Moving Tips

Lawrence Transportation Systems is pleased to serve you in every aspect of your move. While moving your belongings is our main job, we would also like to provide you with some very useful information that will help you plan out all the “little details” that are easy to forget.

We have come up with the following ideas to help you be prepared on your move day.

  • Be Organized: Items that are to remain in the house should be labeled so there is no chance of loading them by mistake. For anything that you plan to take with you, have the item already packed and loaded in the car. Be sure plane tickets, papers for house closing, etc., are in your possession. You may also want to set aside one room in your house as a “NO LOAD” zone, where you can store anything you are going to take with you if it cannot be preloaded in the car.
  • Dressers: Leave clothing in the drawers. If there are breakable items in the drawers, place them on top of the dresser so they can be packed properly. Keys, screws and bolts should be placed in a baggy and taped inside of a drawer. Lock file cabinets, and take the keys with you.
  • Clothing on Hangers: Leave clothing on hangers in the closet. (If only a few things are to be packed from the closet, please separate them from the others or place them outside of the closet.) These will be placed into “hang-up” wardrobes.
  • Pictures/Mirrors: For pictures and mirrors hanging on the wall by wire/nail, leave them hanging and they will be packed. You will need to take down anything attached to the wall by a screw, bolt, or nail driven into the wall. This includes shelving units, plant hangers, drapes, curtains and their rods, ceiling fans, etc.
  • Items in Kitchen Cabinets: Remove perishable items and unsealed liquids before packers/movers arrive. Leave everything in the cabinets and the packers will pack items.
  • Perishable Items: We regret that we are unable to take these items in the moving van.
  • Valuable jewelry, coin collections, furs, and anything else of high value (monetary or sentimental) must be taken by you, and cannot be taken on the van. Also, take remote controls to TV, VCR, and stereos which can easily be lost in packing paper.
  • Photo Albums: Irreplaceable photos, such as wedding or baby pictures, should be taken by you.
  • Refrigerator/Freezer: We ask that you unplug your refrigerator and freezer at least 24 hours before loading day. Leave the doors open; then take a hair dryer and blow-dry the inside of the unit. When this is completed, pour one cup of fresh, unused coffee grounds into some type of nylon stocking, tie a knot in the sock and place one in the freezer, one in the refrigerator compartment. For upright or chest freezers, toss two socks in the unit, and then close the door. This will absorb the unwanted odors. If you wish to take refrigerator or freezer items with you, most local grocers can provide you with long lasting dry ice to stock your cooler for the ride to your new home.

Prohibited: There are a few items we cannot take on the van for safety reasons. Click here to learn more.