The Easy Way To Pack For Your Move


The Easy Way To Pack Before Your Move

I don’t think anyone has ever enjoyed the idea of packing before a move. Most people dread the daunting task of having to pack their entire house into a few cardboard boxes. Whether you are moving out of a studio apartment or a spacious four bedroom home, packing your countless valuables can always seem a bit overwhelming. Try these packing tips to make your packing painless:

  • Use a moving checklist: If you’re not sure where to start, having a moving checklist can get the process started. Using a checklist will not only help you get started, but also keep you organized during the moving process.

  • Pack one room at a time: Packing one room at a time will help you stay organized. It is also a good idea to label each box, so you remember where each item went. You can also create a color coding system by using colorful stickers to indicate where each box should go.

  • Take inventory of boxes: As soon as you start packing, number the boxes as you go along. Keeping track of the number of boxes will give you a better idea of what size truck you will need for the move. Additionally, you will know if a box is missing at the end of the move.

  • Use wardrobe boxes: This eliminates the need to remove hangers and fold clothes into boxes. You can take your clothes straight from the closet rack into the box, and when you arrive at your new place it also makes unpacking a breeze. You can also place light items that take up space underneath the clothes, such as pillows, towels, or blankets.

  • Reduce clutter: Most people tend to save things that they do not have use for anymore. Consider having a garage sale or donating items you no longer need. Not only will this save you time on packing, but it can also save you money by cutting down on the packing supplies you’ll need to purchase.

If you’d rather forgo the packing process, many moving companies provide packing services for an additional charge. These services aim to save you time by properly packing and stacking your valuables in preparation for your move. Whether you hire professionals or tackle the task personally, packing properly can definitely create a happier move for you and your movers. Happy moving!


How to: Pack for a Painless Move


Utilize these packing tips to make your packing process productive.

Packing Tips

I don’t think anyone has ever enjoyed the idea of packing before a move. Most people dread the daunting task of having to pack their entire house into a few cardboard boxes. Whether you are moving out of a studio apartment or a spacious four bedroom home, packing your countless valuables can always seem a bit overwhelming. Try these packing tips to make your packing painless:

  • Use a moving checklist: If you’re not sure where to start, having a moving checklist can get the process started. Using a checklist will not only help you get started, but also keep you organized during the moving process.

  • Pack one room at a time: Packing one room at a time will help you stay organized. It is also a good idea to label each box, so you remember where each item went. You can also create a color coding system by using colorful stickers to indicate where each box should go.

  • Take inventory of boxes: As soon as you start packing, number the boxes as you go along. Keeping track of the number of boxes will give you a better idea of what size truck you will need for the move. Additionally, you will know if a box is missing at the end of the move.

  • Use wardrobe boxes: This eliminates the need to remove hangers and fold clothes into boxes. You can take your clothes straight from the closet rack into the box, and when you arrive at your new place it also makes unpacking a breeze. You can also place light items that take up space underneath the clothes, such as pillows, towels, or blankets.

  • Reduce clutter: Most people tend to save things that they do not have use for anymore. Consider having a garage sale or donating items you no longer need. Not only will this save you time on packing, but it can also save you money by cutting down on the packing supplies you’ll need to purchase.

If you’d rather forgo the packing process, many moving companies provide packing services for an additional charge. These services aim to save you time by properly packing and stacking your valuables in preparation for your move. Whether you hire professionals or tackle the task personally, packing properly can definitely create a happier move for you and your movers. Happy moving!



8 Tips from Austin Movers to Keep Your Fine China Safe


Expert packing is a fundamental part of every successful, stress-free, damage-free move.  Whether you pack your home or use professional packers, it is important to pay very close attention to the packing of the more expensive items in your house. You may have an expensive collection that needs extra care such as fine china.  Many people inherit their fine china from generations before them.  This item is particularly fragile, irreplaceable, and often precious to the homeowner.Tips To Keep Your China Safe

When packing fine china, you can easily do this yourself, as long as you take the proper steps and precautions to make sure that it is done safely.  It’s in your best interest to plan in advance and have the proper materials on hand.

Our Austin movers have done our research and know how to ensure the safety of these valuables during your move.  We’re confident that you’ll agree that your fine china is worth the time and extra safety measures.

Here are 8 tips from Austin movers to keep your fine china safe.

1. Place fine china on their edges within each box. This applies to china such as dishes, bowls and serving dishes.  This keeps the bottom dishes from cracking and breaking as dishes are stacked and extra weight is put on the delicate item.

  • Use this tip to pack both plates and bowls.  Individually wrap each plate, then bundle three or four together and wrap again.  Then place them on their sides in the box.

2.  Position stemware upside down in the box when it is packed for transport. It is likely breakage may happen if stemware is laid on its side.  Wrap each piece of china and crystal in packing materials and padding to protect the edges from chipping. Use even more padding around the stem of these items during packing.

3.  Purchase special boxes for packing china and fragile stemware. They are slightly more expensive than normal boxes, but worth the investment when moving costly items.  You can find these boxes locally or by doing an online search.

Many people feel that the extra expense is well worth it.  The extra thick boxes help to guarantee that no matter what the weight, the box will not break.  The worst possible scenario is that you properly pack all of these fragile items only to have the bottom of the box bust open!

4.  Preparing the box before you put anything in it, is just as important as how you pad the items. Put a layer of wadded newsprint paper or packing peanuts in the bottom of the box for cushion before anything is put in the box.

5.  Never leave any holes or gaps in the boxes.  Fill these spaces with peanuts or special packing paper.  Leaving any gaps in the boxes leaves room for its contents to shift and possibly break.

  • Do not use newsprint when padding these expensive items and filling gaps in boxes.  The ink on newsprint bleeds onto china and stains it.

6.  Pack and pad the middle of anything with a hollow center.  The hollow centers found in many vases or fragile chinaware makes the piece more likely to crack in the move and extra padding helps to prevent this.  Use this same principle to protect anything with a fragile handle on it as well.  Use padding inside the space in the handle.

7.  Use towels as a good quick-fix for packing china and other fragile items.  If you have forgotten to buy extra padding or packing peanuts, dish towels or bath towels will work just fine.  You’ll have to move them anyway, it costs you nothing, and it’s great for the environment.

8.  Use plastic bins to transport china if you are planning on storing your items in your new home or in a storage unit.  Plastic totes or storage containers will hold up better over a period of time and through many different weather conditions.

We hope these tips help when packing up your china before your move!  Good luck at your new home.

If you have fine china and have moved, please share any tips you have for ensuring a safe move.  There is a section below for your feedback.  We look forward to hearing from you!


3 Packing Supplies That Will Save You Major Embarrassment


Everyone has been there.  Remember that junior high dance?  Who knows how long you had been walking around with that toilet paper stuck to your shoe before you realized that you had forgotten to look down when you left the bathroom.  Remember the big office dinner at your old job?  You forgot that your boss’s wife’s name was NOT the same as the secretary’s…  Those are all things you will hopefully never forget again.

When you are moving to a new home, things are crazy!  With so much to remember, packing supplies are the LAST thing you are thinking of. The conditions are perfect to have an embarrassing moment because you forgot to do or get something important.  Luckily we can save you the embarrassment and time by providing you a list of the most dangerous moving supplies to not have on hand. These are items that, for one reason or another, you do not want to forget.  Make sure you check these items off before moving day and you can sleep nightmare free before your move.

1. Labels for Boxes

Labeling boxes are essential to making sure the right items wind up in the right place.  Especially if your mother or father in law is helping you unpack.  You may want to have a color coded system for those items that would cause you to blush if they were busted out in a crowd.

Labeling boxes serves many purposes when you are moving.  One of the worst things is having a moving service get all the boxes in your new house and then realizing that nothing is in the right place!  You can avoid this pain by using a color-coded labeling system when you are packing your boxes.  Use a specific color for everything in each room and then when you get to the new house before the movers begin moving the boxes, label each room on the door or somewhere very visible in the room, with the same color.  The movers will then be able to move quickly and know effortlessly where everything belongs.

 2. Sturdy Boxes

You may be tempted to stalk the local liquor store for some free boxes, but leave those boxes for the college student, hiring their buddies with pizza and beer.  This is a packing supply item that you really don’t want to skimp on.  Almost everyone has done it once, but most learn their lesson the first time.  Strong, sturdy boxes will ensure you do not wind up standing on the sidewalk in front of your new house with a blown out bottom and your underwear spread all around you blowing down your street while your new neighbors peer from their windows.

3. A Box of Essentials for the New Home

Toilet paper.  Underwear.  Towels.  Need we say more?  This box is essential for survival these first few days when everything in your new house is packed up.  We won’t go into details here, but this is a great way to prepare for a smooth start in your new home and avoid a few awkward situations.  Nobody wants to be using the bathroom realizing all the important stuff is packed up.  Just load up a box with a few of these important items and also anything else you may need those first few days..  Label the box and keep it in your car, so it doesn’t get lost among the others.

It’s just like checking your teeth in the mirror after you eat spinach.  A little preparation can save you some major embarrassment.  Check these moving supplies off your todo list before you move.  Do this, and you just may find yourself breathing a little easier when you think about that big day coming up.


Room by Room Guide: How Houston Movers Pack Smart


The best way to prepare for a move is to take it step by step and go room by room through your house. This best practice allows you to start in rooms that are utilized less and begin the packing and preparations of your move early, without hindering the daily functions in your home. Each room in your home is unique and different, and by tackling each room separately, your move will go more seamlessly.Room By Room Packing Guide

We have put together a room by room packing guide that lists the tips and tricks to packing and preparing each room efficiently.  These tips will help you remember the small details of each room that busy Houston movers tend to forget when the packing begins.

Read our tips to packing and preparing each room in your home before move day.

The bedrooms

Beds:  Disassembling your bed frame is actually at your discretion.  It is common practice that with most moving companies, your movers will disassemble the beds for you.  This is one of those things that can be done in the guest bedrooms to prepare beforehand and save money on your move by reducing the number of hours it takes to move your goods.

If you chose to disassemble your beds, here is how to do it:

  • Tie rails, cross pieces, and any other boards that go with the frame of your bed together with packing tape or a rope.  If you use packing tape, take care not to tape directly to finished wood as it may harm the exterior of your bed.
  • Mark on the tape to show where pieces fit together for reassembly, and if you have multiple beds that look alike, mark which bed the pieces go with.
  • Keep all hardware for the frame with the bed.  Put the screws, nails and bolts in a baggie and then tape the bag to the frame and label it.  This makes for easy access and reassembly at your new home.

Mirrors: Make sure to pad and protect your mirrors well.

  • Small mirrors can be wrapped, padded and placed in a box.  Make sure to leave room in the box for a couple of inches of padding around the edges of the mirror in the box.  Guest towels, extra blankets, or bubble wrap make great wrapping material.
  • Large mirrors may need a little extra attention by you or your movers as these items are typically more fragile and expensive.  It is common practice for Houston movers to pad and wrap items on the spot during the moving process, including mirrors, but prior preparation can save time and money as most moving companies charge an hourly rate.  You may also want to purchase a moving crate for expensive mirrors.
  •  If you or your professional packers prepare the mirror before move day, mark the package as fragile so that your movers are also aware that the item requires, even more, care than normal when moving.

Books: For packing books in your bedroom or home office, always use small boxes. Pack books flat and alternate bindings.  Label boxes for the destination room, not just as books.  This will ensure that they are put in the correct room at the new house.

Bureaus, Dressers: Empty all drawers and pack goods separately.

This will protect both the furniture and the smaller items that may fall out if left in the furniture.

Secure drawers with pads or moving blankets and tape the outside of the pads to keep the drawers closed.  This is also a common practice that most moving companies provide during the move, but something that you can prepare in the bedrooms that are not used every day.

Clothes: Any hanging article of clothing is best hung in wardrobe boxes. Wardrobe boxes keep clothing safe and ensure convenience when it comes time to unpack.  Shoes can also be stored in the bottom of wardrobe boxes for easy transport.

Chairs: Wrap arms, legs, and the bottom of all chairs to prevent scratches, ask your professional movers do so on move day.

Valuables: Set aside jewelry, important papers and safe deposit box contents to be packed in a small container you can keep with you during your move.  Locked away in your trunk is a safe and convenient location for these goods.

The bathrooms

Shower curtain: Put this in a box labeled to be one of the boxes unpacked first.  You will want to be able to put this up quickly and if you just label the box “bathroom” you may find yourself searching through multiple bathroom boxes for this one important item that will allow you to shower after your eventful day of moving.

Toiletries:  Make a separate box for essential toiletries that you will need the first night.  These items can go in the same box as your shower curtain and a few towels.  Include enough towels for each member of your family, and a bath mat for each shower area.

Medicine:  Now is a good time to check the dates on all medicine to be moved to your new home.  Often these are items that slip through the cracks, and the packing process of your move is a good time to clear out any medications that may be expired.

The kitchen

Tables: For large tables, remove legs and tie them together, or allow your movers to do this on move day.

If you are preparing a table yourself, here is how to do it:

  • Put the hardware in small sealed envelopes, taped to the underside of the tabletop.
  • Pad the tabletops.
  • Pad and tie spare table leaves.
  • For smaller tables, pad top and wrap legs to prevent scratching.

Dishes: Individually wrap each piece. Do not stack kitchenware flat, this will cause breakage during the move. Cups, bowls, and plates may be placed inside each other and wrapped three or four in a bundle, with proper padding in between each item.  Specially made dish boxes are also a great way to protect your dishes and fine china.

Glasses: Wrap each glass separately in packing paper or bubble wrap. Pack your glasses in sturdy, small boxes.  Boxes are available to protect glassware with inserts for each glass.

Kitchenware: Pots, pans, etc. can be stacked in a box with packing paper between them.  It is best to use smaller boxes when packing these, as they tend to get heavy very quickly.

The living room

Fine Furniture: You may want to wrap your best furniture in bubble wrap and use packing blankets.  It is common practice for professional movers to do this on move day.

Lamps: There are a few steps in safely moving your lamps.  If you chose to prepare these items yourself, here are the steps to take to ensure safe arrival at your new home:

  • Disassemble your lamps by taking the base apart from the shade.
  • Pack small bases in boxes, surrounded by packing blankets.
  • Large bases should be packed in boxes stuffed with packing paper or bubble wrap.
  • Pack lampshades individually in boxes with plenty of packing paper for safe travel.
  • Don’t use newspaper when packing your box shades and any light colored ceramic bases because it may smudge and leave stains.

Paintings, Prints, and Framed Photos: Place in size appropriate boxes and wrap individually. If you hire professional packers, it is common practice for them to bring many different size boxes but if you have extremely oversized paintings you may want to make your moving company aware of these items in advance, as they can help with preventative planning for packing of these items, and bring special boxes made just for oversized paintings.

Radios, TVs, and Computers: Box these items upright and make sure they are well padded on all sides.

The garage

Lawn Mowers: Drain fuel and oil before moving these items.  All lawn mowers are different based on model and manufacturer but some can be disassembled.  If your lawnmower can be disassembled and you find you are doing it on your own, here is how to do it:

  • Drain fuel.
  • Remove handle from hand mowers.
  • Place blade ends in a sturdy box.
  • Mark the item properly.

Bicycles, Tricycles, Baby strollers: Depending on the specifications of each item, some may be wrapped without being packed in boxes and some may be safer by wrapping and positioning in large boxes.  You may find that it is easier to have your professional movers quickly wrap and move the items on move day than to disassemble and pack them.

Paint and Flammables: Don’t move these items! Do not move any flammable item, such as alcohol, solvents, lighter fluid, or ammunition.  It is also a good idea to not move any greasy mops kept out in the garage.  Throw these items out and purchase new items when needed at your new home for the safety of you and your home.

Congratulations on your move and good luck!  We hope this list of tips will help in your moving preparations and we look forward to hearing any feedback you may have.


Packing Tips From Our San Antonio Movers


Packing ServicePhew! You’ve successfully navigated and survived the world or realtors, lending agents, and leasing contracts. Now it’s time to pack your life into corrugated boxes in a month. I’m sorry; I offer no magic beans, rather a spoonful of sugar to help bear the task ahead of you.

I guarantee once you seal that last box, you’ll realize you’ve packed a life-sustaining item this room once possessed. So there you are unpacking and ravaging through ten freshly packed boxes losing your motivation and patience for everything and everyone. To avoid these tantrums read on, come understand there can be order in packing Pandora’s Box…

San Antonio Movers suggest packing your cabinets, bookcases and drawers first. The out of sight-out of mind objects. Yes, these receptacles will contain daily items. If and when you come across such an item, toss it into your essential box!

Essential box you say?

Yes, as the name suggest, you and I have items we cannot survive without. These precious baubles will be stored in one of two places during your transition. Essential box one or essential box two, feel free to re-label as you see fit. You will live out of these boxes and a suitcase the last few days at your old place and the first week in your new home.

The first essential box should contain your daily hygienic and cosmetic rituals plus linens. For example:

1. 1-2 sets of towels
2. Toiletries (e.g. face wash, mouthwash, toilet paper)
3. Electric razor/Blow dryer
4. Fresh bed linens
5. Bath mat, shower curtain

Your second box will house kitchenware. If you cook an over easy egg, toast and oatmeal every morning, this box will contain its’ necessities. For example:

1. One saucepan, skillet or pot
2. A set of utensils per family member
3. 1 cup, plate, and bowl per family member

Yes disposables are convenient, but you save money and the planet in the end!

I mentioned a suitcase earlier; you’ll use this to house a week worth’s of clothing and accessories. Pack this as if going on vacation; consider it a vacation to a poorly organized resort. Warnings… resist temptation when packing your suitcase. You’ll be tempted to pack your complete drawer at this point. Don’t! You’ll find yourself frustrated by frequent visits to your suitcase decorating your floor with strewn socks and shorts. San Antonio Movers found packing three to four days of clothing and accessories beneficial and mind-preserving.
Store smaller items in a container before tossing them into your essential box to avoid them disappearing into the deepest recess of the box.

As your packing your bookshelves remember to use sturdy smaller boxes. Drawers can be emptied into shoes boxes or similar sized containers then placed into a larger box. Remember take this as an opportunity to purge, donate and sell those unwanted or never used items. Be warned this is not the time to take a stroll down memory lane, wait until you unpack to reminiscence of days long departed. If not, you’ll spend a week packing shot glasses from your trip to Vegas, and baby clothes from your firstborn.

San Antonio Movers suggest purchasing a pack of colored paper to color code boxes by room:

Linen closet- green
Master bedroom- purple
Office – blue
This will make unloading and locating a cinch, easier to identify than a black sharpie on a brown box or small garage sale dot.

Remember to breathe, give yourself at least an hour a day for a month, and morsels of encouragement. San Antonio Movers warns procrastination will be your downfall; banana boxes from the grocery store cannot fulfill all your packing needs, and asking for help makes you wise not weak.


7 Free Packing Supplies You Already Own


There are plenty of items laying around your house that can be utilized when it comes to efficient packing. And the best part? They are free!

Let’s face it, no matter how organized you are, moving can be expensive and stressful. So how do you cut corners without sacrificing the safety of your belongings? We’re glad you asked!

If you are looking to rid yourself of the entire packing and unpacking ordeal, consider leaving it to the professionals at 3 Men Movers. We have decades of experience!

Bubble wrap and packing peanuts have their place, but when you are looking to save money, consider utilizing these free packing supplies you already own: free packing supplies you already own

1. Suitcases – Why put your heavy clothes in musty cardboard boxes that risk breaking at the bottom? These rolling cases were made for travel! Sure, you’re not heading to some beachy paradise, but your new home can be the next best thing.

2. Towels – Dirty or clean, we won’t judge! Plush towels make ideal safety nets for plates, frames and other fragile items. Consider folding a towel for extra cushioning on the top and bottom of your boxes.

3. Socks – One of the biggest scourges of moving is that invisible space that sits between packed items. Fill in the blanks by putting your (clean!) socks in a ball. Pretend you’re playing Tetris and fill in any openings! Socks also can be a great place to store loose hardware for unassembled items. Just be sure to label them with tape.

4. Hamper – This handy household device is already familiar with holding your clothes. Use it to transport shoes, pillows, rugs, or anything else that might not fit well in a cardboard box.

5. Plastic Bins – Often used to house seasonal items such as Christmas ornaments and Halloween paraphernalia, these storage containers make excellent moving boxes. They generally do a great job of keeping mildew and moisture out and have handles for easy transport.

6. Garbage Bags – Moving within the state or crosstown? Skip the wardrobe box, keep your clothes on hangers, and wrap a trash bag around your shirts, pants and jackets. This saves you unpacking time too when you can simply hang the clothes, rip open the bag and discard it.

7. Rubber bands/Twist Ties – Utilize these bendable helpers to keep your cords neatly organized. They will make your cords less cumbersome to move from place to place.

Some of the best moving tips are the ones that help you pack. After all, the way you pack sets the tone for the entire moving process! Ready for a free quote? Contact 3 Men Movers today.


Packing Tips! San Antonio Movers Give 4 Tips for Tackling the Bedroom


Moving is a large task.  There is no getting around it.  No need to go crazy, just take it one room at a time!  The first step to moving is packing and packing in itself is a large task. But make things easier on yourself and attack it one room at a time, and start as early as you can.
tips to pack your bedroom

When you begin planning  your packing strategy, start by determining which rooms you will start with. Typically it is best to start packing up spare bedrooms and bathrooms first since they typically do not get used as much. One of the last things you want to pack up is probably your bedroom.

It is very important to be prepared and thorough when you are getting ready to pack your bedroom.  The reason why is because if you pack your bedroom well it will allow you to unpack quickly and get comfortable in your new home faster.

Here are a few tips from our San Antonio movers to help you pack your bedroom and move quickly to your new home.

1.) Check with your moving company to see what the policy is on unloading your dressers.  A lot of times it will depend on the weight.  Most moving companies do NOT charge extra if you don’t unload your dresser, but they will if it causes the dresser to be an overweight item.

The best rule of thumb with dressers is that light, bulky items like sweaters and pants are fine but small loose items will fall out when the movers tip the dresser for transport.  There is no need to do extra work unloading your dresser if you don’t need to, just be careful to do a thorough check to make sure anything you need to take out is removed and boxed up before move day.

2.) The movers with your moving company will probably disassemble your bed for you.  So check before the move and save yourself the effort.

Double check that your movers keep track of the parts to your bed.  The best way to do this is to bag all the parts and tape them to the frame of the bed.  This is very important because loose parts usually never find their owner after they make it to the new home if they even do.

3.) Wardrobe boxes make packing closets much, much easier.  The standard size of a wardrobe box is 24″ and is well worth the money.  Wardrobe boxes cost a little bit more than the regular smaller box but save you tons of time.

In case you are using a wardrobe box for the first time, we are going to share a few secrets about them…

  • You can save even more space by putting your shoes in the bottom of the wardrobe box.
  • They can be used in your attic, garage or in a storage unit to keep out of season items hung and organized.
  • Rule of thumb for deciding how many wardrobe boxes you need is to take your clothes in your closet and push them tight together.  However many feet you have in clothing should be how many wardrobe boxes you will need.
  • Pack the wardrobe box tight.  Pack it with enough clothing so it will be a sturdy box.  Lightly packed wardrobe boxes shift back and forth and tip over in the moving truck. 

4.) Have a very thorough labeling system for your bedrooms.  It is a good idea to use a color code system for the rooms.  Have colored stickers for each room and label above the door on the new bedrooms.  This will help your movers quickly determine where each box is going.  It also allows you to use the colored stickers and put them on the larger loose items like dressers and lamps.

Having boxes all over the place after you move is a nightmare.  Working out a good system and organizing thoroughly is well worth your time.

Just remember give yourself enough time and take it one step at a time.  Good luck with your move!


Packing Smarter – 9 Easy Tips!


Packing Smarter – 9 Easy Tips!

You can take your chances cramming things randomly in boxes, or you can try these tips that pay it forward with a much easier UNpacking experience! If it is in your budget to hire a professional packer, we highly recommend; otherwise, try these nine tips to become a packing ninja!

9 Easy Tips To Smarter Packing

Gone are the days of cramming random things in boxes with these 9 handy packing tips! You’ll thank yourself when it’s time to unpack!

  1. Use foam plates to pack dishes.
  2. Pack glasses and stemware in (clean) socks.
  3. Cover openings of toiletries, dish soap, etc. with Saran Wrap and replace the lid to create a good seal.
  4. Leave clothes in drawers and just cover each one with Glad Press ‘n Seal.
  5. Take a photo of computers and media centers before disconnecting so you can see how they go.
  6. Use towels, tees, tanks, hoodies, etc. to cushion boxes and wrap breakables.
  7. Pack books, small electronics etc. in rolling suitcases.
  8. Use colored stickers to label boxes according to room. Always label two sides of boxes. No need to label the top since it may be covered by another box anyway.
  9. Use garbage bags to wrap bundles of clothes left on hangers. These can be laid flat on your backseat.

Packing is usually the precursor to a move, so below you can find some additional moving advice if you are still trying to iron out some details!

•  Always create a checklist. You will likely forget to take care of certain tasks, if you don’t have a written reminder of them.

•  Use toothpaste or a bar of soap to fill nail holes in the place you are moving out of.

•  Defrost your fridge the day before you move.

•  Have quick access to the bare necessities. Pack a box to keep with your containing towels, shower liner, screwdriver, hammer, towel, sheets, and change of clothes.

Happy Packing and Moving!


The Ideal Packer


Here are some things to look for when searching for great packing/unpacking services.

Is there a move in your future? Moving can be a very stressful especially when you haven’t packed your belongings yet. For a lot of people, packing is a troubling task that causes a lot of stress. That is why so many Houstonians hire packers for packing services.

But You Don’t Want to Just Hire Random Packers, Right?

This decision should be well thought out because you are inviting people you have never met to be around your family and your belongings. Here at 3 Men Movers, we have packers who are fully licensed and insured. You’re also going to want someone who can pack your belongings swiftly and safely without damaging them. Our packers have been trained by the very best! They know what their customers are expecting from them, and with the training that they received, they know how to take care of their customers. Houston movers and packers like 3 Men Movers, keep things professional and efficient, minimizing stress during your move. Packing Services

4 of Many Reasons to Hire 3 Men Movers as Your Ideal Packing Service:

  • We have been in the business for 30 years! Our packers have a great reputation in Texas and will work quickly to get your belongings organized.
  • We are associated with the Better Business Bureau and we have a solid rating with them.  This is because we’re committed to excellence which means our customer comes first.
  • Our packers arrive in a mobile box store where you can purchase extra boxes and supplies. Whatever is needed to get the job done, our Houston packers will provide it!
  • Our packers stay organized by labeling and prioritizing the boxes. This is an important process because it makes the moving process a lot smoother for our Houston movers (and for the customers as well).

Is Your New Home Overwhelming with Boxes Everywhere?

3 Men Movers provide unpacking services as well! Our packers will get you settled into your new place promptly and skillfully. They will work with you to get your belongings unpacked in the right room and area. Our Houston movers will then help you reassemble all your furniture and coordinate with you to place them in the right spot.


7 Tips to Pack Your Kitchen Better Than Other Houston Movers


Many people prefer to hire professional packers… if you are one of these people, good for you!

Pack Your KitchenFor those of you who will be packing your home yourself, we have put together several tips to pack your kitchen.

Because you will need to use most of the things in your kitchen up until the day of the move, you will want to save this and make it one of the last rooms to pack up.  You will also, likely want it to be one of the first up and running rooms in the house, for that reason follow these tips below for excellent kitchen packing like a pro!

Here are 7 tips from our Houston movers to pack up your kitchen like a pro.

1.) All cleaning supplies need to be sealed safely.  It is important when packing up cleaning supplies to take extra care to make sure all bottles and jars are closed tightly.
If you are hiring a Houston Moving Company, you will need to check with the company prior to your move to determine what they will move and what they will be unwilling to move for you.

Some typical items in a kitchen that movers will NOT move:

  • aerosol
  • batteries
  • charcoal
  • matches
  • weed killer
  • cleaning fluids
  • bleach
  • kerosene
  • poisons

2.) Your fridge needs to be cleaned out and empty.  Most movers will be able to move your refrigerator but you need to clean it out prior to your movers arrival.  It’s a good idea to empty everything out and clean it at least 24 hours before move day.

A few good tips on this is to do your last grocery shopping at least 3 weeks before moving and also pack up a food supply for your family for the first few days of life in your new home. Keep the coolers handy and when you are unloading your fridge the day before your move, put some food on ice in your cooler and have food ready for your family during the move and right after.

3.) Use small boxes and lots of padding when moving your glassware and dishes.  These boxes get heavy FAST and you really don’t want to be looking at your feet surrounded by your wife’s family china set in shards.  That usually doesn’t make a move go any smoother.

4.) Moving companies can not unhook gas stoves.  If you have a gas stove and have hired a moving company, be aware of this and prepare accordingly.

5.) Have the kitchen packed before the movers get there.  Though you do want to save this room as one of the last to pack up, you do not want to wait to pack until the movers get there.  Have plenty of boxes and get plenty of help if you are doing it yourself.  Take you time in this room.  This is the place where you are most likely to break something when packing.

6.) It may take a while to completely unpack the kitchen so prepare with a box that is marked “First in Kitchen to unpack.”  Put plastic silverware, easy meals that don’t take a lot of pots and pans to make and enough glasses for everyone in the family to have one and some napkins.

Congratulations on your move!  We wish you the best in your journey and if you have been through this before and have any tips we have not thought of yet, please feel free to add below.


A Houston Moving Company’s Top Ten List for Packing the Garage


10 Easy Tips To Pack Your Garage Like A Pro

10 Easy Tips To Pack Your Garage Like A Pro

It’s easy to forget about the garage before your big move day. Here are 10 simple tips to make packing your garage easy.

There is a lot to remember when you are planning and preparing to move in Houston. Packing is one of the most important parts of a move. It is also the most time consuming. It is important to take inventory of all of the rooms in your home in order to ensure nothing falls through the cracks.

A garage is typically one of the most commonly forgotten rooms when it comes to planning and packing for your move. A garage serves many purposes and houses many different things. It is very important to take special care when packing your garage in order to make sure that everything makes it properly to your new home.

Having witnessed many people struggling to pack up their garage at the last minute and having also packed our own garages, we have put together all of our expert knowledge on packing everything that has to do with the garage.

Here is our Houston Moving Company’s top ten list for packing the garage:

  1. Drain all the liquids out of anything that runs.  Lawnmowers, chainsaws and grills; present a fire hazard if moved with flammables inside of them.  It is important to drain them before moving.
  2. Prepare your tools for the move.  Keep out a few basic tools and organize all of your smaller tools. You can also separate any old tools and donate any that you don’t need.  You will reduce your moving costs and your old tools can help others at the same time.  Moving is a good opportunity to get your tools all organized in your new garage.  You may find if you don’t do it now during the packing process it could be years before it actually gets done.
  3. Organize the garage.  Separate and label everything into boxes or humidity resistant plastic tubs. You should have different boxes for each different type of thing you store in your garage.Everyone knows the garage usually ends up being the “catch all” of the house.   Some people even have so much stuff in their garages that they don’t even have room for their cars!  Organize what’s in there and decide what doesn’t need to be.
  4. Decide on portable or self storage options.  At this point you may want to consider getting a portable storage unit to keep seasonal items and things you don’t use on a regular basis.
  5. Don’t forget about the trash cans.  In Houston trash cans are provided by the city. There are other trash cans in the garage and out back that you may consider moving.  If you are reusing the ones you have, throw them under the hose and wash them out first. Nobody wants all of their stuff coming out of the moving truck smelling like trash!Recycling bins are also to be considered when moving.  You can take the same steps to prepare moving these items or replace them when you get to your new home.
  6. Get a professional opinion on anything you are not sure about moving in a truck.  You can call any local, professional moving company even if you are moving yourself.  You may run accross overweight or awkwardly sized items, like ladders in your garage, that you are unsure how to move.  A quality, experienced Houston moving company is a great source of information on your upcoming move.  They will advise you on what to do with any questionable items.
  7. Remember the plants and greenery.  It is easy to pack and transport your plants, but it does take thought and work. Here are a few quick tips on moving your plants to a new home.1. Some moving companies won’t move plants.2.  Regulations for moving plants need to be well understood by anyone moving greenery.
    3.  Start prepping your plants early, by taking them out of breakable containers.
    4.  Check your plants thoroughly and pack them properly.

    Last minute packing on sensitive plants can be devastating for your greenery.  Think about the green guys you have put such love into over the years and don’t let them be an afterthought.

  8. Get the lawn furniture ready for your move!  Fold down and bring in the lawn furniture to the garage and have it ready for transport by rinsing off any built up dust, pollen or bird droppings.  Wrap and protect it before the move.
  9. Have a garage sale.  The garage tends to get crowded over time. Take advantage of everything already being in the garage, put some price tags on it all and clear out what you don’t need, while you make a few bucks to spend on covering your moving costs.
  10. Keep all parts together.  When you take things apart in the garage, remember to put all hardware that goes with the item in a plastic baggie, labeled and tape it to the device.

There is a lot to remember when you are planning and preparing to move in Houston. Packing is one of the most important parts of a move.  It is also the most time consuming. It is important to take inventory of all of the rooms in your home in order to ensure nothing falls through the cracks.