Packing Tips, Tools & Materials
Packing for a move can be a tedious and time-consuming task that takes a lot of skill and requires specific materials to prepare for a quick and efficient move. To experience a stress free, and easy move we recommend that you entrust our professionals to pack for you. Our team is trained in proper procedures, have the right materials, and can have you packed and ready in about a quarter of the time.
In particular, we strongly recommend that we crate or pack specialty items for shipment so that you can be sure your precious items are safe. These items include:
- Marble furniture, glass tabletops, heavy wall ornaments and mirrors 40" x 60" or larger
- Pool table slates
- Bulky, fragile items such as trophies, statuary, chandeliers and other items that require custom crating
- Delicate antiques
Items you Should Pack and Keep Close
Some items are extremely valuable and require a higher level of personal attention. Belongings such as cash, securities, jewelry, firearms (consult local laws), personal papers and documents (such as birth certificates, insurance policies and deeds), prescriptions, coin and stamp collections, family photographs and videos, moving-related documents should be packed by the individual. Make sure that all these types of items are packed safely and securely, and that they are transported personally for added peace of mind.
Useful Trade Secrets
Trade Secret #1
Purchase all boxes, cartons and packing materials (such as unprinted newspaper, bubble wrap and tape) you'll need from your local North American agent. Our team will help you select the right types and sizes of materials you'll need. You'll save valuable time, and be assured that you’re using strong, top quality packaging supplies for your belongings. These cartons are specifically designed for packing household goods and are far superior to traditional supermarket boxes.
Trade Secret #2
Wrap all your fragile articles the way the professionals do; use two layers of unprinted newspaper per glass, dish, figurine, etc. Wrap firmly, but loose enough to provide a cushioning effect. Place all wrapped items into a box with supplementary paper surrounding to allow for added cushioning.
Trade Secret #3
Pack your items into boxes, but don't overcrowd them. Professionals pack boxes so articles cushion each other. The top of the box should close with slight pressure, but should never be forced. Don't mix incompatible items (like books with glasses). Make sure to pack your clothing in our special wardrobe containers. They allow your clothes to hang straight and stay clean, virtually wrinkle-free.
Trade Secret #4
Pack glasses standing on end, upside down, and not on their sides. Stack dishes on edge, and fill empty spaces with wadded unprinted newspaper. Before packing the dishes layer the bottom of the carton with crumpled unprinted newspaper for added cushioning and protection.
Trade Secret #5
Pack specialty items and uniquely shaped belongings in custom boxes. Articles such as lampshades, mirrors, pictures, etc., can all be packed in special cartons designed for their particular dimensions. Ask your North American representative for guidance.
Trade Secret #6
Tape all your boxes across tops and edges for added security and make sure to seal every opening tightly. (See Types of Boxes, Tools & Materials You'll Need below.)
Trade Secret #7
Pack your belongings room by room so that it makes unpacking easier. Label each box with your name, your North American contract number, the specific room the box goes to, and a brief description of the contents inside. Mark the items you'll need right away with "Unpack First," and mark your delicate items with "Fragile."
Trade Secret #8
The law forbids movers to carry flammables. This means we cannot allow customers to pack paints, turpentine, pressurized cans, corrosive items or any flammable liquid. Properly dispose of or give away anything that could cause fire or damage.
Trade Secret #9
When packing a desktop computer or laptop, these steps will help you prepare it for safe transport. To pack your computer, we strongly recommend that you use the computer's original carton and packing materials. If you don’t have them, use a box that is both strong and big enough to hold the computer, and pack it with unprinted newspaper.
Moving Tools & Materials
In order to prepare for your big move, you’re going to need the following tools and materials:
- Unprinted newspaper and tissue paper (newspaper ink can soil and even damage some items)
- 2" plastic tape (to assemble and close cartons)
- Utility knife
- Permanent markers
Types of Boxes
1.5 cu. ft. in U.S., and 2.0 cu. ft. in Canada (book box)
These boxes, often called “book boxes” are used for heavy or dense items including books, DVDs, shoes, canned goods, kitchen canisters, small appliances and hand or power tools.
3 cu. ft. in U.S., and 4.0 cu. ft. in Canada
These are a general-purpose style of box, that is great for toys, lampshades, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, etc.
4.5 and 6 cu. ft. in U.S., and 5.0 cu. ft. in Canada
These boxes are designed for large, lightweight items such as pillows, bedding and toys. These boxes should not be overloaded.
These boxes are equipped with a bar for hanging clothes, curtains and draperies. The bottom is not designed to support weight, so make sure not to pack other items in the bottom of these cartons.
These boxes are specially designed with available cell dividers for transporting dishes, glasses, bowls and other kitchenware. They are also great for lamps, small pictures, knick-knacks and light appliances.
These boxes are telescoping, and come in both large and small sizes. These specialty boxes provide added protection for mirrors, large pictures, and glass tabletops.
Designed to keep your mattress clean and protected, these specialty bags are available in crib, twin, standard, double and queen/king sizes.
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