Moving Tips

Moving Tips

Oscars Moving and Storage

  • Bedding

    Place bedding in large boxes or garbage bags that are clean and secure. Light articles such as blankets or pillows may be put into furniture drawers.

  • Beds

    Box springs and mattresses may be placed into mattress covers or cartons. OMS will dismantle your beds, place them on furniture blankets inside the truck.

  • Drawers In Furniture

    Articles such as blankets, cushions, pillows, and clothing may be left in drawers. Remove heavy items, breakables, and small trinkets from desks, dressers, buffets, wall units, and armoires.

  • China

    Wrap china and all fragile objects in wrapping paper individually, preferably using small boxes, or dish pack boxes. Large plates and heavy items should be placed in the bottom of the box; smaller items, such as glasses and saucers should be placed on top. Do not over pack each box, or place items above the edge of the box.

  • Books and Magazines

    Books should be packed into small, book cartons, and secured with packing tape. Wrap valuable books individually. DO NOT pack books in furniture drawers as the extra weight could damage your furniture. Canned GoodsPack upright in small, sturdy boxes. Do not over pack. Boxes should not weigh over 50 lbs.

  • Refrigerators

    Defrost and thoroughly dry your refrigerator before moving. This is very important. The doors should be left open several hours to air after defrosting. All trays, shelves, and removable parts should be removed and wrapped separately. All perishable food must be removed as well, and can be placed into a cooler with ice to preserve.

  • Clothing

    Wardrobe boxes are provided by OMS for an extra charge and are used to transport hanging clothes from your closet. Wardrobes will hold approximately 25 hangers depending upon the size of your garments. This is the best way to transport hanging clothes as they will be transported to you clean and wrinkle-free. Other clothing should be placed in medium to large boxes, suitcases, trunks, or left in dresser drawers.

  • Computers/ Copiers

    OMS does not insure computers, copiers, or any other computer-related items unless they are listed as additional insured. Because of the fragility of these items, it is impossible to assure that they will work the same as before transportation simply due to the bouncing of the items in the truck. It is best to take these items in your car ahead of time. Copiers will be wrapped with furniture blankets and shrink wrap to ensure extra safety.

  • Kitchen Utensils

    Kitchen utensils should be placed in small boxes, or dish pack boxes. Durable, heavy pieces placed on the bottom, and light ones on top. All of the items should be wrapped in paper, or towels, to prevent scratching. Toasters, irons, waffle irons, mixers, etc., may be wrapped individually and placed in medium-sized cartons with other kitchen utensils. Once again, place heavier items on the bottom; lighter items on top.

  • Clocks

    Pendulums on clocks should be removed or secured tightly to the base of the clock. Small clocks may be wrapped and placed in boxes.

  • Food

    OMS will not be liable for damage caused by food spilling on other items. Perishable food should never be stored or shipped.

  • Fish Tanks/Aquariums

    OMS does not insure fish tanks or aquariums. If you would like us. to take them regardless, they must be emptied of water, stones, or any other debris.

  • Glass Tops To Furniture

    For long-distance moves it is a good idea to have these items crated. For local moves they will be wrapped in furniture blankets and placed safely in the truck.

  • Grandfather Clocks

    Remove chimes. Secure weight chains tightly against the back of the clock with wire or strong string and remove weights and pendulums. If uncomfortable packing yourself, OMS will pack it safely for you.

  • Pianos

    OMS uses specialized piano moving equipment to move any size piano. Each piano is moved differently according to the type, weight, and flights of stairs involved. OMS charges additionally for this service.

  • Stereos/VCR/DVD/Bluray

    All stereo components should be placed in their original boxes whenever possible. If the original boxes have been discarded, components can be either placed in medium, or large boxes, or wrapped in furniture blankets. If placed in boxes make sure that there is padding in between each component.

  • Particle Board Furniture

    OMS does not insure unstable particle board furniture due to its breakability. Particle board was not built to be moved: only kept in place. The only way to ensure it being delivered safely to your new home is to disassemble it in its entirety, and reassemble it again once you arrive.

  • Televisions Sets

    All television sets should be moved in their original boxes whenever possible. If the original boxes have been discarded, then OMS will wrap the televisions in furniture blankets. Widescreen televisions will be wrapped in furniture blankets, and shrink wrapped to ensure safety.

  • Mowers And Gasoline Powered Tools

    Gas tanks should be drained and all reservoirs emptied. No flammable mixtures or articles may be transported by public carriers.

  • Rugs

    It is not necessary to remove rugs from the floors. OMS will do this for you. If you are going to be storing rugs or carpets, it is a good idea to have them cleaned beforehand.

  • Valuables

    Legal documents, important papers, jewelry, and currency should be handled by you personally. Keep them in your immediate possession. OMS is not liable for these items.

  • Records

    Pack records on end, side by side, to provide the greatest resistance to weight pressure. Use sturdy, small boxes only.

  • Jewelry

    Keep valuables and jewelry in your immediate possession.

    OMS is not liable for jewelry.

  • Plants

    OMS does not insure plants and their containers, and suggests that they should be handled personally by the owner. OMS occasionally will move large plants/pots but will assume no responsibility to any damage that might occur to them.

  • Lamps/ Mirros

    Remove ornamental tops from table lamps, and place in a large box. Floor lamps and table lamps which cannot be boxed will be wrapped in furniture blankets and taken as is. Lamp shades Wrap in white clear tissue paper only and place in medium/large box marked “fragile.” Do not use newsprint on any lamp shade that may be marked.

    Wall mirrors will be wrapped in furniture blankets and moved the same way as glass tops. OMS will not take mirrors that are fastened onto walls or re-fasten them at your new address. Mirror cartons can also be purchased through OMS.

  • Paintings And Pictures

    Small pictures may be wrapped individually and placed in medium/large boxes. Large and valuable pictures and paintings must be wrapped in furniture blankets, placed in mirror cartons, or crated for moving.

    OMS will not be liable for paintings of exceptional value unless they are listed as additionally insured.

  • Washer/Dryer

    Washers must be disconnected ahead of time. Also, it is best to run the washing machine for a full cycle without any clothes to ensure all of the water has been emptied.

    OMS is not liable for any water that leaks onto the truck and onto your furniture. Gas dryers must be connected ahead of time as OMS does not touch anything gas-relate