Packing! It's necessary when you move.
In fact, it is half of moving when
you consider you are reducing all
of your houshold possessions into
cartons and moving them to another
place. Here are some suggestions to
help you in the process.
You will need to plan the packing
process. Take an inventory of what
you'll be moving, and identify those
items that you'll need until moving
day. Begin by packing less essential
items- extra linens, out-of-season
clothing and your good china, for
example- well in advance of your moving
Wrap small appliances in newspaper
or your kitchen towels or linens.
Tape the bottom of a medium box securely
and put down a layer newspaper for
padding. You can pack several small
appliances to a box. For large appliances,
make sure you check your owner's manual
for any special instructions before
you start to pack. Make sure the inside
and outside of all appliances are
clean. You can stuff the inside of
some appliances, such as washing machines
and dryers, with towels or linens.
Tape down any parts that could come
loose -- the burners on your stove,
the electrical cords, etc. Wrap the
appliance with furniture pads and
ART AND COLLECTIBLES
Wrap each piece in bubble wrap. Pad
the bottom of a large box with crumpled
newspaper or Styrofoam peanuts. Give
the items plenty of space, and make
sure you add lots of packing material
on the sides, between items and on
top. Remember to label the box "fragile."
Use only small boxes for books --
they get very heavy, very fast. You
can use small paperbacks to fill the
sides of the box if there is extra
This is where wardrobe boxes come
in handy. You can move clothing on
hangers straight from your closet
to the wardrobe boxes. Clothing in
drawers should be packed in suitcases
COMPUTERS AND ELECTRONIC
Ideally, you should pack electronic
equipment such as stereos, TVs and
computers in their original boxes
with their original packing material.
If this is unavailable, wrap the equipment
in plastic bags. Put each piece of
equipment in a box filled with Styrofoam
peanuts, and put this box in a larger
box, also filled with Styrofoam peanuts.
(This double-boxing will help prevent
sharp objects from penetrating all
the way through to your fragile equipment.)
If you can take your furniture apart
in any way to make it easier to move,
make sure you put all nuts, bolts
and screws in a small zip-lock bag
and tape the bag to the furniture.
Tape drawers shut where necessary.
Wrap exposed legs (on tables and chairs)
in bubble wrap or newspaper. Wrap
in furniture padding and tie securely.
Wrap breakable items in bubble wrap
or uprinted newspaper. Put layers
of bubble wrap between each plates
or bowl. Fill the top bowl with crumpled
newspaper or Styrofoam peanuts. Place
the items in a box filled with crumpled
newspaper or Styrofoam peanuts. Make
sure you put the heavier items on
the bottom of the box. Wrap nonbreakable
items in unprinted newspaper and pack
in a box filled with Styrofoam peanuts
or crumpled newspaper. Make sure you
pack all the items you'll need for
your first few days in you new home
in one box, and label it prominently.
You can only eat take-out for so long.
MIRRORS AND FRAMED ART
Tape an X of masking tape across mirrors
and paintings framed with glass. Wrap
each item in bubble wrap. Cut a box
to fit each item exactly. Make sure
you label everything fragile.
DO NOT PACK Paints,
turpentine, pressurized cans, corrosive
items like bleach or any flammable
liquid. The law prohibits movers from
carrying flammable items. Properly
dispose of items which could cause
fire or damage.
TIPS FOR LOADING
Your safety is the most important
consideration when loading the truck.
That is why Movex provides every truck
with loading ramps and dollies to
help make loading safer and easier.
Start with heavy appliances and load
them on the floor against the front
wall of the trailer. Continue by loading
heavier items toward the front of
the trailer and on the floor. Save
the space above for lighter items.
Stack lightweight, bulky items on
top; mattresses and mirrors should
be placed along the walls of the truck
and tied securely.
Take your time packing the truck;
a tightly packed load is your best
guarantee that your belongings will
come through the move unscathed. It's
also a good idea to place the items
you need least at the bottom of the