms and are to big to make it out the doorways. These pieces need to be disassembled. Beds with head boards, foot boards, side rails and the such need to be disassembled. Some large entertainment centers need to be disassembled. Whatever needs disassembling is disassembled. All the furniture pieces are wrapped in heavy, thick protective moving blankets. Sofa’s, Love seats, arm/recliner chairs, all material furniture pieces are also blanket wrapped. For long sofas, one blanket is used to cover each end and the middle is then wrapped around and around with the plastic stretch shrink wrap. No part is exposed or left uncovered. The same with large China cabinets or any larger furniture item, blankets and plastic shrink stretch wrap is used in combination. Furniture with glass doors or glass display cases are first wrapped in large sheets of cardboard to give them a hard protective shell. Then blankets and shrink follow. Glass table tops, mirrors, pictures, flat screen televisions, mirrored dressers, armoires, are all cardboard shielded before blankets are wrapped. I use the comparison of wearing sock and shoes, one would not walk outside wearing socks alone, their feet would become poked, cut, hurt, and one would stop walking till the shoes would be worn, the same with breakable furniture items, a blanket alone is not enough to provide the protection necessary to survive all the steps involved in moving it from one place to another. Just the driving over these New York streets, filled with holes and bumps, the glass could shatter very easily simply having only a blanket to absorb the constant battering, cardboard is necessary to shield the vibrations and the unexpected shifting of furniture during the drive from point A to point B. Anything bumping into the large glass display cases would shatter the glass immediately if it were only blanket wrapped and without the heavy, thick, hard cardboard cover. The same as walking over small pebble rocks with shoes on. There are no pains to the feet once the shoes are worn.
Now that all the furniture has been taken care off, what needed to be disassembled has been, and every furniture pieces is protected as explained, the loading of the truck continues with the big and small furniture items. Starting where the boxes completed, every furniture item is carefully arranged and secured, either by other furniture pieces, or by truck tie downs. Everything loaded, the final straps are used to secure the end of the loading.
A final walk through is made with the foreman and our client, not to miss and leave anything behind. The client says good bye to his former home and off we go.
Driving time depends on the clients new home location.
Once we arrive, we evaluate the parking situation, weighing all the options to place the back of the truck closest to the doorway we will be using to offload the truck. Once parking has been decided, a quick walk through is made of the new home. This is the time the customer needs to be with us, usually placing his or herself in the doorway to direct each mover, or pair of movers, as they tackle the heavy furniture pieces off the truck, to the door and finally through the door way and into the various rooms, as directed by our client.
Once all the furniture is in place, we stop unloading to take off the blankets, cut through the stretch wrapping, fold away the cardboard shielding, to then reassemble anything and everything that needs reassembling. The bed frames, head, foot boards and side rails are screwed in place. The mirrors from the dressers are screwed back in place. Each pieces is carefully arranged and set in place directed by our client or clients. Husbands and Wives dispute the placements, sometimes quickly, sometimes loudly, sometimes leaving the final arrangements for later, rather than run the time.
Furniture done, now is the time we offload the boxes/crates/containers of various shapes and sizes. This box upstairs in the hall, that box to the kitchen, those duffel bags to the back laundry room. On and on this goes, until the last box has been hauled in and left in place, again as directed by our client.
A final walk through of the truck is made with our client. Once the client sees everything has been offloaded, he or she sign the final signature, stating everything has been delivered, and homeward bound the Movers go, leaving the Happy Client to their next step of unpacking.