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Packing is probably one of the most important phases of your move, and we have it down to a science. We offer various ways of packing your belongings from glassware, pictures, mirrors and china to books, linen and cloths. Or if you want to takle the job yourself we have put together a few packing tips to help you make the best of it.

We feature full or partial packing as well as unpacking and the disposal of all empty boxes, according to your budget. As part of the packing process, we offer wrapping tissue to cushion your goods and protect them from any harm.
Each box will be labeled by room and content for easy tracking and unpacking.

We offer a free boxes and packing materials with every order. Please submit an on-line estimate request to obtain pricing information and coupon discounts for packing services and supplies.

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Packing Tips

Handy Materials for Packing

  • Medium and Large Boxes
  • Newsprint, unmarked
  • Tape, knife and scissors
  • Tissue, Styrofoam Peanuts, packing
  • 3 Ply heavy duty paper
  • Bubble wrap, plastic bags
  • Pencil, notepad, markers, labels

Basic Packing Techniques

  • Start with items least used and unlikely to be need in the weeks preceeding the move.  Leave until last the things you'll need right up until moving day.
  • Empty drawers of breakables, spillables, items that could puncture or damage other items, items not recommended for the shipment.  Blankets, sweaters, lingerie, bath towels and similar soft, lightweight goods may be left in drawers.
  • Pack similar items together. Do not pack a delicate item in the same carton as a cast-iron frying pan, for example.
  • Keep all parts or pairs of things together. For example, curtain rod hangers, bed screws, mirror bolts and other small hardware items should be placed in plastic bags (which can be purchased from the moving company) and secured to the article to which they belong.
  • Wind electrical cords and fasten them so they do not dangle.
  • Ensure boxes are securly taped with min 2" tape preferably doubled at all carton joints.
  • Wrap items individually in clean paper; use tissue paper, paper towels or even facial tissue for fine china, crystal and delicate items. Use a double layer of newspaper for a good outer wrapping.
  • Place a two- or three-inch layer of crushed paper in the bottom of a carton for cushioning.  Build up in layers, with heaviest things on the bottom, medium weight next and lightest on top.
  • Cushion well with crushed paper; fill in empty spaces, use towels and lightweight blankets also for padding and cushioning. The more fragile the item, the more cushioning needed. Be sure no sharp points, edges or rims are exposed.
  • Pack small, fragile, individually wrapped items separately or a few together in small boxes, cushioning with crushed or foam peanuts and shredded paper. Small boxes can be packed in larger boxes, filling in spaces with crushed paper.
  • Avoid overloading cartons, 50 lbs max per box as a rule of thumb, strive for a firm pack that will prevent boxes from collapsing or items from shifting; the cover should be well supported but close easily without force.
  • Seal cartons tightly with tape except for those containing items listed on Westerns' High-Value Inventory form. These must be left open for the van operator's inspection.
  • As you finish with each carton, list the contents on the side of the carton (for easy viewing while cartons are stacked) and in a special notebook. You could number or code the cartons also. Indicate your name and the room to which each carton should be delivered at destination. Tape a sign on the door of each room at destination corresponding to the carton labels so movers can get the cartons into the proper rooms quickly.
  • Identify the cartons you want to unpack first at destination.
  • Place glassed and stemware toward the top of your box. Heavier items (dishware, pitchers, etc.) should be placed toward the bottom of the box.  All dishes should be individually wrapped and plates inserted in the carton on edge. Glassware, stemware and cups are best packed using the partitioned dish packs, in unison with adequate newsprint or tissue.
  • The list of individual household items is endless. Most can be packed by following our packing pointers. Here are some additional packing tips for major items. If you want a more comprehensive list of how to pack special items, drop us a line.
  • Bureau drawers - Don't overload. Too heavy a load can cause damage. Remove firearms and any items that might break or leak.
  • Canned goods and other non-frozen food - Pack upright with no more than 24-30 can per carton. Don't attempt to move perishable. Wrap glass containers and boxed foods individually and pack in small cartons.
  • Frozen foods and plants - Because of the delicate and perishable nature of these items, your mover is prohibited from accepting these packed items when your shipment is being transported more than 150 miles and /or delivery will not be accomplished within twenty-four (24) hours the time of lading. Frozen food shipped within these guidelines must be packed in a freezer which at time of loading is at normal deep-freeze temperature.
  • Clocks - Remove or secure pendulum in large clocks. Grandfather clocks should be prepared for moving by expert servicemen.
  • Drapes and curtains - Hang drapes over crossbars in wardrobe cartons, or pack folded in clean cartons. Remove curtains from rods, fold and pack in cartons or bureau drawers.
  • Flammable and combustibles - Flammable liquids and aerosol cans must not be packed. Changes in temperature and pressure can cause them to leak, or even explode. For your own protection, you should know that if you pack these items and they cause damage to your shipment or others, you, not your mover, might be held liable.
  • Lamps and lamp shades - Remove bulbs, harps, and wrap separately and place upright in clean, tissue-lined carton. Wrap harp and finial (decorative knob) with packing paper and tape to inside wall of carton that contains shade. Wrap shades in tissue, not newspaper.  Label cartons "LAMP SHADES — FRAGILE."
  • It is best to have the moving company crate large Tiffany-type or other glass lamp shades or chandeliers.
  • Medicines - Seal caps with masking tape. Wrap and pack upright in small cartons. If needed during travel, carry with you.
  • Mirrors, paintings, and pictures - Tell your relocation coordinator about valuable painting for special care. Wrap small mirrors, pictures, paintings, and frames and place on edge in cartons. Place large pictures and paintings on edge in heavy cardboard containers. Large wall or dresser mirrors will be taken down by the movers and placed in special cartons. For added safety, place tape diagonally across mirror to protect better against damage. Do not place newspaper directly against paintings.
  • Personal computers and video recorders - Pack valuable electronic equipment in original cartons when available.  Otherwise, use strong corrugated cartons and place protective padding on the bottom of the carton. Wrap an old blanket or protective pad around the item and place it in its carton. Place additional padding between the carton and the computer or video recorder. Wrap cords separately; label to identify usage and place in a plastic bag away from delicate surfaces. Non-detachable cords should also be wrapped. Place cords between the padded computer or video recorder and the carton. Be sure your personal computer is "parked" and ready for transport.
  • Silverware - Wrap each piece in cloth or low sulfur content paper to prevent tarnishing. Use an old blanket or moving pad as a wrap to prevent scratching the silverware chest.
  • Tools - Drain fuel from power tools (do not ship Flammable under any circumstances). Pack tools in small, strong cartons. Wrap separately if valuable.
  • Waterbed mattresses - Drain all water from the waterbed and, grasping internal baffle systems with external vinyl, fold mattress 20 inches at a time. Adjust folds to avoid making creases across individual baffles. Consult your owner's manual for special instructions concerning the care and transportation of your mattress. Do not place your mattress in a carton with sharp or pointed objects.
  • Motorcycles - Motorcycles shipped on the moving van should be drained nearly empty of fuel and other fluids. Motorcycle batteries should be disconnected.
  • Barbecue grills and propane tanks - Wrap grates and briquettes separately in a newspaper (or place all briquettes into a grocery bag) and place parts in carton. Pad carton with paper to reduce movement of contents. Propane tanks are not permitted to be moved. Consult your local gas grill distributor for the safest method.
  • Fragile Items - Many moving companies use a material called bubble pack (plastic with bubbles) for exceptionally fragile items. If an item is extremely valuable as well as delicate, it might be wise to have it packed for you using special materials or custom fabricated crates.
  • Artificial Flowers - An arrangement of artificial flowers should be packed in its own carton. Wrap carefully in plastic wrap, tissue paper or paper towels.  Label the carton "FRAGILE — THIS SIDE UP."
  • Glass Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Large Mirrors, Paintings, Statues & Large Vases - All are easily damaged. Glass might shatter, and marble slabs can crack at veins. Paper shouldn't contact the surface of an oil painting.
  • It's best to consult with your moving company about custom-made cartons and crates for Outdoor Equipment - Before moving day, dismantle children's swing sets, TV antennas and garden sheds. Gather pieces and bundle together with nylon cord. Place small hardware in a cloth bag and securely attach to corresponding equipment.
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