Do-It-Yourself Movers Guide

Do-It-Yourself Movers Guide

Posted by admin on June 19, 2015 at 1:14 pm

How do you pack those items that are hard to wrap or items of value? Here are some simple packing tips:How to Pack Furniture: Disassemble furniture if possible and cover Wrap table legs separately Lay down padding between your furniture and the floor of the truck Place tables with legs assembled top down on floor with legs up Stack chairs seat to seatPacking China: Use special “dishpak” boxes Wrap plates, saucers, and bowls individually using several sheets of paper each Start from the corner, wrapping diagonally, continuously tucking in edges After wrapping individually, wrap 4-6 pieces in a bundle with a double layer of newspaper Place cushioning material in bottom of carton Place flat, heavier pieces like platters, plates on bottom Place bundled items in a carton in a row on edge. Surround each bundle with crushed paper, being careful to leave no unfilled spaces. Cups and glassware should be wrapped in a double layer of paper and placed upside down on rims in a row on an upper layer within the box with all the handles facing the same direction.Packing Clothing: Shoes may be left in shoe boxes and placed into large cartons. Or, wrap each shoe individually, then in pairs. Shoes should be cushioned to avoid damage occurring to high heals or ornaments. Do not pack heavy items on shoes. Clothing may be left on hangers and transported in wardrobe cartons. Lightweight clothing such as hose, lingerie and sweaters may be left in dresser drawers.Lamps: Remove the light bulb. Wrap the base, harp and bulb separately, in newsprint, and place together in a carton, filling spaces with crushed paper. Never wrap the lamp shade in newspaper. Carefully wrap each shade in 3-4 sheets of fresh tissue paper, a pillow case or large lightweight towel.Pictures and Glass: Use a standard picture box or cover both sides of the picture with cardboard. Place packing paper along the sides and edges of the picture to prevent it from moving inside the box. Place no more than 3 or 4 pictures in one box. Keep the box right side up at all times.What NOT to Pack:Heat from the sun can raise temperatures inside a closed moving van and trucks to more than 150 degrees. Even in the middle of winter, heat builds up inside. Many common items, including aerosol hair spray or cleaning products, can trigger an explosion or fire that could destroy your possessions when packed inside a van.For your own safety, make sure that no member of your family packs these items in a container to be moved. Replacing a can of hair spray is much easier than replacing all of your belongings.We want you to have a satisfying move. For the safety of your belongings, review the list below and eliminate all dangerous items before packing:Hair sprayCleaning productsShaving creamSpray starchDeodorantsInsecticidesSpray paintOil-based paintsBleachGasolineMuriatic acidKeroseneAuto batteriesNapthaPropane in tanks*Tar removerOxygen in tanksPaint thinnersLighter fluidTurpentineMatchesLacquer removerAmmunitionMineral spiritsChlorine granules or powderAny other type of combustible

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