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  • Stow away items that you hardly use (ex. books, etc.)

  • Protect your items with packing materials. Newspapers are extremely effective and readily available - however, the ink can rub off so use with discretion. Clean newsprint paper is available at your local office supply stores (such as Staples and Office Depot)

  • Separate your breakable and non-breakable items - mark the boxes with FRAGILE items so that they can be given extra care when they are moved

  • Buy an assortment of quality boxes in standard sizes - we offer FREE delivery for all moving supplies

  • Pack boxes as tightly as possible. Load heavier items on the bottom to maintain balance. Boxes are preferable at 20-30 lbs for moving purposes, and should never exceed 50lbs - reinforce the btoom of boxes

  • Boxes should be labeled clearly on several sides - be consistent with your labeling method. Labels should be legible, even if stacked in a corner.

  • Use colored stickers to designate boxes for specific rooms at your new residence

  • Start an inventory list (on paper, computer, or phone) to keep track of all your valuables

  • Use real packing tape, not masking tape as it is not strong enough

  • Boxes that contain items you will need immediately (such as cooking utensils, toiletries, etc.) should be labeled "OPEN FIRST"

  • Pack a bag or suitcase with all your personal items that you will need during your move (change of clothes, medicine, phone, charger, etc.) Keep it in an easy-to-find place

  • Important: Do not move flammable, combustible, corrosive, or explosive items such as paint, gasoline, and ammunition. Dispose of them properly. 




Books: Use a Book Box

  • Lay books flat in a box, alternating between the spine and open-end as you stack them. This helps with distributing weight evenly

  • Place a clean piece of paper between books to keep them form sticking to each other

  • Keep the box weight between 20-30lbs to prevent the boxes from breaking during the moving process


Bottle & Liquid Containers: Use a China Box

  • Never pack anything flammable, combustible, corrosive, or explosive

  • Seal all bottles with wrapping tape around the lids

  • Wrap the bottles in newspaper, place them in boxes with crumpled newspaper on the bottom, and add more paper on the sides and top for padding


China & Dishware: Use a China Box

  • Before packing any dishware and china, ensure that the moving box has padding on the bottom (most people use crumpled newsprint paper)

  • Carefully wrap each piece of china individually and bundle up to three similar pieces together

  • Level 2-3 inches of crumpled newspaper or other cushioning on top of the bottom row - to help support the next row

  • The top row should be stacked with smaller articles, such as cups and saucers, to keep the box weigh properly distributed


Suits, Jackets, & Better Clothing: Use a Wardrobe Box

  • Use a wardrobe box for all your tailored clothing, winter coats, and bulky items

  • If the wardrobe box is placed in a storage, make sure to use moth repellent and seal the box with tape to better protect your items


Foldable Clothing: Use a Linen Box or Other Container

  • Foldable items can be packed in laundry baskets/bags, suitcases, or a linen box


Computes & Electronics: Use a China Box

  • Take photos of your wired connections and label all cables for easier assembly at your new residence (consider using colored ties)

  • Disconnect all wires and cables - bundle items together with their components for easier reassembly 

  • Use original containers & boxes whenever possible 

  • Use proper packing materials, such as foam sheeting and bubble wrap to protect all your electronic devices

  • Place items in prepared boxes, padded heavily on the sides, with item standing on its edge, to prevent damage

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