Packing Tips for Your Big Move
Now that you have found your dream home, it is time to start packing! Start early, to give yourself time to sort through all you have accumulated throughout the years. The less you have to transport, the easier the moving process will be.
General packing guidelines
* Pack items used least first.
* Clearly mark fragile items for your mover.
* Pack one room at a time, and label each box indicating its contents and room name.
* Use smaller boxes for heavier items.
* Tape all the boxes well so they hold their contents.
* Place heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
Items Not to Pack
Movers will not transport certain items because they are considered dangerous or hazardous. You will need to dispose of these items prior to your move, or make alternate transport plans for them.
Included in the items that cannot be moved by your movers are:
* Paints and Paint Thinner
* Aerosol Cans, Bleach, and Cleaning Supplies
* Pressurized Tanks
* Loaded Firearms and Ammunition
* Gasoline or Kerosene or Other Flammable Chemicals
* Perishable Foods in Glass Jars
Any items of great value should remain in your possession during the move. These items include:
* Legal Documents
* Stock/Bond Certificates
* Any Contents of your Safety Deposit Box
* Irreplaceable Family Mementos
Once you are ready to begin packing, you will need to collect all of the materials you will need to pack your furnishings. Recommended packing materials include:
Cartons: Make sure the cartons you collect are in good shape and will not fall apart. Check to see that none of the corners are crushed and the covers are intact. You can purchase cartons from your movers in various shapes and sizes.
Packing Paper: If possible, use packing paper instead of newspaper. The ink on newsprint may rub off on and damage your items. Packing paper can be purchased from your movers.
Bubble Wrap and Tissue: Use these supplies to wrap delicate or fragile items.
Packing Tape: The best tape to use is plastic and approximately 1.5 to 2 inches wide. Using masking tape is not recommended.
Markers: Use a black marker to label each carton with the room name and contents.
Scissors and/or Cutting Blades.
Tips for Specific Items
* Make backup copies of all files on the computer.
* Remove all detachable cords and cables and wrap them individually.
* When possible, pack computers in their original packaging. If the original carton and packaging is not available, use plenty of padding to avoid damage.
* When packing printers, remove the ink cartridge before transport.
* Place packing paper at the bottom of a carton for extra padding.
* Pack a glass with 2 pieces of packing paper, and fold the 4 corners into the glass.
* Insert a second glass into the first.
* Wrap a third glass as you did the first.
* Insert a fourth glass into the third and stack onto the other glasses.
* Completely wrap the stack of glasses with several pieces of paper and tape securely to the bundle.
* Place the bundles upright in carton.
* Pack stemware separately.
* Place packing paper on top of the items as well for extra security.
* Once the carton is securely taped, mark its contents as "Fragile-Glassware."
* Place wadded packing paper along the bottom and sides of the packing carton.
* Place the first plate in the center of a stack of packing paper and wrap 2 sheets over the plate.
* Place a second plate over the first and repeat.
* Continue until you have a bundle of four plates and tape the bundle securely.
* Place the bundle in the box on its edge instead of flat in the carton.
* Add extra wadded packing paper to the top of the box for extra security.
* Secure the carton and mark the box "Fragile-Glassware."
* Place packing paper between each shade and then nest together into a single stack.
* Lampshades should be packed exclusively in their cartons without any other items.
* Fragile shades, such as ones made of silk, should not be nested with others and should be packed in a carton alone.
* Pad the carton with packing paper before sealing.
Pictures and Paintings
* Place an "X" of masking tape over the glass to help protect the picture itself in case the glass is broken during transport.
* Wrap small pictures individually with bubble wrap and place upright in the packing carton.
* Fill the cartons with towels, bedding, or extra packing paper for padding and seal the carton.
* Mark the box "Fragile-Pictures/Paintings."
* Leave larger items, including mirrors, to be packed by your movers.