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Moving Tips

Capitol Hill Haulers

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Lists are such powerful tools. They help you get rady for your big move. We reccomend you start as far in advance as possible. 



When you move it is a great opportunity to get rid of old stuff. Clear the deck for a new life. Take advantage of the moment! Make room for a new life!



You want packing supplies that are basically the same size so packing and moving are easier. We will get our job done a lot faster for you with uniform packing materials. You can purchase them from us if you would like. 

Packing a Bag


Before we arrive you want to pack a couple of days of basics for yourself so you know wher ethey are in your new home. 

Full-Service Moving Packages

With convenient service add-ons and additional liability options, Mayflower makes it easy to enhance your moving experience.

Packing Checklists

Organize your packing supplies, take steps to protect your items, and prepare for moving day with one of our easy-to-follow, downloadable packing checklists.

Packing Videos

Learn how to pack each room in your home with our step-by-step tutorials from the Mayflower video library.

Packing Information

Learn packing techniques developed by professionals and get helpful advice on streamlining the packing process with our packing tips.

What To Do


Purge before you Pack. Gather your items by category (i.e. linens, pots and pans, sweaters, books, etc.) and make piles to donate, sell and toss. Start weeks in advance as this step will take some time, but will make for an easier and less stressful move.


Sell and Donate. After you’ve decided you’re ready to part ways with an item, get it out the door as quickly as possible. My go-to resources for selling online:

  • Clothing: Thread Up

  • Electronics: eBay

  • Furniture: OfferUp, Craig’s List

  • Donations: For larger pieces that you want to donate, schedule a pick-up from the Salvation Army weeks in advance.


Stock up on Supplies:

  • Boxes: check with family/friends, local grocery stores, your office, etc. before purchasing.

  • Cardboard dish pack with partitions for glassware: check with the local liquor store or
    purchase at Uhaul

  • Hanging clothes boxes: If using a moving company, ask if they will supply them. Or use a tie/tape to group the hangers and pull the garbage bag over.

  • Bubble wrap, packing paper for dishes, Ziploc bags, plastic wrap, tape, tape gun, colored duct tape (in a variety of colors)


Pack the essential items. What supplies will you need when you first arrive at the new home and the next morning? Transport these in your own car to ensure they don’t get lost.

  • Think about the basic items you’ll need to eat, clean, and have your morning coffee!

  • What clothes do you need handy for the first couple of days?


Prioritize your bedding. Pack clean sheets and bedding and plan to make the beds early in the unpacking stage before you get too tired from the move. You’ll be so happy you did this at the end of an exhausting day!


Pack dishes vertically, not stacked: Boxes with partitions are ideal for packing up your glasses and dishes. Plates and platters are less likely to break if they’re wrapped and stacked vertically.


Wrap it Up!

  • Use saran wrap to cover liquids and anything that would spill.

  • Cover furniture or items with sharp edges with wrap.

    Don’t unhang your hanging items. Transfer hanging items to a box with a hanging rod, or tie the hangers together so they don’t get crisscrossed and pull a garbage bag around the items.


Labeling is key. Clearly identify the room, and note the contents and if it’s fragile. If you want to be extra organized, number the box and keep a list of each number with its contents. Remember to label the side of the box, not the top.


Start Early. Since packing and moving is such an overwhelming thought to many us, it’s easy to procrastinate and wait until crunch time to start the process. If you start on steps 1-3 early, you will find that the packing portion is a way less daunting.

Take a moment to learn about our moving protection options.

Understanding Moving Protection

Full Value Protection v. Moving Insurance

Capitol Hill Haulers basic Full Value Protection plan is designed to compensate you if something happens to your belongings that we are moving for you during the moving process. Subject to important conditions, we can repair items that have been damaged and replace items that are not repairable or have been lost, up to a minimum amount that you declare*. Our aim is to make things right in the event of the unexpected. However, our Full Value Protection option is not insurance, like the insurance coverages that may be provided by your homeowner's policy, because you don’t have to prove our negligence caused the loss or damage. Instead, subject to certain limits, we will be responsible for your claims; our Full Value Protection option reflects the monetary value of that responsibility. Insurance is a very different legal transaction and with a different policy, terms are different across providers and that coverage should be discussed directly with your insurance provider.

How does Capitol Hill Haulers' basic Full Value Protection option work?

Take a moment to learn how we calculate your Full-Value Protection and the importance of completing our High-Value Inventory Form.

Basic Full-Value Protection Option Included in Every Initial Quote
The standard amount of Full Value Protection is calculated by multiplying the estimated weight of your shipment by $6 per pound. For example, if the weight of your shipment is 6800lbs, the amount of your valuation would be 6800 multiplied by $6, totaling $40,800. Before we commence loading your shipment, you can always increase the amount of your valuation as well.

IMPORTANT: You Need to Complete the High Value Inventory Form

When you elect our Full Value Protection option, you’ll also need to record items that you include in your shipment that are valued at $100 or more, per pound, (such as artwork, jewelry, high-end furniture, designer clothes, antiques, collectibles, electronics, etc.) on the High Value Inventory Form. For example, a pair of earrings may be worth $800, but weigh less than a pound. If those earrings are included in your shipment, but you do not list them on your High Value Inventory Form and they are lost in transit, you would only receive $6 for the loss of those earrings. However, if they had been listed on the form, you could receive up to the replacement value of the earrings.

Additional Protection Option and Programs

In addition to the basic Full-Value Protection option, we have an additional protection option and other programs that you can select and add to your moving quote. Not all options are available for every move; check with your move coordinator to see if they apply to your move.

Minimum Liability Valuation Option

If you decide to opt-out of the basic Full Value Protection option – which is included upfront in every initial moving quote – you will still be covered by the minimum valuation option (required by law) which equates to $0.60 per pound per article. However, we highly recommend against this option due to the fact that it can leave you vulnerable to monetary loss, depending on which item for which you need to file a claim. For example, if you have us move a TV for you, and that TV weighs 30lbs, and it is lost or damaged during you move, you would only receive 30lbs multiplied by $0.60 per pound which would total $18 for your TV.

Increased Declaration – Full Value Protection

You have the option to declare a higher value than the basic amount included in our Full-Value Protection option for an additional charge. You can increase your valuation amount at any time, all the way up to when we begin loading your shipment.

Claim Assist

Our Claim Assist program provides assistance to customers who need to complete a claim form and/or have items that need to be repaired or replaced.

If you decide to opt into one of our convenience service packages, you could have the option to select one more of the following services, depending on which package you purchase.

Pairs & Sets Waiver

Capitol Hill Haulers isn’t typically responsible for undamaged items that are part of a set. With Pairs & Sets Waiver, if any one item in a set is damaged and cannot be fixed or replaced to match the set, Capitol Hill Haulers will waive its defense related to the undamaged items and can replace the set or pay for the entire set’s replacement value.

Mechanical Malfunction Waiver

Absent evidence of mishandling during the move, Capitol Hill Haulers isn’t typically responsible for mechanical equipment that doesn’t work after a move due to road vibrations, or other typical moving conditions. With this waiver, Capitol Hill Haulers can agree to repair or replace equipment that doesn’t work after a move.

Acts of God Waiver

Capitol Hill Haulers isn’t typically responsible for loss or damage resulting from an Act of God. With Acts of God Waiver, we can repair or replace belongings in the event of loss or damage in the case of a natural disaster during the move.

Additional Delay Payment

When applicable, you could receive an increased rate of compensation of up to $250 per day if your pick up or delivery is delayed past the date on your paperwork.

Increased Destination Wait Time

If you are not ready to receive your belongings at the time they are ready to be delivered as scheduled, we will extend our included wait time up to four hours.

Identity Theft Protection

Add one year of Identity Theft Protection, see Capitol Hill Haulers tariff for important program terms and conditions.

Full Value Protection

With our basic Full Value Protection option (included in every initial quote), you can trust Mayflower to strive to protect your belongings during your move.

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