Packing Tips

The way you prepare your belongings for moving will make all the difference in the speed of your move and the condition in which they arrive.

The following packing tips are general guidelines. Use your own discretion when packing your belongings.

  • Pack heavy items (books, canned foods, etc.) in small boxes.
  • Pack light items (comforters, sheets, etc.) in large boxes.
  • Wrap china and all fragile objects in paper individually. Large plates and heavy pieces should be placed on their edge on the bottom of the box. Wad up some packing paper and put it on bottom of box for cushioning. Cups and saucers should be placed towards the top of the box. Plates and dishes should be placed in a vertical position with pads of paper in between them.
  • Mirrors, glass tops to furniture and large pictures should be covered in bubblewrap or paper pads and placed in picture/mirror cartons.
  • Valuables such as jewelry, legal documents, and currency should be moved by yourself. Keep these items in your possession throughout the move.
  • Make sure all boxes are sealed on the top and bottom. Label the top and side of each box with the room it will go in.
  • Do not over- or under-pack boxes. If you over-pack a box it is likely to split open. Under-packing a box will likely cause the box to crush or dent. Make sure you pack all boxes completely to the top. Avoid putting delicate breakable items on the very top.
  • Use sturdy boxes. Boxes that have seen many moves may not keep your belongings as safe as a newer box. Used grocery boxes will work fine for sturdy items, but pack breakables in something more suitable.
  • Use plenty of packing materials like packing paper, styrofoam peanuts and bubble wrap. It is very important to put a good layer of materials at the bottom of boxes containing fragile items.

These are just a few pointers for packing. If you have any further questions about packing your boxes please don’t hesitate to call us at 602-242-4391.

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