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Packing doesn’t have to be a hassle. If you’re getting ready to move
and plan to do most or all of the packing yourself, the following
tips can you time, money and headaches.
Start packing the things you are not going to need until after the
move such as summer or winter clothes, keepsakes and holiday
decorations as soon as you know you are moving.
Give yourself plenty of time to pack by setting packing dates at
least one to two days before your scheduled move date.
Pack non-technical items such as books, clothes, blankets, linens,
pillows and toys.
Separate your house into sections. Work on and complete one section
at a time.
Inventory items while packing.
Protect Your Assets
To provide the greatest protection for your assets, use smaller,
sturdy boxes for heavy items and label all boxes accordingly. Make
use of packing paper and bubble wrap to secure fragile items and
those that are difficult to pack.
To utilize your packing materials efficiently and decrease the
likelihood of damage, Smart Move recommends the following tips:
Limit boxes to a maximum weight of 50 lbs. (Smaller boxes generally
can handle more weight. Lightweight items can be packed in larger
Wrap items carefully and provide plenty of cushioning.
Use ONLY sturdy boxes that can be securely shut.
Use a black marker to label boxes clearly on several sides. The
label should include a general list of the contents of each box and
the room in which it will need to be placed in your new home or
Load heavy boxes on the bottom and lightweight boxes or those with
fragile items on top (Note: If enlisting professional moving
assistance, label boxes with fragile items as "Fragile," those to be
loaded on top as "Top Load,” and those that should not be tilted as
"This Side Up").
Use moving pads to protect furniture and large appliances.
Take extra care when wrapping and packing fragile and
difficult-to-pack items such as dishes, glasses, knick knacks,
crystal, china, electronics, mirrors and pictures.
Plates, saucers and bowls should be wrapped separately, bundled and
stacked in sets of three or four. Each stack should be wrapped again
before being placed in a cushioned box.
Stacks of fragile items should never lay flat. Bowls should be
placed face down. Cups and glasses should be wrapped individually
and then placed rim down in the middle or top layers of the box.
Extra delicate crystal, figurines, knick knacks and fine china
should be packed with extra paper and/or bubble wrap. You may also
pack these items in small boxes and then place them into larger
boxes with a lot of cushion.
Record the serial numbers and model numbers of computers, stereo
equipment and other electronics.
If possible, repack electronics in their original boxes. If the
original is not available, carefully wrap each item individually
with layers of cushion on each side.
Large screen televisions should be padded and a large piece of
cardboard should be taped over the screen but not directly to the
When constructing mirror and picture boxes, fold along the creases
and slide the boxes together. Typically, two pieces will be used for
small pictures and four pieces for larger pictures or mirrors.
Place two inches of cushion (crinkled up paper) around the edges of
mirror and picture boxes.
Pack mirror and picture boxes tightly to avoid shifting during
By law, moving companies may not transport hazardous materials. Be
sure to find an alternative solution for packing and moving the
Paints, oils, varnishes and thinners
All flammables, explosives and ammunition
All corrosives (batteries)
Auto fluids, oils and fuel
Nail polish remover
Matches, lighters and lighter fluids
Rubbing alcohol and lamp oils