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PACKING TIPS
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Overview

The general rule of thumb is 'what fits in a box goes in a box'. The better prepared our customers are, the quicker and easier (on everybody!) the move will be. Be thorough and Give yourself MORE than enough time to and pack up your belongings, and also use the occasion to sort through and throw out what you don't need. Often our clients make the mistake of underestimating what is involved in correct prep and packing, then rushing through the process and not sorting and organizing properly. This results in us moving items that are often thrown away at the client's new residence. Certainly something to avoid!

If you ever get stuck, run out of materials or have a question, don't hesitate to call our office for advice or a little direction - you can be sure that what ever your question is, we have fielded it before - and we will be able to answer it.

Getting started

1. Plan how you will pack. Pack items first that you don't use often.

2. Start packing as soon as you find out you're moving.

3. Never pack flammable items or non-allowable items. Ask our office for help if you're not sure on this.

4. Use generous amounts of paper inside the carton on the top and especially at the bottom to provide good cushioning.

5. List contents and room on the outside of the carton on more than one side.

6. Clearly mark "Fragile" on the outside of cartons when applicable.

7. Use clean newsprint paper. We stock this in 25 lb. bundles and we offer free delivery of all our materials. See our supplies list. Old newspapers may work, but use them carefully because the ink may rub off onto your items.

8. Write "Open First" on cartons containing essential items such as cooking utensils, toiletries, etc.

9. Separate breakables and non-breakables.

10. Pack all cartons tightly but don't over pack. Heavier, denser items such as books should be packed into smaller boxes; larger and lighter items should go into boxes of corresponding sizes.

11. Use professional packing tape. Masking tape isn't strong enough to support fully packed cartons. Packing tape is preferred and always in stock. PLEASE do not make the mistake of folding in corners to seal a box - this often happens - and our crews will often have to take the time to re-pack and then tape them closed

12. BEFORE putting anything in a box, make sure the bottom of the box is secured by folding in the box leaves and placing 2 or 3 strips of tape covering the entire length of the seam where the leaves meet. You can never put too much tape on a box!

13. Play some music while you pack or put the radio on - you will be happy you did!

Specific items

Packing China

Carefully wrap china in sheets of clean newsprint paper. Place newsprint paper in the bottom of an appropriate sized box for cushioning. Wrap each piece individually then wrap up to three in a bundle with a double layer of paper. Place these bundled items in the carton in a row on edge- not flat!

Surround each bundle with crushed paper, being careful to leave no unfilled spaces. Add two or three inches of crushed paper on top of the bundle to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier. Horizontal cardboard dividers can be helpful in keeping layers level. Heavier ceramics should go at the bottom of the boxes; smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls can make up a second layer. Wrap and pack in the same way as larger items.

Silverware

Silver is nested together and wrapped within a 3 sheet thick piece of paper - Put them into the tops of other kitchen boxes. If you have a silver chest you may use this to hold the wrapped cutlery and then it should be wrapped in paper and boxed.

Soft Goods

Soft goods like pillows and bedding are packed in linen or large cartons separated by layers of clean paper.

Shoes

Pack shoes in their original shoebox, if possible, and place in a carton. If shoeboxes are not available, individually wrap them to prevent abrasive damage.

Clothes

Clothes are left on hangers and hung in special wardrobe cartons. Our crews usually carry 4 of these wardrobe boxes as standard. If you need more let us know ahead of time.

Lamp Shades and Bases

Handle lampshades by their wire frames only and place in a carton lined with paper. Surround the shade with protective paper. Shades can be nested inside each other, as long as they are separated by paper.

Bases should be wrapped in extra paper and packed in separate boxes from the shades.

Stereos and other electronics

If possible, pack electronics in their original cartons. As long as proper packing materials are used (bubble wrap, newsprint, foam sheeting, comforters/blankets, pillows, etc.), electronics can be safely packed in sturdy boxes.
1. Start by padding the bottom of the carton with a generous amount of packing material.
2. Wrap electronic with paper and place in carton.
3. Tightly pack padding around and on top of the unit to prevent damage.
4. Firmly seal the carton.
5. Label the carton as "Fragile - Top Load."

Books

Place books on end in the carton, alternating the spine and open side of the book. Place a piece of paper between books to prevent them sticking together. Because books are heavy, Nicks Moving has a small book carton to make them easier to carry.

Statuary and Figurines

Wrap statuary and figurines with bubble wrap, then snuggly wrap with clean paper. If bubble wrap is not available, use clean paper to wrap the article until it is adequately cushioned.

Mirrors and Glass

Wrap the picture or mirror in a generous cushion of clean paper. Place in a flattened packing or telescoping carton. Carefully tape and seal the carton. Always stand glass, pictures and mirrors on their edge. Do not lay flat.

Computers

If possible, pack computers in their original cartons. As long as proper packing materials are used (bubble wrap, newsprint, foam sheeting, comforters/blankets, pillows, etc.), computers can be safely packed in sturdy boxes.
1. Start by padding the bottom of the carton with a generous amount of packing material.
2. Wrap computer parts generously with paper and place in carton.

3. Tightly pack padding around and on top of the unit to prevent damage.
4. Firmly seal the carton.
5. Label the carton as "Fragile - Top Load."
Be aware of special considerations for the internal workings of the computer.

If you have questions about any unusual or heavy / fragile objects, do call us and we'll give you our expert opinion!


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