Moving and Packing Tips

Packing your own goods can result in significant cost savings.  The craft of packing takes time and energy to perform the job correctly. The following guide provides ways to help you pack like a professional.

MovingTips_04Ensure you have an adequate supply of:

  • Tissue paper
  • Packing paper (plain newsprint)
  • 2″ packing tape
  • Permanent markers
  • Professional quality boxes (available from Hoover)
  • Utility knife and scissors

Quality Boxes

Using new packing materials specifically designed for moving can ensure that your property arrives safely. Hoover has all the boxes and professional packing materials you will need:

  • 1.5 cu. ft. cartons.  Small cartons for heavy items such as books, files, and music/video tapes
  • 3.0 cu. ft. cartons.  Medium utility cartons used for pots and pans, toys, and small appliances
  • 4.5 cu. ft. cartons.  For bulky items, such as linens, towels, and toys
  • 6.0 cu. ft. cartons.  For large, or lightweight articles, such as pillows and large lampshades
  • Wardrobe cartons.  A tall carton specifically designed to keep your clothes and  draperies hanging on a built-in bar
  • Mirror cartons. Telescoping cartons for framed pictures, mirrors, and glass
  • Mattress cartons.  Available in every mattress and box spring size, including crib.
  • Dishpacks (China Barrels).  Heavy duty cartons used for dishes, china, crystal and  glassware
  • Double-wall cartons.  Extra protective cartons made especially for fine china, crystal, and other high-value, hard to replace items
  • Stretchwrap.  A special plastic covering that protects your furniture from snags,  tears, and dirt
  • Poly-vinyl chloride (PVC) packing tape is the most effective tape to seal boxes. Masking tape or narrow cellophane tape should not be used

Packing Preparation

Have all items properly packed and ready for loading the evening before moving day. Leave out only the things you’ll need that night or the next morning

Basic Packing Guidelines

  • Create a schedule allowing sufficient time leading up to moving day
  • Pack items in the basement, garage, and attic first.  They are normally items not  needed during the moving process
  • Packing one room at a time will help you stay organized
  • A table to place boxes and items on makes packing easier
  • Limit the heaviest cartons to 50 pounds
  • Label all items not to be transported on the van

Some Items better handled by the movers

Hoover recommends having their packing team pack the following:

  • Marble or glass tabletops, heavy wall ornaments, and mirrors 40″ x 60″ or larger
  • Pool table
  • Bulky, fragile items such as large trophies, statues, chandeliers, etc.
  • Major appliances

Additional Suggestions

  • Empty drawers of items that are breakable, may spill, or that could puncture or damage other items
  • Keep parts and pairs of items together: curtain rod hangers, mirror bolts, and small hardware items that should be placed in plastic bags and taped securely to their article
  • Pack small, fragile, individually wrapped items separately or together in small boxes, cushioned with crushed or shredded paper.
  • Put a special mark (the number 1, or the letter A) on cartons you want to unpack first at your destination
  • Use newspaper only for cushioning.  The ink can rub off and damage finishes.

Items that cannot be packed:

Transport valuable and irreplaceable items with you rather than on the van. Several items cannot be transported on the van: explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poison, corrosives as well as radioactive and other hazardous materials.

Examples of items that cannot be moved:

  • Nail polish remover
  • Paints and paint thinners
  • Propane cylinders
  • Automotive repair and maintenance chemicals
  • Radio-pharmaceuticals
  • Matches
  • Lighter fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Fireworks
  • Oxygen bottles
  • Firearms
  • Family photos
  • Food in glass jars and perishable foods
  • Prescription drugs
  • Cash
  • Collections (coins, stamps, knives, collectibles)
  • Important personal papers (deeds, wills)
  • Negotiable papers (bonds, stocks, certificates)
  • Jewelry
  • Moving documents

The Art of Labeling

Label each carton as follows:

  • Use a broad, felt-tipped marker
  • Clearly mark the contents and room in which it will be placed
  • Indicate “FRAGILE” on delicates and “THIS END UP” where appropriate
  • If available, include Hoover’s bill of lading number on each box
  • As you finish each carton, list the contents on the side of the carton and in a special notebook. You might want to number or code the cartons as well
  • Tape a sign on the door of each room at destination corresponding to the carton  labels so the movers can quickly place the cartons into the proper rooms
  • Place a special mark (the number 1, or the letter A) on cartons you want to unpack first at destination.

Practical Packing Tips

  • Start with out-of-season items. Next, pack things used infrequently. Leave until the last minute things you’ll need until moving day.
  • Pack similar items together. For example, do not pack delicate china in the same carton with heavy items
  • Wind electrical and other cords
  • Wrap items individually in clean paper; use tissue paper, paper towels, or even facial tissue for fine china, crystal, and delicate items. Colored wrapping paper can draw attention to small items that may get lost in a carton. Use double layers of newsprint for good outer wrapping.
  • Place a two to three-inch layer of crushed paper in the bottom of cartons for an adequate safe cushion
  • Build up layers, with heaviest items on the bottom, medium-weight next, and lightest items on top.
  • As each layer is completed, fill in spaces firmly with crushed paper, adding additional