Packing Guide

One of the most important elements of moving long distance is the safety of your personal belongings. The beginning of any wonderful moving experience always starts with an efficient packing process and whether you wish to pack just few of your items or everything, it is important to follow proper packing preparation and ensure your personal belongings are always safe and ready to be transported. Our packing tips are designed to provide maximum protection and in case you need it, we are always here to step in at any given time and provide you with packing materials to assist you with the process of packing.

Planning

  • First let’s start with general guidelines:
  • It is always best to start packing as soon as you find out it is time to move
  • Estimate the number and type of boxes you require for your personal belongings
  • We recommend to use plastic totes or containers if you require storage services or won’t be able to receive
    your personal belongings right away  as they are more durable than regular boxes.
  • Start packing items that you are not using very often
  • Always use generous amount of paper/bubble wrap/ linens or clothes inside the box, on the bottom, sides and top to provide
    good cushion
  • Make sure boxes are full and tight and items cannot be moved
  • Don’t over pack your boxes as the box will lose its shape and cause potential damage
  • Please make sure an individual box doesn’t weigh more than 50 lbs
  • You can either use heavy duty brown wrapping paper or clean “newsprint” paper. Old “newsprint” paper could work but the ink
    may leave marks on your items
  • Make sure you pack breakable items separately from non breakables
  • Always mark fragile boxes as “Fragile” with arrows that face upwards and indicate “TOP LOAD”
  • Name boxes according to the rooms’ contents. Kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc..
  • You may also want to list the contents on the box
  • Number the boxes and mark your name, pickup address, delivery address and the reference number of your move
  • We highly recommend to get bold colored duct tape and wrap your box just once to give it a unique look
  • Write “Open First” on boxes that contains items you may like to use right away
  • Use big boxes for light items such as linens and pillows and small boxes for heavy items such as books
  • Always place heavy items in the bottom of the box and light items on top
  • Always use heavy duty packing tape. Use few layers of tape in the bottom of the box and  few wraps all the way around the
    box for maximum support
  • Never pack items that are in the “Non-Allowables” list

Anything that can fit in a box must be boxed

Please review the following list and make sure these items are properly boxed:

Lamps Linens Dishes
Lampshades Pillows Kitchen Appliances
Clothes Bedding Pots and Pans
Shoes Quilts Art
Speakers Jackets Mirrors
Stereos Coats Pictures, Prints, Paintings
TVS Draperies Glass and Marble
DVD Players Blinds Hand Tools
Computers Small Rugs Toys

Bundle breakables

Start with placing generous amounts of bunched-up brown wrapping paper or newspaper in the bottom and sides of the box for extra cushion, you can also use towels, linens or clothes. Take few layers of brown wrapping paper or newspaper and wrap plates individually, then bundle five to six plates together with few layers of brown wrapping paper or newspaper. Pack plates vertically, never flat. Depending on the size of the box you may be able to start a second row, if you wish to do that, start again with bunched-up brown wrapping paper or newspaper before placing other wrapped breakables.  Bowls and cups are packed in the same way as plates, use generous amount of wrapping paper and bundle them up together. It is important not to leave unfilled space in the box and don’t forget to leave enough room for extra bunched-up wrapping paper to be placed at the top of the box before sealing the box .

Pots and Pans

You can either use Dish-Pack boxes, Medium boxes or Large boxes to pack pots and pans. Start by placing  generous amount of bunched-up wrapping paper or newspaper in the bottom and sides of the box. Pots and pans can often be nested. Wrap the first pot with two or three sheets of paper. Take the next pot and repeat by wrapping with two or three sheets of paper and place it in the first pot, then use more two or three sheets of paper and wrap the entire nested pot, use packing tape if necessary to keep the bundle together and place in the box. Wrap lids individually with  two or three sheets of paper, bundle a few lids together with a few more sheets of wrapping paper, tape it together, if necessary, and place in the box. When the box is full, fill in empty spaces with bunched-up wrapping paper or newspaper to prevent shifting and jostling before sealing the box.

Bottles and Wine

Bottles are packed in small book boxes and must be unopened. Start by placing bottles individually in waterproof re-sealable bags and follow by wrapping the bottle with two or three sheets of wrapping paper. Place generous amount of bunched-up wrapping paper or newspaper in the bottom of the box. Lay the bottles flat in the box and create a row. In between rows place generous amounts of bunched-up wrapping paper or newspaper for additional padding. Make sure to leave between 2 to 5 inches in the top of the box to allow room for more wrapping paper. Seal the box and mark as “Fragile”.

Kitchen appliances

Kitchen appliances such as microwaves, blenders, juicers and other small appliances required to be boxed. Start by removing batteries and cords if needed. Make sure to disassemble loose parts before packing to eliminate unnecessary movements that may result in damaging your items. Use bubble wrap, towels, clothes or other quilts to wrap the appliance and any loose parts. Place generous amounts of bunched-up wrapping paper or newspaper in the bottom of the box to absorb shock. Place the appliance in the center of the box and add bunched-up wrapping paper, newspaper, towels, clothes or other quilts in the sides and top of the box to eliminate empty spaces and avoid movements.

Refrigerators and Freezers

Please defrost refrigerators and freezers between 24-48 hours prior moving day and make sure they are dry from liquids.

Flat screen TV’s and Computer Monitors

Use the TV or monitor’s manufacturer’s box and their packing materials. If not kept,  make sure you get a corrugated telescoping box that has two layers of cardboard. We recommend taking a picture of the way the cords are connected for an easy setup upon arrival at your destination.  Start by detaching the cords and place them in a bag, then remove the plate and wrap it with bubble wrap. Wrap the TV or the monitor with generous amounts of bubble wrap and blankets and tape it together. Place generous amounts of bunched-up wrapping paper or newspaper in the bottom, top and side of the box. Seal the box and mark  “Fragile” and ” Do Not Lay Flat”.

Computers, Stereos and other Electronics

Pack those items in their original manufacture’s boxes for as long as you kept all relevant packing materials such as foam sheeting, bubble wrap and cardboard. As another alternative, measure the size of your electronics and get a corrugated box that is a little bigger than the actual item.  Same as with your Flat Screen TV, take a picture of the way the cords are connected for an easy setup. Start by detaching the cords and place them in a bag. Wrap each item with a few layers of bubble wrap and tape it together. Place generous amounts of bunched-up brown wrapping paper or newspaper in the bottom of the box. Place the items in the center of the box and make sure to leave room on the side and top of box for more bunched-up brown wrapping paper or newspaper. Before closing the box don’t forget to add more bunched-up brown wrapping paper or newspaper. Seal the box, mark “Fragile” and “TOP LOAD”.

Paintings, Pictures, Prints, Mirror, Glass and Marble

Often, few of these items can be packed in the same box. We will start with placing generous amount of bunched-up brown wrapping paper or newspaper in the bottom of a telescoping box, then take two layers of bubble wrap and wrap the picture or mirror, don’t forget to use tape to make sure the bubble wrap doesn’t move and place the item in the box. If the box is big enough and has room for more pictures or mirrors, make sure you place bunched-up brown wrapping paper or newspaper between the pictures or mirrors before adding them in the box. Once the box is full, place  bunched-up brown wrapping paper or newspaper on the sides and top of the box before sealing. Mark the box “Fragile” and ” Do not lay flat”

Lampshades and bases

Start by separating the lamp from the shade. Using bubble wrap, wrap the base a few times and tape it together, only use light pillow cases to wrap the lampshades. Bases can go together in the same box, make sure you place a generous amount of bunched-up  wrapping paper or newspaper in the bottom of the box and place bases in the center of the box. Now we can actually use pillows to eliminate any dead space in the box. Place pillows on the sides and the top of the box, if you don’t have pillows you can always use  bunched-up brown wrapping paper or newspaper, blankets, towels and linens. Shades are often nested and a few shades can go in the same box, same rule applies here start by placing a generous amount of bunched-up brown wrapping paper or newspaper in the bottom of the box, place the shades in the center of the box and fill up empty spaces with a generous amount of bunched-up brown wrapping paper or newspaper in the sides and top of the box, making sure no dead spaces are left. Seal the box and mark as “TOP LOAD”

Bedding, Linens, Pillows and Other Quilts

You can actually use these items to wrap and cushion other gentle items to save on bubble wrap and wrapping papers. It is recommended to pack bedding, linens, plows, etc…in large boxes or wardrobe boxes. We will start by lining one layer of wrapping paper in the bottom and walls of the box to prevent the items from getting soiled or dusty. Start the with the largest item (duvet or comforter) and place it in the bottom of the box, make sure to eliminate any air by pressing it tightly to maximize the full capacity of the box. Keep placing smaller items on top, eliminate the air and seal the box when it is full.

Draperies and Blinds

Draperies and blinds can often be hung, which means they can easily be placed in a wardrobe box. Same as clothing, start by lining wrapping paper in the bottom of the box and hang the draperies, blinds or curtains on the  bar within the box. Once finished, place a few layers of wrapping paper over the top of the clothes to avoid dust. Don’t over pack. You may also use smaller medium size boxes 18″x18″x16″, in that case start by removing the hangers and place them in a bag. Draperies, blinds or curtains should be folded neatly, placed in a plastic bag and only then inside the box.

Clothing

We recommend using wardrobe boxes for suits, jackets and other clothing  you wish to keep wrinkle-free. Wardrobe boxes come with a built in aluminum bar, which means your clothing can easily be moved from your closet and hung in the box effortlessly. Start by lining wrapping paper in the bottom of the box and begin to hang clothing on the bar within the box. When all your clothing is hung, place a few layers of wrapping paper over the top of the clothes to avoid dust. You may also use suitcases and other boxes, but hangers should be removed. Make sure to fold your clothes neatly in order to use the suitcase or box’s maximum capacity.

Shoes

Shoes can be boxed in their original boxes and then placed into a larger box. if you haven’t kept the original box, put your shoes in a regular plastic bag and then place them in the box.

Books, CD’s and Records

Keep in mind not to use boxes that are larger than 18″x18″x16″ (medium box)  as the main goal is to keep boxes as light as possible for maximum protection. Start by arranging and  grouping your books by size so they can fit nicely in the box. Use one sheet of wrapping paper and wrap books, CD’s or records individually to avoid sticking to one another. You can bundle a few CD’s together by using a few more layers of wrapping paper and tape. Place generous amounts of bunched-up wrapping paper or newspaper in the bottom of the box and follow by placing the books, CD’S or records vertically into the box. Finish by placing more  bunched-up wrapping paper or newspaper on the sides and top of the box to eliminate empty spaces and prevent shifting or moving within the box.

Other Items

Items such as rugs, brooms, mops and garden tools that cannot fit in a box will be professionally wrapped and padded by us at no additional cost. When packing your boxes, always remember to place a generous amount of bunched-up wrapping paper or newspaper in the bottom, sides, and top of the box to eliminate empty spaces and avoid any shifting and jostling in the box while your boxes are being transported. Never over pack a box and always seal your boxes with few layers of heavy duty tape. Mark your boxes with “Fragile”, “TOP LOAD” and arrows. Label the room and contents on the box. Number your boxes along with your name, pickup address, delivery address and the reference number of your move.