Purchase extra-strong boxes for packing dishes, wardrobe and other special items.
Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes. Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.
Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box.
Label each box and indicate the following:
(a) Which room it should go in
(b) Whether it is fragile
(c) If it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded first.
Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble
wrap, newspaper or tissue. Save room by using towels and
blankets to wrap fragile items.
Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. If musty
smelling, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the
book before packing. Leave stored for a couple of months to
eliminate the smell.
Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and
leave them in wrappings for the move.
Pack medicines in a leak proof container.
Pack a separate box for your valuables to carry with
Check with your local U.S. Department of Agriculture
for regulations regarding moving plants from one state to
another. Many states have restrictions on certain plants to
prevent importing bugs or pests that can destroy valuable cash
How to Pack Boxes
Plan ahead to obtain the necessary cartons - We can sell you any
cartons you might need in addition to other packing material such as paper
and tape. You might save a substantial amount of money, however, by
obtaining cartons from other sources such as friends who have recently moved
and/or stores. Starting to collect cartons a month or two prior to your move
will probably make it possible to obtain enough cartons.
Select the proper size and type of carton - Heavy items such as books,
record albums, canned food, etc. should be put in smaller cartons. Some items
such as large pictures, mirrors, glass tops and shelves, clocks and mattresses
may require special cartons which we can provide.
When moving locally, some items don’t require packing - When you are
moving locally some items do not necessarily need to be packed. Items such
as mirrors, large pictures and mattresses can usually be transported safely
for short distances without packing. Generally, these items should be packed
for long distance move and for shipments moving into storage. Lamps and
lampshades should always be packed.
Pack one room at a time - Packing can appear to be an insurmountable task
when viewed from the perspective of the entire house. Packing one room at a time
(and staying with that room until it is fully packed) has the effect of dividing
the overall task into several smaller and more manageable tasks. This approach
also makes it possible to set realistic goals, i.e. pack the dining room today,
the kitchen tomorrow, etc.
Tape the bottom of the boxes - Taping the bottom of cartons before
filling them prevents the contents from spilling out the bottom during the
Heavy item on the bottom – Light items on top - In each carton the heavier
items should be placed at the bottom and the lighter items on top to prevent
Use a lot of paper - All breakable items should be wrapped individually
in paper. Paper should be used to cushion the bottom, sides and top of
Place breakables correctly in box - Plates should be stacked vertically as
if in a dish drain; glasses and stemware should be placed in an upright
position; again, use plenty of paper on all fragile and breakable items.
Pack boxes correctly - Fill all cartons to the top without overfilling.
Cartons with items sticking over the top cannot be properly closed or stacked;
cartons that are under filled tend to crush when stacked. Always make sure each
carton is filled totally to the top before closing. A small space at the top can
be filled with paper, a towel, a blanket or other similar items.
Close carton and seal shut with tape - Cartons should be closed-top and sealed
with tape to prevent damage and make stacking easier.
Label each box - Use a felt pen to clearly label each carton as to its general
contents and the room it is to be placed in at destination. Label on the side of
each carton rather than on the top so that cartons in stacks can be identified.
If a carton is packed in a manner that requires it to be always kept in an
upright position, draw arrows on each side indicating which end must always be
kept up. Any cartons containing particularly fragile items should be labeled as
Stack cartons - Time will be saved on your move if you arrange cartons in
stacks of similar sized cartons four to five feet high. This enables the cartons
to be easily dollied from the house to the truck.