Proper packing is essential to a successful move.  Packing is an extremely important aspect of relocation and if you leave packing to the last minute you’re almost certain to regret it. There are plenty of boxes and containers specifically designed for packing all sorts of items from dishes to sports equipment. It’s wise to consider using these specially designed boxes or utilizing the help of a moving professional to do the packing for you. If you choose to pack it all up yourself though, be sure to wrap everything carefully and tightly and place lighter items on top of the heavier ones. It’s an invaluable idea to mark the outside of all boxes with a short list of their inner contents or the name of the room that is their final destination while doing your own packing.

We have a new packing guide in the works and will make it available to you soon.  So, as always, check back with us frequently!……

Below are a few suggestions if you decide to do the packing yourself, however please know that we will still be there to advise you and answer your questions:

  • Get more strong packing boxes than you think you will need.
  • Reinforce the bottom of each box with at least one strip of packing tape.
  • Pack boxes firmly to prevent the contents from shifting during your move.
  • Use clean, white crumpled up paper for padding.
  • Separate all items with paper to prevent scratches.
  • Place heavier items in the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
  • Use towels, linens, curtains, etc. to pad boxes of fragile items.
  • Remove lids from ceramics and wrap each separately.
  • Seal open bottles with tape before packing to avoid spills.
  • Use an extra large box for lampshades and cushion them well.
  • Remove bulbs before packing lamps.
  • Put hardware from disassembled furniture together in plastic bag.
  • Leave clothes in dresser drawers and hang clothes in wardrobe boxes.
  • Wrap very small items in bright colored tissue so they won’t get lost.
  • Place pictures in boxes between sheets and blankets for added protection.
  • Plates and record albums should be packed on end vertically – not stacked.
  • Remove bulbs before packing lamps.
  • Make a master list of all household items and personal belongings.
  • Number boxes when they are packed and sealed.
  • Label each box and its room destination.
  • Write the contents of numbered boxes on your master list.
  • Pack room-by-room, keeping similar items together.

When moving and packing take these simple precautions to protect your appliances from damage during your move.

  • Clean and dry washing machine. Disconnect and drain hoses.
  • Unplug clothes dryer and clean the lint screen.
  • Remove grease from the stove top/range/oven.
  • Dry out refrigerator and freezer, especially those with an icemaker.
  • Remove any glass trays from appliances. Pack them separately.
  • Clean small appliances, fill empty space with paper and wrap separately.

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