Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Do-It-Yourself Movers Guide

How do you pack those items that are hard to wrap or items of value? Here are some simple packing tips:

How to Pack Furniture:

Disassemble furniture if possible and cover
Wrap table legs separately
Lay down padding between your furniture and the floor of the truck
Place tables with legs assembled top down on floor with legs up
Stack chairs seat to seat

Packing China:

Use special "dishpak" boxes
Wrap plates, saucers, and bowls individually using several sheets of paper each
Start from the corner, wrapping diagonally, continuously tucking in edges
After wrapping individually, wrap 4-6 pieces in a bundle with a double layer of newspaper
Place cushioning material in bottom of carton
Place flat, heavier pieces like platters, plates on bottom
Place bundled items in a carton in a row on edge.
Surround each bundle with crushed paper, being careful to leave no unfilled spaces.
Cups and glassware should be wrapped in a double layer of paper and placed upside down on rims in a row on an upper layer within the box with all the handles facing the same direction.

Packing Clothing:

Shoes may be left in shoe boxes and placed into large cartons.
Or, wrap each shoe individually, then in pairs.
Shoes should be cushioned to avoid damage occurring to high heals or ornaments.
Do not pack heavy items on shoes.
Clothing may be left on hangers and transported in wardrobe cartons.
Lightweight clothing such as hose, lingerie and sweaters may be left in dresser drawers.

Lamps:

Remove the light bulb.
Wrap the base, harp and bulb separately, in newsprint, and place together in a carton, filling spaces with crushed paper.
Never wrap the lamp shade in newspaper.
Carefully wrap each shade in 3-4 sheets of fresh tissue paper, a pillow case or large lightweight towel.

Pictures and Glass:

Use a standard picture box or cover both sides of the picture with cardboard.
Place packing paper along the sides and edges of the picture to prevent it from moving inside the box.
Place no more than 3 or 4 pictures in one box.
Keep the box right side up at all times.

What NOT to Pack:

Heat from the sun can raise temperatures inside a closed moving van and trucks to more than 150 degrees. Even in the middle of winter, heat builds up inside. Many common items, including aerosol hair spray or cleaning products, can trigger an explosion or fire that could destroy your possessions when packed inside a van.
For your own safety, make sure that no member of your family packs these items in a container to be moved. Replacing a can of hair spray is much easier than replacing all of your belongings.
We want you to have a satisfying move. For the safety of your belongings, review the list below and eliminate all dangerous items before packing:

Hair spray
Cleaning products
Shaving cream
Spray starch
Deodorants
Insecticides
Spray paint
Oil-based paints
Bleach
Gasoline
Muriatic acid
Kerosene
Auto batteries
Naptha
Propane in tanks*
Tar remover
Oxygen in tanks
Paint thinners
Lighter fluid
Turpentine
Matches
Lacquer remover
Ammunition
Mineral spirits
Chlorine granules or powder
Any other type of combustible