Packing Tips For Moving

If you are about to make a move, there are several different things that you can do to have yourself well-prepared, well-organized, and hopefully feeling as stress-free as possible:

Start Packing Immediately

First, you need to decide if you are going to do your own packing.  This saves people a lot of money during a move, which they usually use towards the moving truck and crew.  Once you hash out those major details, start packing!  You can really never start too soon.  Also, start acquiring a large collection of packaging and shipping boxes- you always need more than you think you will!


Packing Standards

Whatever moving company you use will be inspecting how you’ve packed your boxes, and they will actually refuse to move anything that does not meet certain standards.  Make sure that all of your boxes are properly sealed.  Remember all those packaging and shipping boxes you’ve been working on accumulating?  Going through your attic and garage are really the times you are going to need to dip in to the stash- any ruined or soiled boxes will not be moved.  If you hear rattling inside a box, so will the movers, and they won’t move it because they won’t want to be blamed for breaking anything.  Use plenty of padding to fill up extra space inside of the boxes.

What Not to Pack?

Furniture and appliances usually get wrapped and padded by the movers.  If you have items that need to be professionally disassembled, like pool tables or chandeliers, make sure that gets done ahead of time.  Items like pianos and safes require specialty movers.  Also, movers are forbidden by law to move any hazardous materials, including ammunition.

Everything You Need to Know about Boxes
Basically, choose good ones.  Shipping boxes usually work great for a move because they are a little more heavy-duty than your average cardboard boxes, and you can even by them from online retailers in bulk for pretty cheap.

Tips From Movers

  • Have all of your packing completed the evening before the move
  • Keep all parts and pairs together: curtain rods, mirror bolts, any furniture hardware… It should all be taped together or put in smaller baggies and then kept in the same spot.
  • Fasten electrical cords so that they aren’t dangling
  • Don’t use newspaper on fine china as the ink rubs off and imbeds itself into the items
  • Pack fragile items and small items in smaller boxes, like shoeboxes, and then put those in a larger box
  • Making sure that boxes do not weigh more than 50 pounds