Basic Boxing: Many people under or over-tape boxes. A good example of a well-taped box can be seen HERE. Heavy boxes, such as dish packs from the kitchen, may require 2-3 expanding bands of tape on the bottom for extra support. No matter how you seal your boxes though, DO NOT "four corner" them - this results in low structural integrity and warping. The weight of the contents is likely to force the lids open, spilling everything while the box is carried.
wrapped in paper or bubble wrap and packed tightly (but not forcefully) in to a box so that there is little to no empty space for the items to shift around or collide with force. Large electronics such as televisions, desktop computers or monitors are best put back in to their original packaging; if the original packaging has been disposed of then we recommend leaving the large electronics for the movers to deal with. They will need to be padded and wrapped and, in the case of large screens, preferably shelled with a protective outer layer when possible - this usually entails the use of moving pads, stretch wrap, and a makeshift screen casing of cardboard.
Food: The fridge and freezer will have to be emptied prior to moving them. Refrigerated foods either need to be disposed of or secured in a cooler depending on the transit time. Anything in an open container that cannot be resealed or that may spill or spoil enroute should be disposed of or transported by the individual at their risk.
Fragile Articles: China, glassware, cookware, vases, and all fragile items should be wrapped separately with paper and packed in dish packs, largest and heaviest at the bottom, cushioned with a layer of bunched paper at the bottom of the box. Stack plates on their side (like documents in a file cabinet) for the lowest risk of damage. Use at least one piece of packing paper in between items to prevent glass-on-glass contact. There will be some vibration in transit, so be sure to cushion properly.
Lamps: Remove shades and wrap in clean tissue paper or packing paper. Place in cartons and mark ‘Fragile’. Do not pack as to tear or puncture lining or shade. Remove ornamental tops from lamps and put in a safe place, one you won’t forget. Table lamps may be wrapped and placed in cartons or dish containers.
Mowers and Gasoline Powered Tools: Gas tanks and oil reservoirs must be drained. No flammable mixtures or articles may be transported.
Utility Appliances: Washers, Dryers, Waterline Refrigerators and Stoves are all utility appliances, meaning they feed off of water, gas, or high voltage from your home. If you are not knowledgeable about your appliances or do not feel comfortable working with potentially hazardous or home-damaging utilities, do not risk harm to yourself or your home. Although we do, many moving companies do not offer disconnection or reconnection of utility appliances, so a 3rd party may be needed.
Valuables: All jewelry, watches, currency, stamp collections and other valuables are moved at the risk of the customer. TO BE SAFE YOU SHOULD KEEP ALL SUCH ITEMS IN YOUR IMMEDIATE POSSESSION! Trucks are some times left unattended, and small but valuable articles are an easy target for thieves.
DO NOT PACK ANY FLAMABLES OR FIRE ARMS! DOT regulations will not allow moving companies to carry them.
Beds: Disassemble the frames and leave the mattress & box spring bare. Bag or box them if desired.
Books: should be packed tightly in small sealed boxes, leaving as little empty space as possible. Wrap valuable books individually. Don’t pack above the edge of the boxes. Loaded cartons should not exceed 50 pounds.
Clothing: Most clothing in dresser drawers can remain, the main exceptions are when the dresser is exceedingly heavy (solid oak, pressed board, etc) or in a fragile state (drawers are loose, legs wobble) and standing furniture wardrobes should be emptied as well. Hanging clothes (closet) are typically packed in to wardrobe boxes.
Clocks: Pendulums and weights should be removed when applicable (most grandfather clocks). In the case of an extremely valuable or important piece of clockwork, a reputable horologist should secure the item prior to the move. Small clocks may be wrapped in paper or bubble wrap and packed in boxes.
Drawers: Clothing, blankets, linens, towels, and stuffed animals are all perfectly fine to leave or pack in to furniture drawers. Heavy, fragile, or spillable items should be removed and packed in to their own category of boxes or containers. Furniture may need to be tilted or flipped to get it out of or in to the house, so items that may break or leak will most likely be damaged or do damage to the furniture itself.
Electronics: Small sturdy electronics such as cable boxes, routers, radios and alarm clocks can simply be packed directly in to a small box, making sure that nothing else in the box will potentially damage the items. More fragile electronics such as digital frames, tablets, projectors, uncased cameras or gaming devices should be individually
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