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Moving Tips
Recommended Supplies:
  • various size boxes
  • cardboard
  • plastic sheets/tarp
  • blankets
  • padding/bubble wrap
  • newspaper/wrapping paper
  • shipping tape
  • scissors/box cutter
  • small tool kit
  • sandwich bags (to hold appliance/furniture hardware)
  • gloves
Pack and Pad
  • Pack breakables loosely with plenty of paper and/or bubble wrap.
  • Pack non-breakables tightly in smaller boxes, avoid making boxes too heavy.
  • Save old newspapers to pad inside boxes and around glass and furniture legs.
  • Use couch cushions, comforters, towels and other soft materials as padding for furniture and breakables.
Pack Smart
  • Use small boxes for books. Pack them flat and alternate bindings to pack evenly. Use good body mechanics when lifting.
  • Pack electronics in the boxes they came in, if you have them. Tape them shut securely.
  • Mark boxes by room for easier unpacking.
  • Write "FRAGILE" on boxes containing breakables. Draw arrows pointing up the sides to the top. Stack these boxes on top.
Large Items
  • Beds: Mark pieces for easy reassembly. Tie together bed frames with tape or rope.
  • Bureaus: Fill drawers with clothes or wrapped items such as picture frames, small clocks, calculators, etc. Cover bureau with blanket or pad and rope it securely. Don't tape the drawers shut -- tape can damage the finish.
  • Tables: Cover with pads to protect the finish. Remove the legs and wrap the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag tied to a leg.
  • Washing Machines: Fill interiors with stuffed animals or linens to secure the tub during travel.
  • Refrigerators: Secure all drawers and other parts that might come loose during transport.
Awkward Things
  • Bicycles: Loosen the handlebars and turn them sideways. Cover chains and pedals to keep oil and grease off other items.
  • Mirrors: Wrap small mirrors in newspaper and pack them in boxes. Cover wall mirrors and artwork with cardboard. Tape them securely and stand them along the sides of the truck or inside wardrobe boxes.
  • Lawn Furniture: If too heavy or bulky to move intact, disassemble, putting the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag. Tape the bag to one of the pieces, and tie the pieces together.
  • Rugs: Roll up carpets and rugs with rope or tape.
  • Valuables: Keep your valuables with you throughout your move.
  • Power Tools/Tool Chests: Make sure all sharp edges or attachments are taped together and wrapped to prevent injury. Power tools should be packed with plenty of cushioning and tool chests should be secured.
  • Garden Tools: Pack small tools and hoses in boxes. Tape long-handled tools together. Empty gasoline from all tanks and check for oil leaks in mowers and edger's.
  • Garage/Attic: Use medium-sized boxes for items like paints, motor oil, fertilizers, insecticides, etc.
  • Do not take oil rags: Dispose of them to avoid spontaneous combustion. Empty all gasoline cans, air them out, then recap tightly. Be sure nothing you move can release dangerous fumes which can taint your belongings -- or cause a fire.