Helpful Moving Tips From All Ways Moving
When packing for your move, we suggest using color coded office stickers. Place a different sticker on each box for that particular room. Place that same color sticker on a door facing or door casing at the destination. In doing this our movers can take that item to each color coded room. This will save you time and money.
Make sure all boxes are sealed and labeled. You should label all sides of your boxes to clearly identify where they should be placed in your new home. In addition, clearly identify any fragile boxes in order for your movers to pack the truck accordingly
Stage your boxes in the garage or on the ground floor.
If your moving locally, save time and money by placing Pictures, Electronics, and other Fragile items in your car. And if you have access to your new location, bring small items over a little at a time.
Waiting To Pack On Moving Day Will Slow Down The Move And Affect The Way The Truck Is Loaded! Check Out Our Packing Tips Below.
2 – 4 Weeks Before Your Move
- Make a packing plan & schedule which rooms need to be moved first, next and last.
- Plan to use up things that are difficult to move.
- Clean out closets, attic, garage, basement, etc.
- Have a garage sale or donate items you won’t be moving.
- Notify magazines, banks, credit card company’s and other’s of your change of address.
1 – 2 Weeks Before Your Move
- If you decide to pack yourself, label all boxes as you pack. Remember our tip above!
- Schedule disconnect date for gas, electric, water and telephone.
- Don’t disconnect your telephone until after you move.
- Cancel newspapers, cable TV, security and other services.
1 Day Before Moving
- Empty, defrost and throughly dry refridgerator and freezer.
- Pack a last minute essentials bag.
- Make arrangements for pets during move-out and move-in.
- Check closets, cupboards, attic and basement to be sure they are empty.
- Keep important documents, currency & jewelry with you.
All About Moving Boxes!
Moving boxes are made in specific sizes to hold different items according to bulk and weight. Here are some examples of what to pack in the different size moving boxes.
- Small Box (Usually 1.5 Cubic Feet)
Used for CD’s, Books, Files, etc.
- Medium Box (Usually 3.0 Cubic Feet)
Used for Food, Toys, Tools etc.
- Large Box (Usually 4.5 Cubic Feet)
Used for Lamps, Towels, Pots, etc.
- Extra Large Box (Usually 6.0 Cubic Feet)
Used for Blankets, Pillows, and Clothes, etc.
- Dish Barrel (Usually 5.2 Cubic Feet)
Used for Dishes, China, Glassware etc.
- Mirror/Picture Box (Contains Inner and Outer)
Used for Glass, Mirrors, and Pictures.
- Wardrobe Box (Usually 18-24 Inches Wide)
Used for Hanging Clothes.
Other Essential Packing Supplies
- Mattress Bags (All size of Mattresses)
Protects Mattresses from Dirt or Rain.
- Bubble Wrap (Usually 12 inches Wide)
Protects Fragile Items from Damage.
- Packing Paper (10 to 25 pounds)
Used to Wrap Fragile Items to Prevent or Breakage or Chipping.
- Packing Tape (Individual or in 6 Pack)
- Clear Tape (Used to Close Boxes)
Packing Computers & Electronics
Pack your stereo components, computer or DVD player in a sturdy dish box. The dish box can hold more weight and has enough room to pack several components in a single box. Before you begin, thoroughly line the box with paper padding to ensure safety and securely fasten the bottom of the box with tape.
Place items inside the box one on top of the other using cardboard to divide components. Arrange all items in the center of the box, leaving enough room on the sides for a thick layer of padding. Leave at least 2 inches at the top of the box for additional cushioning and make sure to mark the box FRAGILE after sealing.
Packing Pots & Pans
The best way to pack cookware, pots, and pans is to use a dish box cushioned at the bottom with paper balls. Wrap each pot or pan in packing paper and layer them in the box. Use paper balls in the corners of the box to prevent your pots and pans from shifting during transit. It is also a good idea to cut small sheets of cardboard to divide each layer of pots or pans from the next. This will prevent scratching and will help to prevent these items from moving. Make sure to leave enough room at the top of the box for a layer of padding before sealing the box.
Packing A Fish Tank
Before packing a fish tank, make sure to drain all of the water out and thoroughly clean the glass surfaces of the tank. Remove all of the equipment in the tank and wrap them individually in packing paper. Wrap your fish tank on all sides with a medium layer of paper and with cardboard sheets and then wrap the entire tank in a blanket. Pack the aquarium in the center of a box and line the sides and tip with packing paper. Make sure to mark this box as FRAGILE and SECURELY seal the top.
Packing Food Products
We do not recommend packing any food items that require refrigeration or any unsealed liquid items. If you move locally, use food coolers to pack any refrigerated products and, if possible, move them in your own vehicle. Food products should be one of the last things to be moved so you can quickly place them in the refrigerator or cabinets when you arrive at your new destination.
You should only pack canned or dried food in boxes and make sure to use a small box to prevent collapsing or denting during transit. If you decide to pack and move open products, pack them in a plastic bags or small plastic containers before placing them in a box.
Packing A Mattress & Box Spring
Mattress covers are manufactured to fit any standard bed from a Single to a California King and will protect your bedding from dirt and damage. Packing a mattress and box spring is a fast and easy process if you purchase mattress covers from a moving supply company.
Stand your mattress and box spring upright and apply the mattress cover, then tape the open ends to make sure that your cover stays closed in transit. Mattress covers protect from, dirt, moisture, and unpleasant odors. For interstate moving or storage we would also recommend purchasing a mattress box from your supply company. Again, mattress boxes are available in all standard sizes and provide an extra level of protection for long moves or extended storage.
We recommend using thick, brown wrapping paper for packing rugs. Before packing your rug, consider rolling bars of soap or dryer sheets wrapped in fabric in the center of your rug to give a pleasant odor after unpacking. It is also a good idea to purchase shrink wrap from a hardware store or moving supply company. Shrink wrapping your rug will prevent it from picking up stains or odors while you are moving.
Packing Small Appliances
When packing small appliances such as toaster ovens or coffee makers, try to use the original boxes. If you have the original boxes, pack several smaller boxes into a larger box, for additional ease and protection.
If you no longer have the original packaging, use a dish box lined with paper balls to provide cushioning. Place the appliances in the center of the box and separate items using small sheets of cardboard. Then, insert additional padding on the sides and the top of the box before sealing. Boxes containing electrical components should be marked as FRAGILE to avoid damage from being stacked under heavier boxes.
Packing Toys & Games
Most toys will fit into small or medium boxes, but you may need to pack extra large toys in their own box. We recommend using a wardrobe box, normally used for hanging clothes, as these are sturdy boxes that can fit many odd shaped items. You can pack larger toys, such as large stuffed animals, play tables and chairs, small bicycles, skateboards etc. Smaller toys can be packed in medium sized boxes, lined with a thin layer of padding to prevent serious damage.
Packing Vases & Fragile Glass Items
Packing large bowls and vases must be done very carefully to avoid breakage. Use a dish box, cushioned at the bottom with paper balls and wrap each bowl or vase individually with several sheets of packing paper. Make sure to pack bowls and vases securely and stand them upright using paper padding to keep them in place. Continue to add items until the box is full but make sure to add extra padding, as vases and large bowls are easily breakable if they are jostled during the move. Leave enough room at the top of the box for a final layer of padding and seal the box securely. Mark the box FRAGILE and to use arrows to indicate the top of the box.