TIPS ON HOUSEHOLD
- Get rid of
unwanted items and maybe make a little money by holding a
Get rid of all flammables i.e., paint, petrol, gas
Empty fuel from the tanks on mowers, clippers, trimmers and
Charity shops and organizations may want the clothing you
Separate your books into disposable, family reading,
Check to see if all electrical items will work in the new
Begin making your change of address list.
Make arrangements to have mail forwarded to you new
Arrange a termination date for electricity, gas, oil,
telephone and other main suppliers.
Use the original boxes for electrical goods such as a
stereo, see if you have them.
Get your rugs cleaned.
If you have kids, separate cherished toys and take them with
Locate personal documentation such as marriage/birth
certificates, driving licenses and so on.
Keep passports out so they are not packed.
If you want to take the car? Check on import regulations and
duty you may need to pay.
As for family pets make sure their vaccinations and
documentation are up to date.
If your new home will not be ready, arrange temporary
Begin using up freezer stocks.
Close or transfer bank accounts, savings accounts and the
like, if necessary.
Look at schools, theaters, life styles. It's never too early
to find out about these things at your new home.
What about packing materials
Use strong, corrugated cartons with covers only. The
additional protection of mover-provided cartons might avoid
damage that results from the use of poor-quality materials.
The alternative is to get boxes discarded by a grocery or
liquor store. Old newspapers are good to use in packing,
however, keep in mind that ink can rub off and stain clothing
or other items. *BE AWARE: Insect eggs and insects like
roaches can travel in food boxes. Remember this when getting
boxes from a food store. Below is a list of packing supplies
that might come in handy:
Plastic bags and labels for ease of identification.
Styrofoam pellets, foam peanuts, and/or "popcorn."
Tissue or crafting paper for packing of delicate items.
Corrugated paper rolls for things like figurines and
Adhesive tape (1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) plus strong twine
for sealing cartons.
Permanent markers and labels to identify the contents of
Notebook and pen or pencil to be used for your carton
sharp knife and scissors .
Before actually packing-up, do a little planning. Some
Pack one room at a time. This will help a great deal when
it is time to unpack.
Pack 2 or 3 cartons a day, beginning well in advance of
Mark all of your boxes, designate room and box number.
Make a carton identification log, show the number of boxes
packed per room, along with the total number of cartons
you packed. It may be a good idea to leave space in the
carton log for special comments to note the carton
condition or location of higher value goods. Notify the
mover as to any higher value items.
Make sure you have plenty of "filling" material available.
It is important to make sure that the bottoms of the
cartons are well secured and that they will hold the
weight of the contents.
Packing tape or gummed tape is a much better idea than
Pack the heavier items at the bottom of the box and the
lighter items more near the top. Keep boxes at a weight of
50 pounds or less; it will make moving them a lot easier.
As a general rule remember this, "the heavier the item is,
the smaller the carton should be".
Packing of the Dish-ware:
Use a medium-sized carton (or a mover provided dish-pack)
and line the entire bottom of the each carton with some
crumpled packing paper.
Using packing paper stacked up neatly on a work table,
center one plate on a piece of paper.
Grab the corner on several sheets of the packing paper and
pull the paper up over the plate until the sheets
completely cover the plate. Stack a second plate on top
and, moving clockwise, grip a second corner and pull the
paper sheets over the second plate.
Then, stack a third plate. Grab the remaining two corners.
Then fold 2 sheets over the plate.
Turn the wrapped stack of plates upside down on the
Re-wrap the entire bunch of plates. Start with one corner
of the packing paper and pull two sheets over the bunch,
cover them with the next corner, then the third corner;
and finally, the fourth corner.
Seal the bunch of plates with tape.
the bundle of plates into a medium-size carton so that the
dishes are standing on edge
Use this same procedure on all of your saucers, bread and
butter dishes, and other dishware items. When you are packing
smaller dishes, you may want to stack these items in greater
quantity per bundle.
Lets look at packing cups:
With the packing paper placed on the work table as with
the dishes, place 1 cup 6 to 8 inches from one of the
Pull the nearest corner of the paper up and over the
Place a second cup squarely on top of the first. With the
handle to the left (the second cup should rest itself in
the packing paper folded over the bottom).
Pull 2 corners up and over, one corner at a time, then
tuck the corners inside the top cup.
Holding the bottom and top cup in position, roll the cups
to the remaining corner. Fragile mixing bowls can be
packed and rolled in this same way.
Very delicate cups, such as china, should be paper wrapped
1 at a time. All of your antique glass or china should be
stuffed with crumpled up tissue and then wrapped 1 at a
Stemware and Glasses packing:
Stuff all of the glasses and stemware with crumpled tissue
or packing paper before you wrap.
Lay the glass on the corner of the packing paper and roll
it one or two full rotations (depending on size), then
pull the sides of the packing paper up and over the glass
or stemware and continue rolling it to the far corner.
Corrugated paper rolls or cellular boxes can be used for
to place all glasses and stemware at the top of your box.
The heavier items such as dish-ware or pitchers should be
placed near the bottom of the carton.
Your delicate glassware and/or stemware need to be placed
in an upright position, not on thier side.
Whatever you are packing, use crumpled packing paper between
each layer to assure a good snug fit wherever there is a gap
in the carton. Cartons with "fragile" pieces need to be marked
Some other useful packing tips
Most of your items can be packed using the following pointers.
Don't overload Bureau & Dresser Drawers. Too much
weight can result in damage. Remove all firearms and any
pieces that could break or leak.
It is required that all Firearms be registered with your van
line representative before moving.
Canned food & other Non-Frozen food should be packed in
an upright position, with no more than 24-30 cans in each box.
Never attempt to move perishables. Wrap glass food containers
and boxed foods individually and place them in a small carton.
If your move will be more than 150 miles or will take
longer than 24 hours, the mover will not except Frozen Foods
and Plants due to their delicate and perishable nature. If
you do move frozen food within these guidelines, they must be
packed in a freezer with the temperature set to the normal
deep-freeze at the time of loading.
When moving clocks, remove or secure the pendulum in
large clocks. Grandfather clocks should always be preped for
moving by an expert clock service tech.
Hang your curtains or drapes over the crossbar in a wardrobe
cartons, or pack them folded in a clean carton. Remove
curtains from their rods, then fold and pack them in cartons
or bureau/dresser drawers.
Don't pack flammable liquids or aerosol cans. The changes in
temperature and pressure can cause them to leak, or they might
even explode. You should understand that if you pack these
items and they cause damage to your shipment or people,
not the moving company, may be held legally liable.
Remove the bulbs, harps and shades from lamps. Roll up the
cord. Pack lamps with your bedding or wrap them separately and
place them upright in a clean, tissue lined box. Wrap the harp
and knob with packing paper and tape to the inside wall of box
that contains shade. Wrap the shades in tissue, do not use
newspaper. Place them upright in a large, tissue lined box.
Seal the caps of all medications with masking tape. Wrap them
and pack them upright in small box. If you need them during
travel, then carry them with you.
Be sure to tell your agent about valuable paintings with need
of special care. Wrap small mirrors, pictures, paintings, and
frames and place them on edge inside a box. . Place your large
pictures and paintings on edge in a heavy cardboard container.
Let the movers take down the large wall or dresser mirrors and
placed them in specially designed cartons. Added safety can be
achieved by placing tape diagonally across mirror surface to
protect against breakage. Don't put newspaper directly against
As mentioned before, pack al of your valuable electronic
equipment in the original cartons when possible or use strong,
corrugated boxes & place protective padding on the bottom of
the box. Wrap a blanket or protective furniture pad around the
item and place it in the box. Put additional padding between
the carton and the electronic item. Wrap the cords separately,
label them to identify what item they belong to and place them
in a plastic bag away from any delicate surfaces.
Non-detachable cords should also be wrapped similarly. Place
the cord between the padded item and the box. Make certain
that your personal computer's hard drive is "parked" and ready
Wrap each piece of silverware in a cloth or low sulfur content
paper to prevent tarnishing. Use a blanket or moving pad to
wrap the silverware chest to prevent scratching.
Drain the fuel from all power tools (don't ship flammables
under any circumstances). Pack your tools in small, strong
boxes. Wrap them separately if they are valuable.
Drain all the water from the waterbed if you have one, then
fold the mattress 20 inches at a time. Adjust the folds to
avoid making any creases across the individual baffles.
Consult your owner's manual for special any special
instructions concerning the care and transportation of the
mattress. Never place the mattress in a box or carton with any
sharp or pointed objects.
Cars and motorcycles to be shipped on the moving van should be
drained almost empty of gas or fuel. Motorcycle batteries need
to be disconnected. The antifreeze in the car should be enough
to protect the cooling system in severe cold in winter.
Wrap barbeque grill grates and briquettes separately in
newspaper (or put all of the briquettes inside a doubled
grocery bag) and place the parts in a box. Pad the box with
paper to minimize movement of the contents. Propane tanks
should be drained before moving. Consult your local gas grill
distributor about the safest transportation method.
Never try to move the piano yourself if you have one. Get a
specialist in this field for moving. The average piano weights
between 600 and 1500 pounds and requires special handling.
I hope this helps and have a happy move.