If you decide to pack your belongings yourself, read through our packing tips for information on how to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
- Start packing several cartons each day a few weeks before your move. Be sure that the items you pack won’t be needed before your move. By pacing yourself, you’ll be more organized and the job won’t be so overwhelming.
- Pack on a room-by-room basis and do one area of the room at a time. It’s best not to mix items from different rooms in one box.
- Pack heavy items in small boxes, light items in larger boxes.
- To prevent small items from being lost or mistakenly thrown out with the packing paper, wrap miniature knickknacks and other small items in brightly colored tissue paper before placing them in the box.
- On the top and front of each carton, write a general description of the contents and indicate the room from which it came (or where it will go in your new home).
- Use different colored dot stickers for each box. Then, at your new house, hang a balloon of the same color outside the room where you want the color-coded boxes to be delivered.
- Use only unprinted newsprint paper to wrap items. Regular newspapers are messy and can soil your possessions.
- Place pictures in boxes between sheets and blankets to give them added protection.
- Plates and record albums should be packed on end vertically, rather than placed flat and stacked.
- Use clean cartons designed for moving. Boxes obtained from grocery or liquor stores are not always clean, and they may not withstand the weight of the items you’ll be putting into them. Also their odd sizes tend to make loading more difficult.
- Some common household items cannot be included in your shipment because they are hazardous materials. Examples of these materials include flammables such as paint, varnish and thinners, gasoline, kerosene and oil, bottled gas, aerosol cans, nail polish and remover, ammunition and explosives, corrosives, and cleaning fluids and detergents.
- You should personally transport irreplaceable photos, financial papers and assets (bank checks, insurance policies, stock certificates, etc.), legal documents (wills, passports. etc.), valuables, jewelry, coin and stamp collections, etc.), and medical and family history records.
- Unpack breakables over the box you’re taking them out of; that way, if you happen to drop an item, it will land on some packing material, thereby reducing its chance of breakage.
Moving boxes and supplies are available at all of our locations. For more information about our available moving boxes and supplies, contact Carey Moving & Storage today.