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Tips For Packing: Basic Training

If you decide to do the packing yourself, you will need to have everything properly packed and ready for loading when the moving van arrives. All packing should be completed the evening before moving day. Only essential personal items you'll need that night, the next morning and immediately at your destination should be left for last minute packing.

Some basic packing tips to keep in mind:

  • Follow a timetable - people often underestimate how long it takes to pack!
  • Start with items you won't need right away, such as belongings stored in the basement, garage or attic
  • Packing room-by-room will help you stay organized
  • Establish work areas in each room
  • As you complete a room, sort packed boxes by weight (light, medium, heavy) to make loading the moving van easier and quicker
  • Limit cartons to a maximum weight of 50 pounds
  • For best results, have your mover pack:
  • Marble or glass tabletops, heavy wall ornaments and mirrors 40" x 60" or larger
  • Pool tables and pianos
  • Bulky, fragile items like large trophies, statues, chandeliers, etc.
  • Major appliances

basic packing training