Our experience has shown, that without professional assistance, it takes two people at least two to three days, to prepare and pack the contents of an average three-bedroom home. Improperly packed items can be easily damaged or broken.
It is also very important to use the proper packing containers and wrapping materials. Odd size cartons constructed of improper materials or without lids take longer to load and move, increasing your transportation charges and risk of damage.
Pack as much as you can into boxes. This will provide greater protection for your belongings and will make loading your trailer much easier. Unusually shaped items take up more space and make loading more difficult.
Don’t skimp on packing supplies. They are far cheaper than broken or damaged belongings. Check our moving-related links for sites that feature a wide variety of boxes and packing supplies.
Start packing one room at a time. Begin with things you use less frequently, such as books and knick-knacks. Pack each room in separate boxes and label each box with its contents.
Reinforce the bottom of all boxes with tape. Fill each box to its capacity, using paper or fillers to eliminate empty spaces. The top and sides of each box shouldn’t bulge, nor should they cave in when closed.
Pack heavy items, such as books, in smaller boxes. Keep the weight of each box down to a manageable level. (50lbs)
Leave lightweight linens and clothing in their drawers. Pack extra linens, pillows and stuffed animals in large garbage bags and tape closed. Plan to use these bags as cushions or fillers in your trailer.
Disassemble any items you can. Be aware of items with sharp corners or projections and keep them from puncturing or scratching other objects.
Pack your valuables and essentials separately and plan on keeping these items with you. Know what you will need upon arrival to your new home and plan ahead and make a checklist of things you will need to pack in suitcases and an “essentials” box.
Allow for extra clothing and be sure to make room for treasures, toys and snacks for the kids. Your essentials box should include things you’ll be scrambling for upon arrival.
- Scissors, masking tape, utility knife, can opener
- Coffee cups, paper plates, paper towels
- Plastic forks, spoons, knives
- Dish soap, trash bags, towels
- Instant coffee, tea, beverages
- Toilet paper, toiletries
- Prescriptions, aspirin or other pain relievers
- Flashlight, light bulbs, hammer
- Phone books, pencils and paper, your “move file”
- Telephone, radio, batteries
- We supply janitorial supplies as well.
Plan on keeping your essentials box and luggage handy, preferably in your automobile.