How to make your move stress-free: Checklists, labels, and professional packers

All the top tips you need to prepare your move… and the benefits of hiring professional movers

Moving can be one of life’s most stressful events. It’s up there with divorce and having a child. Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing, or moving in with a new partner, moving house puts you under a lot of pressure. When selling your old house and moving into a new one, everything has to be done on the same day – a good reason in itself to use a full service pack and move service.

Moving can be dangerous too. Have you ever tried loading up a truck with household appliances or taking a closet or bed up the stairs? 

Back injuries are the most common types of injuries when moving, along with pulled muscles, slipped discs and trapped nerves. Broken bones during moves are not uncommon, either. As New Orleans movers with decades of experience, we’ve seen our fair share of disasters, which is why we only employ the best professionals to help make your move seamlessly safe.

MOVING IS A PROCESS

We all know that moving day isn’t all we need to worry about. There is so much to do both before and after, so it’s essential to stay organized. When planning a big move, you should do it well in advance so you’re not rushing around at the last minute. Here are some top tips for planning your move with or without a full service packing and moving company.

A full service move means hiring a crew of experts with all the equipment, tools, and trucks needed to pack and unload precious belongings while keeping you safe from injuries and stress.

THROW IT IN THE TRASH

One of the worst chores when moving is sorting through everything you’ve had squirreled away for years in the basement or garage. If you haven’t used that air fryer you bought at a garage sale for years, and it’s gathering dust, just take a deep breath and chuck it. You probably won’t miss it if you haven’t been using it. You don’t have to throw it in the trash, though. You can donate it or give it to a neighbor. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

MAKE A CHECKLIST

It sounds so obvious, but moving is often left to the last minute. In the stress of moving, some really important things could be forgotten. Write down all the utilities and services in your name and address. You’ll have to cancel or transfer utility bills, such as electric, gas, and water bills, as well as your phone line and internet connection. If you don’t notify them, they’ll keep charging you for that light or the heater you forgot to turn off. Your list should have at least these five things to cross off.

  • Contact utility companies to arrange a cut-off date.
  • Arrange for your mail to be forwarded to your new address. 
  • Order packing materials, such as boxes, packing tape, markers, and bubble wrap.
  • List items that must go to the new address. If you’ve already decluttered, this is a lot easier.
  • List any last-minute tasks you have to do, such as returning something to a neighbor or saying your goodbyes.

STAY ORGANIZED

With all your packing materials and checklist in hand, you can really get organized for moving day. Here are a few ways to stay on top of things and avoid stress.

Don’t put items from different rooms in the same box

Prepare boxes for each room and label them clearly. This makes unpacking much easier, so you can carry items straight to their intended rooms when you arrive. Labels are key to keeping you organized; the more information you put on them, the better. Seven boxes of “kitchen stuff” is not going to help you find that coffee machine when you most need it. 

Fill your boxes properly

There’s a right way and a wrong way to pack boxes. Throwing things together in a jumbled mess can cause items to get thrown about and broken during transit. Choose appropriately sized boxes so things fit snugly. When you pack, start by putting heavy, durable items at the bottom and light, fragile items on top so they don’t get crushed. 

Load up in reverse order

Also, think about which boxes or items you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new place compared to those that can wait. For example, you’ll probably want a coffee or some food and bedding right away, so make sure those items are not buried under all your other stuff at the back of the moving truck.

LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS

Moving by yourself might seem like a way to save some much-needed cash, but if you invest in a professional moving company, you can actually save a great deal of time and stress. Here are some excellent reasons to hire a crew to help you move:

Transport
The most obvious benefit of hiring professional movers is that they have their own trucks, as well as equipment, such as dollies, sliders, blankets, straps, protective gloves, and toolboxes. 

Looks can be deceiving. All of your stuff might not fit into a hook-up trailer. If you’ve been staying at a place for many years, and you’ve got kids and pets, a large box truck is probably better.

Professional packing and loading
If you use a full packing moving service, professional movers will expertly pack your possessions to avoid damage. They’ll know how to wrap up your valuables safely and protect appliances, such as refrigerators and TVs, from being scratched. Moving crews are also experienced in lifting and loading heavy items. Leave it to the professionals and avoid injuring yourself. You can’t put a price on your health, but you can put a price on hospital visits or not being able to work if you’re laid up with a bad back.

Free insurance
Our New Orleans moving services include free standard valuation insurance for any items that could be damaged during the moving process. Standard insurance coverage is calculated by weight, but for antiques and other high-value items, you can opt for declared valuation coverage, which covers the actual value of the item rather than its weight.

TIME IS MONEY

When you outsource to a professional mover, you buy yourself more time and peace of mind. As we stressed earlier in this article, it’s easy to underestimate just how much stuff you’ve accumulated and how long it will take you to get it all boxed up. Using a list and schedule before your moving day will save heaps of energy just by being well organized. 

Moving is not easily accomplished alone. Can someone in your family afford to take time off work to help? Hiring a moving crew can save everyone time and allow you to focus on other things, like moving pets, contacting utility companies, and generally reorganizing every other aspect of your life.

CALL THE PROFESSIONAL NEW ORLEANS MOVERS

If you’re moving in New Orleans or Baton Rouge, make your move stress-free and affordable with Abba Movers, the best movers in New Orleans. We’re experts in providing a full moving service for residences and businesses in the local area and beyond. Make an online booking, or give us a call at our local offices.

Call us today, and let’s get started on your move!

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Terms of Service(Required)

Abba Movers LLC Terms & Conditions

Note: By booking a move with us, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions. Please read and print these terms and conditions for your records.

Abba Movers LLC, a Louisiana limited liability company (the “Company”, “we” or “our”), owns and operates AbbaMovers.com (the “Website”). The terms “we,” “us,” and “our” mean the Company. The terms “you” and “your” mean you.

The following terms and conditions apply to your use of the Website and the moving services we provide (the “Services”). Your use of the Website or scheduling of the Services binds you to these terms and conditions. You must discontinue your use of the Website or not engage the Company for the Services if you do not agree to these terms and conditions.

Applicability and Merger:

These terms and conditions apply to all written statements of work, approved estimates, work orders, and other agreements regarding the Services, and collectively with such writings, comprise all terms and conditions applicable to your use of the Website and other relations with the Company (collectively, the “Terms”). Any oral agreements or terms discussed which are not expressly stated in the Terms are not binding.

Booking and Payments:

You may book Services with the Company via the Website, phone, or email with a $100 deposit required at the time of booking.

The accuracy of our price quotes and time estimates depends on the accuracy of the information you provide us when you engage us to perform the Services. You shall be fully responsible for any increase in price quotes or time estimates if the information you provide us is not accurate.

All Services shall be billed on a per hour charge as stated in a separate statement of work, estimate, or work order. Amounts charged per hour shall be rounded to the nearest quarter hour and billed accordingly.

You agree to pay for all Services per the terms of any authorized work orders or other written agreements between you and the Company. Payment is immediately due in full upon completion of the Services. You shall pay our crew leader on-site immediately after the Services are completed. We accept cash, check, debit, or credit card.

If you pay for Services by check and the check does not clear for any reason, that you hereby agree to pay a $50.00 late fee. If you do not pay for the Services in full on-site immediately after the Services are completed, you shall pay the outstanding balance in full within seven (7) days. You agree to pay pay an additional $55.00 service fee if full payment is not received within seven (7) days after completion of the Services. We will submit all unpaid balances to a collection agency if full payment of the outstanding balance is not received within seven (7) days.

You shall pay all reasonable costs, expenses, and attorney fees for collection of unpaid balances. You shall incur a liquidated damages fee of $5,000 if we file a lawsuit or other legal action to collect an unpaid balance.

Insurance (Full-Service Moves):

We will provide you free Standard Valuation Insurance Coverage of $0.60 cents per pound subject to these Terms and the terms and conditions of the insurance carrier in place on the date(s) we provide the Services.

You may elect to purchase Additional Declared Valuation Coverage, which covers repair or replacement of your items that may be damaged during the move, for an additional premium. If you elect to purchase Additional Declared Valuation Coverage, you must email us at least one day prior to your move at info@abbamovers.com, declare the value of your shipment, and state in writing that you want to purchase said coverage. If we do not receive written confirmation at least one (1) day prior to your move, then your belongings shall be covered by our free Standard Valuation Insurance Coverage of $0.60 cents per pound.

Items inside a box which are damaged during the moving process will not be covered by our insurance if our team did not pack such items in the box.

Subject to the Terms, if any article is lost, destroyed, or damaged while in the Abba’s custody, then we will, in our sole discretion, either: (1) repair the article to the extent necessary to restore it to the same condition as when it was received by us, or pay you the cost of such repairs; (2) replace the article with an article of like kind and quality, or (3) pay you for the cost of such replacement, subject to our terms and conditions.

We charge a non-refundable premium of $30 per $1,000 for the Declared Valuation of your Shipment. For example, if you declare a valuation of $40,000 for your shipment, a non refundable premium of $1,200 would be added to your final invoice ($30 x 40).

Insurance (Labor-Only Moves):

We will provide you free Standard Valuation Insurance Coverage of $0.60 cents per pound subject to these Terms and the terms and conditions of the insurance carrier in place on the date(s) we provide the Services. Such coverage is valid for the duration of the loading and/or unloading process only.

Items inside a box which are damaged during the moving process will not be covered by our insurance if our team did not pack such items in the box.

The free Standard Valuation Insurance Coverage does not cover damage to items incurred during transit in a vehicle, on a trailer, or in a portable storage container you or a third party provide, and we shall not be responsible for reimbursement of any such damage incurred.

Additional Declared Valuation Coverage is not offered for Labor Only Moves.

Cancellations:

You may cancel scheduled Services only via email to info@abbamovers.com or telephone at (225) 384-6683 or (504) 450-4959.

You must notify us of cancellation more than three (3) days prior to the date of the scheduled Services to cancel the Services and receive your deposit refund. We reserve the right to keep your deposit or refuse to provide the Services if you cancel the scheduled Services less than three (3) days prior to scheduled date of the Services.

Termination:

We may terminate or suspend access to our Services immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if you breach the Terms.

All provisions of the Terms which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, warranty disclaimers, limitations of liability, and fee imposition and collection terms stated herein.

Privacy Policy:

We shall keep private any credit card, banking, and account information collected to process payments.

No Liabilities for The Website:

You agree that the Website is not responsible for any liabilities that may arise out of the use of the information on the Website. You agree that the Company, its owners, agents, and assigns are not responsible for any harm of any kind that may occur due to your use of the Website.

Service Warranty Disclaimer:

Your use of the Services is at your sole risk. The Services are provided on an “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” basis. The Services are provided without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, or course of performance.

Exceptions:

The disclaimers stated herein shall not limit any warranty that would be unlawful to exclude or limit.

Limitation of Liability:

The Company’s aggregate monetary liability for violations of these Terms or otherwise in relation to the Services shall not exceed the amount equal to the total amount you pay the Company. This limitation of liability shall not limit any losses which would be or are covered by insurance.

Waiver:

You hereby waive and release all claims of any kind against the Company’s owners, officers and employees in any way related to this Website or the Services.

Unenforceable Provisions:

Any provision herein which is prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall be so only as to such jurisdiction and only to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability. All the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall remain valid and enforceable.

Right to Change without Notice:

We reserve the right to make changes to these Terms at our sole discretion with or without notice to you. You agree that it is your responsibility to review these Terms periodically to note any changes. Any changes to payment or penalty policies shall apply only after such changes have been published on the Website. The most recent date of publication and effectiveness of these Terms is 05/30/23.

Abba Movers LLC

abbamovers.com

Terms of Service(Required)

Abba Movers LLC Terms & Conditions

Note: By booking a move with us, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions. Please read and print these terms and conditions for your records.

Abba Movers LLC, a Louisiana limited liability company (the “Company”, “we” or “our”), owns and operates AbbaMovers.com (the “Website”). The terms “we,” “us,” and “our” mean the Company. The terms “you” and “your” mean you.

The following terms and conditions apply to your use of the Website and the moving services we provide (the “Services”). Your use of the Website or scheduling of the Services binds you to these terms and conditions. You must discontinue your use of the Website or not engage the Company for the Services if you do not agree to these terms and conditions.

Applicability and Merger:

These terms and conditions apply to all written statements of work, approved estimates, work orders, and other agreements regarding the Services, and collectively with such writings, comprise all terms and conditions applicable to your use of the Website and other relations with the Company (collectively, the “Terms”). Any oral agreements or terms discussed which are not expressly stated in the Terms are not binding.

Booking and Payments:

You may book Services with the Company via the Website, phone, or email with a $100 deposit required at the time of booking.

The accuracy of our price quotes and time estimates depends on the accuracy of the information you provide us when you engage us to perform the Services. You shall be fully responsible for any increase in price quotes or time estimates if the information you provide us is not accurate.

All Services shall be billed on a per hour charge as stated in a separate statement of work, estimate, or work order. Amounts charged per hour shall be rounded to the nearest quarter hour and billed accordingly.

You agree to pay for all Services per the terms of any authorized work orders or other written agreements between you and the Company. Payment is immediately due in full upon completion of the Services. You shall pay our crew leader on-site immediately after the Services are completed. We accept cash, check, debit, or credit card.

If you pay for Services by check and the check does not clear for any reason, that you hereby agree to pay a $50.00 late fee. If you do not pay for the Services in full on-site immediately after the Services are completed, you shall pay the outstanding balance in full within seven (7) days. You agree to pay pay an additional $55.00 service fee if full payment is not received within seven (7) days after completion of the Services. We will submit all unpaid balances to a collection agency if full payment of the outstanding balance is not received within seven (7) days.

You shall pay all reasonable costs, expenses, and attorney fees for collection of unpaid balances. You shall incur a liquidated damages fee of $5,000 if we file a lawsuit or other legal action to collect an unpaid balance.

Insurance (Full-Service Moves):

We will provide you free Standard Valuation Insurance Coverage of $0.60 cents per pound subject to these Terms and the terms and conditions of the insurance carrier in place on the date(s) we provide the Services.

You may elect to purchase Additional Declared Valuation Coverage, which covers repair or replacement of your items that may be damaged during the move, for an additional premium. If you elect to purchase Additional Declared Valuation Coverage, you must email us at least one day prior to your move at info@abbamovers.com, declare the value of your shipment, and state in writing that you want to purchase said coverage. If we do not receive written confirmation at least one (1) day prior to your move, then your belongings shall be covered by our free Standard Valuation Insurance Coverage of $0.60 cents per pound.

Items inside a box which are damaged during the moving process will not be covered by our insurance if our team did not pack such items in the box.

Subject to the Terms, if any article is lost, destroyed, or damaged while in the Abba’s custody, then we will, in our sole discretion, either: (1) repair the article to the extent necessary to restore it to the same condition as when it was received by us, or pay you the cost of such repairs; (2) replace the article with an article of like kind and quality, or (3) pay you for the cost of such replacement, subject to our terms and conditions.

We charge a non-refundable premium of $30 per $1,000 for the Declared Valuation of your Shipment. For example, if you declare a valuation of $40,000 for your shipment, a non refundable premium of $1,200 would be added to your final invoice ($30 x 40).

Insurance (Labor-Only Moves):

We will provide you free Standard Valuation Insurance Coverage of $0.60 cents per pound subject to these Terms and the terms and conditions of the insurance carrier in place on the date(s) we provide the Services. Such coverage is valid for the duration of the loading and/or unloading process only.

Items inside a box which are damaged during the moving process will not be covered by our insurance if our team did not pack such items in the box.

The free Standard Valuation Insurance Coverage does not cover damage to items incurred during transit in a vehicle, on a trailer, or in a portable storage container you or a third party provide, and we shall not be responsible for reimbursement of any such damage incurred.

Additional Declared Valuation Coverage is not offered for Labor Only Moves.

Cancellations:

You may cancel scheduled Services only via email to info@abbamovers.com or telephone at (225) 384-6683 or (504) 450-4959.

You must notify us of cancellation more than three (3) days prior to the date of the scheduled Services to cancel the Services and receive your deposit refund. We reserve the right to keep your deposit or refuse to provide the Services if you cancel the scheduled Services less than three (3) days prior to scheduled date of the Services.

Termination:

We may terminate or suspend access to our Services immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if you breach the Terms.

All provisions of the Terms which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, warranty disclaimers, limitations of liability, and fee imposition and collection terms stated herein.

Privacy Policy:

We shall keep private any credit card, banking, and account information collected to process payments.

No Liabilities for The Website:

You agree that the Website is not responsible for any liabilities that may arise out of the use of the information on the Website. You agree that the Company, its owners, agents, and assigns are not responsible for any harm of any kind that may occur due to your use of the Website.

Service Warranty Disclaimer:

Your use of the Services is at your sole risk. The Services are provided on an “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” basis. The Services are provided without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, or course of performance.

Exceptions:

The disclaimers stated herein shall not limit any warranty that would be unlawful to exclude or limit.

Limitation of Liability:

The Company’s aggregate monetary liability for violations of these Terms or otherwise in relation to the Services shall not exceed the amount equal to the total amount you pay the Company. This limitation of liability shall not limit any losses which would be or are covered by insurance.

Waiver:

You hereby waive and release all claims of any kind against the Company’s owners, officers and employees in any way related to this Website or the Services.

Unenforceable Provisions:

Any provision herein which is prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall be so only as to such jurisdiction and only to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability. All the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall remain valid and enforceable.

Right to Change without Notice:

We reserve the right to make changes to these Terms at our sole discretion with or without notice to you. You agree that it is your responsibility to review these Terms periodically to note any changes. Any changes to payment or penalty policies shall apply only after such changes have been published on the Website. The most recent date of publication and effectiveness of these Terms is 05/30/23.

Abba Movers LLC

abbamovers.com

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