PROFESSIONAL PACKING REQUIREMENTS
● Properly label boxes using a permanent marker, carefully labeling each box.
● List the general contents inside, and the room items came from. This will help you place the boxes in the correct room of your new home.
● Be sure to pack the heavier items on the bottom; delicate, fragile items should be packed at the top of the box.
● Always start packing boxes by adding a layer of crumpled paper to the bottom of the box. This layer will help protect the items inside and keep the items clean in case the bottom of the box gets dirty.
● Each layer should have a layer of crumpled up paper in between.
● When you have finished packing each box, add another layer of crumpled packing paper to the top before sealing the carton.
DO NOT PACK THE FOLLOWING ITEMS
DO NOT pack perishable food items that will spoil in transit.
NEVER pack flammable or hazardous items! Flammable items cannot be packed and/or moved. The customer could be advised to have these types of times picked up by a local recycling provider or visit the nearest fire station or EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) office to learn how to properly dispose of flammable and hazardous materials before moving.
Flammable and hazardous materials include:
● Paint or paint thinner
● Aerosol cans
● Flammable or corrosive chemicals
● Motor oil or fuel
● Lamp oil
● Gasoline or kerosene
● Ammunition (bullets)
Customers should keep personal items that are of high value (money or sentimental) or that cannot be replaced easily on their person during the move as these items cannot be insured. For example: family photos, albums, or home videos; other legal documents such as deeds or wills; tax records; personal files or letters; address books; and computer software or files.
WHAT TO MEASURE BEFORE YOU MOVE
Below is a guide to every measurement you will need to take before moving day. You want to ensure your stuff that fits perfectly in your old house will fit properly in your new digs!
● Bookcases and armoires Measure the width, depth, height and diagonal height.
● Couch Measure the length, depth, back height and diagonal height (measure each piece of a sectional sofa separately). Determine whether legs can be removed.
● Dresser Measure the width, depth, height. Determine whether removing drawers shortens the depth.
● Headboard Measure the width and height.
● Tables and desks Measure the length, width and height. Determine whether legs are removable.
● Appliances Measure the width, depth and height. Determine whether doors are removable.
● Mattress Measure the length, width and height. Assess it’s bendability.
● Piano Measure the length, depth and height
● Billiards and gaming tables Measure length, width and height. Determine whether legs are removable.
IN THE NEW HOUSE
● Main Door Measure the height and width of the door opening, as well as the clearance of the entryway. Is there a radiator or step immediately inside? How far can you walk before you hit a wall? Finally, measure the ceiling height inside the entry.
● Secondary Doors Measure the height, width and clearance of the openings of the side, patio or deck doors. Sliding glass doors often have bigger openings than traditional doors.
● The biggest window Measure the height, width and clearance of the largest window that opens, as well as it’s height from the ground outside. A window may be the best entry for some items.
● Stairways Measure the width and ceiling height from the first step (not the ground floor), and take the same measurements of the last step; use the smallest width and height measurements. Measure the length, width, ceiling height and clearance of any landings or turns.
● Hallways Measure the width and ceiling height of hallways, as well as the clearance of connecting doorways.
● Low-hanging ceiling fixtures Measure the space from the ground up to low ceiling fans and chandeliers that may pose a hazard for moving tall items.