Packing Tips for Your Big Move
Now that you have found the home of your dreams, it
is time to begin to think about the packing process and what all is
involved. Give yourself time to sort through all that you have
accumulated throughout the years so start early.
The less you have to transport, the easier the moving process will
Below are some general packing guidelines:
Pack items that are used least in your
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.
Ensure that your boxes are well taped to
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 classified as dangerous or hazardous.
You will need to dispose of these itemsproperly prior to your move,
or you will need to 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
Perishable Foods in Glass Jars
Loaded Firearms and Ammunition
Gasoline/Kerosene or Other Flammable Chemicals
Items of great value should remain in your possession.
These items include:
Any Contents of your Safety Deposit Box
Irreplaceable Family Mementos
Packing Materials You Will Need
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:
Scissors and/or Cutting Blades.
Markers: Use a black marker to label each carton with the room
name and contents.
Packing Tape: The best tape to use is plastic and approximately
1.5 to 2 inches wide. Using masking tape is not recommended.
Packing Paper: Use this instead of newspaper. The ink on
newsprint will 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
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.
Other Tips For Specific Items:
Computers: Make backup copies of all files on the computer.
detachable cords and cables and individually
wrapped. If at all possible, it is best to pack these items in their
original packaging. If the original carton and packaging is not
available, be sure to use plenty of padding to protect these items
when packing. Rremove the ink
cartridges from printers before packing and transporting.
Glassware: Pack each glass with 2 pieces of packing paper, and
fold the 4 corners into the glass. This will create a protective
lining for the second glass to be inserted into. Wrap the third
glass as you did the first and add the fourth 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 a carton that is packed with newspaper bundles at the
bottom for extra padding. Stemware should be packed separately.
Place newspaper on top of the items as well for extra security. Once
the carton is securely taped, mark its contents as
Dishware: Place wadded newspaper along the bottom and sides of
the packing carton. Place the first plate in the center of a stack
of packing paper and then 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 newspaper to the top of the box for extra security. Secure
the carton and mark the box "Fragile-Glassware."
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 and/or bedding for extra padding. Larger items, including
mirrors, should be specially packed by your movers. Once all of your
pictures are packed, fill the carton with extra packing paper and
seal the carton. Mark the box "Fragile-Pictures/Paintings."
Lampshades: 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.