Careful packing is one of the most important aspects of your move. Well-packed household goods stand little chance of being damaged. Also, packing room by room can help to make unpacking and storage much less of a chore.

Use 1.5" to 3" inch wide tape. Seal bottom of box with 3 - 4 strips of tape. Then use 2 - 3 strips to seal top of carton.

The most important aspect of packing is good wrapping and cushioning material. NEVER USE NEWSPAPERS! Newspaper ink has a tendency to rub off on everything it touches and can be almost impossible to remove from items like fine china.

Professional packers usually use "newsprint" (unprinted newspaper) as cushioning material. You can get newsprint from your local newspaper company or packaging vendor.

The amount of newsprint you use depends on the items being packed. Obviously, towels or sheets in a carton require no packing material at all. For dishes or fragile items, a layer of crumpled paper should be used to line the bottom of the carton to a depth of approximately four inches. Each item should be individually wrapped--with crushed paper between items as needed.

Plates, Saucers, Flat China: Wrap individually and then bundle three or four together. Stand on end in carton. Never lay flat. Use the larger items as the bottom layer and place crumpled paper as cushioning between each layer.

Bowls: Odd-shaped items and bowls, individually wrapped, should constitute the upper layers. Place on edge in carton with bottom facing up.

Cups and Glasses: Like bowls, cups and glasses should go on top, rim down and individually wrapped.

Glassware and Crystal: Always individually wrap as top layer. Never put one piece inside another. If items are particularly fragile, pack first in smaller carton, then in large one with cushioning all around.

Books: Pack upright with open edges and bound ends alternating. If any have fragile covers, wrap in paper.

Clothing: Hanging items should go into wardrobe cartons. Clothing may stay in dressers if dressers are sturdy. All other folded clothing should be packed in medium (3.0 cu. ft.) cartons.

Food: Boxed dry food should be packed in medium (3.0 cu. ft.) cartons with openings taped shut to prevent spillage. Jars or canned goods should be packed in book (1.5 cu. ft.) cartons with all jars wrapped and cushioned. Never pack or move perishable or frozen food.

Hats: If in hatbox, pack in larger carton. If not, loosely stuff with crushed paper and pack in smallest carton either alone or with other hats.

Lamps: Lamp bases should be wrapped, cushioned and packed in Dish-Pack cartons. Lampshades should be packed singly in appropriate sized carton. Be careful not to put too much paper in lampshade carton as they dent easily. Cushion loosely.

Flowers: Dry flowers should be packed alone in appropriate sized carton loosely cushioned with paper. Live plants will probably not survive on a long distance move and mover cannot accept responsibility. Place in an open top box, flaps taped up or down, so mover can see what's in it so they can handle them appropriately.

Stereos • Radios • Electronics: Components and small electronics should be well wrapped and cushioned in either medium (3.0 cu. ft.) or large (4.5 cu. ft.) cartons. Large console stereo and televisions should not be packed. They will be padded by driver and moved as furniture.

Mirrors, Marble Tops, Glass Tops and Pictures: When packing for long distances, all mirrors, pictures, marble or glass tops should be packed in picture-mirror cartons, unless they are very small. The small items may be wrapped and packed in dish-pack cartons on edge. Very large marble or glass tops should be crated by professional packers. Their weight makes them impractical to be moved by carton. For local moves, the mover will quick pack these items at no extra charge.

Here is a checklist to help you ensure you are packing your items safely and securely.
  • Use cartons of adequate size and strength.
  • Cushion bottom of carton and between layers when packing fragile items.
  • Wrap all fragile items individually.
  • Pack heavier items in lower layers, lighter items in upper layers.
  • Paper cushioning absorbs shock. Be generous.
  • Loose packing creates damage. Make sure items are firmly packed.
  • Do not overfill carton. Top should close easily without bulging.
  • Use "PVC" or "strapping tape" to guard against carton bursting open in transit.
  • Use a heavy marking pen to label your cartons marking the tops and sides of all cartons.
  • Mark the room each carton should be placed in when it arrives (kitchen, master bedroom, etc.).
  • Mark fragile items FRAGILE and when appropriate, mark the carton THIS END UP.
  • For items you will need immediately after you arrive at your new home, mark LOAD LAST, UNLOAD FIRST.

Use a heavy marking pen for easy reading. On carton top, list major items such as "GOOD CHINA" or "CRYSTAL." On carton side near the top, mark which room carton goes into. If carton contains fragile items, mark "FRAGILE" on all four sides. On cartons containing fragile items or liquids, mark "THIS END UP" on carton top and put arrows pointing up on all four sides.

1. Articles for transportation must be in such condition and be so prepared for shipment as to make their transportation reasonable, safe and practicable.
2. By law, movers may not transport hazardous materials such as:

  • All flammables, explosives and corrosives, nail polish remover, bleach, sterno, aerosol cans, lighter fluid, gasoline, kerosene, oils, varnishes, paints, matches, ammunition, etc.
  • Property which cannot be taken from the premises without damage to the article or the premises.
  • Pets
  • Valuable papers of any kind (bank bills, currency, coins, deeds, notes, drafts, etc.)
  • Jewelry and precious stones
  • Postage stamps, stamp collections, revenue stamps
  • Letters or packets of letters