Moving 101

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Moving 101
Moving Furniture
Moving Rugs or Drapes
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Moving Appliances
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Moving A Piano
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How to Pack - Moving 101

Before you start packing, read the following advice:

  • Before placing items in moving boxes, make sure they are adequately wrapped in newsprint
  • Place a cushion layer of crumpled paper at the bottom of the carton
  • Always pack heavier items at the bottom of the carton
  • As you pack, layer your goods, packing the same or similar-sized items in one layer
  • Pack moving boxes as tightly as possible to minimize movement
  • Do not pack higher than the top of the carton, as it must be closed and sealed
  • Pack no more than 50 pounds in a carton
  • Identify your moving boxes by content and by room at the new house
  • Be sure to identify fragile moving boxes
  • Secure all box seams with at least 4" overlap of sealing tape
  • Attach covers to pots
  • Tape the bottom of all boxes to prevent accidental spillage
  • Not only wrap your fragile items with bubble wrap or foam, line the boxes with bubble wrap to provide additional protection. Remember, if the contents are shaking, chances are they'll be breaking
  • Marker pen for labelling contents of packed boxes
  • Label boxes containing special, high value items with a secret marking to make it easy to identify at delivery. Leave nothing to memory. Save time and energy by labelling the sides of boxes with name, contents and it' destination location
  • For marking pens, depress the point into box several times to bring ink to the tip of the marker If you hire a moving company don't pack valuables, such as jewellery, furs, coins and stamps should be moved by you personally
  • Gas Cans
If you hire a moving company, don't pack any hazardous items including paints, aerosol cans, explosives, corrosives, propane tanks, firearms, and ammunition.

Liquids should not be packed as they may freeze or leak out during the move. If an item is questionable, it should probably not be shipped. The following moving 101 items may fit into this category.

  • Fuels / oils
  • Paints / varnishes
  • Insecticides
  • Liquid bleach
  • Matches / candles
  • Perishable goods
  • Live plants
  • Propane
  • Paint thinners
  • Aerosol cans
  • Cleaning chemicals
  • Firearms or ammunition
  • Food in glass jars
  • Pets
  • Alcohols camphor oil disinfectants
  • Liquid cleaners (i.e., spot clothing cleaners, office machine liquid cleaners, etc.)
  • Acids photographic type etching acid iron/steel rust preventions
  • Meiotic acid nitric acid sulphuric acid
  • Black powder cigarette loads dynamite (plastics, etc.)
  • Explosive arms fireworks any ammunition primers
  • Smokeless powder explosive war mementoes trick matches
  • Spear guns w/charged heads propellant or smoke devices
  • Adhesives (glue, cement) ammonia charcoal briquettes
  • Cleaning fluids denatured alcohol enamels lacquer
  • Leather dressing or bleach lighter fluids (stove, torch)
  • Liquors, matches, oil, stains, paint (flammable)
  • Paint / varnish remover petroleum products (kerosene, gasoline, oil)
  • Flashbulbs, polishes (liquid type) non-purges propane tanks
  • Propane, gas, shellac, liquid shoe polish, solvents
  • Stains, turpentine, varnish, windshield solvents, wines
  • Wood filler,
  • Engine starting fluids, fire extinguishers, welding gases,
  • Scuba diving tanks
  • Rags soaked in flammables
  • Aerosol cans
  • Flammable gas (liquid) toxic or corrosive substances
  • Chlorinated hydrocarbons
  • Hand signal flares
  • The "Setup" Box

Create a "setup" box to hold TV remote & telephones. Label this box "set-up" so it's easy to locate at your new home. Store screws, nuts & bolts from disassembled furniture in zip-lock bags. Label each bag and pack into your "set-up" box.