How to Pack Like a Pro

With the best materials and skilled guidance from us, you can load your whole house effectively and efficiently.

If you decide to do your very own packing, it can be a genuine money saver. Nevertheless, it takes extra energy and time to get the task done right. The following guide will offer methods for you to totally free yourself from moving tension and pack like a professional!

To obtain started, make certain you have ample products of:

Tissue paper

Packing paper (plain newsprint).

2" loading tape.

Permanent markers.

Expert quality boxes (available from your agent).

Energy knife and scissors.

It's Everything about the Boxes.

Utilizing new, quality packing materials particularly created for moving can guarantee that your residential or commercial property shows up safely. North American Van Lines has a wide variety of boxes and expert packing materials readily available:.

1.5 cu. ft. containers Small carton for heavy products such as books, files, music CDs and DVDs/video tapes.

3.0 cu. ft. containers Medium utility carton typically utilized for pots and pans, toys, and small devices.

4.5 cu. ft. cartons For bulky products, such as towels, linens or toys.

6.0 cu. ft. cartons For big, large, or lightweight posts, such as pillows or big lampshades.

Wardrobe containers A "portable closet" that keeps draperies and clothing hanging on a built-in bar.

Mirror cartons Numerous sizes of telescoping cartons for framed pictures, mirrors or glass.

Bed mattress cartons Available in queen/king, double, single (twin) and crib sizes. A different carton is necessary for box springs.

Dishpack (or China Barrel) Sturdy carton used for crystal, dishes/china and glassware.

Double-wall containers Additional protective cartons made specifically for fine china, crystal, and other high-value, hard-to change products.

Stretchwrap A special plastic covering that securely abides by furniture and secures it from snags, tears, and dirt.

You can ask your agent about products offered for purchase.

You will usually discover poly-vinyl chloride (PVC) packing tape to be the most reliable to seal boxes. Do not use masking tape or narrow cellophane tape.

Packaging Preparation.

When packing yourself, have whatever correctly loaded and prepared for filling the night before moving day. Overlook only the important things you'll need that night, the next early morning, and immediately at your location for last-minute packing.

Standard guidelines to make loading a snap:.

Make a schedule, permitting sufficient time preceeding moving day.

Pack products in the basement, garage, or attic very first - these items normally aren't needed immediately.

Stay arranged by packing space by room.

Designate workspace in each room.

When a space is completed, sort containers by light, medium, and heavy - limit your heaviest cartons to 50 pounds each.

Plainly label cartons or products that you do not want to transfer on the van.

Load for Success.

It's suggested that your packer handle the following:.

Marble or glass tabletops, heavy wall accessories and mirrors 40" x 60" or larger.

Pool table.

Large, fragile products like large prizes, statues, chandeliers, etc

Significant appliances.

Here are a couple of more suggestions for an effective pack:.

Empty drawers of breakables, spillables, non-transportable items and anything that would pierce or harm other items.

Keep all parts or pairs of things together - for example, drape rod hangers, mirror bolts, and other small hardware products need to be placed in plastic bags and taped securely to the article to which they belong.

Load small, vulnerable, individually covered items separately or a couple of together in small boxes, cushioning with shredded or crushed paper. Place little boxes in a single large box, filling in spaces with crushed paper.

Put a special mark (the number 1, or the letter A) on containers you wish to unload first at your destination.

Usage newspaper just for cushioning; never position it against products, as the ink will rub off. It can even get embedded into fine china, so beware!

What Not to Pack.

You need to transfer irreplaceable and valuable products with you rather than on the truck. In addition, there are numerous items that can not be placed on the truck, such as dynamites, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, toxins, corrosives as well as other and radioactive hazardous products.

Typical examples of products that can not be moved consist of:.

Nail polish cleaner.

Paints and paint slimmers.

Propane cylinders.

Automotive repair work and maintenance chemicals.



Lighter fluid.



Oxygen bottles.

Other products not recommended for transportation on the van include:.


Household photos.

Food in glass containers and disposable foods.

Prescription drugs needed for instant usage.

If you have any questions, simply ask your Relocation Specialist.

Transport products of individual importance or emotional value with you, such as:.


Collections (i.e., coins).

Crucial individual papers (i.e., deeds, wills).

Flexible papers (i.e., bonds, stocks, certificates).

Precious jewelry.

Moving files.

Labeling Tips.

Each and every moving carton needs to be labeled utilizing the following methods:.

Use a broad, felt-tipped marker.

Plainly mark the contents and the room it will be positioned in.

Indicate "FRAGILE" on delicates; "THIS WIND UP" where suitable.

Consist of the expense of lading number from your moving business on every box if offered.

As you end up with each moving carton, list the contents on the side of the container (for easy watching while stacked) and in a special note pad. You might desire to number and/or code the moving cartons also.

Suggest your name and the space to which each moving container ought to be provided at location. Tape a sign on the door of each space at location corresponding to the carton labels so movers can get the cartons into the appropriate rooms rapidly.

Put an unique mark (the number 1, or the letter A) on moving cartons you wish to unpack first at destination.

Tips news From the Pros.

Start with out-of-season products. Next, pack things utilized rarely. Leave till the last minute things you'll need up until moving day.

Empty drawers of breakables, spillables, non-transportable items and anything that would puncture or harm other products while moving.

Load comparable items together. Do not load a delicate china figurine in the very same moving carton with cast-iron frying pans, for instance.

Keep all parts or sets of things together. Drape rod wall mounts, mirror bolts, and other little hardware products should be placed in plastic bags and taped or tied safely to the short article to which they belong.

Wind electrical cables, attaching them so they do not hang.

Wrap items individually in clean paper; use tissue paper, paper towels, and even facial tissue for great china, crystal and fragile products. Colored covering paper accentuates very small things that might otherwise get lost in a moving carton. Use a double layer of newsprint for a good outer wrapping.

Place a two- or three-inch layer of crushed paper in the bottom of cartons for cushioning.

Develop up the layers, with the heaviest things on the bottom, medium-weight next, and lightest on top.

As each layer is completed, fill in voids securely with crushed paper and include more crushed paper to make a level base for the next layer, or utilize sheets of cardboard cut from moving containers as dividers.

Cushion well with crushed paper; towels and light-weight blankets might likewise be utilized for padding and cushioning. The more delicate the item, the more cushioning needed. Make sure no sharp points, edges or rims are left uncovered.

Pack small, fragile, individually-wrapped items separately or a few together in small boxes, cushioning with crushed or shredded paper. Place small boxes in a single big box, completing areas with crushed paper.

Prevent overwhelming moving containers, but aim for a firm pack that will prevent items from moving; the cover needs to close quickly without force, however ought to not bend inward.

Seal moving cartons tightly with tape other than for those consisting of products that should be left open for the van line operator's evaluation.

The following guide will provide ways for you to complimentary yourself from moving tension and pack like an expert!

Start with out-of-season items. Wrap items individually in tidy paper; usage tissue paper, paper towels, or even facial tissue for fine china, crystal and delicate items. Colored covering paper draws attention to extremely small things that might otherwise get lost in a moving carton. The more vulnerable the product, the more cushioning needed.

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