Packing Yourself? Practical Tips for Doing it Right, Saving Time, and Saving Money

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  1. Review your moving checklist. Take control and remove the stress—or get a handle on the other 50 moving-related things you have to think about.
  2. Throw away the “junk”! Why pay to move it if you’re only going to throw it away later? Who needs the additional clutter at a new house, anyway!
  3. How will you lay out your furniture in the new abode? Think about it ahead of time—not while the movers are standing there holding your pieces.
  4. What area of the new house are you going to designate for storage? C’mon, everyone needs storage! Remember, there are 2 kinds: long term storage, made up of those things you will never throw away for whatever reason; and, the seasonals—clothes, athletic gear, holiday trimmings, etc. Mark the boxes accordingly and store them in such a way that allows for easy access later.
  5. Use standard size boxes: 1.5 cu. ft., 3.0 cu. ft., 4.5 cu. ft., 6.0 cu. ft. and 10 cu. ft.—or plastic bins. These standard sizes are designed for an efficient packing of the truck. Time and money, again.
  6. Pack the boxes properly so that the lids close flat. Don’t under-fill them or they will crush when they are stacked up in the truck; don’t over-fill them or they won’t stack securely and will make everything wobble. If there is room in the top of a box, fill it with small pillows, folded towels or clothes—anything to take up that space and allow for the box to close securely. Then tape it shut with plastic packing tape.
  7. As soon as you tape the box, label it. Make a note of one item in the box that you’ll remember, then note where you want it delivered to at the destination address. When the movers pick the box up in the truck they will know where to bring it, they will not have to ask…again, time and money.
  8. Use the specialty packing boxes where appropriate: mirror packs, picture packs, dish packs, wardrobes, clock boxes, antiques cartons, and mattress cartons. For those special items, there’s the “cell-pak-system”. Just ask, we can help!
  9. No plastic bags. You can’t stack them and they destroy the integrity of the load.
  10. All lamp shades must go in a box. They will never survive the journey otherwise!
  11. No open containers of food, liquid, corrosive material, or liquor.
  12. No flammables. The oil and gas must be removed from the power tools and equipment before they go on the truck.
  13. If you are loading your own truck, don’t forget the pads to protect the furniture. On average, you will need one moving pad for every 100 lbs. of your shipment. For example, an 8,000 lb. payload would require approximately 80 pads.
  14. Other questions? Give us a call at 413-992-8931! We’ll be glad to get the answers.