Do NOT transport any dangerous or hazardous goods (i.e., anything flammable, combustible or explosive) such as aerosol cans, ammunition, firearms, paint thinner, gasoline, kerosene, pressurized tanks, etc.
Pack a box of “essentials” that you will need immediately upon arriving in your new home. Make sure your “essentials” box is the last box loaded on the truck so that it will be the first box unloaded when you arrive.
Have rugs and draperies cleaned before you move. Then leave them in their wrappings for the move. Even better, have them delivered or pick them up AFTER you move ... this way you don't have to move them at all!
Label each box with: (a) general contents, (b) destination room in the new home, (c) whether contents are fragile (use BOLD letters), and (d) if it should be loaded last so it can be unloaded first. Suggestion: Put labels on both the top AND sides of boxes and you’ll be able to read them regardless of how they’re stacked.
Overloading boxes is the most common packing mistake. General rule of thumb: the heavier the item, the smaller the box. Aim for boxes to weigh no more than 50 pounds each. Whoever ends up moving your boxes - you, a friend or a professional mover - will thank you!
Computers, televisions, VCRs, DVD players and stereos are expensive electronic devices and require special attention when packing. Follow these tips to protect your investment:
* Follow the manufacturers' advice for packing and storing. There may be special instructions of which you need to be aware. Consult the owner's manual (if you can still find it!) or the manufacturer's website for detailed information.
* Pack audio/video/computer equipment in their original packaging and boxes whenever possible (if you're one of the few that still have them!).
* If the original boxes/packaging are not available, you'll need the following: sturdy cartons, bubblewrap and/or newsprint, tape and a marking pen to label each box. Note: You might want to label these boxes in a way that only YOU understand so as not to attract unwanted attention to the boxes which contain the most valuable contents.
* Be sure to completely seal each box with packing tape to keep out the dust. Electr…
Tape boxes across tops and edges. Make sure the bottom of each box is well taped to support the contents of the box. Even if the box is designed with an interlocking top or bottom, it’s best to tape it anyway – the bottom will support more weight and the top will be secure from opening and re-closing during transit.
Make sure you have the following packing supplies: moving boxes, bubble wrap, unprinted newspaper, tape, marking pen. For best results, use only materials that are specifically designed for packing and moving household goods.
There are 115 million housing units in the United States and, amazingly, nearly 20% - roughly 21,000,000 - will have new occupants within the next 12 months. That's a lot of people moving! And research ranks moving as one of life's most stressful events -- right behind the death of a loved one and divorce. So it's important to plan ahead and use the right supplies. Collecting boxes from the local supermarket or liquor store might save you a few bucks but is hardly worth the time and effort. At best, they're likely to be smaller and more poorly constructed than real moving boxes. At worst, you may discover after your move that those second-hand boxes were either soiled or infested with roach eggs.