Moving & Packing Tips

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Moving & Packing Tips

  • Clear out unwanted items – have a yard sale.

  • Get rid of flammables – paint, petrol, gas cylinders.

  • Empty fuel from mowers, clippers, trimmers and so on.

  • Clothes – do you need them all?

  • Check all electrical goods – will they work in the new home?

  • Arrange to have mail forwarded.

  • Agree termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other main suppliers.

  • Have rugs cleaned.

  • If you have children, separate cherished toys to travel with you.

  • Round up personal documentation – marriage/birth certificates, driving licenses, etc.

  • Keep passports separate so they are not packed.

  • With regards to family pets – make sure vaccinations and documentation are up to date.

  • Will your new home be ready? If not, you need to arrange temporary storage.

  • Shops, schools, theaters – it’s never too early to find out about your new home.

  • Start running down freezer stocks.

  • Arrange your finances – close or transfer bank accounts, savings accounts and so on, if necessary.

Packing Materials

Use only strong, corrugated cartons with covers. We can supply you with specially made Moving Company Boston MAcartons, for everything from mattresses to clothing and mirrors. The added protection of mover-provided cartons may avoid damage that results from the use of poor-quality packing materials. Your alternative is to collect boxes discarded by your grocery or liquor store. Save old newspapers for use in packing, but remember that ink may rub off and stain clothing or other items.

  • Foam peanuts, Styrofoam pellets or “popcorn.”

  • Tissue or craft paper for delicate packing jobs.

  • Corrugated paper rolls for figurines and fragile items.

  • Gummed tape (1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) and/or strong twine for sealing cartons.

  • Markers and labels for identifying contents of cartons.

  • Notebook and pencil for carton identification log.

  • Scissors and/or sharp knife.

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Before actually packing-up, you need to have a plan:

  • Pack one room at a time. This will help you when it comes time to unpack.

  • Pack a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move.

  • Be sure to have plenty of “filling” material available.

  • Be sure that the bottoms of all cartons are secured and will hold the weight of the contents.

  • Packing tape or gummed tape is better than masking tape.

  • Pack heavier items toward the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top. Try to keep a per-box weight of 50 pounds or less; it makes moving a lot easier. A general rule to remember on carton size — the heavier the item, the smaller the carton.

Packing Tips DO’s and DON’Ts

DO label every box with the room where the box is to be placed. Mark boxes that are fragile on all sides. For efficiency, boxes should not be moved from their original rooms.   DO leave articles such as blankets, pillows and clothing in dresser drawers. Any other items such as perfume, jewelry, photo albums should be packed into boxes for safe moving.  DO wrap your linens and towels around framed pictures that can be broken or that are fragile.   DO wrap china and all fragile objects in paper individually. Large plates and heavy pieces should be placed on the bottom of the container, on edge. Smaller plates, cups, and saucers should be placed toward the top of the container.   DO check that all bottles have their caps tightly secured to prevent spilling. DO check to see if your appliances are compatible in your new home. You do not want to move a gas stove into an all-electric house.   DO get rid of all unnecessary items before moving. Draw a floor plan of your new home to see if all your furniture will fit.   DON’T pack any materials that are flammable, such as: hair spray, shaving cream, deodorants, insecticides, cleaning products, nail polish remover, lighter fluid, and motor oil. The inside of a closed moving van can reach 150 degrees and can cause these items to explode. DON’T wrap items with newspaper, the ink can come off on your items. Ask us for blank newsprint.

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