Moving Company - Packing Tips

General Packing
  • packing as much as you can into every box helps protect your items
  • start packing a few weeks before your move date and take it one room at a time
  • pack each room in separate boxes and label each box with its contents
  • reinforce the bottom of all boxes with packing tape
  • packing heavy items in small boxes keeps the weight of the boxes at a manageable level
  • leave light weight linens and clothing in their drawers
  • disassemble any items you can
  • pack your valuables and essentials separately and plan on keeping these items with you

Major Appliances
  • disconnect and empty all washing machine hoses and store them inside the machine
  • tape electrical cords to each appliance and tape all doors and lids closed
  • clean and dry all appliances at least 24 hours before your move date
  • consider using empty space in your appliances to move lightweight or crushable items
  • remove broiler pan and racks from your oven

  • move dressers with contents in drawers to avoid packing again
  • do not use drawers to store breakable items
  • sofas, sofa cushions, and pillows should be encased in shrink wrap
  • wrap furniture with furniture pads or bubble wrap
  • remove legs from furniture if possible
  • shelving should be removed and pad wrapped

Antiques and Fine Furnishings
  • curious shelves should be bubble wrapped, shrink wrapped, and bubble wrapped again
  • china cabinets should be bubble wrapped and shrink wrapped

Dishes and Glassware
  • wrap breakables in bubble wrap and use newspaper to fill extra spaces in boxes
  • wrap fine silver in cloth or silver paper
  • pack plates in dish protectors and pack them on their edges in dish pack boxes

Lamps and Decor
  • remove all bulbs from lamps
  • packing bulbs and shades in sturdy cartons labeled "fragile" will protect them from breakage
  • for large mirrors or pictures, cover both sides with Bubble Wrap and heavy cardboard, and bind with tape

  • all electrical cords should be wrapped and marked accordingly
  • whenever possible use the original shipping boxes for packing computers, printers and other electronic items
  • immobilize moving parts and remove all detachable cables and wires. Color code or label wiring for easier reinstallation

Lawn and Garage Items
  • strap long garden tools together into a bundle
  • packing bulbs and shades in sturdy cartons labeled "fragile" will protect them from breakage
  • drain all gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws and other equipment