While moving can very well be a very stressful time, being well prepared can help alleviate anxiety, prevent damage and keep your costs down.
You should keep with you all personal effects, such as medication, jewelry, heirlooms, checkbooks, and passports – items such as these should not be packed or moved by anyone other than yourself.
In addition to personal documents and effects, liquid items such as oil, vinegar, shampoo, and liquid soap should be discarded and not moved. These items (unless factory sealed and never opened) tend to seep, and are normally in breakable glass bottles. One broken or leaky bottle can cause a great deal of damage, especially when your cartons are traveling over a long distance.
Electronics, Televisions, Audio/Visual/Stereo Equipment, Computers
We suggest that these items be prepared by our Movers. Television boxes are available for purchase for most television sizes. As well, blankets and padding may be used to prepare televisions. Special flat panel carriers are available to rent for plasma and LCD televisions. China Boxes are suggested for packing computer equipment (most monitors and CPUs), and other electronic equipment. China boxes are made of double corrugated cardboard, and are twice as strong as other boxes. All wiring and cords should be disconnected and units should be unplugged and disconnected from each other prior to the movers arrival.
Framed Pictures, Paintings, Mirrors
Small framed and personal pictures may be easily packed by the customer. Smaller fragile items should be wrapped in white paper or bubble wrap, and packed into China Boxes with crumpled white paper for padding in-between articles (and labeled "Fragile"). We suggest Picture Boxes padded and lined with white packing paper for larger framed pictures, paintings, and mirrors. Packing of larger framed items and mirrors may be completed by our movers on location. Glycine paper for paintings and custom wood crates are available upon request.
Dressers, Cabinets, Closets, Desks
All drawers are to be emptied prior to move. Clothing and linens should be packed into medium sized linen boxes. We suggest not packing clothing in garbage bags, seeing as they are generally not strong enough to withhold the pressure throughout the duration of the move and tend to tear. If you opt to move clothing in duffel or carry on bags, we suggest that all of the bags be placed together in a Wardrobe Box on the day of move. This will help avoid misplacing many small bags, and will also save a great deal of time. Wardrobe boxes are available on the day of the move for hanging garments in the closets. Shoes, bags, and other such loose items may be placed in the bottom of the wardrobe boxes.
Books, CD's, Records, Personal Files
These items should be packed into smaller sized boxes (we recommend book boxes). Small "knick knacks", candles, small containers, and general loose items should be packed in small to mid-sized boxes. Do not fill a big box with heavy items and/or books - not only may the movers have difficulty moving it, the probability of the box breaking under the pressure is much higher than if smaller boxes are used.
China, Crystal, Dishes, Small Appliances, Pots & Pans
These items should be packed in stronger, larger boxes, such as China Boxes or Dishpacks. These boxes are made of stronger, heavier cardboard, and are large so that fragile items may be packed with a good deal of filler, such as crumpled up white packing paper and bubble wrap. Plates should be wrapped individually first, then placed standing on end (not on top of each other), in the box. White paper crumpled should be between each plate, and lining the bottom of the box. White paper comes in large sheets. Some of it may be cut in half so that the sheets are smaller and easier to work with.