Smart Moving and Packing Tips – Take the Stress Out of Moving

One of the biggest mistakes when moving is waiting until the last minute. The best tips are to plan smart and allow approximately 6 weeks to get into gear.

Packing Tips

1. Don’t Overpack Boxes – A good rule is; The Heavier The Item, The Smaller The Box.

2. Start Packing Several Weeks In Advance – By starting to pack early, you won’t become overwhelmed as

Moving Day approaches.

3. Important legal documents (stock certificates, wills, etc.), valuables (jewelry, stamp collections , e t c.), and family medical

records should be personally transported by you.

4. Hazardous Materials – According to State Law, we cannot transport flammables such as gasoline, paint and

thinner, bottled gases, ammunition and explosives, corrosives, cleaning fluids, or detergents.

5. Small Items – To prevent small items such as knick-knacks from becoming lost or thrown out with the packing

paper, wrap them in colored tissue paper before placing them in a box.

6. Let Children Pack Their Own Toys And Games – This helps them feel that they are an important part of

Moving Day. They will also be a bit less apprehensive if they know where their favorite things are.

7. Don’t Mix Items – Don’t mix items from different rooms in the same box.

8. Label Boxes on Top and Sides – Label the top and sides of boxes as they’re packed. At a glance, the Movers

will see where to place boxes.

9. Pack An Essentials Box – Items such as toilet paper, soap and towels, toothpaste and brushes, paper towels,

paper plates, cups, utensils, snacks, coffee pot, (filters and coffee), clock radio, remote controls and a basic tool

kit should be packed in a box and loaded last on the truck, so they’ll be available, promptly at your new home.

10. Unpack Breakables Over A Padded Surface – If you do drop an item, it will land on some packing material,

minimizing the chance of breakage.

11. Dishes should always be packed on edge. Do not stack flat. Each dish should be packed in clean (non-ink)

paper or bubble wrap. Wrap cups and glasses in paper and cushion with dish towels, potholders, or paper

when packing cartons. Dishes and glasses should be packed snugly, but not too tightly. Cushion voids where

shifting can occur. Heavier items should be at the bottom of the box. Line the bottom of the box with crumpled

newspaper, if dishpack and cell packs are not used.

12. Lampshades should not be packed with newspaper, as the ink can permanently stain them. Lamps can be

wrapped in towels, bubble wrap, or paper, and should not be in the same containers as the lampshades.

13. When disassembling furniture, large tables, or dresser mirrors, place hardware in a plastic bag and tape to the

underside of furniture or place in a drawer. Do not tape drawers shut, since it can easily remove the finish

when it’s peeled off.

14. Boxes should always be taped on the bottom and top, rather than interlocking the ends together. If they have flat tops, they can be stacked in a truck more easily.

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