Move Planning

Helpful Packing Tips

Make a Supply Run

Stock up on packing supplies. Moving boxes, bubble wrap, packing foam, packing tape, plastic totes – anything and everything you can gather ahead of time will help when it’s time to begin packing.


Get a Head Start

Start the packing process early. The earlier you begin packing, the more organized and stress-free you’ll be.


Label Containers

Mark all moving containers with the contents and location they go in your new home. You and/or your movers can lose a lot of time digging into boxes to figure out what they contain and where they go in your new home.


Get Rid of Some Stuff

De-clutter and purge unwanted items. The more items you can donate, give away or sell, the lighter your load will be which can save you packing time, loading time and ultimately – money.


Make Lists

Make a list of all utilities you’ll need to contact to set up end-of-service dates and final bill details; likewise with start-of-service dates at your new home. Check off each utility as you make arrangements.

Make a similar list for all other bills such as mortgages, auto loans/leases, credit card and cell phone accounts.


Schedule Cautiously

Try to move during the week when more services like banks, government offices, utilities, mechanics and tow-services are open, in the event you run into any problems and need assistance.


Don’t Forget your Four-legged Friends

If you have pets, make plans well ahead of time as to where to keep them during the move – and how you’ll transport them to your new home.


Separate your Valuables

If you’re having Coastal Van Lines, Inc. do the packing and moving, make sure to separate valuable and/or irreplaceable items like important paperwork/documents, jewelry, family heirlooms, keepsakes, photos or any other items you’d feel more comfortable moving yourself.


Forward your Mail

Don’t forget to file your change of address with the Post Office, Or take advantage of our free service to you All we need is an email to get you set up.


Follow the Doctors Orders

Plan ahead regarding prescription medications. Make sure you’ll have enough with you during your move and transfer prescriptions to your new pharmacy in advance of your move.

Non-Allowable Items

Hazardous items that pose a potential threat to the health and safety of Coastal Van Lines, Inc. movers. (I.e. explosives, flammable gases and toxic substances) should not be packed into your shipment.

Perishable items

Such as refrigerated or frozen foods, plants and produce are also strictly regulated. Check with your Certified Moving Consultant for specific details.

  • Aerosol cans

  • Ammunition

  • Charcoal/lighter fluid

  • Chemistry sets

  • Darkroom chemicals

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Fuels/oils

  • Kerosene

  • Loaded guns

  • Nail polish remover

  • Paints/varnishes

  • Poisons

  • Propane tanks

  • Solvents

  • Weedkiller

  • Ammonia

  • Car batteries

  • Charged scuba tanks

  • Cleaning solvents

  • Fertilizer

  • Fireworks

  • Household batteries

  • Liquid bleach

  • Matches

  • Paint thinners

  • Pesticides

  • Pool chemicals

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Sterno fuel

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