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MOVING MATERIALS:

Book Box/Small Box - These boxes are optimal for delicate or bulky items that must be packagedindividually in order for easy handling. The majority of boxes used for a move are usually Medium Boxes. These boxes work best for minor appliances and other items in your home. Mediums Boxes are the most suitable for glassware and dishware inserts to ensure that fragile items remain cushioned.

Large Boxes are the best for items that are not heavy or bulky such as clothes, bedding or other fabrics. When it comes to Extra Large Boxes, they can also be utilized for similar items that you would use alarge box for. If you're wondering what boxes work best for packing items such as electronics or applicances like toasters or small microwaves, you would go with a Heavy Duty Box

Heavy Duty Boxes have a more durable surface. Many people choose to utilize duffel bags or medium boxes for clothes, but Wardrobe Boxes are highly recommended because they possess a metal rod for hanging articles of clothing like suits, dresses or anything you dont want wrinkled. These boxes vary in size to accomodate your needs.

Electronic Boxes - Aside from Heavy Duty Boxes, there are actually which you can also use to store or pack items like DVD or Blu Ray players, game consoles or stereo equipment. If you're wondering what to do with your kitchen ware such as china,crystal or glassware, dish pack kits are ideal. Dish Packs come with different compartments which allow you to store dishware that range in size. Several kits include protective padding to secure the items and ensure they remain in one piece during transit. Glass ware and other fragile items will also be stuffed and protected with NewsWrap which is newspaper style paper but unprinted. Bubble Wrap is also a great tool to which ensures protection of fragile items.

Bubble Wrap can be wrapped around boxes or other items that may lack protection around open areas that need cushion or insulation. When you're done packing, it is highly recommended you mark the boxes with a black permanent marker to distinguish the boxes from one another so it's easier for the movers to unload and place items in their corresponding locations within your home. Buying a roll of duct tape is not enough to get the job done. To make your packing experience as efficient as possible, purchase or borrow a tape dispenser so you can protect your boxes like a professional and get the job done quicker and correctly.

PACKING CHECKLIST

Make sure you understand the fundamentals of packing before you begin so your moving experience can be stress free and easier on you. Before you begin packing items that are often used, start off with packing up knick knacks and other things that you keep stored and rarely use. For safety reasons, it is not recommended that you leave your clothes or any other items in your drawers or cabinets. Start packing up fragile items or items that can poke holes through the box. Make sure you pack glass ware all together and china all together. Do not mix items like glass ware with steel pots or pans, it won't be a pretty sight once you unpack.

If you have items that come in duplicates, pack them together. This way it is easier to keep track of your items when you pack and unpack. If you don't use Newswrap, you can also utilize tissue paper to protect your items. Make sure you use tissue for each individual item. Layering your items is a smart thing to do. For example, you want to place the heaviest items in your box first so you have a solid base, then place the lighter items on top. It is suggested that you place a layer of crushed paper in between for added protection.

Make sure you place each layer firmly so it results in a tight fit, this will provide way more protectin than if the items are loosely packed of course. You do not want to overload the boxes, you just want to make sure you fill any voids so again, pack firmly. If you have access to your destination, make sure you label the rooms with the corresponding boxes to make it easier for yourself and the movers on move day. This prevents items from getting lost or misplaced. You may want to label the contents of each box on the side of each box.

MAKE SURE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS BELOW ARE KEPT IN A SECURE LOCATION

PACKING UP LIVING ROOM/FAMILY ROOM

Prior to packing up your items, it is essential that you gather the tools that you will need which consist of the following:

The average living room/family consists of items ranging from furniture to electronics. If you use our recommendations as a guideline, you will help ensure the protection of your most prized possessions.

LAMPS

For lamp shades, you want to use a robus box and make sure it's slight bigger than the lamp shade. Stuff the box with paper then place the lampshade on top. Surround the lamp shade with paper so that it fits in a compact fashion, ensuring the lamp shade does not move around during transit. Follow these same steps for the base of the lamp except you want to make sure that you place the base of the lamp in an upright position. Make sure you surround the lamp base with paper pads and packing paper.

MIRRORS OR ITEMS FRAMED IN GLASS

When it comes to itmes framed in glass or mirrors, it is best to consult with a professional who can either help you with the packing or provide you with instructions on how to pack the items yourself. If you decide to pack these items yourself, make sure to bubble wrap the frame or mirror then place the item in a carton then wrap the carton with tape.

ELECTRONICS

Electronics should be packed in a special box. Items like T.V's, computers and several other electronics should be packed in their original boxes if you still have them available. If not, ask the moving company you choose to hire about a packing service for these items. If you decide pack the T.V.'s on your own, make sure you foam wrap the T.V. and place it in a special T.V. box. Never lay the T.V. flat on the ground, always try to maintain the T.V. in an upright position, even after it is packed.

Packing your kitchen items can be very stressful because that's where many of your fragile items like glassware and so forth are located. Aside from fragile items, you also have large and small appliances. Household chemicals and perishable items need to be sorted through and disposed of.

Remember to make sure you have all the necessary packing tools before you begin this project.

You will want to stuff the bottom of your box with crumpled paper to act as a cusion for your fragile or breakable items. You will want to use your marker in this case to label the boxes as fragile and also draw an arrow on the side of the box to let others know that you want that specific box to remain face up.

DISHES

Plates and cups should be wrapped individually with packing paper. You want to use multiple sheets and begin from the corner and wrap the packing paper in a diagonal direction across the plate or dish. If you are wrapping plates that are the same size, remember to create a barrier of packing paper between them and make sure they are stacked one on top of the other.

For plastic or glass bowls that include lids, make sure you place the lid in the box upside down, then wrap both with a double layer of paper.

When packing items that are awkwardly shaped like a pitcher, dishes, vases and more, make sure you use wrap packing paper around the item and make sure you double layer since they more than likely will be fragile items as well.

Make sure these items are placed in the box upside down. Remember to stuff the bottom of the box with packing paper and use either pillows or towels to fill any empty voids. You want to make sure you don't overstuff the box but you do want to assure things fit in a compact manner. Doing this will prevent the items from moving around and getting busted during transit.

COOKWARE AND MINOR APPLIANCES

These items are not considered fragile like glassware so it is recommended they be packed individually. Stuff the bottom of the box with crushed paper and surround the cookware with crushed paper as well to make sure you create a compact fit.

Ziploc bags or any other type of sealable plastic bags should be utilized to pack items with liquid in them. You want to prevent these items from breaking and spilling and seaping through the box onto other boxes.

HOW TO PACK YOUR BEDROOM

As we do with every step, gather all the tools you will need to complete the packing of your bedroom.

Wardrobe boxes should be used in order to prevent your clothes from getting wrinkled. The wardrobe box should hold about 2 feet of closet space. The 2 feet of closet space will be compressed and you should use your hangers. If you defer from using a wardrobe box, you can utilize a suitcase to store clothing. Make sure the clothes is folded neatly to maximize the amount that you can fit into a linen box. Be sure to use packing paper with linen box.

When packing bedding, also use packing paper on the bottom of the box to keep linens protected.

As far as small appliances go, also wrap these individually and stuff crused paper on the bottom of your box.

BOOKS AND PHOTOS

You want to make sure that the spine of your books are at the bottom and that the opening of the book faces up. Books are for the most part heavy so we recommend that you use small boxes/book boxes so it is less difficult for you to carry or move around.

If your framed photos are small enough to fit in a small box/book box, just make sure you wrap all of them with packing paper individually and make sure you place them on their edges when in the box. If there's any potential for it, you should bring any heirlooms or photos with you in your vehicle on the way to your new location.

As we instructed for all the other boxes, make sure the items are packed and fit tightly within the box. You don't want to overload the box but you do want them to be packed in a compact fashion creating little wiggle room.

Mattresses and Box Springs should be covered with a plastic mattress cover which you could purchase at a local store. If you do not want to do this on your own, consult with your moving company and request a quote for this service.

HOW TO PACK YOUR DINING ROOM

As we do for every other room in the home, you first want to prepare all the necessary items you will need to complete this project.

A dining room is made up primarily of china, dining room furniture and last but not least glassware. The following steps will assist you in making sure everything gets packed properly and remains safe during transit to your new destination.

CHINA

As we did for other fragile items, you want to make sure to place crushed paper along the lines ofthe bottom of your box for extra protection. You will make sure to wrap each item individually and start from one end and wrap around across the dish diagonally. Make certain that you've wrapped the edges and corners, no part of the dish should be visible at this point.

STEMWARE

Stemware like wine glasses and such will require extra packing. Make sure to wrap paper around the stem of the cup followed by wrapping the rest of the exposed glass. As you did with the china, make sure you wrap each and every item individually to ensure maximum protection.

If you keep your silverware in a chest or other type of container, it is better to individually wrap each item and reposition it within the container. You can also wrap the chest in a paper pad. Fragile items like vases and such should always be bubble wrapped along with paper wrapped around the exterior.

Silverware is not considered fragile so you have the choice of wrapping all the silverware together or individually, this depends on your preference.

PREPARING FOR MOVE DAY

Preparing for a move requires a lot more than just packing. Here are a few tips for you to follow in order to help you with your move:

If you plan on moving a refrigerator or freezer, make sure you unplug both at least 24 hours prior to the movers arriving. Doing this allow both items to defrost and be dried out prior to them being loaded onto the moving truck.

Remember, movers cannot take perishable food or certain chemicals like propane or cleaning products. If you are going to pack all of your items on your own, make sure you have everything ready and good to go before the movers arrive so you can be ahead of the curb. We recommend leaving things like a first-aid kit, water, hygiene supplies and toilet paper last just in case you need to utilize these items upon arrival at your new location. These will be your vital or essential items.

You may not be putting every single item in your home on the truck so just make sure you leave these items aside and lable them.

Before the mover leaves your home, make sure you didn't leave anything behind. You're going to also want to complete a High-Value Inventory Form. These items usually equate to values over $100 per pound.

Before exiting your home, make sure you've checked every room including your basement or attic if it applies. You will want to make sure any machinery or appliances that are being left being are powered off. Many people forget to do this and the last thing you want is a fire or other incident from occuring while you're on the way to your new home.

PROHIBITED ITEM CHECKLIST

  • Car batteries
  • Ammunition
  • Charcoal
  • Lighter fluid
  • Aerosol can
  • Ammonia
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Fertilizer
  • Fireworks
  • Charged scuba tanks
  • Propane tanks
  • Loaded firearms
  • Matches
  • Liquid bleach
  • Sterno Fuel
  • Acetone/Nail polish remover
  • Regular batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Chemistry sets
  • Paint thinner
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Weed killer
  • Pool chemicals
  • Paint/Varnish

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