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packing guide by LA moversEverybody knows that most people don’t really like packing, especially if the household is large. If it is not done right, there is a risk of damage to the goods. It is very important to the success of the relocation that the possessions of your house to be packed the right way and secured during your move. Smart packing will increase the chance of your belongings to arrive safe and sound to the final destination.
If you don’t want to include packing services in your moving budget, you can do your own packing and save money and time. You will need to know what materials you will need and also how to pack up different items safely to prevent damage. We are very happy to share tips and information on how to pack, what not to pack and how to make it easy, safe and exiting. Just so you know, you can purchase all moving supplies from moving companies.
learn to pack like a pro moverIf you don’t have the time pack and can spend a few extra dollars on our professional packing services, our movers will be able to pack your items and your furniture. You can book this service in advance or right on the moving day, our movers will come prepared anyways. We will provide you our packers and the packing materials so the content of your home will be professionally packed up usually on the day of the move. Our movers and packers do for a living; they have extensive knowledge of packing, execute only the best techniques and use only the finest packing materials to protect your belongings.
You can use our movers to do partial packing if you’d like. Have our movers pack just the breakable items such as dishes, crystal, and other fragile pieces. You can reduce the risk of damage by letting movers do the packing for these items and reduce the cost by doing the rest of the packing job yourself.
Your moving specialist will give you the price for different packing options to fit your budget, as well as estimate the amount of materials you will need to pack the rest of the items yourself.

Important Tips to Help You Pack

Pack like a Pro

Must Do Checklist

How To Do It Yourself:

  Glassware and China
  Bowls
  Cups and Glasses
  Silverware
  Delicate and Fragile Items
  Flowers
  Lamps
  Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Mirrors, Art and Vases
  Books and Photos
  CD/DVD Discs, Tapes & Records
  Clothes
  Bedding
  Appliances
  Tools
  Food and Beverages

Pack Like a Pro

Keep in mind, that regular moving boxes will not hold over 50 lbs of weight safely.

Wrap all of your items in tissue paper or bubble wraps carefully and thoroughly.

Leave enough space between items in the box to provide cushion to absorb shock during the move.

Use only special moving boxes that can be closed up and taped.

Make sure your boxes are stuffed not only with items, but with packing materials, if it rattles, it's not packed well.

Never put itmes from different rooms or items that belong to other members of your family in the same box.

Must Do Checklist

Always start packing items that you know for sure you won't need right after the move. Garage or attic is the perfect place to start. Next, pack items you don't use every day and finally pack everything you will need right away at the very last moment.

Make sure to take out everything out of the drawers of all of your closets. Don't leave any breakable items or liquids. You may leave only clothes inside the drawers.

Make sure to sort your items before packing and put similar items together.

If you disassemble a piece of equipment, make sure to keep all the parts together in one bag or box. It will be a lot easier for you to assemble it back at your new place if everything is in one box.

Try to wrap every item individually using tissue paper with bubble wrap. You can use paper towel or gift wraps for fragile china and crystal.

Every box you pack has to have cushioning on the bottom, you can use either shredded newspaper, moving peanuts or bubble wrap.

When you pack a box with items of different size and weight, make sure to put heavy and bulky items on the buttom and light itmes on top of them.

When you finish packing a box, take some shredded paper or peanuts and fill in all the blank spaces in the box. If you need to devide items inside the box, use cardboard cut outs.

You can pack small items that you wrapped in the same moving box, just make sure to provide enough space for cushioning.

Try to keep the weight of your boxes under 50 lbs, but make sure your boxes are completely filled with items and packing materials.

Use moving tape to seal your boxes, try not to stuff a box up to its edges, leave some space for padding. The box should close nice and firm, if you have to use force to close and seal the box, you put too much stuff in there.

You may want to label your boxes and list important items on the box as well, so you can easily find certain items when you arrive at your new house.

If you have packed a box with items you will need right away and load it on the moving truck, make sure to label it properly, so you can unpack the box first when moving truck arrives. The best thing to do thought is to take this box with you.

Glassware and China

Professional movers always use a special box designed to transport dishes and glassware. It's a very strong and steady box with compartments to pack china dishes and glassware separately. You can buy these boxes from movers or elsewhere, but you absolutely have to have them if you are moving excpensive china or crystal.

Make sure to wrap every piece of china and crystal individually using several layers of tissue paper or paper towel. After you finished with tissue paper, make sure to wrap the dish in a few layers of regualr newspaper and leave enough room for padding in the box. It is very important to label the dishware box "FRAGILE"

Put large pieces of china and glass plates on the bottom of the dish box, make sure to wrap them individually as well and provide enough cushion.

Make sure to fill the bottom of the box with shredded paper or moving peanuts to provide padding and cushioning for your dishes.

As you wrap and pack your china and other glasswhere, try to stack all the items on top of each other beginning with large items and finishing with small cups, saucers and shallow bowls.

Bowls

Wrap every bowl individually in a tissue paper or newspaper to protect the surface from scratches and dents. Place large bowls at the bottom of the dish box and middle bowls on top of them providing plenty of cushioning. Make sure to fill in empty space with shredded paper, peanuts or bubble wrap.

Nest smaller bowls or lids in one large shallow bowl, like soup bowl and put all of them together in the box. Make sure to wrap every bowl small and large individually.

Make sure to wrap lids of sugar bowls, cream pitchers and sauce pitchers separately and place them upside down on the bowl, then wrap both of them together and place inside the box.

Cups and Glasses

Special dish boxes are great for packing and moving your fragile itmes like cups and glasses, but even if you are using one of those boxes, make sure to wrap every cup and glass separately with tissue paper and to use newspaper for second layer. Leave plenty of padding for shredded paper or packing peanuts.

In case if you have to pack your cups and glasses in a regular box not designed for dish, make sure to put crushed paper or bubble wrap on the bottom on the box, then wrap all your glasses and place them upside down. When you are finished with the first layer put cardboard cutout on top of it and work on the second layer. Remember to leave plenty of space on the top for extra cushioning.

Silverware

Silver is a very sensitive metal, if you leave your silver dishes on the open air for too long it will tarnish and turn black. Keep that in mind when packing your silverware. Every piece should be wrapped in tissue paper individually and placed in a dish box or regular box. Even though silver dishes are not breakable, you should treat them as if they are, because silver can be easily scratched or dented during your move.

Delicate and Fragile Items

If you have porcelain figurines to pack, be extremely careful. These are the most fragile items you have to pack. If you have original boxes and packing use it, if you don't, make sure to gently wrap every item in paper towel or tissue paper, then wrap with a second layer of newspaper. Place your delicate items in the large box leaving plenty of space between one another and fill in all the empty spaces with shredded paper or packing peanuts.

If you have glass items, small mirrors, plaques or pictures to pack, make sure to use delicate tissue paper to wrap them. You can also use bath towel or a blanket to wrap your delicate items. Put everything in the box filled with packing materials for cushioning.

If you are not sure whether you can pack your fragile items safely, ask your movers to help you. Professional movers will always come prepared, they have many different special packing materials to provide maximum protection even to the most fragile and delicate items.

Flowers

Artificial flowers should be wrapped and packed separately, use large box with plenty of cushioning to ensure safety of your arrangements. You can use plastic wrap or paper towel to wrap up your flowers and don't forget to label the box "Fragile".

Lamps

Carefully remove light bulb and lamp harp before packing your lamps. Use newspaper or paper towel to wrap up the lamp, bulb and lapm harp individually. Put the lamp and its components in a moving box and fill in extra space with packing peanuts or crushed newspaper. If your lamp can be easily disassembled, do so, but remember to wrap all the parts separately and put everything in one box.

If you are packing delicate and fragile lamp shades, make sure to use only tissue paper or a soft bath towel to wrap them. When you are finished with wrapping, fill the box with plenty of packing peanuts and place the shade on top of them. Pack only one shade per box and make sure to fill the emply space with packing peanuts. Close the box gently don't use force, if it doesn't close easy, take some of the peanuts off the top. Make sure to label all the boxes with shades "Fragile". If you are not sure whether you can pack safely your shades or not, ask your movers to help you.

Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Mirrors, Art and Vases

These items are extremely delicate and fragile. Glass tables and mirrors can be easily shattered, marble cracks very fast during the move if not packed properly. Excpensive art and vintage vases should be packed by professionals only. You need to show your moving coordinator your antiques, so he can make special arrangements to safely move your items.

Books and Photos

Books are very heavy items, you should keep that in mind when packing them. Try to use medium boxes to keep the weight of each box under 50lbs. Do not pack anything else in the box with your books, especially something liquid or sharp. Sort your books before packing by the size and value. Regular books of the same size can go in one box unwrapped. Valuable books should be individually wrapped and packed separately. Magazines and other print can be stacked on top of the books in the same box, just make sure you can close and tape the box.

Your photos, video tapes and slides have to be properly wrapped in a tissue paper and packed in the individual box. Don't mix your valuable memories with the rest of your items. If you have large picture frames with glass, wrap them in blankets and pack them in separate boxes with plenty of cushioning and packing materials. Remember that most of your photos and videos are irreplaceable, make sure to pack them well to enjoy them for many years to come.

CD/DVD Discs, Tapes & Records

Don't leave any CDs or DVDs inside of your stereo or DVD player. Your CDs and DVDs are protected with plastic cases, so you don't have to wrap each of them individually. Simply stack them on top of each other in the box and put plenty of peanuts for cushioning.

Records and fragile and heavy, so make sure to wrap them in the newspaper and keep the box weight under 25 lbs. It will be easier to carry and even if the box gets damaged, your records will be protected.

Cassette tapes come in plastic cover as well, so simply wrap them all together in a newspaper and place in the box. Try to use different boxes for all of your items. It will be easier to unpack and transport.

Clothes

It's very easy to move your clothes. Almost every moving company will offer you a dozen of wardrobe boxes for free during your move. It's a simple cardboard box with metal or plastic bar. You can hang your clothes just like in and wardrobe and seal the box. Check with your mover if they offer free use of wardrobe boxes before you move, if not, you can buy as many as you need from your movers or any local box store.

If you don't want to use wardrobe boxes, make sure to take your clothes off the hangers, fold it carefully and pack it in a suit case or large box. Pack your hats in individual boxes, no wrapping or cushioning is required, just make sure to use one box per hat and don't put anything else in the box. Mark the box fragile.

If you don't have original boxes for your footware, stuff some tissue paper inside your shoes and simply put all of your shoes together in one box. If you have expensive leather shoes, make sure to wrap them and pack them separately.

If you are moving expensice fur articles, make sure to get proper insurance or simply take them with you.

Bedding

Most of your bedding articles may be left in the drawers of your wardrobe. You may also fold them carefully and put them in a plastic bag. Another good use for your blankets, sheets, tablecloth, towels and pillow cases is padding. You may use them to wrap your fargile items, glass and mirrors.

Your matress should be wrapped in special moving blankets and sealed with shrink wrap, your movers will be happy to help you out with it.

Appliances

You need to setup an appointment with professional technician before the move to prepare your major appliances for the move. If you are not sure how to get in touch with a technician in your area ask your moving coordinator to make necessary arrangements.

Smaller kitchen appliances such as coffee maker, microwave, toaster etc. should be placed in their original boxes. If you don't have retail boxes, just wrap your appliances in blankets and place them in individual boxes. Dont' forget to disconnect all the cabels and take out all the batteries before packing.

Tools

Gather all of your tools together and sort them by the size. Pack large items together and small ones in a separate box. Make sure to keep the weight of the boxes under 50 lbs. If you have advanced construction tools, you will need to disassemble them first and pack individually.

Food and Beverages

Don't load any perishable food or beverages on the moving truck. If you are moving during the winter, don't pack any liquid food or water either, when liquid freezes inside sealed container, it may break and ruine other items.

Feel free to pack dried food such as rice, spagetti, cereals, spices, condiments, gelatin, flavorings etc. Make sure to pack them well in a separate box. Canned goods are usually heavey, so you have to make sure not to load the box over 50 lbs.