Packing Tips

Packing tips

Packing Tips

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Here are a few simple packing tips that may point you in the right direction and get you started with your own packing for the do-it-your-self packers. We do offer full service moving including professional packing service if needed.

  • Books: Recommended carton size- Small book carton (1.5 Cubic Ft.)

    Lay books flat, alternating their binders. Separate each layer with a folded sheet of packing paper. Pack smaller books upright or use magazines to tighten up the carton or add wadded up packing paper.  Seal your carton with some quality packing tape. Label your carton.

  • Small Framed Pictures: Recommended carton size- (3.0 – 4.5 Cubic ft.) Choose the size carton that best fits your size pictures.

    Never lay flat. Always stand upright. Cover the bottom of your carton with some wadded packing paper to help cushion the load.  Wrap each picture individually and stand upright leaving some space to cushion sides. Top off your carton with some more packing paper to tighten it up. Seal and label your carton. Mark “Fragile’ with red marker if possible.

  • Large Framed Pictures: Recommended carton- (Glass Pack/Mirror Carton)

    Choose the size that best fits your size of pictures. (4 piece and 2 piece cartons available. Cardboard inserts are also available to protect the edges.) Seal and label your carton.

  • Glassware: Recommended carton size- (Dish pack 6.0 cubic ft. or 4.5 tall cubic ft.)

    Never lay glassware flat. Bowls can stack inside each other (normal position). Never stand bowls on edge.  Cover the bottom of your carton with some wadded packing paper to help cushion the load. Wrap each piece individually and stand upright. Top off your carton with some more packing paper to tighten it up. Can also use plastic ware to help top off carton. Seal and label your carton. Mark “Fragile” with red marker, if possible.

  • Stemware/Crystal, Collectibles: Recommended carton size- (1.5, 3.0, or 6.0 cubic ft. dish pack)

    Never lay flat. Wad some packing paper to cover the bottom of the carton. Wrap each piece individually with packing paper, then again with small bubble wrap. Tape each piece securely and stand upright. Wad some packing paper to tighten up your carton. Seal and label your carton. Mark “Fragile” with red marker, if possible.

  • Linens: Recommended carton size – (3.0 or 4.5 tall cubic ft.)

    Pack assorted sheets, towels, pillows, etc. Fragile lamps can be packed in between some linen. Seal and label your carton. Lampshades should be packed alone in a separate carton. Seal and label your carton. Mark “Top Load Only” with red marker, if possible.)

  • Hanging Clothes: Recommended – (wardrobe carton with 24 inch hanging bar)

    Can pack shoes, pillows, dust covers, comforters, etc. in the bottom. You can also fill your suitcases and duffel bags with neckties, jeans, pillows, etc.

Tips to expedite your move:

(Not required but recommended.)

If your cartons are to be distributed to the proper rooms be sure to correctly label them. Some customers find it easier to purchase different colored labels or sticky notes to direct the cartons to the proper rooms. This will save a lot of time, as the movers will know exactly where to place them. Furniture can also be labeled or colored coded for quick placement.

  • Remove shelves from bookcases. Remove glass shelves from TV stands, curio cabinets, hutches, china cabinets, etc. Please remove the shelf pins and place them in a sealed plastic bag.
  • If possible, keep a path clear for removal of large furniture first. Movers will begin with sofas, armories, and large tall furniture.
  • Moving with pets as they can become very nervous and confused during your relocation. It is a good idea to make arrangements for a pet sitter or clear out a room to hold them while the move is in progress.
  • Brighten your rooms by making sure your blinds or shades are open. If the room does not have natural lighting, leave a lamp in the room.
  • Turn off or redirect sprinkler systems that could spray or overflow onto walkways and driveways.
  • Check out our FAQ page for greener moves in America.

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