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Here at All Around Van Lines we use high-quality materials and offer a team of experienced movers. But in order to save some money, many people choose packing on their own. If you decide to pack your items without the help of the moving company, please take a look at the useful advice listed below.
- Use sturdy boxes or plastic totes. All the boxes should be closed and sealed in order to stack them easier and to protect your articles.
- Use boxes with tops or flaps and make sure that they are clean of insects.
- Use the right supplies and various size cartons. Smallest boxes should be used for the heaviest items. The lighter items should be on the top of the box, while the heavier are placed in the bottom.
- There are specially designed boxes for some of the items—upright cartons for lamps or statues, dish packs for dishes, picture/mirror boxes, wardrobe boxes, etc. The added protection of these cartons helps to avoid damage resulting from poor quality packing material. Click on packing supplies and boxes for more information.
- Use packing tape instead of duct tape or masking tape.
- Use packing paper or blank newspaper, especially for precious or breakable items, as the ink on the newsprints can stain them.
- Use an anti-static bubble wrap for all electronics as it does not cause static electricity and won’t damage the items.
- Use a permanent marker to label the contents and the destination of the boxes. Labels like “this side up” and “fragile” should be placed where necessary.
- Start packing long before the move to avoid chaos.
- If you are unsure how to pack your fragile items—let us take care of it for you.
- To ease the unpacking process, you should pack room by room. By labeling which room each box belongs, it will make unpacking much easier.
- Make yourself a packing list.
Whether you pack or we pack—it need to be done according to the Department of Transportation’s regulations. Here are some videos that explain how certain items need to be properly packed if you decide to take care of it yourself.