Simple & Easy Moving Tips

Our Moving Tips are a nice, printable timeline of steps to take to help ensure that your move is a smooth one — and that nothing gets left out! We’ve also included packing tips to help you protect your cherished valuables.


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.


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.


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 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. Pack canned goods in small, sturdy boxes. Do not over pack. Boxes should not weigh over 50 lbs.


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.


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.


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 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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


Keep valuables and jewelry in your immediate possession. OMS is not liable for jewelry.


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.


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.


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.


Keep valuables and jewelry in your immediate possession. OMS is not liable for jewelry.


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.


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.