|How to Pack||J. Rockcliff Realtors|
You have two choices when it comes to packing.
- Packing it yourself.
- Letting the movers do everything.
If you choose to do the majority of the packing yourself, you stand to
save a lot of money. Study these tips to insure you do the best packing
yourself to packing only non-fragile items such as books, linens,
clothing, shoes, and replaceable items such as plates, dishes (not fine
china), and small kitchen appliances. These items will be cheaper to
replace in case of damage as opposed to hiring workers for the extra
labor. For the large items, such as furniture, mattresses, and heavy
appliances, let the mover pack these.
- Pack everything
carefully. It is important to buffer and separate the fragile items that
you pack with old newspaper, bubble wrap, sheets, blankets, pillows,
- Wrap each fragile item separately. Fill in
empty spaces to minimize movement during transit. Pack plates and glass
objects vertically, rather than flat and stacked. Purchase strong
adhesive based tape such as duct tape or plastic and strapping tape that professional movers use.
- Create an inventory list of all your goods and cross reference them to their assigned boxes which should all be numbered.
your mover inspect your packed boxes, especially the fragile and
valuable boxes. Movers do have the right to refuse to load any box they
deem improperly packed. Any improperly packed boxes must be repacked
either by you or the mover. All repacking services usually come at an
additional cost. Professional moving companies
use only sturdy and reinforced cartons. Although the boxes you can
obtain from your neighborhood supermarket may be free, they are not
nearly as strong or padded. They are more susceptible to causing damage
to your valuables in transit. Keep in mind that movers are not liable
for items they didn't pack.
- Appliances - To protect
themselves, many movers will not disconnect your major appliances.
Before the movers arrive to pack and load, unplug and prep your
refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, washer, and dryer.
- Computers - Do this yourself. Make sure you back-up your important files and take them with you.
- Movers will not transport plants or pets. If you do not wish to give
them away, you will need to make separate arrangements to have them
materials - Movers will not transport or allow you to pack hazardous
materials. These items include: paint, thinners, solvents, oils,
varnishes, firearms, ammunition, bottled gas, propane, lamp oil,
anything flammable, explosive or corrosive, motor fuels and oils, nail
polish remover, bleach, and aerosol cans.
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