- We recommend that you invest in new boxes for safety,
damage protection and efficiency. It is necessary
for us to stack boxes like building blocks in the
van. If one box collapses, the whole tier may suffer.
We can carry much more at a time if you use new, uniform
- Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured
tightly. Purchase specialty boxes for dishes, art/mirrors,
wardrobe and other odd shaped items.
- Be sure to tape the bottom of each box to sufficiently
bear the weight of its contents. For heavier boxes,
cross the tape like a + to assure adequate support.
- Be sure to stretch tape ╝ of the way up the
side of the box for security.
- Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble
wrap, newspaper or tissue.
- Wrap fragile items loosely a few times to create
plenty of padding.
- Be sure to fill empty spaces with crumbled newsprint
to create a solid block. This prevents shifting and
strengthens the unit for shipping.
- Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box.
(Books should not be packed into a box with volume
larger than 1.5 cubic feet.)
- Pack heavier items first and then lighter/more
fragile items toward the top of each box. Be sure
to include a pad of packing material at the top of
each box to prevent damage to breakables.
- Label each box and indicate the following: (a)
Which room it should go in (b) Whether it is fragile
(c) If it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded
- Color Coding with adhesive dots will allow for quicker,
more accurate delivery of every item into your chosen
living areas. We recommend using corresponding colored
dots on boxes and furniture with each room of your
new home. Merely place a matching color dot on the
door jam of each living area. This attention saver
will eliminate a barrage of questions at the delivery
- Because we move a variety of household goods, hazardous
chemicals including paint, fuels, oils, insecticides,
cleaners, solvents etc. are not permitted on our vans.
Please dispose of such materials appropriately and
remember to drain lawnmowers and other small gas powered
tools before pick-up.
- Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes
if possible. Label cables and tighten transit screws.
- Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile
items and to fill top space in each box.
- Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. If musty
smelling, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages
and wrap the book before packing. Leave stored for
a couple of months to eliminate the smell.
- If removing screws from furniture, tape them solidly
to the objects they are removed from.
- Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and
leave them in wrappings for the move.
- Pack medicines in a leak proof container.
- Carry all valuables such as jewelry with you.
- Out of State Movers--check with your local U.S.
Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding
moving plants from one state to another. Many states
have restrictions on certain plants to prevent importing
bugs or pests that can destroy valuable cash crops.
- Potted Plants—Do not water for two days prior
to move date in order to prevent leaks and to minimize
weight. For larger pots over 10 gallons, do not water
for 1 week prior.