Tips to make your move a little easier.
Gather boxes in all sizes from friends, neighbors, and stores.
Collect cushioning material such as bubble wrap, foam pellets, furniture pads, old
blankets, plastic bags, tissue paper, newspapers, and small towels to use as padding inside
Create a portable packing kit with marking pens, a tape measure, packing tape, twine, and
scissors. Carry it with you as you pack up items around your home.
Reinforce the bottom of boxes with extra tape for added strength.
Label each box with the name of the room in your new home where it should be placed.
List the contents of the box on the side of it.
Number the boxes and keep a list of which boxes go in which room in your new home.
Label boxes containing fragile items with large red lettering.
Place china in plastic bags and stack plates upright on their sides, not flat.
Pack your TV, stereo, and computer in their original boxes whenever possible.
Keep boxes to 50 pounds or less.
Pack heavy items into their own smaller boxes and place lighter items together into larger
boxes. (Don't pack all your books into one box!)
Don't move flammable, combustible, corrosive, or explosive items such as paint, gasoline, and
Pack a bag of personal items you'll need during the move (change of clothes, toiletries,
medicine, maps, food, and drinks). Keep it in an easy-to-find place when you pack.
General Moving Tips
Disconnect and bundle cords on television and stereo components. Label each cord with
masking tape and a description of where to connect it.
Plan and measure where your furniture will be placed in your new home. It's helpful to draw
a layout of your new home and sketch in the major furniture pieces.
To save time on moving day, move your boxes from the basement, upstairs, or attic to the
main floor prior to the move date. Consider carrying items from the back yard to the front
yard or garage ahead of time.
Keep your phone connected through moving day to stay in touch with friends, family, and
the moving company.