Moving Tips

Items handled by the customerinclude the following:

1. You should plan on transporting all valuables. This includes items such as money, jewelry, coin collections, and important papers.

2. You must also transport all items that are flammable, explosive or corrosive. This includes aerosol cans of any kind, fire extinguishers, paints and paint cleaners, ammonia and bleach. Please see the attached "Non-Transportable Items" page for a complete list.

3. Transporting wine can be difficult due to temperature fluctuations. Stevens is not responsible for any damage that is done beyond bottle breakage. You also may want to give away or discard open bottles, Stevens doesn't allow open liquids of any kind in our equipment.

4. Lawn mowers and other gasoline-powered engines must be emptied of oil and gas. In addition, gas cans should be washed out to avoid fumes. If autos are being transported the gas tank should be at ΒΌ full or less. The oil level in the auto should remain at normal level. The auto should be equipped with normal accessories only, additional cargo is not permitted.

5. When transporting garden hoses, please drain all water out of the hose and connect the ends tightly, just in case there is some liquid remaining inside.

6. Any item affixed to the wall or ceiling must be taken down in order for the movers to pack and ship them. This includes ceiling fans, light fixtures, drapery rods, etc.

7. Any articles located in an attic or an overhead storage area must be brought to floor level for packing and/or loading. Residence damage liability prevents us from being able to access these areas. Please have this done prior to the packing or loading day of your shipment.

8. Trash cans and barbeque grills must be free of debris and washed out prior to loading day.

9. The refrigerator and freezer should be emptied and defrosted prior to load day. Due to conditions beyond our control, we cannot transport any frozen or perishable foods.


1. Beds will be disassembled and loaded last. You can stay in your own home until the day of loading.

2. Do not forget to have customer-owned telephones packed. This is something that should be done at the last possible moment.

3. Change of address forms should be sent to the post office and all subscribed to periodicals.

4. Insurance policies should be transferred. Do not leave valuable or important papers, i.e. tax forms, birth certificates, bonds, etc., to be packed with the household goods.

5. Notify the gas, electric and phone companies to discontinue service. The utilities should not be turned off until after the load has been completed, and phone service should be discontinued at the last possible moment.

6. Arrange to have children's records forwarded to their new school. Also obtain copies of health and dental records.

7. State and City departments should be notified regarding the transfer of any motor vehicles.



  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Antifreeze Compounds
  • Disinfectants
  • Any Type of Combustible Cleaning Material


  • Acids
  • Rust Preventative
  • Bleach
  • Automobile Batteries (Not Part of Auto)
  • Household Batteries
  • Darkroom & Pool Chemicals


  • Black Powder
  • Dynamite, Plastic, or Similar Explosives
  • Fireworks
  • Ammunition (any kind)


  • Primers Adhesives (Glues, Cements)
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Ammonia & Cleaning Fluids
  • Weed Killer (pesticides in general)
  • Gasoline/Diesel Fuel/Motor Oil
  • Hand Signal Flares
  • Kerosene
  • Lighter Fluids/Charcoal/Sterno
  • Matches
  • Oil-based Paint Removers
  • Stain, Lacquer, Varnish Paint Thinners
  • Liquid Polishes


  • Gases Used in Welding
  • Scuba Diving Tanks (Unpurged)
  • Propane Tanks (any kind)
  • Fire Extinguisher

Any other hazardous materials as defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation (49 CFR 100-185).

It is recommended that all food items, whether they are fresh, frozen, dried or canned, be considered as perishables and excluded from shipping.

Special Notice: Please note that Stevens Van Lines is not liable for loss or damage to documents, currency, money, jewelry, coin collections, stamp collections, or collections of any type, as we cannot accept these items for shipment. It is necessary that you make other arrangements to transport these articles.


Things to rememberon interstate Pack Day:

1. Plan to be at home and make yourself available to the movers the entire day of packing. Packing times may vary depending on the amount of packing that is required for your move.

2. For the comfort of the children, it is often helpful to have them stay with friends or relatives during the relocation process.

3. Have your refrigerator emptied and defrosted prior to loading day. Pack day is the perfect day to accomplish this!

4. If the packers are to pack high value items, such as silver, works of art, furs, etc., we recommend that you make yourself available to view the packing of these particular items. Do not expect items such as money, jewelry, coin collections, etc., to be packed, as Stevens Van Lines cannot accept responsibility for these items.

5. We cannot pack any perishable food items, flammables, aerosols, or corrosive liquids. Please refer to the "Non-Transportable Items" page for a complete list. Please make other arrangements for the transportation of these items.

6. Items you will be taking with you should be segregated so the crew does not pack them in error. This would include all medications, important documents and any items needed while enroute to destination.

7. Check drawers, cabinets, and closets in every room for items that may have been missed during the packing.

8. If you have any questions regarding the packing of your household goods, please contact your move coordinator.

Things to rememberon interstate Load Day:

1. Please have yourself or your spouse available the entire day of loading for questions about items during Loading.

2. Make travel arrangements for your departure for the day after loading.

3. Plan on leaving all utilities on until the day following the loading of your household goods. As communication is key during any relocation, having a phone that is working is invaluable.

4. All interstate moves are inventtoried (This does NOT include local moves). Check the inventory to see that you agree with the notations made by the driver as to the present condition of your furniture. If there is a discrepancy, please make a note of it on the same inventory sheet.

5. Items of extraordinary value that are being shipped by the movers, such as antiques, works of art, etc., should be noted separately on the hi-value inventory, along with their value.

6. Walk through the house, garage, and yard to make sure nothing has been missed once the loading has been completed.

7. On the day of loading, make sure the driver and your move coordinator are aware of how to reach you enroute and at destination.

8. If you have any questions regarding the loading of your household goods, please contact your move coordinator.