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You have made your reservation Now it’s time to start getting ready for the big day. When moving with us you have the right to choose whether you would like us to provide you with a full packing service (Platinum Packing Service), a partial packing service or no packing at all and that means you will handle all the packing yourself. In this case, we have gathered some guidelines and tips to help you go through this process as easy as possible.
  • As soon as you know you are moving start packing!
  • Start packing items you do not use often. For example off season clothing, books, CDs, etc.
  • Make sure to seal the boxes with packing tape, be generous.
  • Be generous with the amount of paper you place in each box top and bottom to confirm it is well cushioned.
  • Mark on the box the contents of it and the room it is going to (i.e. Dishes/ Kitchen).
  • Try not to pack more than 50 Lbs per box keep in mind that every box has a maximum weight capacity and also think about the movers who will need to carry and lift the boxes to the truck.
Tips Categories (Please Select):

Packing the Kitchen/Dining Room

Since this is the busiest room in the house, it is usually the last one left unpacked. To ensure you stay organized, start packing those items you rarely use– special china, the Thanksgiving platter, etc. Get them out of the way early and you’ll cut down on the size of the job later. Get together all your dish towels and pot holders; use them for extra padding.

Flat Plates/China Plates

Place a generous amount of crumbled paper at the bottom of the box for cushioning. Wrap each plate separately with at least two sheets of white paper and than wrap up to three plates in a bundle. Place bundle on its edge only, do not lay flat (the edge is the strongest part of the plate). Make sure to place crumbled paper in between bundles up until you fill up the first level (make sure not to leave unfilled spaces). Again, place a generous amount of crumbled paper between layers. For extra safety, you can cut a piece of cardboard to fit the size of the box and use it to separate between the layers. Use a final layer of crumbled paper and then seal the box with a generous amount of tape and mark as: Fragile – Kitchen/Dinning Room – This Side Up.Bowls: Wrap the same way as plates.

Crystal/Glasses and Cups:

Use the same directions for the preparation of the box as it is explained above. Wrap each cup or glass separately with at least 2 sheets of white paper. When wrapping cups with handles; apply an additional sheet of white paper for extra protection. Place cups and glasses into the box facing up as if you were placing them on a table. Place a generous amount of crumbled paper between; make sure not to leave unfilled spaces between layers. Build up your second layer the same way and of course, keep in mind that placing a cardboard in between layers is the safest way to protect your dishes. Once you are done placing all layers, use a final layer of crumbled paper and then seal the box with a generous amount of tape and mark as: Fragile – Kitchen/Dinning Room – This Side Up.

Packing the Living Room/Family Room

Packing your Curtains and Drapes: Fold the curtains or drapes into two lengthwise folds. Place them onto a hanger and hang inside a wardrobe box. You can also carefully fold them, place them into a clean garbage bag and pack them into a linen box (4.5 CuFt.).

Packing your Books, CD’s and DVD’s

It is better to pack Books, CD’s or DVD’s with their own kind (books with books, CD’s with CD’s, etc.) A small box (1.5 CuFt) is the perfect size for packing those items because of their weight. Make sure to properly seal the bottom of the box, than start placing items inside the box. Do not forget to fill empty spaces with crumbled paper to prevent the items from shifting inside the box while in transit.

Books – Approx. 40 Books per book box (1.5 CuFt)
CDs – Approx. 190 CDs per small box (1.5 CuFt)
DVDs – Approx. 95 per small box (1.5 CuFt)

Packing your Lamps and Lamp Shades: Lamp shades are very delicate items, they should be handled by their wire frames only. Very carefully wrap each shade with white paper and place it into a large box (4.5 CuFt). Keep in mind; always leave about 2 inches of space between the lamp shade and the box. Fill in empty spaces with crumbled paper. Do not forget to take out the bulb. The base of the lamp should be boxed in a special lamp box or china box (6.0 CuFt).

Packing Small Electronics and Small Appliances:

When packing small electronics or small appliances, the safest way is to pack them back in the original box (if those are handy of course). In case you did not save the original box: Small appliances such as clocks, radios and other small electronics can be packed into either a medium (3.0 CuFt), or a large box (4.5 CuFt). Carefully wrap the item with white paper (make sure to remove all batteries before packing and tighten the cord with tape to the article). Place a generous amount of crumbled paper at the bottom of the box and start placing the wrapped items into the box (keep in mind; you may also use linens as extra cushioning). Again, place a generous amount of crumbled paper on top of the items and seal with tape.  Mark the box: Fragile – Top Load Required

Packing your Mirrors, Pictures and Glass Top Tables:

It is best to pack these kinds of fragile items with sheets of bubble wrap (quarter size bubbles) instead of white paper for extra protection. When packing mirrors, glass tops or paintings with glass on them, apply tape on the front in the shape of X – this action will prevent any additional damage if the glass brakes while in transit. Place wrapped items into a mirror/picture box and seal with tape. Always place items standing up and not laying flat.

*Feel free to ask your Certified Moving Consultant for more information and guiding.

Packing your Computer:

The safest way to pack your computer, if you do not have the original box; would be to wrap the computer/monitor with quarter size bubble wrap and place it into a double corrugated box. Fill in the gaps with crumbled paper and seal the box with a generous amount of tape and mark as– Fragile – Top Load Required.

Packing The Bedrooms

Clothes on Hangers: When packing garments that you would like to hang, the best way is to purchase wardrobe boxes. These boxes have a metal bar that allows you to place your clothes with the hangers inside the box and to receive them wrinkle free. Each box can hold up to 2 feet of hangers (an approximate amount of 35 hangers).

Folded Clothes

Keep in mind to empty all of your dressers, chest of drawers and closets from your folded clothes. If a wardrobe box is not to be used; each garment should be removed from its hanger, folded and than placed in either a medium box (3.0 CuFt) or a linen box (4.5 CuFt). You can also feel free to use suitcases or duffel bags.

Shoes

If wardrobe boxes are being used for clothes, you can place a few pairs of shoes in the bottom of the wardrobe box. If you still have the original box for the shoes, just pack the shoe boxes into a larger box (4.5 CuFt). If you do not have the original box simply wrap each shoe separately with white paper and than as a pair, place them into a medium box (3.0 CuFt.) or a large box (4.5 CuFt). Make sure to place crumbled paper in between to protect ornaments and/or heels.

Linens and Bedding

Pillows, blankets, sheets, tablecloths, towels and all other soft goods or linens should be placed inside a clean garbage bag and placed inside a linen box (4.5 CuFt). Keep in mind; you can use linens for cushioning other items.

Packing your Children’s Toys

Stuffed or soft toys can be placed in a clean garbage bag and than packed into a large box (4.5 CuFt) or into a wardrobe box (16.0 CuFt). All other toys such as table games should be packed into the original box (if you still have it) and than packed into a large box (4.5 CuFt.).

Packing the Outdoors/Garage

Packing your Outdoor Equipment: If you have a swing set or an outdoor child gym, disassemble it prior to your move out day. If necessary, contact a third party. All BBQ grills (if working on gas) need to be disassembled from the propane tanks and the tanks need to be emptied (If your mover is willing to ship the propane tank, keep in mind it will have to be purged). Remember to also empty the lawn mower and/or any lawn equipment. Remove cushions from your patio furniture. Pack the cushions into a large (4.5 CuFt) carton or wardrobe boxes (16.0 CuFt). Keep your patio umbrella clean by wrapping it in a plastic bag and taping it shut, do not pack the weighted umbrella stand.

Packing your Garage

Start by disposing of the items that cannot be shipped (Please check the Non Shippable Item list). Gardening tools, as well as brooms/mops should be bundled and secured together. Be sure to remove the attachments from large power tools and pack these items separately into a box. You may use old towels to wrap and tape any sharp-edged tools. Always use small boxes (1.5 CuFt) when packing heavy tools. Remember to safely drain the oil and gas from your tools before hand.

Preparing The Large Appliances

When preparing your large appliances (dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, washing machine, dryer, etc.) for your upcoming relocation, it is very important that those appliances will be cleaned and dried out 24 hours prior to your move out day to prevent mold and mildew.

Dishwasher

The dishwasher needs to be clean and dry (you can leave the dishwasher door open for few days before the move). Disconnect and drain the hose; after making sure it is completely dry, place the hose inside the dishwasher, lock the door and tape it shut for extra security.

Stove

The stove needs to be cleaned thoroughly. Remove all removable parts (i.e. burners, stove racks) and place them into a box clearly marking its contents. Tape the electricity cord to the back of the stove, lock the door and tape it as well. If you are moving a gas stove, please contact a service technician that will disconnect the gas hose safely.

Refrigerator/Freezer

Unplug the electricity cord and keep the refrigerator/freezer doors open for at least 24 hours prior to your move out day to allow all moisture to evaporate. Pack all of the loose items (such as drawers and shelves) inside a box clearly marking its contents. If you have an automatic icemaker or a water dispenser, make sure to disconnect the water line. Keep in mind that the water reservoir also needs to be empty and dry. Tape the electricity cord to the back of the refrigerator/freezer and do not forget to tape the refrigerator/ freezer doors shut.

Washing Machine

Clean and dry out the washing machine. Disconnect the hose and drain the water. Tape the electricity cord to the back of the washing machine. Secure the tub according to the manufactures guidelines. If you do not have the guide available, you can fill the tub with towels to prevent it from rotating while in transit. Tape the door shut for extra security.

Dryer

Clean the lint screen. Disconnect the vent hose from the wall and from the dryer. Tape the electricity cord to the back of the dryer and tape the dryer door shut.

Flat Plates/China Plates

Place a generous amount of crumbled paper at the bottom of the box for cushioning. Wrap each plate separately with at least two sheets of
white paper and than wrap up to three plates in a bundle. Place bundle on its edge only, do not lay flat (the edge is the strongest part of the
plate). Make sure to place crumbled paper in between bundles up until you fill up the first level (make sure not to leave unfilled spaces). Again,
place a generous amount of crumbled paper between layers. For extra safety, you can cut a piece of cardboard to fit the size of the box and
use it to separate between the layers. Use a final layer of crumbled paper and then seal the box with a generous amount of tape and mark as:
Fragile – Kitchen/Dinning Room – This Side Up.

Bowls: Wrap the same way as plates.

Crystal/Glasses and Cups:

Use the same directions for the preparation of the box as it is explained above. Wrap each cup or glass separately with at least 2 sheets of
white paper. When wrapping cups with handles; apply an additional sheet of white paper for extra protection. Place cups and glasses into the
box facing up as if you were placing them on a table. Place a generous amount of crumbled paper between; make sure not to leave unfilled
spaces between layers. Build up your second layer the same way and of course, keep in mind that placing a cardboard in between layers is the
safest way to protect your dishes. Once you are done placing all layers, use a final layer of crumbled paper and then seal the box with a
generous amount of tape and mark as: Fragile – Kitchen/Dinning Room – This Side Up.

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No matter if you’re relocating within the same neighborhood or overseas, moving can be pretty stressing. In fact, moving is repeatedly ranked as the third most stressful life event and sometimes seems to be completely overwhelming. On top of moving, you often have to deal with realtors, mortgage financing and even finding a great school for your kids. To keep all the moving components tracked and timely, organization is a big must. Utilizing a filing system is a great way to keep...