Essential Packing Tips

Use proper packing materials. Moving Industry Standard Boxes should be used. Moving boxes, white packing paper, packing tape, and paper pads are imperative for a proper pack job. Packing materials can be purchased from 1st Choice Moving or a number of retail box stores and retail big box stores. Avoid liquor store and grocery store boxes.

Incorrect packing is a prime cause of damage. The box should weigh no more than 50 pounds and the contents should not shift when moved. The sides shouldn’t bulge and the top should close snugly without bending or caving inward and use paper to fill empty spots.

Start Early. Packing your entire household can be quite involved so create a plan for packing your entire home and get started on the non-essential areas of your home first. Pack a couple of cartons a day staying well ahead of your packing

Please refer to and print The Non-Allowable Items List to be certain that no Non-Allowable Items are packed to go on the moving van

Designate a packing room or area on each floor of the house. Keep your Packing supplies there and as you pack the other rooms, put the packed boxes in this room or area. This greatly reduces clutter.

Finish packing one room at a time. The worst way is to a little packing in every room. This leads to an overwhelming situation of “stuff everywhere” and can wreak havoc with your overall organization

Use white packing paper rather than newsprint. The ink can actually stain the items packed in newsprint.

Strive for a firm pack and use ample paper for wrapping, cushioning and layering and be sure to securely tape the bottoms of the boxes.

Place a 2 to 3-inch layer of crumpled paper at the bottom of each box for cushioning. Wrap items carefully in white packing paper and nestle them in the box. Use crumpled paper to snugly fill empty spots and then build a layer of crumpled paper to make a level base of cushioning for the next layer. The more fragile the item, the more cushioning needed.

Build up in layers with the heaviest items on the bottom layer, medium weight items next and lightest items on the top layer. Avoid overloading boxes but strive
for a firm, snug pack that will prevent items from shifting and the top flaps should close easily without force, but should not bend inward and seal all boxes tightly with packing tape.

Write the room name on a label on top of the box and write the room name on a label on one or both of the narrowest sides of the box. Write the contents of the box on the top and side labels and write “Fragile” on the box top where appropriate. A black felt marker works best for all labeling purposes.

Pack similar items together. For example, do not pack a china figurine in the same box as a heavy platter or a glass tabletop in the same carton as a painting.

Try to avoid packing items from two separate rooms in the same box.

The heavier the items, the smaller the box should be. Books, tools, etc should not go in any box size larger than a 1.5 cubic foot box.

Do not pack heavier items in the same box as fragile and breakable items.

Pack pairs of items together and pack all parts of a single disassembled item together. On disassembled items place the hardware and little pieces into a manila envelope or a zip lock bag, clearly label where the pieces go and put them in the Parts Box.

Take a 1.5 cube box or a 2 cube box and label it “PARTS BOX.” Tightly tape the box bottom shut and leave the top open. The Parts Box is where you put all the hardware and little pieces you will acquire as you are doing your move preparation. All the screws, nuts, bolts, washers, furniture cups, shelf pegs, etc. Seal the pieces into a manila folder or a zip lock bag, clearly write where the pieces go and put them in the parts box. It is best to use one envelope or bag per disassembled item so no pieces from different items can get mixed together. The Parts Box is a great way to keep all the little easily misplaced pieces in one accessible box.

Disconnect electronics completely and pack all components and their wires in boxes. Pack electronics in their original boxes if possible.

Try to avoid packing liquids of any kind. Items such as wine, liquor, vinegar, milk, etc, can leak through the box in the moving van and end up all over your sofa or mattress.

Empty all dresser drawers of breakables, spillable, and all smaller, loose items and pack these items. Clothing and linens and can be left in dresser drawers.

Do Not Pack any valuables such as watches, jewelry, coin or stamp collections, and all valuables must not be packed to go on the moving van.

Do Not Pack any flammable or explosive items.

Make sure all packing is completed before moving day