Do's And Don'ts Of Packing

DO'S

  • Pack one room at a time, starting with areas least used, such as your garage, attic, and basement.
  • Start your packing way ahead of the moving day, packing two or three boxes a day. This approach makes a big job less stressful.
  • Mark the outside of boxes as you go with the name of the room and what items you have in them.
  • Make a high-value inventory and notify your mover of high-value items to be included in your shipment. Leave the cartons with high-value items unsealed until the mover has inspected them. Or better off, plan on moving the items securely yourself.
  • Use plenty of packing paper to fill the spaces inside of boxes and serve as a cushion. When a carton is full, fill in gaps with crushed paper to keep contents from shifting. Foam-packing pellets or blankets and towels make good fill around fragile items.
  • Aim for a per-box weight of no more than 30 pounds; it makes moving a lot easier for you and your mover. Check that the bottoms of all cartons are taped with three strips of tape and will hold the weight of contents.
  • Empty drawers of all items.
  • Pack similar items together. Delicate stemware, for example, should be packed with glassware and other fragile items, not with books or heavy items.
  • Keep items that go together in the same box, such as the remote control and cables for the TV.
  • Use clean newsprints to wrap items individually. Wrap delicate china and stemware in tissue paper, making sure all edges, rims, and corners are protected. As well as adding packing paper as needed.
  • The biggest money-saver while moving is to securely box any loose items. If it fits and you're able to pack in a box, either pack it or take it with your person. 
  • Wrap smaller items in tissue paper to keep them from getting lost during unpacking.

DON'TS

  • Do not Procrastinate! This is never good. Moving is already stressful alone, don't add more fuel to the fire.
  • Never leave any items in a dresser or anything with a door or drawer. The items will move around, which can cause damage to them or where they are located. This also adds weight to the item, which can make it harder for your mover to move, as well as cause damage to the legs of the item when moved.
  • Do not leave any open boxes. This causes your mover to be unable to stack them properly. This can also make it to where it will take more time for your move to be done (cost to you).
  • Take all items that do not fit in a box yourself, if possible (excluding vacuum, lamps, etc). These small items will take your mover time. Which again, time is money.