How to Pack Like a Pro
- You can save a lot of money if you do the bulk of the
packing on your own. Limit yourself to non-fragile items
such as books, linens, clothing and shoes; and replaceable
items such as plates, dishes (not fine china or expensive
silverware), and small kitchen appliances. These items will
be cheaper to replace in case of damage as opposed to hiring
workers for the extra labor. Leave the furniture, mattresses,
and heavy appliances to be packed by the mover.
- The heavier the item, the smaller the box it should occupy.
Don't toss everything into one huge box. It will make the
hauling much more difficult. A good rule of thumb is if
you can't lift the box easily, it's too heavy! Keep the
weight of the box under 50lbs and remember to always lift
with your knees, not your back.
- You should never let the movers pack your jewelry, family
heirlooms, or other priceless items. Should they be lost
or damaged, the insurable value will not come anywhere near
the value you would place on them. Such items include jewelry,
sports memorabilia, photo albums, and various hobby collections.
Pack these items yourself and take them with you, either
in the car or as carry-on luggage if size allows.
- Get the proper moving boxes for your items - the right
sizes and strengths. Have enough wardrobe boxes, as they'll
save you ironing time later. You can pack t-shirts and jeans
in suitcases and regular boxes but you don't want to pack
your fine clothing such as suits or dresses in the same
place. Save space by tossing in shoes at the bottom of the
wardrobe box, but be reasonable. Don't let the box become
too heavy or susceptible to fallout from the bottom. Purchase
the padded dish boxes with dividers to protect your fine
china. For your replaceable and non-fragile items, save
money by using the free boxes that you can obtain from supermarkets
and wrapping the items in old newspaper.
- Take the time to pack everything carefully. It is important
for you to buffer and separate the fragile items that you
pack with old newspaper, bubble wrap, sheets, blankets,
pillows and towels. Wrap each fragile item separately. Fill
in empty spaces to minimize movement during transit. Pack
plates and glass objects vertically, rather than flat and
stacked. Purchase strong Packing Tape- not masking Packing
Tape but either duct Packing Tape or the plastic and strapping
Packing Tape that movers use.
- For the safety of your items, movers are required to
inspect each box tendered for shipment. Immediately point
out to your mover each and every box that you packed yourself,
especially if they're fragile or valuable. The mover will
advise you on whether the boxes need to be repacked in sturdier,
more appropriate boxes. They have the right to refuse to
load any box they deem improperly packed. Any improperly
packed boxes must be repacked either by you or the mover.
All repacking services are additional costs. However, if
you agree to use used boxes, they may give them to you for
free. Professional moving companies use only sturdy and
reinforced cartons. Although the boxes you can obtain from
your neighborhood supermarket may be free, they are not
nearly as strong or padded. They are more susceptible to
causing damage to your valuables in transit. Keep in mind
that movers are not liable for items they didn't pack.
- To protect themselves, movers will not disconnect your
major appliances. Before the movers arrive to pack and load,
unplug and prep your refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, washer
and dryer. Also prep your computer and back-up your important
- Movers will not transport living things such as your plants
or pets. If you do not wish to give them away, don't forget
to prepare them for the move. They will need a "plant/pet
suitcase" of their own.
- Movers will not transport or allow you pack hazardous
materials. These items include: paint, thinners, solvents,
oils, varnishes, firearms and ammunition, bottled gas, propane,
lamp oil, anything flammable, explosive or corrosive, motor
fuels and oils, nail polish remover, bleach and aerosol
cans. Also note that spilled sesame oil leaves a terrible
stench on nearby items.
- Make the loading process easier and more organized by
designating a room in your home/apartment, preferably the
one closest to the door, in which to place all of your boxes.
Keep related boxes together since they'll end up in the
same room. This will help cut on the carrying time and make
the move much more efficient.
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