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Mover Assembling A Bed So you’ve done all your research to find the right moving company for your needs and budget, and you’ve decided on Cruz Moves. Great choice. However, what you do now before the truck arrives is just as important. That’s why we’ve provided you with moving tips and some of our favorite moving and packing resources to help make your experience as painless as possible.



  • Packing starts out being fun but can soon get boring and tedious. Make yourself feel better about it by setting deadlines (i.e. a week to pack up the garage, etc.) and keeping to them.
  • Underpacking is almost as bad as overpacking and the contents of under packed boxes are MUCH more likely to be damaged. Make sure you fill boxes with a mix of heavy and light.
  • Don’t leave all your packing to the last day. You’ll be up all night and still not get it done right. But don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get everything done. If you’re pushed for time, it doesn’t matter if you just box up non-fragile items quickly and just stuff everything else in bags. If this happens to you, do make sure you ask your movers to take extra care or just transport these last-minute packed things yourself. Pack your fragile items first. This way, your best boxes and packing materials go towards your most valuable items, and it ensures your fragile items will be packed in advance.
  • Don’t use foam ‘peanuts’ to pack a computer – they can generate static electricity and cause damage.
Moving A Sectional Couch
  • Don’t use newspaper to wrap lampshades – chances are you will not be able to get the newsprint off again!
  • Get one of your movers to do a quick walk-around of your old house with you before you leave. A fresh pair of eyes can often spot things you’ve  forgotten or left behind, paying special attention to closets, cupboards, attics, sheds, patios, etc.
  • If you’re in the habit of hanging clothes or other items behind bedroom doors, remember to check them as well. This is one common place people forget things.
  • Write OPEN FIRST on boxes of essential items and DO NOT MOVE on boxes you’re not planning on taking with you!

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Bed Assembly
  • Use the move as an opportunity to clear out old belongings. Have a yard sale or post to Facebook or LetGo anything you don’t need or want. Or give your local charity shop a boost. Either way, you can purge some items and even make some money!
  • Think about the space in your new home before you move, and start to imagine the best way to arrange your furniture in it. You can even make sketches or use online home-styling tools. This will make moving in much easier and help you feel more at home.
  • Take any staples out of boxes before you pack them. Stray staples can scratch floors and surfaces, as they’ll probably move in transit.
  • Buy LOTS of packing tape. It’s great for strengthening boxes, will prevent accidental opening in transit, and can be easily opened when you want to with a knife or pair of scissors.  A tape gun makes taping much easier, and it’s fun, too!
  • Plan where your movers can park to load and unload. The further they have to walk, the longer it will take. Clear your driveway of any vehicles, basketball goals, or clutter, or make room in the garage for the movers to maneuver. Having the shortest route possible to the truck will cut down on your move cost.
  • Teach your kids your new address and phone number as soon as you have it.
  • Don’t use any special cleaning/maintenance products such as wax or oils on antique furniture for a couple of weeks before your move. They can make the wood softer for a few weeks and leave it more likely to get damaged. 
  • Unplug your TV a day before your move so that it will settle down to room temperature. If you unplug it just before you move it may retain heat when wrapped or packed; this can actually cause internal damage.
  • Write down instructions for any systems in your home such as central heating, air conditioning, etc., and make sure the people that are moving in know any alarm codes. If you have brochures, guarantees, or any paperwork relating to systems or appliances you’re leaving behind, make sure to leave them somewhere obvious. This will make their move much easier, and keep them from bothering you during yours! Also, call the previous owner of your new home and ask them to do the same.
  • If your new home has an alarm system, ask for the code before you move. 
  • Try to get a good night’s sleep before your moving day. It’s going to be a long day!

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  • It’s easier to clean your new home before you move in. If you can’t do it yourself, consider hiring professionals to whiz around for a couple of hours before the moving truck arrives. We work closely with a a few local cleaning companies in different areas, so be sure to let us know if you are interested.
  • You don’t need to take drawers out of chests of drawers for the move – even if they can’t be locked. Just empty them. You can use masking tape to hold in drawers that do not lock. Masking tape is specifically made not to leave residue, unlike duct, electrical, or box tape.
  • If you’re carrying heavy boxes, bend with the knees and not with your back!
Moving Funiture In A New Home
  • Before your movers arrive, try to make sure that all boxes, containers, etc. are stacked neatly in the room (ideally around the walls) and leave the movers room to maneuver. This will speed up the process.
  • Make sure someone is at your new home to meet the movers and to tell them where to unload stuff. The movers should always have an adult, or responsible party present throughout the process of the move.
  • If you’re moving with kids, let them loose on their new bedrooms with a couple of boxes of stuff they can unpack to keep them occupied. You may also want to give them fun jobs to do. Anything to keep the kids out of the movers’ way will allow the movers to work at full speed and keep your kids safe from accidents.
  • Give your movers your cell phone number. This way, they can get the answers to any questions they may have and get back to work as quickly as possible.

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  • Tipping. It’s a nice touch to tip your movers all individually if they’ve been really helpful. Otherwise, tip the Crew Leader and he will sort them all out. Just like any service, a tip is not expected but definitely appreciated. We are often asked what the standard tipping rate is; $5 to $10 per hour/ per mover is a good ballpark figure.
  • Give electrical items a chance to get to room temperature before you plug them in.
  • Expect to feel a bit ‘blue’ for a couple of days after the move. It happens all the time and doesn’t mean you hate your new home – just that the move and the thought of unpacking have taken its toll on you a bit. Although “move day” is over, the whole moving process is not. It generally takes a few months for everything to be in order. Keep this in mind, and don’t stress out.
  • Call your friends and family to let them know you’ve moved safely.
  • Keep your kids occupied and give them lots of attention. They’ll probably feel unsettled by the move too. Make time to have some fun!
  • If you feel up to it, throw a housewarming party!

Cruz Moves is here to help! If you have any questions after you get settled into your new place, give us a call at 833-278-9668 (1-833-CRUZ MOVES). You can also shoot us a quick text at 908-524-1967.

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"Awesome! They did everything I asked and very professional. It took 2 days for me to move because of bad weather but they worked on their day off so thank you again guys. I would recommend them to anyone. June, Jordan and Justin, you rock!"

- Vikki B.

"I love love love them! This is gonna be long, but I have to share. First off, the guys were funny and laid-back and it just made me feel so comfortable and at ease. I have 2 dogs, and 1 cat, and my dogs were crated, but my cat was somewhere, I wasn't sure. Turns out she was hiding inside my armoire drawer. The guys obviously aren't going to open all of my drawers and go through my things. They wrapped it up with blankets and wrap and everything and halfway to the truck, they heard meowing. We all stopped and they unwrapped the entire thing to find her curled up inside. They were so apologetic and I just thought it was hilarious. I didn't tell them at the time, but I had left some money, not a lot or anything, but I put some in a few different places , like 4 or 5 places, throughout the apartment just to see what would happen. I move a lot and I really needed to find reliable movers. The last few sucked and either broke my stuff, or stole from me or just made me really uncomfortable, I can't explain it. Anyway, at the end of the move, I found everything except one $20 and a fake necklace I had put in a ziploc behind my nightstand. I was really disappointed, but I didn't say anything, I just didn't tip them because I thought they took it. The next day I went back to my apartment to finish cleaning up and turn in my keys, and I found it in right on the floor in the corner by the wall, still in the Ziploc. I don't even think they noticed it, the rest of the room was empty. It just totally renewed my faith in them. They didn't steal anything, or go through my stuff, and they really just changed my entire mindset about movers. I called them up right away, and admitted why I didn't tip them before and I completely apologized and I sent each of those guys $50 each. They deserved it. When they said honest, it's for real. I don't think there's another company in the world that can convince me to switch. I'm a Cruz Moves fanatic for life!"

- Ciera L

"Using Cruz Moves was a great experience.  From the onset, the response was immediate. They confirmed our date and time a week before as well as 2 days before our to make sure we were on schedule.  They stayed in touch on our move day and their arrival timeframe was as promised. Cruz had enough men to make the move seamless and timely. The young men were very courteous and considerate with our belongings. The original quote was very reasonable and was honored, there were no hidden or added on fees. Thank you Cruz Moves!!!"

- Kit J

"I can't say enough good things about Cruz Moves. They helped me survive this move - which was one of the most stressful periods of my life. During the planning stages, Tascha was very responsive over the phone and via text, answering any and all questions that I had and reassuring me every step of the way.  She is so sweet and very knowledgeable.  On the day of the move, Jordan and his team - Anthony and Damian were out of this world fantastic. They communicated when they were on their way and arrived on time. My move was much more intense that I had anticipated. Never did they make me feel difficult or demanding. They had a smile on their face and a positive attitude every single step of the way. All items were wrapped and delivered with care. They placed each item in it's room or wherever I decided it should go (sometimes on the fly). I needed them for a second day because I had so much and Tascha was super professional and helpful in scheduling the second moving session. Jordan and Anthony were back with a smile and helped me complete the move with what seemed like ease. All in all, I could not have done this move without them and would recommend them in a heartbeat to anyone who asked!!! Thank you Tascha, Jordan, Anthony and Damian!!!"

- Stacey Y

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