packing is the most important step in safely transporting your
belongings. Carroll The Mover's professional packing crews are trained
in the best packing techniques, and that's why it's so much easier and
safer to have us pack for you.
if you decide to do some -- or even all -- of your packing, this guide
will help. Along with general how-tos, you'll find specific
step-by-step instructions on properly wrapping and packing items that
require special attention.
First -- what not to pack and load on the moving van.
Do not pack and load on van:
* Fuels & oils
* Any aerosol cans
* Paint, turpentine, varnishes
* Flammable liquids --
* nail polish remover,
* lighter fluid, etc.
* Firearms, ammunition
* Food in glass jars
* Prescription drugs necessary for immediate use
* Perishable foods
For best results, have Carroll The Mover's professionals pack:
* Marble, glass tabletops, heavy wall
* ornaments and mirrors 40" X 60" or larger
* Pool table slate
* Bulky, fragile items -- large trophies, statuary,
* chandeliers, etc. -- that require crating
* Major appliances
Items that you should take yourself:
* Jewelry, furs
* Firearms (consult local laws)
* Personal papers, documents
* such as birth certificates
* and insurance policies
* Coin, stamp collections
* Special family photographs
* Moving-related documents
Follow a timetable
yourself enough time to pack. First pack items you won't need right
away, such as articles stored in the basement, garage, or attic. Wait
and pack things you'll use right up to moving day last.
Packing room by room will help you stay organized.
How to pack boxes
Invert box, fold in flaps. Place one or two long pieces of plastic
packing tape across center seam, and one piece along each side seam. Do
not cover any printing.
Make bottom cushion. Put loosely crumpled unprinted newsprint in the carton bottom.
Wrap all fragile, breakable items in paper.
(Not necessary for soft items like bedding, etc.) This not only
protects the item, but protects other items from it. Wrapping also
helps things fit snugly in the box and prevents them from shifting. Use
unprinted newsprint for most items, tissue paper for very fragile
Pack large and heavy items first.
Pack smaller items next. Use these to fill in spaces around larger items.
Periodically lift carton to check weight -- box should not be too heavy for one person to lift comfortably.
Fill all empty spaces with small items or crumpled paper. Leave no gaps in the carton. This helps make it crush-proof.
Make a top cushion.
Leave 1/4 to 1/2 inch space at the top of the carton. Fill this space
with crumpled paper. When closed, the carton's top or sides should
neither bulge nor sag.
Tape top seams securely.
Label boxes clearly.
Write your name, your moving contract number, the room to which the box
should go in your new home and a general description of contents. Write
"fragile" only if items within are truly fragile. (Otherwise, good
loading decisions will be impossible.) Mark "unpack first" on boxes
containing items you'll need right away in your new home.