Professional Packing Techniques
Ace Moving Company is a full service mover, so we can complete the packing for you. However, you may prefer to complete the packing yourself for organizational purposes or to save money. If you'll be completing all or part of the packing, here are a few proessional packing tips to assist you.
STEP 1: Have the right tools for the job on hand.
a. Use genuine moving boxes. They are of consistent size so they will not shift during transportation and are heavier weight corrugated material to prevent crushing. These are available from Ace Moving Company.
b. Use professional packing tape, rather than masking tape or other types of tape. It adheres best and provides the proper support to prevent the box from splitting open. Packing tape is available from Ace Moving Company.
c. Have a supply of plain newsprint and newspaper. Newspaper you may save to use is free, but you want some plain newsprint for porcelain and other porous materials. Newsprint can transfer onto such materials and leave permanent stains. Plain newsprint is available from Ace Moving Company.
d. Use bold permanent markers to identify the room and contents of the box, your last name and city and state of destination. TIP: Use different colors for each room for easy identification.
e. Ask your Ace Moving Company sales representative for free box stickers. You can apply messages to the boxes for the driver: fragile/glass, unload first, load last, etc.
f. Ask your Ace Moving Company reprentative for a PARTS BOX sticker. Apply it to a small box, along with a load last and unload first sticker. Place parts for items you disassemble like weight sets, swing sets, lawn furniture, etc. in indiviudal plastic bags and write what the go to on the bag with permanent marker. Place the bag in the parts box. When the packers or driver arrive, they can add parts for the items they need to disassemble to the box. This way, all your parts will be together and easy to identify.
g. If your move includes multiple delivery points, clearly identify which boxes are to be delivered to which location.
STEP 2: Plan your packing.
a. Pack seasonal or rarely used items you know will not be needed before the move first.
b. Dispose of any hazardous, flammable items. Refer to our What Not To Ship section.
d. If you have plants, we recommend you give them away or sell them. Most plants die from lack of air, light and water during a long distance move.
e. Make a list of what items will need to be packed the night before or the morning of the move itself such as sheets, a few towels, etc.
f. Plan your packing so that no box weighs more than 50 pounds, if at all possible.
g. Pack like items together - fragile items together, kitchen items together, etc. Pack by weight - heavy items with heavy items and light items with light items.
STEP 3: Begin your packing
Wrap each book, then lay them flat, alternating the spine and open side from book to book. Use book cartons (1.5) since they are smaller to control the weight. Books are deceptively heavy.
CHINA AND DISHES
Carefully wrap each piece in unprinted newsprint. You don't want ink to transfer and permanently stain your stoneware, porcelain or china.
After wrapping each piece, put about three plates together and wrap them again. Place plates on their edge in the box. Nest 3-4 wrapped bowls at a time and wrap them again. Add newspaper cushioning between each set. Put larger pieces on the bottom of the box and build up to the lighter weight dishes. Cushion all sides with at least two inches of crumpled newspaper. Ask your Ace Moving Company representative about the advantage of dish pack cartons and special inserts designed for dishes and glasses.
Your Ace Moving Company representative has wardrobe cartons for clothing that reduce wrinkles and make moving clothing easier. You just remove clothing from the closet still on the hangers and hang them in the wardrobe box for transportation. Clothing in bureaus may be left in the drawers or packed in boxes. We recommend covering the drawer with unprinted newsprint if clothes are left inside.
Most collectors save the original boxes with formed padding, since they are often part of the value. If possible, pack your items in their original boxes. If not, wrap each item with paper, then with bubble wrap, then with more paper. At least the first layer should be unprinted newsprint. Cushion between pieces and cushion all sides of the box with at least two inches of paper.
COMPUTERS AND ELECTRONICS
Unplug at least 24 hours prior to packing. Secure or remove any moveable parts, cords, etc. If possible, use the original box. If you don't have the box, visit an electronics store and see if they have a suitable box. Failing that, use several layers of paper for each piece. Generously and tightly pad with paper between each item and allow at least two inches of crumpled paper cushion on all sides of the box. Use bubble wrap, foam sheets, comforters, blankets or towels to provide extra protection. You do not want them to shift. If you have bubble wrap or other special cushioning material, we recommend you use it. Identify the box with FRAGILE and THIS SIDE UP stickers on all sides. Securely seal top and bottom of the box. Wait at least 24 hours after delivery to plug in your electronics so they can reach room temperature.
GLASS AND STEMWARE
Use dish packs with special dividers, available from your Ace Moving Company representative. Wrap each glass item with several layers of paper, then place in individual slots. Wrap the stems of stemware, stuff the goblet, then wrap the entire piece in multiple layers of crumpled paper.
Remove the shade, halo and lightbulb. Wrap the halo and the lamp base separately in unprinted newsprint. Place in the box base side down and generously surround with newspaper. Wrap shades separately. They can then be nested and wrapped again before being placed in the box. As always, cushion all sides of the box with at least two inches of paper.
MIRRORS, PICTURES AND GLASS TABLE TOPS
Use paper generously to wrap mirrors, pictures and glass, then pack in special mirror cartons. Always stand glass, pictures and mirrors on their edge.
LINENS AND PILLOWS
You may use linens and pillows as cushioning for delicate items as long as they will not become torn or soiled in the process. Otherwise, line large boxes (since these items are lightweight)with clean paper and pack linens, comforters, blankets and pillows together.
Clean your shoes. Wrap each shoe separately. After wrapping each shoe, wrap each pair together and place in the original shoebox if you have it or cushion with crumpled paper between each set. Several paries of shoes will fit into a moving carton.
SILVER, FLATWARE AND UTENSILS
Safety First: Any item with a sharp edge should be wrapped sufficiently to prevent it from poking through the box.
Silver: Nest together and wrap securely so they do not shift and scratch. Wrap in plastic to prevent tarnishing. Place in your silver chest, then wrap the chest itself.
Flatware: Nest together and wrap securely so they do not shift and scrach. Add a cushion of newspring between each set.
Utensils: Wrap individually and cushion between so that the layers in the box are evenly distributed.
In the case of especially large or valuable items, like antiques, a slate pool table top, grandfather clock, etc. your Ace Moving Company representative can arrange to have special crates built to protect such items.