How to pack
Limit number of cartoons, if possible and let it reach a maximum weight of 50 pounds to handle effortlessly
Wrap up your items carefully
Give sufficient cushioning to absorb shock
Use strong cartoons closely
Ensure that cartoons are packed tightly and don’t rattle, bend inward or bulge outside
Try to separate items according to rooms in the same carton if possible
Start packing out-of-season items and pack the things that you never use frequently. Things you are going to use up to moving day should be packed last.
Empty the drawers with spillable and breakable items. They aren’t recommended to include in your shipment and anything that would damage other items. You can leave sweaters, bath towels, and soft lightweight goods in drawers.
Try to pack similar things together. Avoid packing delicate china figurine in the cartoon with cast iron frying pans.
Keep all parts or pair of things altogether like curtain rod hangers, bolts, mirrors or other small hardware items in plastic or cloth bags.
Wind up electrical cords and fasten them to avoid dangling
Wrap up items individually in a clear paper. You can use tissue paper, paper towels or facial tissue for crystal, china and delicate items. Consider colorful wrapping to focus on very small things. Consider a double layer of newspaper to ensure a perfect outside wrapping.
Try to keep a two-inch or a three-inch crushed paper layer in the bottom of a carton for sufficient cushioning
Build up layers in such a way that the heaviest things should be present on the bottom, medium weight on the middle and lightest on the top
When you’re done with every layer, try filling up empty spaces firmly with crushed paper and add enough crushed paper to level the base of next layer. Consider using cardboard cut from cartoons or sheets as dividers.
Use crushed paper to cushion very well. You can consider using towels and lightweight blankets for padding and cushioning purposes. Packing of more fragile items requires more cushioning. Make sure that no edges, sharp points or rims are left uncovered
Consider packing of small, fragile items in separate cartoons or a few of them together in small boxes. You can cushion with shredded or crushed paper.
Keep small boxes in a single large box and fill up the spaces by using crushed paper.
Don’t overload cartons and pack cartons firmly to prevent items from shifting. The cover of each cartoon should close effortlessly without force and shouldn’t bend inside.
Consider sealing cartons tightly using a tape except those items that are enlisted on the high value inventory form. They should be left open for the inspection by the van operator.
When you are done with every carton, narrow down all the contents on the side of the carton and in a special notebook. You can number or code the cartons very well.
You should indicate the name of the room to which every carton should be delivered at your destination.
Tape a sign on the door of every room at your new place corresponding to carton labels so that your movers can get cartons into right rooms effortlessly.
Keep a special sign on cartons you want to unpack first at your new destination.
Packing Tips and Instructions
Professional packers at Movers 95 utilize a dish pack – a uniquely strong corrugated carton of double-wall construction for glassware, china and other fragile items that are less than 18 inches in size. You may consider buying dish packs from Movers 95.
Wrap up glassware and china pieces separately in a clean paper. Use several paper sheets, start from the corner, wrap diagonally and tuck in overlapping edges continuously. Consider adding double newspaper layer like the outer wrapping. A sufficient amount of cushioning and paper padding is needed to keep all glassware and china. You can label cartons like “Fragile – This Side Up”.
Large size china and glass plates, platters and other flat pieces are perfect alternatives as the lowest layer in a dish pack.
Keep the cushioning material at the bottom of a carton. Wrap every piece separately and wrap up to three in a bundle with a double newspaper layer. Consider keeping these bundled items in a carton in a row on edge.
Place crushed paper around every bundle and leave no unfilled spaces carefully. Add two or three inches of crushed paper present on the top of the bundle in order to protect rims and make a base level for the next tier. Keep the layers leveled with cardboard dividers horizontally.
Consider making up a second layer with smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls. Wrap and pack in the same way like larger items.
Bowl and odd-shaped items may be used either as middle or bottom layers, depending on their weight. Wrap up them like flat plates.
Keep shallow bowls, soup plates, etc. on the edge in the cartons and deep ones like mixing bowls nested two or three together, upside down on their rims.
Wrap up sugar bowl lids in tissue that turns them upside down on the top of the bowl. Wrap both of them together in a clean paper and then by an outer double layer of newspaper.
Wrap cream pitchers in clean paper and double up outer layer wrapping. Keep sugar bowls, cream pitchers, sauce containers and same pieces in the cartoon. Finish the layers for the plates.
While using a dish pack and mini cells for china, wrap up cups separately and protect handles with an additional layer of paper. Consider packing cups upside down.
If you don’t use cells or dish pack, wrap cups in a double layer of paper and keep them upside down on rims in a row on an upper later with handles facing the same direction.
Though air makes silver to tarnish over time, all silver pieces should be completely enclosed in a clean tissue paper or plastic wrap. Bowls, tea sets and serving dishes should be carefully wrapped like fragile items and china.
Wrap loose flatware either individually or in sets and in clear plastic or tissue
If silverware is present in a chest, you may want to wrap these pieces individually and again place them in the chest. Or try filling up all empty spaces in the chest with paper towels or tissue paper or a large bath towel.
Wrap figurines and other delicate items first in tissue paper, paper towels or facial tissue. Wrap them carefully using the crushed and flattened out newsprint. Make sure all the delicate items are perfectly protected using plentiful cushioning.
Consider wrapping up small mirrors, pictures and plaques individually in tissue paper. A small blanket or bath towel can be an excellent choice for outer wrapping and padding for glass. Keep all the items vertically in a carton.
Most moving companies use bubble wrap – plastic with bubbles for packing of fragile items. If you need help with packing of your extremely delicate and valuable items, it’s better to rely on Movers 95. We understand that fragile items require optimal protection than others.
Artificial flowers should be packed in their own carton. They should be wrapped carefully in plastic wrap, paper towels or tissue paper. You should fasten the base of flowers to the bottom part of carton. Make a label on the carton as “Fragile”.
Remove the light bulb and lamp harp and wrap them separately by newspapers. Remember to use larger pads for large lamps. Keep them together in a carton and fill up the empty spaces with crushed paper. You can pack more than one perfectly cushioned lamp in a carton.
void wrapping up lamp shades in newspaper. Wrap up every shade carefully in three or four sheets of tissue paper or a large lightweight towel.
Use a strong carton at least two inches larger than the largest lamp shade. Align it with clean paper and use crushed paper under the lamp shade to create a protective layer but not surrounding the shade. However, a small shade can remain inside a large one, if you are quite sure that they won’t touch. Only a silk shade should be kept in a carton to get rid of expanding the silk.
Never pack other items along with lamp shades and label it Fragile Lamp Shades.
It’s suggested to take help from Movers 95 to crate large Tiffany type or other glass lamp shades or chandeliers.
All of these items are extremely fragile in nature and are damaged easily. Avoid paper touching the surface of oil painting.
It’s wise to count on a moving company like Movers 95 for custom-designed cartons and crates for items of this type.
Pack the books flat or with the spine that touches the bottom part of the carton. Don’t let the spin facing upside as the glue can break away from the binder. Try to pack books of the same general size altogether.
Wrap books with special sentimental value individually before packing.
Make sure to use small cartons as books are heavy.
You must have photographs of your family, videos, slides and negatives. They should be packed in different cartons instead of pairing with other household accessories.
Use padding and cushioning to protect framed photos and keep them vertically in a carton.
Label every carton clearly to identify easily.
Bring irreplaceable items along with you to your destination, if possible
Remove compact discs, tapes and records from the stereo or storage cabinet. Remember that, records are heavy and should be placed in small cartons.
Wrap records separately in tissue paper or plastic wrap to protect them from the scratch.
Keep the compact discs and records in a vertical way and they should never remain flat on the crush paper layer.
Take a large, hardcover book or several cardboard pieces that are cut to fit in order to support at both ends. Enlist all the contents on the outside of the box and mark this box as “Fragile”.
Keep the cassette-tapes in protective plastic boxes and wrap them individually using crumpled paper. Place separate tapes in a vertical or horizontal way on a couple of crushed paper layers.
Keep the clothes on hangers and in wardrobe boxes that are mainly used by moving companies, if you really want them to arrive your new destination wrinkle-free. You may buy these special cartons from your moving company. Each and every box will carry around two feet of compressed clothes on hangers.
If you don’t use wardrobe cartons, remove every garment from the hanger, fold and place them in a suitcase or a carton aligned with clean paper. Leave some lightweight clothes like lingerie and sweaters in bureau drawers.
Put hats in hatboxes and then in a large carton. Use crumpled tissue paper to stuff the crown of every hat, wrap tissue gently around outside and keep in a carton aligned with clean paper with heavier hats on the bottom. Avoid packing anything else with hats and label the carton as “Fragile”.
Take shoeboxes to keep footwear and place them in a large sized carton. Or you can wrap every shoe separately and then in pairs. You can cushion your footwear to avoid damage to heels or ornaments. Don’t pack heavy items on the top of shoes.
Take your furs along with instead of getting them moved on the van.
Keep the sheets, blankets, towels, linens and pillow cases in a large plastic bag ensuring their protection and pack them in a carton aligned with clean paper.
Use tissue to wrap your most valuable linens. Remember that, both bedding and linens are perfect options for padding or cushioning different types of items.
Choose from special mattress cartons of different sizes available at moving company for a nominal cost. Keep the pillows in bureau drawers or pack in cartons.
Draperies & Curtains
To move curtains and draperies, considering clothing wardrobes makes sense. Fold them as per their length, put over a padded hanger and pin them safely and hang in the wardrobe.
Fold draperies and curtains and pack in cartons aligned with a clean paper or plastic wrap.
Consider leaving rugs on the floor allowing the moving company to handle effortlessly. If you have got them from the cleaners, consider rolling them.
Preparation is a key prior to your relocation as it’s must for many major appliances. Schedule an appointment with a service provider to prepare the shipment of important appliances. Get your agent to send someone professional to perform moving services.
Wrap small appliances including clocks, small radios, etc. individually and pack in a carton cushioned with crushed paper.
Pack small clocks, transition radios, etc. in the same carton with linens as the additional items with lamp bases. Ensure that cords are wrapped in such a way that won’t scratch or damage items.
Empty all water from steam irons, wrap and keep in a cushioned bottom of a box.
Remove all batteries from small appliances prior to packing.
Keep long-handle garden tools, brooms and mops together securely and remove connections from power tools and pack them separately.
Leave the hand tools in tool boxes and fill the spaces with crushed paper or consider packing as per general packing rules. Try to use small cartons as tools seem to be heavy.
It’s better to dismantle TV antennas, children’s swing sets and garden sheds before moving day.
Collect pieces and combine them together with nylon cord. Keep small hardware in a cloth bag and connect to corresponding equipment safely.
Drain gasoline to prepare your lawn mower prior to the moving day.
Bring food items along with you, only if you are sure about traveling. Don’t take perishable food items. During winter months, don’t bring foods that are subject to freezing.
Seal open boxes of powdered or dried boxes of food like rice, macaroni and cereals with tapes. Small containers of spices, herbs, gelatin, flavorings, etc. should be kept together in a small box before packing them in a large carton. You should cover up the holes of the shaker-type containers and seal them with tape.
Though canned goods are heavy, you should limit the amount in one amount.
The home electronic items give a new dimension for the DIY packers. The computers, microwave ovens and stereo systems need special care to make sure they reach the destination safely.
Have you saved the original cartons and packing materials in which your items have arrived, it’s highly recommended to packing again using these materials. If you don’t have these items, you may get in touch with a store selling a particular item and if discarded, packing materials are available for you.
Your Movers 95 agent is very much familiar with right packing of electronic accessories and helps you with suggest or pack the items for you. It’s your call to disconnect electronic items before the arrival of the movers.