Metro Detroit Moving & Packing Tips, Suggestions, and Recommendations
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out unwanted goods hold a garage sale.
- Get rid of flammables paint, petrol, gas cylinders.
fuel from mowers, clippers, trimmers and so on.
do you need them all? Charity shops may want them.
books disposable, family reading, valuable.
all electrical goods will they work in the new home?
making up your change of address list.
to have mail forwarded.
termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and
other main suppliers.
you are taking electrical goods such as a stereo, see if
you still have their original boxes.
you have children, separate cherished toys to travel with
up personal documentation marriage/birth certificates,
driving licenses and so on.
passports separate so they are not packed.
to take the car? Check on import regulations and the duty
regards to family pets make sure vaccinations and
documentation are up to date.
your new home be ready? If not, you need to arrange temporary
schools, theaters, life styles its never too
early to find out about your new home.
running down freezer stocks.
your finances close or transfer bank accounts, savings
accounts and so on, if necessary.
Use only strong, corrugated cartons with covers. We can supply you with specially made cartons, for everything from mattresses to clothing and mirrors. The added protection of mover-provided cartons may avoid damage that results from the use of poor-quality packing materials.
Your alternative is to collect boxes discarded by your grocery or liquor store. Save old newspapers for use in packing, but remember that ink may rub off and stain clothing or other items. *WARNING: Insect eggs and insects such as roaches can travel in food boxes. Keep this in mind when getting boxes from food stores. Here's a list a packing supplies that will come in handy:
bags and labels for easy identification.
paper rolls for figurines and fragile items.
tape (1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) and/or strong twine for
and labels for identifying contents of cartons.
and pencil for carton identification log.
and/or sharp knife.
peanuts, Styrofoam pellets or "popcorn."
or craft paper for delicate packing jobs.
Before actually packing-up, you need to have a game plan.
- Save time and effort by packing
one room at a time. This will help you when it comes time
a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of the
tape or gummed tape is better than masking tape.
heavier items toward the bottom of the box and lighter
items toward the top. Try to keep a per-box weight of
50 pounds or less; it makes moving a lot easier. A general
rule to remember on carton size -- the heavier the item,
the smaller the carton.
all boxes, designating room and box number. Make a carton
identification log to show the number of boxes packed
per room, and the total number of cartons packed. It's
a good idea to leave space in your log for a special comments
section to note carton conditions or location of high
value goods. Notify your mover of any high value items.
sure to have plenty of "filling" material available.
sure that the bottoms of all cartons are secured and will
hold the weight of the contents.
Glasses and Stemware
glasses and stemware with crumpled tissue or packing paper
on the corner of packing paper and roll it one or two
full rotations (depending on size); pull sides of packing
paper up and over glass/stemware and continue rolling
to the far corner. Corrugated paper rolls or cellular
boxes may be used for added protection.
glasses and stemware toward the top of your box. Heavier
items (dish-ware, pitchers,etc.) should be placed toward
the bottom of the box.
- Delicate glassware and stemware should be placed in an upright position, not on its side.
Packing Cups and Glasses
packing paper in place on the work table, position one
cup six to eight inches from one of the corners.
pull the near corner of the paper up and over the cup.
a second cup directly on top, with handle to left (second
cup should "nest" itself in packing paper folded
over the bottom cups).
the two side corners up and over, one at a time, and tuck
corners inside the top cup.
the bottom and top cup in position and roll cups to the
remaining corner. Fragile mixing bowls may be rolled in
the same manner.
cups, like china, should be wrapped one at a time. Antique
glass or china should be stuffed with crumpled tissue
and wrapped one at a time.
Dish-ware and Chinaware
- Select a medium-sized carton (or mover provided dishpack) and line the bottom of the carton with crumpled packing paper.
- With packing paper stacked neatly in place on a work table, center one plate on the paper.
- Grasp a corner on several sheets of packing paper and pull the paper over the plate until sheets completely cover the plate. Stack a second plate on and, moving clockwise, grasp a second corner and pull sheets over the second plate.
- Stack a third plate. Grasp remaining two corners, folding two sheets of each corner (one at a time) over the plate.
- Turn your wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your packing paper.
- Re-wrap the entire bundle: start with one corner of packing paper and pull two sheets over the bundle, cover bundle with next corner, then the third corner; and finally, the fourth.
- Seal the bundle with packing tape.
- Place the bundle of dish-ware in a medium-size box so that the plates are standing on edge.
this process on all saucers, bread and butter dishes, and
other dishware. When packing smaller dishes, you may choose
to stack in greater quantity.
Note: No matter what you're packing, you should use crumpled packing paper in between each layer to assure a snug fit wherever there's a gap. All boxes with "fragile" items should be marked accordingly.
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Specialized Packing Tips and Easy Suggestions
The list of individual household items is endless, however most can
be packed by following our packing pointers. Here are some
additional packing tips for major items. If you want a more
comprehensive list of how to pack special items, drop us a
Dresser Drawers -- Don't overload. Too heavy a load
can cause structural damage. Remove firearms and any items that might
break or leak. Firearms, along with serial numbers, must be
registered with your van line representative before the move.
Drapes and Curtains -- Hang drapes over crossbars in
wardrobe cartons, or pack folded in clean cartons. Remove
curtains from rods, fold and pack in cartons or bureau drawers.
Flammables and Combustibles -- Flammable liquids and
aerosol cans must not be packed. Changes in temperature and
pressure can cause them to leak, or even explode. For your
own protection, you should know that if you pack these items
and they cause damage to your shipment or others, you, not
your mover, may be held liable. We are not licensed to transpot hazardous and combustable items.
Lamps and Lampshades -- Remove bulbs, harps and shades.
Roll up cord. Pack lamps with bedding or wrap separately and
place upright in clean, tissue-lined carton. Wrap harp and
finial (decorative knob) with packing paper and tape to inside
wall of carton that contains shade. Wrap shades in tissue,
not newspaper. Place upright in large, tissue lined cartons.
Canned Goods and Other Non-Frozen Food -- Pack upright
with no more than 24-30 cans per carton. Don't attempt to
move perishables. Wrap glass containers and boxed foods individually
and pack in small cartons.
Frozen Foods and Plants -Because of the delicate and
perishable nature of these items, your mover is prohibited
from accepting these packed items when your shipment is being
transported more than 150 miles and/or delivery will not be
accomplished within twenty-four (24) hours from the time of
loading. Frozen food shipped within these guidelines must
be packed in a freezer which at time of loading is at normal
Grandfather Clocks -- We can move all types of grandfather clocks, however it is wise to remove and secure the pendulum in a large clock.
Also remove any chimes too. If at all possible, real expensive grandfather clocks should have any removal of these tiems done by an expert
Medicines -- Seal caps with masking tape. Wrap and
pack upright in small cartons. If needed during travel, carry
Mirrors, Paintings and Pictures -- Tell your agent
about valuable paintings for special care. Wrap small mirrors,
pictures, paintings, and frames and place on edge in cartons.
Place large pictures and paintings on edge in heavy cardboard
containers. Large wall or dresser mirrors will be taken down
by the movers and placed in special cartons. For added safety,
place tape diagonally across mirror to protect better against
damage. Do not place newspaper directly against paintings.
Tools -- Drain fuel from power tools (do not ship Flammables
under any circumstances). Pack tools in small, strong cartons.
Wrap separately if valuable.
Waterbed Mattresses -- Drain all water from the waterbed
and, grasping internal baffle systems with external vinyl,
fold mattress 20 inches at a time. Adjust folds to avoid making
creases across individual baffles. Consult your owner's manual
for special instructions concerning the care and transportation
of your mattress. Do not place your mattress in a carton with
sharp or pointed objects.
Cars and Motorcycles -- Cars and motorcycles shipped
on the moving van should be drained nearly empty of fuel.
Motorcycle batteries should be disconnected. Automobile antifreeze
should be ample to protect against severe cold in winter.
Personal Computers and Video Recorders -- Pack valuable
electronic equipment in original cartons when available. Otherwise,
use strong, corrugated cartons and place protective padding
on the bottom of the carton. Wrap an old blanket or protective
pad around the item and place it in its carton. Place additional
padding between the carton and the computer or video recorder.
Wrap cords separately, label to identify usage and place in
a plastic bag away from delicate surfaces. Non-detachable
cords should also be wrapped. Place cords between the padded
computer or video recorder and the carton. Be sure your personal
computer is "parked" and ready for transport.
Silverware -- Wrap each piece in cloth or low sulfur
content paper to prevent tarnishing. Use an old blanket or
moving pad as a wrap to prevent scratching the silverware
Barbecue Grills and Propane Tanks -- Wrap grates and
briquettes separately in a newspaper (or place all briquettes
into a grocery bag) and place parts in carton. Pad carton
with paper to reduce movement of contents. Propane tanks must
be drained before the move. Consult your local gas grill distributor
for the safest method.
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