Tips To Help You Pack
Dino's Moving knows that packing your belongings can be tedious. Regardless of the situation, we are here to help you in any way that we can to ensure that your move goes smoothly from start to finish.
Most of these supplies are available for order through U-Pack. You can order boxes from U-Pack and they will be delivered direct to your door. The most popular items are included in packages, to make it even easier for you to order the right amount and sizes. For your convenience, please use the Box Estimator to determine just how many you will need.
Pack as much as you can into boxes. This will provide greater protection for your belongings and will make loading your trailer much easier. Unusually shaped items take up more space and make loading more difficult.
Packing and padding your items are keys to having a successful move. Don't skimp on packing supplies. They are far cheaper than broken or damaged belongings. Check out the wide variety of boxes and packing supplies U-Pack offers. Please keep in mind that ABF trailers are not air-ride.
Start packing several weeks before your move date, taking it one room at a time. Begin with things you use less frequently, such as books and knick knacks. Pack each room in separate boxes and label each box with its contents.
Reinforce the bottom of all boxes with tape. Fill each box to its capacity, using paper or fillers to eliminate empty spaces. The top and sides of each box shouldn't bulge, nor should they cave in when closed.
Pack heavy items, such as books, in smaller boxes. Keep the weight of each box down to a manageable level.
Leave lightweight linens and clothing in their drawers. Pack extra linens, pillows and stuffed animals in large garbage bags and tape closed. Plan to use these bags as cushions or fillers in your trailer.
Disassemble any items you can. Be aware of items with sharp corners or projections and keep them from puncturing or scratching other objects.
Pack your valuables and essentials separately and plan on keeping these items with you.
Wrap with blankets or bubble wrap. Secure padding to furniture. Do not use tape directly on wood or painted surfaces.
Remove legs from furniture if possible. Place wing nuts or screws in envelopes or plastic bags and tape to underside of furniture.
Coat fine wood furnishings with wax to protect against scratches.
Place sofa cushions and pillows in bags to use as pads or fillers in the trailer.
Move dressers with contents in drawers to avoid repacking. Secure drawers from opening during transit.
If you are moving a piano, consider hiring a specialist to pack and load it.
Whenever possible use original shipping boxes for computers, printers and other electronic items. You might even consider double boxing. Follow manufacturer's instructions for moving when available.
Immobilize moving parts and remove all detachable cables and wires. Color code or label wiring for easier reinstallation. Tape electrical cords to back of appliance to prevent plug damage and wrap each piece with bubble wrap.
CDs and software do not survive high temperatures. If you are shipping your goods during the warmer seasons, consider keeping these items with you.
Clean and dry all appliances at least 24 hours before your move date. Consider using empty space in your appliances to move lightweight or crushable items.
Remove broiler pan and racks from your oven. Tape burners or coil elements to the top of your stove and tape down all knobs.
Disconnect and empty all washing machine hoses and store them inside the machine. Immobilize the tub with a brace or by placing towels between the tub and sidewall.
Tape electrical cords to each appliance and tape all doors and lids closed.
Dishes and Glassware
Wrap breakables in tissue paper and use newspaper to fill extra spaces in boxes.
Pack plates on their edges. Consider using pot holders and dish towels to cushion the bottom and sides of your boxes.
For greater protection, consider purchasing "dish packs" sold by packaging stores.
Fine silver should be wrapped in cloth or silver paper.
Lamps and Decor
Remove all bulbs and shades from lamps. Pack in sturdy cartons labeled "fragile".
Wrap each wall hanging individually with bubble wrap, blankets, or towels. Pack flat items on their edges.
For large mirrors or pictures, cover both sides with bubble wrap and heavy cardboard, then bind with tape.
Lawn and Garage Items
Drain all gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws and other equipment. Disconnect all batteries.
Empty propane tanks from barbecue grill and properly purge hose. Secure lid and immobilize moving parts.
Strap long garden tools together into a bundle. Pack heavy power tools into small sturdy boxes and fill spaces with newspaper.
Poisonous, flammable and corrosive items cannot be shipped. Please see the moving list for a list of items that fall into this category.