Packing Tips

Ways to save money and time

  1. Don’t procrastinate.

    This seems simple enough, but getting started can be difficult. A few weeks prior to your move, start packing several boxes a day. Begin with items that are least essential to your daily life. If you pace yourself, you will be more organized and the job won’t be so overwhelming. Make packing easier by not waiting to get started.

     

  2. Pack room-by-room.

    Focus on one area of a room at a time and don’t mix items from different rooms in one box. To prevent miniature knick knacks and small items from being lost or mistakenly thrown out with the packing paper, wrap them in brightly-colored tissue paper.

     

  3. Books, albums, etc.

    Use only book boxes to pack books. The book box is 1.5 cubic feet and measures 17”x12 3/8”x 12 3/8”. If you use larger boxes, be sure to mix with linens or towels so that the total weight does not exceed 30 lbs. Any box exceeding 30 lbs. potentially puts both the mover and the items at risk and may have to be repacked at the movers discretion.

     

  4. Packing Labels and label clearly.

    On the top and side of each box, write a general description of the contents and the room name. Label the boxes for your new home by destination rooms so that the movers know where they are when at the new destination. One of the first things that movers do when they get to new destination is to look at the new place and where everything is going to go.

     

  5. Use clean unprinted newspaper for packing glasses, dishes, etc.

    Regular newspaper may bleed ink onto your possessions.

     

  6. Unless renting plastic bins, stick with Moving Boxes.

    And use boxes designed for moving. Boxes obtained from grocery or liquor stores are not always clean and might not hold the weight of the items that you will be putting in them. In addition, varying box sizes can make loading more difficult.

     

  7. Know what you can’t pack.

    Some common household items can’t be shipped because they are hazardous. Don’t wind up on the wrong side of the law. Read our list of what you can’t put on the moving truck.

     

  8. Moving valuables.

    Some common household items can’t be shipped because they are hazardous. Don’t wind up on the wrong side of the law. Read our list of what you can’t put on the moving truck:

    • Acids
    • Aerosols
    • Butane tanks & Charcoal
    • Cleansers containing bleach or ammonia
    • Fertilizer
    • Combustibles, Flammables & Incendiaries
    • Lighter fluid
    • Nail polish remover
    • Oil or gas of any sort
    • Paint cans
    • Pesticides and poisons
    • Pets and other domestic animals

     

  9. Moving valuables.

    Don’t box up everything. You should personally transport heirlooms, important papers, jewelry, cash, legal documents (wills, passports. etc.), and other valuables.

  10. Plants

    Often do not fare well during a move. Better to leave it to the movers.

  11. Wardrobe box

    Each one holds 24 linear inches of hanging clothing and can even include other items such as belt, shoes and sweaters at the bottom – buy it or rent it (and we recycle the box afterwards).

  12. Dressers

    Remove anything that is heavy or fragile, and sensitive and small items.

  13. Furniture Assembly / Disassembly

    Some items may not fit and may need to be disassembled. If you want to save time, you can disassemble furniture in advance.

  14. Couches and sofas

    Even after removing detachable legs, larger couches and sofas may need structural disassembly, sometimes involving removal of upholstery. Often this comes as a complete surprise – but not to worry!! We recommend MJS Furniture and can make arrangements for this services on the day of the move, on the spot.

  15. Electronics

    Remove cables and tape them together to the unit to ensure they do not get lost.

  16. Bulbs and lamp shades

    These should be removed and packed in dedicated bins/boxes with utmost care in boxes.

  17. Carpets and rugs

    Clean thoroughly and put it in plastic to protect it from dirt and moisture. Load last on the truck so that they can be unloaded first.

  18. Fragile items

    It is important the fragile items be packed properly, whether by our crew or you. We reserve the right to re-prepare any fragile item when improperly prepared fragile items pose the risk of damage.

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