Packing Tips

Calculate Your Cartons

Some basic rules to follow as you estimate your pack material needs:

  • The average person uses around 10-15 cartons per room. Additional cartons are needed for the kitchen, basement and library.
  • Plan on using a lot of tape. A carton that is properly sealed with packing tape should have 3 strips on top and 3 strips on the bottom. That’s one roll of tape for every 15-20 boxes.
  • Do not pack with newspapers! The ink will not only come off on your hands, it can also rub off and stain many household items, including your fine china. Clean white newsprint is very inexpensive and is available in 25 pound bundles. You will need to allow 5-7 pounds of newsprint for each dish carton.
  • Label every carton immediately upon sealing. Label as to room and contents, and on the top and sides of the cartons.
  • Pack each carton while it sits on top of another carton or in the seat of a side chair. The less you bend the less you ache.
  • Mark your boxes by room (on top and side of each box), so movers know exactly where everything goes.
  • Create an “Open First” box with all the things you need upon arrival, medications, toiletries, linens, first aid kit, garbage bags, phone, light bulbs, flashlight, phone books, towels, food for pets, a leash, etc.

Packing the big items

  • Beds: Tie bed frames together with tape or rope. Then label which room the frame belongs, so they’re easy to reassemble.
  • Tables: Remove legs, pad and tie together. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tape somewhere on table.
  • Big appliances: Empty, defrost and drain the fridge and freezer. Make sure all the appliances are disconnected prior to the movers’ arrival.
  • Lawn Furniture: If heavy or bulky, disassemble. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tape somewhere on furniture.
  • Lawn mowers/yard edgers: Empty gasoline from all tanks, and check for any leaks.

If you have more questions about moving, feel free to contact us at any time.
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