Things to Consider When Packing For a Move

  1. Start collecting boxes early. An easy way to store cartons so that they won't require a great deal of storage space is to open both ends of the cartons and flatten them out. You can open them up again and re-seal the bottoms with your masking tape as you are ready to use them.
  2. Pack on a room-by-room basis. That is, don't pack articles from the living room in boxes with articles from the kitchen. This will save much confusion later when it's time to unpack.
  3. If possible, start packing early. Remember, if you were to pack only a couple of boxes a day, in thirty days you would have sixty boxes packed. You could start in areas where the goods are not in frequent use - such as the cellar, attic, garage, closet shelves, etc.
  4. It will probably be necessary to have your mover do some of your packing for you. At the very least, it may be necessary to purchase some specialized cartons that will be impossible for you to find elsewhere. This category would include such cartons as mattress cartons, wardrobe cartons, containers for large pictures and mirrors, and possibly some large cartons for tall table lamps.
  5. Hanging clothing, such as suits, dresses and coats, should be hung in movers wardrobe cartons. This will save you the trouble and expense of having your garments cleaned and pressed later.
  6. Hanging clothing cannot be left in garment bags. Garment bags were not designed to be used as movers wardrobes and they will not withstand the stress. Clothing to be hung is usually taken out of the garment bags, hung in the wardrobes and the garment bags folded and placed in the bottom of the wardrobe.
  7. Dresser drawers do not need to be empty. Movers usually move chests of drawers with the contents of the drawers left intact. Do look through all drawers, however, and remove any breakable articles for packing in boxes. Be sure that the contents of a drawer are not too heavy. Too much weight in the drawer could cause damage to the drawer while your furniture is en route.
  8. What size boxes should you use? The rule-of-thumb here is that small, heavy articles, such as books, records, canned goods, etc., would go in smaller boxes. Bulkier, but not-so-heavy articles, such as pots and pans, linens, small kitchen appliances, etc. would go in somewhat larger boxes. Very bulky, lightweight articles, such as blankets, pillows, toys, large lamp shades, shoes, etc., would go in the largest boxes.
  9. Do not pack for moving on a van any flammables, combustibles, or explosives. The safety of the shipment is the primary concern. Further, shipping such articles is a violation of Interstate Commerce Commission regulations. Movers are not allowed to transport aerosol spray cans, paint, paint thinner, gasoline, or anything else of a flammable or explosive nature.

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