MOVING TIPS AND HELPFUL LINKS
Packing can be tedious and time-consuming. Though we recommend that you have professionals pack for you, if you decide to pack items by yourself, The Moving Doctor would like to help. Here are some packing secrets to use.
You can buy the cartons and packing materials you’ll need from us. We can help you choose the sizes and the kinds you’ll need. You’ll save valuable time compared to trying to track down suitable cartons at supermarkets. More importantly, our cartons are specifically designed for packing household goods. Packing materials include unprinted newsprint, bubble wrap and tape.
Wrap fragile articles the way professionals do – use two layers of unprinted newsprint per glass, dish, figurine, etc. Wrap firmly, but loosely enough, to provide a cushioning effect.
Don’t overcrowd boxes. Professionals pack boxes so articles cushion each other. The top of the box should close with slight pressure. Don’t mix incompatible items (like books with glasses). Pack clothing in our special wardrobe containers. Without overcrowding, clothes will hang straight, and stay clean and virtually wrinkle-free.
Pack glasses standing on end, upside down, and not on their sides. Stack dishes on edge, and fill empty spaces with wadded unprinted newsprint. Before packing the dish pack, layer the bottom of the carton with crumpled unprinted newsprint.
Pack lampshades, mirrors, pictures, etc., in special cartons designed for them. Ask your sales representative for guidance.
Tape boxes across tops and edges. Seal every opening tightly.
Pack your belongings room by room to make unpacking easier. Label each box with your name, contract number, the room the box goes to, and a brief description of the contents. Mark items you’ll need right away once you move with “Unpack First,” and only mark truly fragile items with “Fragile.” Adhesive labels denoting “Fragile”, “On Last-Off First” and “Do Not Load” are available.
Don’t pack paints, turpentine, pressurized cans, corrosive items like bleach or any flammable liquid. The law forbids movers to carry flammables. Properly dispose of or give away anything that could cause a fire or damage.
When packing a personal computer, these steps will help you prepare it for safe transport. For more advice, your local computer dealer can answer other questions. To pack your computer, we strongly recommend that you use the computer’s original carton and packing materials. If they’re not available, use a box that is both strong and big enough to hold the computer, and pack it with unprinted newspaper.
1. Long Island Moving & Storage Association – www.limsa.com
2. Better Business Bureau – www.bbb.org
3. American Moving & Storage Association – www.moving.org
4.New York State Movers & Warehousemen’s Association- www.newyorkstatemovers.com