Packing & Preparation Tips
When preparing to move your belongings, there can be a lot to remember. Use the checklist below to guide you through the process.
Review the list below with all members of your household to plan your move and adhere to the best practices. If you should have any questions in the preparation of your move, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly support staff!
- Start by packing your non-essential goods. Pack up seasonal clothing, unused sporting equipment, camping gear, gym or play equipment, etc.
- If you live in an apartment building or use an elevator, remember to reserve the elevator in advance.
- Proper moving boxes are recommended. Avoid open-top boxes for most goods.
- Use packing paper around breakable items and seal every box completely using packing tape
- Light items should be packed in large boxes and heavy items in small boxes for safety and ease of carrying.
- Be careful not to over-pack a box, as the extra bulk can force it to split open, spilling contents and possibly damaging them.
- Heavier items should be packed at the bottom, with lighter items near the top. Mark boxes with This Side Up.
- If a box has fragile items, label the box Fragile to ensure careful handling.
- It is a good idea to label packages with their preferred location for ease of delivery at the destination.
- Empty dresser drawers and remove shelves from cabinets. Use non-damaging tape (like masking tape) to seal drawers and cabinet doors shut during loading, shipment, and unloading.
- Break down furniture if possible.
- Pack all liquids in one or two boxes. Label them as ‘Liquids’ and ‘This Side Up’ to avoid spillage.
- It is best to pack items like plates, flatware, records, and books on edge vertically, not flat, in small boxes.
- Nest cups and glasses inside one another and wrap with paper. Wrap stemware individually.
- Pack lampshades in boxes in 2s or 3s, separated by packing paper. Remove light-bulbs from all lamps.
- It is best to pack mirrors and other framed goods in specially designed boxes.
- Back up your computer files and, if possible, use the original boxes with Styrofoam to pack your computer and monitor.
- Right before moving day, pack all the frozen food in boxes and place the boxes back in the freezer. Freezers should be plugged in as long as possible, until they are loaded and transported. Freezers should maintain frozen food for 24-48 hours in transport.
- Pack the goods you will need first, last. Label these boxes ‘Open First’.
- WARNING: Do not pack or transport propane tanks, aerosols, flammables, paint, or hazardous materials.
If you have any further questions in preparing for your move, please do not hesitate to get in touch!