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Moving and Packing Tips

Proper Packing is the most important thing that you the shipper can do to save time, money, and aggravation! If you are not fully packed when your moving crew arrives then they have to take costly time out from the moving to help you finish your packing. Sometimes they even have to call the office to request more personnel and materials which will inflate your charges above the estimate given to you prior to the move.

Basically, use common sense when packing. Pack heavier things like books and canned goods in smaller boxes, and pack lighter things in progressively larger boxes. Never make a box heavier than the lady of the house can handle, since she may be the one who ends up moving it around before or after the move.

Lift heavy items with your legs - not your back! Squat directly in front of the load, pull it in tight to you and lift it with your legs, not your back. Set it back down the same way. If you must turn while carrying the load, then turn your whole body with your legs, don't swivel yourself at the waist. This simple moving tips can help you to avoid severe back injury while moving and are many of the same tactics we use when moving organs and pianos.

All staples in box flaps should be removed so as to safeguard surfaces such as wood floors, counter tops, and furniture where cartons may be stacked prior to pickup and after delivery. Do not interlock box flaps together - always tape bottoms and tops with at least three strips of tape and at least halfway up or down the sides of the box for strength. Remember that taping reinforces the strength of the box, and yet can be easily cut with a blade later when unpacking.

Mark the top and sides of all cartons on the tape with contents and destination location (such as bedroom, kitchen, or basement). Have the writing on the box facing up so that you know which side of the box is up and which is down. Marking boxes well will make identifying where things are easy when they are stacked on top of each other or in their new location. If the box is reused, then using fresh tape over marked taped easily eliminates old markings. Some packers like to use color-coding such as colored tape wrapped once around the box or colored stickers pasted on the box to identify in what room to put the box.

Don't save all your packing for the last day! This is one of our major packing tips! Begin packing items not needed well in advance because packing gets more and more tiresome over a period of time. So it is wise to jump start the endeavor as much as possible. Disassemble items that need to be taken apart and carefully save any hardware involved. Sometimes lost hardware is virtually impossible to replace. Put hardware in a baggie, if it goes with a desk or dresser, tape it inside the drawer where it can be found later. If it goes with a bed, tie the baggie to the bed rails.

Don't pack your toolbox, you may need some of your tools on move day.

Don't pack your checkbook. Things may come up unexpectedly that require check payment. If you are putting your goods in storage, don't pack important papers like passports, driver's licenses, birth certificates, etc

How to Pack

Thoroughly wrap fragile items individually with paper, bubble wrap or foam wrap depending on the item (newspaper print residue must be hand washed off of all things it touches, dishwasher washing will not take it off). Also, print residue can ruin porous items like clay pots or lampshades or items with a rough finish like computer equipment.

Use plenty of paper to line the top, bottom and side of each fragiles box. Add cardboard to further cushion fragiles. Never be afraid to use plenty of paper when packing expensive fragiles. Even if you feel like you're wasting paper - you're not because paper is a lot cheaper than fixing or replacing a broken expensive fragile item. Utilize empty Tupperware or plastic containers to protect some of your fragiles.

Special care must be taken with small items so as not to lose them in the packing materials.Taping over the wrapping is a good technique to highlight a small item (like the top of a sugar bowl) as not being merely a bunched up piece of paper (use brightly colored tape if available). Also, one could tape several of those small packets together into one bigger, heavier package that won't get lost in the wrappings.

Packing Glassware and Packing China. Glassware, china, and antiques should be wrapped with enough paper so as not to clatter within the box. You can also wrap glassware in bubble wrap. Use plenty of paper to line the top, bottom and side of each box. Glasses should also be individually wrapped and packed standing up; they're stronger when standing than if laid on their side.

Wrap loose small things such as silverware in bundles. Don't leave them loose in the box.

Packing Plates. These should be individually wrapped and then stood on their side in the box with a cloud of soft stuff underneith- NEVER lay plates flat; all the weight would be on the bottom plate, and if the box is set down too strongly the bottom plate could break.

Packing Oil Paintings. These should be covered over with a nonacidic clear wrap and then bubble wrapped or wrapped in a paper pad, or dolphin foam, and then in a pad or bubble wrap and then placed in a picture box or a flattened out box with the ends taped.

Packing pictures in glass frames or packing mirrors or packing glass. Glass covered pictures, mirrors or flat glass should be wrapped in blankets and packed in picture cartons or flattened out cartons with plenty of cushion on the edges. Packing Lamps and Packing Lamp Shades. These should each be placed in separate boxes. Only one lamp shade to a box, wrapped in clean white paper. Do not use newspaper with print or it will permanently mark the shades.

Packing Electronic Equipment. When packing electronics they should be padded and boxed so that their knobs can not be broken off and so that the finish is not scratched.

Suitcases should be used for special things because they are so easily identifiable in the clutter of move day. Things like winter / summer clothing or linens / sweaters should be packed into them. Don't put CD's that could be shattered or heavy books in them.

Dispose of all open bottles of liquids. Cleaning supplies, oils, liquid foods, paint and solvent containers should all be checked for a tight seal. Then box them up, stuffing the boxes with a lot of bunched up paper, towels or cloths to absorb any drippage or spillage that might occur. One good idea is to put one heavy-duty plastic trash bag into a second one and line the box with these to hold in any spilled liquids. Bottles and cans of liquids should be stood upright in the box using packing paper bunched up between some to hold them upright.

Place any boxes of liquids on the floor of the truck, not up in the load where spillage could damage your household goods.

It is against the law to transport alcoholic beverage containers that have already been opened - in any motor vehicle - so definitely dispose of them.

Stack all cartons neatly against a wall, and create clear, unobstructed paths to prevent the possibility of tripping. When necessary disassemble beds, remove mirrors from dressers or walls, and remove air conditioners from windows. Your mover will do these things if needed, but if you do them you will save time. Remember that saving time saves you money. *Be careful of your back! Bend your knees when picking something up!*

Do a walk through of each residence from which you are moving after the truck has been loaded with it's contents. Double check all cabinets, drawers, closets, pantries, bins, attic, basement, garage, or storage lockers. Make sure you have all hardware to disassembled pieces so that it can easily be located. Look at all inside or outside places where things can be left sitting (including window sills). Get your ladders, hoses, and toolboxes. Be absolutely certain that everything has been loaded onto the truck before releasing the moving crew to the next location. It is not wise to leave a location early or to be absent from a location for very long since you may have important information not yet communicated to the movers. If you were to leave, everything may not be done as you had hoped it would be.

Hazardsshould be noted ahead of time. You should advise your mover of damaged or of very fragile furniture, weak or broken stairs, or impediments which may affect the move.

Parking near your residence should be easily accessible for your mover. Do whatever you can to reserve parking for your moving truck; reserve spaces with your car, a friend's car, or saw horses. Call your alderman to get no parking signs to save the spaces for the day of your move. Remember the moving van cannot block the street. Also, if the movers have to walk half a block with your furniture the move will take longer and cost you more.

If you live in a high-rise building, make sure that another move does not coincide with yours. Some high-rise buildings have loading docks designed to accommodate only one truck at a time. If the move is delayed due to no fault of the mover, you must still pay the waiting time.

Confirm your moving date and time with your mover one or two weeks in advance. Advise them of potential problems, elevator times, and special needs such as clothing wardrobes, extra cartons, last minute packing, etc. Pets should not be present when the move occurs and the mover should be advised that you have pets so that movers with allergies are not assigned to your job. Take precautions so that your animals do not escape, the mover will not be responsible for lost pets.

Burrows Moving Company provides packing services and materials for your move at a competitive cost. Preparation and moving organization are the determining factors in having an efficient move. Pre-move planning will go a long way in making your move trouble-free.