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Move checklists

What packing supplies do I need?

When planning a move, one of the most important details that could get overlooked is making sure you have adequate moving supplies.

Packing with durable moving boxes, padding, wrap and tape helps you to prepare your valuables for your move.

Use our moving supply checklist below to start packing today:

  1. Moving Boxes
  2. Dish Pack Kit
  3. Glass Pack Kit
  4. Unprinted News
  5. Wrapping Paper
  6. Bubble Wrap
  7. Stretch Plastic Wrap
  8. Furniture Pads
  9. Permanent Markers
  10. Box Tape Dispenser
  11. Box Cutter

FAQ

The earlier, the better. Although the actual truck assignment may not be made until a few days before your move, it’s a good idea to give your moving company four to six weeks notice, if possible. The more lead time you can give, the more likely we will be able to meet your preferred delivery schedule. All moving companies, for their standard service, require flexibility with alternate pickup and delivery dates. Diday aspires to meet your preferred dates or the nearest possible alternatives. You will be notified in advance of the loading date for your goods and of the estimated date of arrival. If your pickup and delivery dates are critical, due to a lease expiration or real estate closing, you may choose an extra-cost service which will enable us to accommodate a more precise schedule. You should discuss your specific pickup and delivery requirements with your Diday agent, who can advise you regarding the types and costs of services available. If you decide to move with Diday, a move coordinator will be assigned to you. This person will help you select services (if needed) and can answer any questions you may have throughout the entire process.
A Diday agent will need to visit your home to conduct a visual survey of the all of the items you plan to move. Your Diday agent will determine the approximate cost based on the amount of items you are moving and their weight and give you a written Estimate/Order for Service. An accurate estimate cannot be calculated without a visual survey of the items to be moved. There is no charge for this estimate.
A binding estimate specifies in advance the cost of the move, based on the services requested or deemed necessary at the time of the estimate. If additional services are requested or required at origin or destination (such as a “shuttle” from a location at which a full-size truck cannot operate directly), the total cost will increase. Binding estimates are valid for the time period specified, up to 30 days. If you add items to be moved or require additional services, such as packing, between the time of the estimate and the time of your move, there will be additional charges. An addendum specifying these additional charges will be prepared for your signature. If you are interested in obtaining a binding estimate, please discuss this with your Diday agent +33.9.88.99.90.30
This depends on many factors, such as the time of year, weather conditions, size of your shipment, time required to load and unload, and the direction and distance your shipment is traveling. Because the furnishings of the average household will not fill a truck, it is often necessary for two or more shipments to be loaded on the same truck. Each shipment is carefully sectioned off from the others. With the help of Diday’s computer-assisted dispatching system, pickup and delivery dates are scheduled according to the origins and destinations of individual shipments on the trucks, as well as shipment weight.
Contact your move coordinator as soon as you can if your move dates have changed. He/she can process any changes to your plan and discuss updates; keep in mind your estimate may change depending on the dates you selected.
Unless you have been given a binding estimate, the exact cost of your move cannot be determined until after your shipment has been loaded on the truck and weighed. If additional services are requested or become necessary after loading and weighing, additional charges will be incurred. Basic transportation charges depend on the actual weight of your goods and the distance they will travel. The total cost will include these transportation costs, any charges for Full-Value Protection, plus charges for any additional convenience service package you may add or “accessorial” services (such as packing and unpacking) performed by the Diday agent at your request. These charges are based on “tariff” rate schedules.
Tariff provisions require that all charges be paid before your shipment is unloaded at destination (unless prior arrangements have been made for later billing). Payment for your Diday shipment can be made by one of the following methods: cash, money order or cashier’s check. If storage at destination (storage-in-transit) is necessary, all transportation charges must be paid at time of delivery of the shipment to the warehouse. You will then be assessed storage charges based on the applicable rates set forth in our tariff.
Yes, but how much protection you have and its cost to you depend upon the Diday “valuation” program you choose – Full-Value Protection or Released Value Liability (60 cents per pound per article).
Under this protection plan, if any article is lost, destroyed or damaged while under Diday Van Lines’ interstate authority, it will either 1) repair the article to the extent necessary to restore it to the same condition as when it was received by Diday or pay you for the cost of such repairs; or 2) replace the article with an article of like kind and quality or pay you for the cost of such a replacement. An additional charge applies for this option and is included upfront in every estimate. Diday will determine the appropriate settlement method to be used. Diday’s total liability for loss or damage will not exceed the amount you declare as the value of your shipment. However, the minimum total declared value must be at least equal to the weight of your shipment multiplied by $6.00 per pound.
With this type of valuation, Diday’s maximum liability for loss or damage to any article in the shipment is 60 cents multiplied by the weight of the article. This is the basic liability level and is provided at no charge.
In the moving industry, items having a value of more than $100 per pound are known as “articles of extraordinary value.” All “articles of extraordinary value” in your shipment must be listed on the High-Value Inventory Form which will be given to you by the salesperson to complete. Although you might have other articles of extraordinary value, the following list should help you identify items that might fall under this classification: jewelry, furs, art and coin collections, crystal, figurines, antiques, Oriental rugs, precious stones or gems, china and silverware. In the event of a claim, any settlement involving an article of extraordinary value listed on the High-Value Inventory Form is limited to the value of the article, not to exceed the declared value of the shipment, based upon the Diday valuation program applicable to your shipment.
If you are unable to take immediate possession of your new residence, your belongings can be stored in a local Diday agent’s warehouse. Diday agents throughout the country provide storage facilities for holding your goods until you’re ready for them. However, you are responsible for the storage charges, warehouse valuation coverage and final delivery charges from the warehouse.
At the time of your move, you can choose to pack as much or as little as you want. We can pack the entire shipment, pack only a portion of your belongings or you can pack everything yourself. Diday is here to personalize your move process and make this transition as smooth as possible. If you’re interested in our packing services, you can discuss options with your salesperson during your in-home estimate. Your move coordinator can also go over these services or feel free to browse our packing options. Diday offers different packing services to fit all types of moves and budgets.
Diday’s air-ride trucks provide a clean, smooth move. Diday protects your upholstered furniture with protective wrap before it is covered with furniture pads.
You can certainly pack yourself. Visit our packing tips for advice on how to pack dishes, clothes, shoes and other items.
Frozen foods can be moved, but only under specific, limited conditions. Be sure to discuss this with your Diday agent. In most instances, we suggest that shipping arrangements be made through a local frozen food locker, especially for a long-distance move. It is often easier to use up perishable food items prior to your move or just to donate them.
Items of extraordinary value such as jewelry, money, photographs, antiques and stamp collections can be included in your shipment, provided you notify your Diday agent of these items before packing or moving day. However, we strongly recommend that you carry irreplaceable and expensive articles with you or make other arrangements for their transport.
Diday Van Lines cannot accept responsibility for safely moving your plants, because they may suffer from a lack of water and light as well as probable temperature changes while in transit. You may prefer to transport your house plants in the family car or ship them by plane.

Moving tips & guides

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