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Things on move day

Move day is probally approaching fast. I have come up with a few little items you might want to add to your ever-growing to-do list. I tried to skip out on all the common sense tips you see online and focus more on the items that help a customers move go more smoothly :

  1. Cable Boxes- If you are moving do another part of town, you may need to make sure your cable provider is the same at you new home. If not , get all the remotes and boxes together. Either drop them off before move day, or put them all together in a box and write : NO PACK all over the box.
  2. Liquids: Things like Bleach, Soap and other chemicals cannot be moved. They can spill through out the truck and cause damage to your beautiful furniture. Even worse, some times chemicals can spill into each other and become a toxic mess on the truck
  3.  Your purse, wallet, iphone, phone chargers, kids game tablets and other items that you use more than once a day should be place into your car , or if the heat or space will not allow, all those items should be put into a small empty closet or pantry.  This will prevent any frustration when these commonly used items get packed or loaded into the truck by mistake.
  4. Stay organized. If you are doing your own packing, try and keep all the boxes in one central location, any clutter such as shoes by the front door, clothes on the floor or other little messes that build up during moving, might slow your movers down. If you are paying by the hour, ever minute literally counts, so clear paths lead to clear budgets
  5. Move the art and flat screens yourself. If you are just moving locally you can save lots of time with your movers if you move all the wall art and tvs in your own personal cr. These items along with other items that usually dont get boxed such as Lamps and Vases are always good to move on your own.

My last tip would be to make sure you are researching your movers. The real cost of a move can be hidden by low prices, followed by bad workers that break your items or drag the clock out all day. Experienced movers, move fast and safe using the utmost care when moving your hard earned belongings.




Should I tip my movers

Lots of folks are not even aware that tipping in the moving industry is very common. For those who did not know about tipping your movers, (Um…was my bill not high enough), it is OK. As we like to say, tips are always appreciated but not expected.

If you are not comfortable with tipping or feel it may be outside the norm, you can always offer your appreciation with Gatorade, Pizza or other Goodies. This can show your appreciation on a budget.

Movers in the industry as a whole are typically not paid correctly. Many movers are paid cash daily or considered “1099 Employees” or sub contractors. It is important to only support companies that pay their employees as W-2. In fact Move Buddies hourly rate is 30% higher per hour than the national average. We also offer vacation and personal time for all Employees who have been part of the team for more than a year.

Move Buddies also offers monthly bonuses for safe driving, and our Mover of the Month award that goes to excelled performers for the month.

So while tipping is part of the norm ,it is definitely a choice that Move Buddies movers never expect, but always appreciate.


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Saint Patricks day in Savannah Georgia

Well we made it through another Saint Patrick’s day with minor incidents. A few bathroom incidents and definitely some spilled food and beers, but other than that things went off without a hitch once again. The weather was gorgeous and the Saint Patrick’s day parade went off without a hitch.


For the very few out there that may not be aware; Saint Patrick’s day is bigger than Christmas in Savannah Georgia. The streets are overflowing with shoulder to shoulder crowds of green geared and party ready fans. The parade that goes down the river front is amazing. Historically correct and interesting and packed with unique shops from the locals, it is hard to beat the experience.

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Packing materials for your move

The time has come. You must slowly build up the energy before your upcoming move. 20 days. That is all you have left. The key to a successful move is always planning. And planning on doing your own packing can not only save you up to 50% off the cost of your move with professional movers, it can also help you with the emotional separation that can come with moving and another healthy chore of de-cluttering. A good focus is three boxes a day. I mean just three boxes a day that you pack. Depending on your move size, would depend on the start date of packing those three boxes a day.

I always recommend you start with the hard parts first, this way as you are winding down too your move date, and dealing with lots of other action items, the packing will be easier , hence you will spend less of your day packing and more focusing on other items.

Another good tip for packing your clothes and trying to figure out how many wardrobe boxes you will need, would be using the 3′ rule. Typically 3′ of closet space will fill one 18″ wardrobe box. If the clothes are not dry clean worthy, I have seen many folks put 4′ of space into the same 18″ box, but just prepare for some ironing.

Have lots of glass and art. Boxing these items is tricky and I would recommend watching videos on YouTube such as this one:

In order to try and learn the proper way to pack. Boxing materials for these items can add up in cost quick. You can save some of that cost, by bubble wrapping then tapping each pece of art and sticking it in a dresser draw packed with packing paper(dunage).

Well Newspaper can make great and cheap packing paper, please be aware that the print wipes off easy and can permanently stain china, dishes, pictures, art and other like items. You must be careful on direct surface contact if you decide to use newspaper.

While the liquor box or banana box are common free give away by many local business, beware, fruit flies, roaches and other bugs quickly find a home in these boxes and bringing them into your home is going to be a headache. If you are looking for a cheaper source on boxes, check your local craigslist site free for taking. Many Earth conscious folks give boxes away that are usually in great shape. You can check here:

A helpful tool with your boxing estimates can be found here on the Move Buddies moving tips page:

Planning ahead can save you worries and monies. A well planned moved makes for a better and healthier transition. If you are moving in Savannah, Georgia or Charleston, South Carolina you can always call and ask a Move Buddy for more helpful tips and tricks to help conquer your upcoming move.