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Five Star Review from Rob

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Incredible service throughout the entire process. From the  estimate (done remotely via FaceTime) to the actual move (special thanks to Mesiake, Austin, and Levi for making the day fast and easy for me — you guys are fantastic!!!), everything about working with this company was just great. Moving is such a stressful time, and these folks made it so much easier and more pleasant with their professionalism and positive, enthusiastic attitude.

Appreciate the kind words Rob!
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How to Pack Dishes

Packing dishes isn’t difficult, but since most of them will be fragile, it may take some time. Repeating the process over and over for each piece can get tiresome, but taking the time to do it correctly helps ensure they arrive in good condition.

  1. Prepare the boxes. Since these boxes will be carrying heavy, fragile items, use several layers of packing tape on the seams and along the bottom of each box. Pad inside with a layer of packing paper, and be careful not to overfill. We recommend keeping the weight of any single box to 40 pounds or less.
  2. Wrap each dish. Place one dish in the center of a sheet of packing paper and pull up the corners to the middle, folding the paper to enclose it fully.
  3. Bundle plates together before packing. Once four similar items are wrapped, stack them together, wrap them again, then tape the paper to keep it bundled tightly.
  4. Fill empty spaces in the box. When filling the box, place heavier dishes on the bottom and more fragile ones on top. Fill any extra spaces with crumpled packing paper (or kitchen linens if you have them). If the contents shift when gently shaking the box, add more filler.
  5. Tape and label the box. Tape the top well, and label it “Dishes” and “Fragile.” Also mark which way is up, so it is loaded correctly.
  6. Use care when loading dishes. Place boxes containing dishes and china near the floor of the moving equipment, and avoid stacking heaving things on top that could crush them.

Other tips:

  • Plates: Place vertically in the box, like you would load them in a dishwasher. Wrap differently sized pieces in separate bundles. 
  • Bowls: Nest like-sized bowls together (like plates), and put some packing paper in the top of each bowl for support.  Also put these in the box vertically.
  • Cups and glasses: Package these individually, placing paper inside. Load them in the box upside down.
  • Mugs and Teacups: Cover handles well, and place packing paper inside for support. Wrap each one individually.
  • Stemware: Use Bubble Wrap®on the stem, then wrap the entire piece in packing paper, making sure paper fills the inside of the glass. Place upside down in a box, and do not stack anything on top.
  • Odd-shaped pieces: If the piece has a lid, remove it and wrap it separately. Wrap any handles well with Bubble Wrap®. Protect odd-shaped dishes completely with packing paper. Use tape if you need to cover it completely, but be careful only to apply tape to the paper (as it could damage the finish of the dishes).

How to Pack Books

Whether it’s one shelf full or an entire library, books need to be carefully packed to stay protected. When packing books, consider their weight and distribute them so you can easily carry the boxes. We recommend using small boxes and keeping the weight under 40 lbs.

  1. Use sturdy boxes. Used or found boxes may not be in very good condition and aren’t typically designed to protect your items during a long distance move.
  2. Tape the box well. Place a double layer of packing tape along the bottom seam and any corners or edges to add support.
  3. Prepare the box. Add crushed packing paper to the bottom of the box to create a layer of protection.
  4. Organize the books. Group them by size for easier packing.
  5. Wrap special books in packing paper. Items that are older, fragile or special should be wrapped to provide extra protection. If it’s a very high value book, we recommend keeping it with you during the move.
  6. Pack. There are three ways to place books in the box:
    • Upright (like on a shelf). Place each book with pages facing the outside of the box. Rows should be spine to spine, and if there’s a third row, use a layer of packing paper to keep pages from touching. This method is best for hardbacks.
    • Laid flat. Stack books on top of each other and place packing paper between stacks to prevent pages from touching. This option is best for paperbacks.
    • Spine down. Place books in the box with the pages upright, then add packing paper to keep them secure. Best for large or heavy books.
  7. Fill any extra space. Use crushed packing paper to keep the contents from shifting.
  8. Tape the box closed. Apply two layers of packing tape to the top for extra protection.
  9. Label each box. Write “books” on the box to make loading and unloading easier.

Five Stars from Repeat Customer

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Mesake, Levi, Ni, and Jeremiah did an amazing job in moving my parents’ entire household belongings in November 2020; it was a super stressful time because both of my parents were hospitalized during this move but Mesake, Levi, Nic, and Jeremiah made the whole moving process a lot less stressful. They were all very polite and used extreme caution in packing potentially breakable items.

My husband and I were so impressed with House to Home Moving that we reached out to them again for our own move in March 2021 —- Jose R., Sergio, and Fred were extremely great movers – very polite, attentive to detail, and super cautious with moving items.  Jose R., Sergio, and Fred went above and beyond in their moving efforts – very efficient with time also!

We were very thankful for this wonderful House To Home Moving crew!

Thank You Heidi!
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Five Stars from Deborah

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Fred, Jerimiah, Austin, Michael, and Levi did a fabulous job moving me from Natomas to Rocklin. They got everything loaded in 3.5 hours and unloaded on the other end in 3.5 hours. They were efficient, friendly, and really knew what they were doing. They got my HUGE desk out of a tight space with no damage to walls. They asked me at every step what I wanted, they were on-time, and communicated with me at every step in the process. Due to their efficiency, the move came in significantly under the quoted price. I was very impressed throughout the process and would recommend this “A Team” for any move. They’re the best!

Thanks Deborah

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