Following is a helpful list of Moving Do's and Don'ts from Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage that will both help ensure that your belongings are packed safely and that they arrive at your destination intact.
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- DO label the contents on the outside of every box. If possible, note which room the boxes should go to. Mark fragile boxes on every side.
- DO leave clothes and soft items in dresser drawers.
- DO use linens and towels to cushion fragile items.
- DO pack record albums and CD’s on end.
- DO use about four inches of crumpled paper on the bottom of every box containing fragile items. Wrap each item individually and add paper cushioning around it.
- DO make sure every box is packed tightly and full to the top (more crushed paper).
- DO wrap plates, saucers, and china individually, and bundle in groups of three or four. Stand them on end in the carton; never lay them flat.
- DO wrap cups and glasses individually and pack them rim down in the box. If items are particularly delicate, pack one box inside another.
- DO remember to tape down the arm of your stereo turntable before moving.
- DO remember to lock down carriage mechanism of CD players before moving.
- DO check to see that caps are secure on toilet articles and medicines before packing them. If in doubt, move them yourself in your own car. A spill can be dangerous.
- DO investigate the cost of mailing books if you have a large library. Postal book rates may be cheaper than moving company rates (for long distance moves).
- DO purge your closets and library before moving. Draw a floor plan of your new home. Any furniture that won’t fit should be given to friends or charity; you don’t need a furnished attic.
- DON’T pack too tightly. Fragile items need space to avoid breakage.
- DON’T pack any flammable materials or aerosol products, including hair spray, shaving cream, deodorants, insecticides, cleaning products, spray paint, nail-polish remover, bleach lighter fluid and motor oil. The temperature inside a closed moving van can reach 150 degrees, and these combustible items can trigger an explosion.
- DON’T use newspaper to wrap fine china and other items that can’t be cleaned off. Newspaper ink smears easily. Ask you mover for blank newsprint.
- DON’T move a gas stove or dryer into an all-electric house. Check to be sure that your appliances can be connected in your new home.