Moving Tips

Adamantine Spine’s movers have been helping Iowans move into their new homes for over a decade. We’re here to share some of the most helpful moving tips we’ve collected over countless jobs — and some of it might surprise you!

Moving Green

Reduce, Reuse, and recycle. Good buzz words, but also a good plan to follow if your goal is to move green. Go through your home room by room and decide what to take, what to give away to family and friends, what to sell or donate, and what to recycle or send to the landfill. For packing, use new boxes made from 100% recycled fibers, or better yet, use boxes that have already been used once before. If you move with us, we’ll pick up your standard-moving-sized boxes free of charge and reuse them on another move. If you’ve moved out of town and can’t return your boxes to us, or your boxes and packing paper can’t be reused, be sure to recycle. Also, consider using environmentally friendly cleaning products for move-out and move-in cleaning chores. And of course, consider hiring a mover that uses 100% biodiesel made from waste vegetable oil.

Moving with Children

Moving can be especially challenging for kids as they aren’t in control of family decisions and have less developed coping skills. Tell your children about the move as soon as possible. Much of the stress associated with moving relates to dealing with the unknown. Moves involve change and loss, so try to maintain as many regular family routines and rituals as possible. Encourage your children to help with packing. Then spend time with your kids after the move to help them get acquainted with their new home, school, and neighborhood.

Safe Moving Tips

The two biggest safety risks during a move are the twenty-ton moving truck we operate and heavy household possessions, like armoires, pianos, and treadmills (but only when we’re carrying them).

Dangers for Kids and Pets

It’s natural for children and pets to want to be at the center of the action in a household. Unfortunately, though, that’s a particularly dangerous place for them to be on moving day. We suggest asking a relative, friend, or sitter to care for your children and pets off-site on moving day. If that’s not possible, we recommend close on-site adult supervision and care. If a child climbs onto the truck, your crew should stop work immediately and attend only to that child’s safety.

Severe Weather Hazards

Movers face two very different weather-related health and safety risks: dehydration from extreme heat in summer, and trip and fall hazards from snowy and icy conditions in winter. We come prepared with our own water in summer, but on especially hot days we each need to drink as much as 2 gallons of water (yup, we sweat a ton). In winter, you can help keep us safe by having your driveway, walkways, and steps cleared of snow and ice. Thanks in advance for caring about our safety!

Hazardous Materials

Households often contain caustic, flammable, explosive, or otherwise hazardous materials that pose a threat to the safety of people, animals, personal property, and the environment if they’re not handled and disposed of properly. Household movers, including Spine Moving, are prohibited by law from transporting such items.

Packing Tips

Packing an entire house can be overwhelming. If you are packing household items yourself, keep these tips in mind.

  • Pack room-by-room, keeping similar items together.
  • Leave clothes, blankets, and comforters inside dressers and chests to save packing labor.
  • Heaver items, like books and gold bars, should be packed in smaller boxes while lighter items should go in larger boxes.
  • Place heavier items in the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
  • Pack boxes firmly from bottom to the very top both to prevent the contents from shifting during your move and the box from crushing under weight.
  • Pack hanging clothes in wardrobe boxes.
  • Use towels, linens, curtains, etc. to pad around fragile items.
  • Reinforce the bottom and top of each box with at least three strips of packing tape.

Moving Checklist

You can streamline your packing and planning process with our comprehensive moving checklist covering what to do before, during, and after your move.

Your careful packing and preparation will lead to the most efficient and fantabulous moving day possible. With all your hard work and planning, things will go smoothly, your possessions will be safe and sound, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly we’ll move you from old home to new.

If you have any questions about how to be perfectly prepared, please don’t hesitate to call or email.

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