Use only strong, corrugated cartons with covers. We can supply you with
specially made cartons, for everything from mattresses to clothing and
mirrors. The added protection of mover-provided
cartons may avoid
damage that results from the use of poor-quality packing materials.
Your alternative is to collect boxes discarded by your grocery or
liquor store. Save old newspapers for use in packing, but remember that
ink may rub off and stain clothing or other items.
eggs and insects such as roaches
can travel in food boxes.
Keep this in mind when getting boxes from food stores. Here's a list a
packing supplies that will come in handy:
bags and labels for easy identification.
peanuts, Styrofoam pellets or "popcorn."
or craft paper for delicate packing jobs.
paper rolls for figurines and fragile items.
tape (1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) and/or strong twine for sealing
and labels for identifying contents of cartons.
and pencil for carton identification log.
and/or sharp knife.
Before actually packing-up, you need to have a game plan. For example:
one room at a time. This will help you when it comes time to unpack.
a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move.
all boxes, designating room and box number. Make a carton
identification log to show the number of boxes packed per room, and the
total number of cartons packed. It's a good idea to leave space in your
log for a special comments section to note carton conditions or
location of high value goods. Notify your mover of any high value
sure to have plenty of "filling" material available.
sure that the bottoms of all cartons are secured and will hold the
weight of the contents.
tape or gummed tape is better than masking tape. Pack heavier items
toward the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top. Try to
keep a per-box weight of 25-45 pounds or less; it makes moving a lot
easier. A general rule to remember on carton size -- the heavier the
item, the smaller the carton.
Packing Your Dish ware
a medium-sized carton (or mover provided dish pack) and line the bottom
of the carton with crumpled packing paper.
packing paper stacked neatly in place on a work table, center one plate
on the paper.
a corner on several sheets of packing paper and pull the paper over the
plate until sheets completely cover the plate. Stack a second plate on
and, moving clockwise, grasp a second corner and pull sheets over the
a third plate. Grasp remaining two corners, folding two sheets of each
corner (one at a time) over the plate.
your wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your packing paper.
the entire bundle: start with one corner of packing paper and pull two
sheets over the bundle, cover bundle with next corner, then the third
corner; and finally, the fourth.
the bundle with packing tape.
the bundle of dish-ware in a medium-size box so that the plates are
standing on edge
Use this process on all saucers, bread and butter dishes, and other
dishware. When packing smaller dishes, you may choose to stack in
packing paper in place on the work table, position one cup six to eight
inches from one of the corners.
pull the near corner of the paper up and over the cup.
a second cup directly on top, with handle to left (second cup should
"nest" itself in packing paper folded over the bottom cups).
the two side corners up and over, one at a time, and tuck corners
inside the top cup.
the bottom and top cup in position and roll cups to the remaining
corner. Fragile mixing bowls may be rolled in the same manner.
cups, like china, should be wrapped one at a time. Antique glass or
china should be stuffed with crumpled tissue and wrapped one at a time.
glasses and stemware with crumpled tissue or packing paper before
on the corner of packing paper and roll it one or two full rotations
(depending on size); pull sides of packing paper up and over
glass/stemware and continue rolling to the far corner. Corrugated paper
rolls or cellular boxes may be used for added protection.
glasses and stemware toward the top of your box. Heavier items
(dish-ware, pitchers, etc.) should be placed toward the bottom of the
glassware and stemware should be placed in an upright position, not on
matter what you're packing, you should use crumpled packing paper in
between each layer to assure a snug fit wherever there's a gap. All
boxes with "fragile" items should be marked accordingly.
overload. Too heavy a load can cause damage. Remove firearms and any
items that might break or leak.
along with serial numbers, must be registered with your van line
representative before the move.
upright with no more than 24-30 cans per carton. Don't attempt to move
perishables. Wrap glass containers and boxed foods individually and
pack in small cartons.
or secure pendulum in large clocks. Grandfather clocks should be
prepared for moving by expert servicemen.
Flammable liquids and aerosol cans must not be packed. Changes in
temperature and pressure can cause them to leak, or even explode. For
your own protection, you should know that if you pack these items and
they cause damage to your shipment or others, you, not your mover, may
be held liable.
Lamps and Lampshades
Remove bulbs, harps and shades. Roll up cord. Pack lamps with bedding
or wrap separately and place upright in clean, tissue-lined carton.
Wrap harp and finial (decorative knob) with packing paper and tape to
inside wall of carton that contains shade. Wrap shades in tissue, not
newspaper. Place upright in large, tissue lined cartons.
Painting and Pictures
Tell your agent about valuable paintings for special care. Wrap small
mirrors, pictures, paintings, and frames and place on edge in cartons.
Place large pictures and paintings on edge in heavy cardboard
containers. Large wall or dresser mirrors will be taken down by the
movers and placed in special cartons. For added safety, place tape
diagonally across mirror to protect better against damage. Do not place
newspaper directly against paintings.
valuable electronic equipment in
original cartons when available. Otherwise, use strong, corrugated
cartons and place protective padding on the bottom of the carton. Wrap
an old blanket or protective pad around the item and place it in its
carton. Place additional padding between the carton and the computer or
video recorder. Wrap cords separately, label to identify usage and
place in a plastic bag away from delicate surfaces. Non-detachable
cords should also be wrapped. Place cords between the padded computer
or video recorder and the carton. Be sure your personal computer is
"parked" and ready for transport.
Wrap each piece in cloth or low sulfur content paper to prevent
tarnishing. Use an old blanket or moving pad as a wrap to prevent
scratching the silverware chest.
fuel from power tools (do not ship Flammables under any circumstances).
tools in small, strong cartons. Wrap separately if valuable.
all water from the waterbed and, grasping internal baffle systems with
external vinyl, fold mattress 20 inches at a time. Adjust folds to
avoid making creases across individual baffles. Consult your owner's
manual for special instructions concerning the care and transportation
of your mattress. Do not place your mattress in a carton with sharp or
Grill and Propane Tanks
grates and briquettes separately in a newspaper (or place all
briquettes into a grocery bag) and place parts in carton. Pad carton
with paper to reduce movement of contents. Propane tanks cannot be
moved. Consult your local gas grill distributor for the safest method.