Packing Tips for a Safe Move

Packing Tips for a Safe Move
The decision to move can be exciting… the task of packing can be one of those dreadful things you save until the last minute. By using our tips you will feel more organized and secure about your belongings and your move.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Various sizes of boxes
  • Blankets
  • Bubble wrap/Padding
  • Newspaper/wrapping paper
  • Tape- Box/shipping
  • Scissors/knife
  • Tool kit
  • Markers
  • Sandwich bags/Envelopes
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Pen and Paper

Get Organized

Your move will be easier and run smoother if you pre-plan. Here are several tips to get started.

  • Create an inventory of everything you will be moving to your new address.
  • Take photographs or videos of valuables or unusual items.
  • Note serial numbers on your electronic equipment.

Tips for using bubble wrap and packing paper

  • Don't skimp on packing supplies.
  • Use household items in place of bubble wrap and packing popcorn when possible.
  • Wrap furniture with blankets.
  • Newspaper can leave smudges on some items; you can purchase plain newsprint paper to avoid this, or always wrap items in paper towels or linens first.
  • Envelopes or plastic sandwich bags can be used for small odds and ends.

Get Packing

  • Start packing as soon as you find out you’re moving to avoid last minute stress.
  • Pack items first that you don't use very often.
  • Separate breakables and non-breakables.
  • Keep the weight of each box down to a manageable level by packing heavy items, such as books, in smaller boxes. And lighter items in larger boxes.
  • Place heavy items at the bottom and light items on top.
  • Pack one room at a time and keep boxes from the same room together for easier unpacking.
  • List contents and room on the outside of the carton. Don't forget to label breakables as "Fragile".
  • Write “Open First” on cartons containing essential items such as cooking utensils, toiletries, etc.
  • Place nuts and screws in envelopes or plastic sandwich bags and label them.
  • Pack extra linens, pillows and stuffed animals in large garbage bags and tape closed. Plan to use these bags as cushions or fillers in your truck.

Tricks of the Trade

  • Whenever possible, use the original shipping boxes for electronic items.
  • Leave lightweight linens and clothing in drawers.
  • Don’t use tape on wood or painted surfaces.
  • Remove legs from furniture if possible.
  • Tape electrical cords to back of appliances to prevent damage.
  •  Carefully dispose of the gasoline and oil from your machinery, and remove any flammable or poisonous household products.