Unless you have arranged for us to pack you, you should be packed & ready to go on moving day. Everything other than furniture needs to be boxed.
On moving day, our movers will bring wardrobe boxes (free of charge) for hanging items in your closets. Those items hanging in closets may be left until the day of your move. If you are moving locally, you can leave items such as clothes or linens in drawers.
Throw away or use up open liquid items from your refrigerator, i.e. cartons of milk, or any items that can leak or spill and cause damage to other goods.
Set aside jewelry, money, vital documents, medications and valuable items in a safe place. It is best you carry these items with you. Payment is expected at the end of day so remember not to pack away your checkbook or wallet.
- Assemble all your packing materials before you start.
- Tackle one room at a time.
- Line boxes first - a towel or blanket or unprinted newspaper for cardboard boxes.
- Place heavier items on the bottom, lighter ones on top.
- Place heavier items in smaller boxes.
- Keep a box labeled "Load last, unload first" for the essentials you'll need when you arrive.
Here's a list of packing supplies that will come in handy:
- Packing paper for delicate packing jobs.
- Plastic bubble wrap for figurines and fragile items.
- Markers and labels for identifying contents of cartons.
No matter what you're packing, you should use crumpled packing paper in between each layer to assure a snug fit wherever there's a gap. All boxes with "fragile" items should be marked accordingly. Make sure all boxes can close properly and be sealed so the tops are flat. If you over-pack a box you risk damage.
Properly packing for your move is an important part of the moving process. You want to make sure that your belongings are securely packed to avoid any damage to your possessions. Below you will find information on which boxes we recommend using for packing your household goods.
A rule of thumb when determining the proper size of moving boxes to use and what to place in them is: pack your belongings into the smallest size of moving box that it will fit into.
When packing a box you want to avoid putting too many items into a single moving box or using too big of a box. It is very easy for a moving box to become too heavy to carry or to risk damaging your belongings with things knocking together inside the box or breaking the box because the items are too heavy. Even though your movers will most likely be able to lift a heavier box than you can, you want to be able to pack your boxes no heavier than you can safely carry. You may need to move those boxes around in your new home.
Use a dish pack
Use lots of packing paper and pad the top and bottom of the box
Wrap individual pieces in bubble wrap
Use a "layering" method and separate layers periodically with crumpled paper
Fill the entire box before starting another box of china
Make sure items in the box are secure and cannot rattle and move around.
Use small book boxes
Reinforce the bottom of the box
Do not pack them so that they are too heavy to move
Try to pack Electronics, TVs, stereo components, computers, etc. in their original boxes.
Label all of these boxes "FRAGILE"
Clothing- San Diego local moving customers will have free use of as many boxes as needed
Use wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes
Put shoes in bottom of wardrobe boxes
Use linen or large boxes for all other clothes
A moving rule of thumb: If it is not a piece of furniture- put it in a box.
Small 1.5 (16.75"/12.5"/12.5")
Books, movies, music, wine, toiletries, office supplies, cooking utensils, computer software and peripherals, knick knacks & fragile items
Medium 3.0 (18"/18"/16")
Pots and pans, shoes and purses, toys, small pictures, misc. kitchen items, papers, lamp shades, linens, folded clothing
Large 4.5 (18"/18"/24")
Blankets and linens, med kitchen appliances, table lamps, garden tools, med bulky items, pots and pans
X-Large 6.0 (22"/22"/21.6")
Bedding, Blankets, towels, toys, pillows
Dish packs (18"/18"/27")
Dishes, glasses, fragile items
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