Packing is a crucial part of your move. An organized and planned packing process will allow you to start your new life at your new location quickly and easily. The Moving Experts have come up with some important tips in order for you to create a smooth packing process.
General Packing Tips:
- Pack early: It is important to go at your own pace and not rush the packing process in order to account for all items you plan to move with you and to make sure you are well-organized for easy unloading when you arrive at your new location.
- Mark all boxes to indicate what is in each box and what room it goes to.
- Heavier items should be in smaller boxes and light bulky items in larger boxes in order to keep boxes from splitting or crushing.
- Save or resell your used boxes that you purchased for this move. You can use them in next move or you can sell it to moving companies in your area.
- Pack all the boxes to their maximum capacity and, if possible, combine paper to prevent movements that will cause noise and damage to the boxed items.
- Tape the boxes at all openings, especially bottoms, as well as tape around the box to insure stability.
- Dishes: make sure that each dish is separately wrapped with paper or bubble wrap and there is padding on the bottom of the box as well as between each individual item. Cover the top of the items before you close the box to ensure tightness and security.
- Empty the drawers of all of your furniture.
- Tools and Lawn Equipment — Drain oil and fuel from power tools such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, trimmers and chain saws (do not ship flammables under any circumstances). Pack hand tools in small, strong cartons. Wrap separately if valuable.
- Motorcycles — should be drained nearly empty of fuel. Motorcycle batteries should be disconnected.
- Electronics like Home Theater Systems, Plasma and Big-Screen TVs, Surround Sound Systems and Entertainment System Components — We recommend using a qualified third party to properly prepare plasma and big-screen TVs and entertainment system components for transport. It is best to use the original packaging when available. Consult the owner's manual for specific instructions on your equipment.
- Lamps and Lampshades — Remove bulbs, harps and shades and roll up the cord. Pack lamps with bedding or wrap separately and place up right in a clean, tissue-lined carton. Wrap harp and finial with packing paper and tape to the inside wall of the carton that contains the shade. Wrap shades in tissue, not newspaper, and place upright in large, tissue-lined cartons.
- Medicine — Seal caps with masking tape. Wrap and pack upright in small cartons or metal waste containers. Some prescription drugs, such as insulin, lose their potency if exposed to heat. Check with your pharmacist before transporting them with your shipment. Our recommendation is that you carry all medications with you.
- Stereos — Secure the tone arm and turntable against the movement by tying. Secure the changer to avoid its moving forward. On delicate, expensive players, it is wise to have this done by an experienced serviceman.
- Microwave Ovens — Remove all loose articles inside the oven, such as cookware, glass shelves and carousels. Wrap loose articles and place in a separate container. Tape the door shut in an "X"-pattern to protect the glass. Use the original manufacturer's carton if available.
- Glass Items like Glass tops, glass shelves, Mirrors, Paintings and Pictures -- For complete safety, these items should be crated. This is a "must" when storing or shipping; Wrap them in unprinted newspaper or paper pads and place them in picture / mirror box.
- Cables — Disconnect all the cables from all electronic items like TV, Stereo System, DVD, VCR and pack them together.
- Computers — Pack computer equipment — PCs, scanners, printers, etc. — in original cartons when available. Otherwise, use strong, corrugated cartons and place protective padding on the bottom of the carton. Place additional padding between the carton and the computer.
- Rugs — Leave large rugs to be rolled up by the carrier.
- Silverware — Wrap each piece in cloth or low-sulfur-content paper to prevent tarnishing. Wrap the silver chest in an old blanket or moving pad to prevent scratching.
- Waterbed Mattresses — Drain all water from the waterbed and, grasping the internal baffle system with the external vinyl, fold the mattress 20 inches at a time. Adjust folds to avoid making creases across individual baffles. Consult your owner's manual for special instructions concerning the care and transportation of your mattress. Do not place your mattress in a carton with sharp or pointed objects
- Refrigerator / Freezes — 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 pans, trays, crispers, shelves or removable parts should be removed and wrapped separately. Have your refrigerator serviced. Motor may have to be bolted down before moving. Do not plug it in at the new home until it has been unbolted.
- Stoves — Must be disconnected prior to pickup. Be sure gas lines are shut off tight and capped, if possible. For electric ranges, if the coils are loose, they must be removed together with griddles, deep fryers and removable parts, then packed separately.
Items that need to be prepared by authorized third party:
Grandfather clocks, chandeliers, pool tables, hot tubs, washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, aquariums etc.
Items to be transported by the client:
- Valuables — Legal documents, all important papers, jewels, stamps and currency should be handled by you personally. Keep them in your immediate possession.
- Firearms — You are responsible for transporting handguns and ammunition.
- Flammables and Combustibles — Flammable liquids and aerosol cans must not be packed. Changes in temperature and pressure can cause them to leak or even explode. For your own protection, know that if you pack these items and they cause damage to your shipment or others, you — not your carrier — will be held liable.
- Frozen Foods and Plants — Because of the delicate and perishable nature of these items, carriers are prohibited from accepting these packed items unless the shipment is transported less than 150 miles and/or delivery will be accomplished within 24 hours of loading. Frozen food shipped within these guidelines should be packed in a cooler with dry ice, not in a freezer.
Which Box to Use?
- Small Boxes: (1.5 cu. ft.) Books, Records, Magazines, Canned goods, Heavy tools, etc.
- Medium Boxes: (3.0 cu. ft.) Linens, Shoes, Small appliances, almost all miscellaneous items in the house.
- Large Boxes: (4.5 cu. ft.) Lampshades, Shoes, Pillows, Bedding, Stuffed Animals, Lighter clothing items such as sweaters, robes, etc.
- Extra Large Boxes: (6.0 cu. ft.) Lampshades, Pillows, Bedding, Only light "Fluffy" articles!.
- China Boxes / Dishpacks: (Double Wall) These are for breakables such as Dishes, Stemware, Figurines, Objects of art, Lamps, other fragile items, Etc.
- Mirror / Picture Boxes: (2 Piece or 4 Way) These are for Pictures, Mirrors, Glass table tops, Shelves, Marble slabs, Etc. (Use paper pads, or Bubble Wrap to cushion these items).
- Lamp Boxes: Lamp Bases, Tall Items.
- Wardrobe Boxes: (With Hanging Bars) These are for good suits and dresses you don't want to get wrinkled. To safe space, you can feet blankets and pillows on the bottom of the wardrobe box.