Packing for Long-distanced Moves
The key to a successful relocation is choosing expert movers and being well prepared. A key aspect of that preparation is packing and to help you we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers below.
How many weeks prior to a move should I begin packing?
Depending on the size of your home, you should start packing at least two to four weeks prior to moving day. This will ensure you pack your items carefully and in an orderly manner. Giving yourself adequate amount of time will ensure that this aspect of moving gets done right.
What items needs to be packed in boxes?
Anything loose or vulnerable should be packed in a box. Loose items include books, dishes, documents and shoes. Vulnerable items include electronics, musical instruments, lamps and mattresses.
Where do I get boxes?
You can purchase clean, new boxes from Moishe’s moving supplies page. Our boxes are double corrugated for extra strength and available in various sizes to safely pack different items. Call your relocation consultant to decide which boxes suit your move and to schedule free delivery of your boxes and other packing materials.
What other packing materials do I need for a move?
It takes more than boxes to ensure the successful relocation of your belongings. Below are some items that will make your packing process easier.
- Tape: Every box needs to be secured with 2 to 2.5 inch gummed or masking tape. You will need approximately one roll of tape for every 15 to 20 boxes. This type of tape could be purchased online, at local hardware stores or directly from Moishe’s store.
- Packing paper: For items that you wish to keep clean, you can purchase packing paper from Moishe’s store. Please note that when you purchase moving boxes from our store, there is no additional charge for packing paper.
- Blankets: To protect large pieces during a move, all furniture and similar items, should be wrapped in blankets. Our movers will provide heavy-duty blankets, specifically made for moving, free of charge.
- Original packaging: If available, it’s advisable to re-pack some items in their original boxes and packing materials. This is especially useful for electronic items, like televisions and computers.
What’s the best way to pack?
You don’t need to be a professional to pack your items properly. All you need is the right materials and to ensure everything feels secure once in a box. But worry not; we all need a little help sometimes. To help make sure the packing portion of your move goes without a hitch, we’ll send an employee for one hour to assist you on how to pack and secure boxes at no additional charge.
If movers are doing the packing for me, are there items they shouldn’t pack?
Absolutely. Never ask movers to handle particularly valuable items, such as money, securities, important documents or jewelry. We also don’t recommend you ask movers to pack flammable items like aerosol cans, paints, gasoline or the likes.
Can you provide some tips on packing different types of items?
Below, you can find basic guidelines.
Dishware and Glasses
- Use large, double-corrugated boxes.
- Cushion the bottom with rolled up paper.
- Wrap each piece individually.
- Bundle flatware in groups of three and wrap the bundle.
- Do not place one piece of dishware directly on top of another. Separate with a layer of stuffed paper.
- Nest less expensive glasses and cups in groups of three and wrap the bundle.
- Cushion the top and sides of each box with paper to prevent shifting.
- Pack hanging clothes in wardrobe boxes.
- Utilize bottoms of wardrobe boxes for shoes.
- Secure wardrobe boxes along the sides with extra tape.
- Use boxes designated for art.
- Line bottom of box with paper.
- Place frame in box, then stuff with paper all around.
- Remove bulbs.
- Put each lampshade in its own box.
- Be sure to mark the box “fragile”.
- If possible, pack in original cartons. If not available, pack each item separately in a box that best fits each piece.
- Use bubble wrap to provide cushioning for your electronics.
- Code wiring with tape for easy reinstallation.
- Tape down any components that open or may come loose and fold down like antennas, arms and the likes.
Can you provide any general packing tips?
- Tape the bottom of every box by running two strips of tape along the side and one strip down the center. Once full, tape the top as well.
- Use small boxes for heavier items and larger boxes for lighter, bulkier items.
- To prevent damage, wrap fragile items individually.
- To cushion your items, stuff the top, bottom, and sides of each box with packing paper.
- In order to prevent boxes from being crushed, stuff them to the top.
- Label the contents of all boxes. All labels should include what’s inside the box, the room where it’s going, how fragile the contents are and when you might need it.
- Make an inventory of your items before the move.
- Think about the order in which your boxes are loaded onto the moving truck. The boxes that are loaded last will come off the truck first. If you need access to something as soon as you get to a new home—such as cleaning supplies—make sure it’s one of the last things to leave the old apartment.