Some Tips From The Pros
Packing can be a daunting process, especially when you have fragile keepsakes and valuable belongings. While professional packing services and movers can reduce the time and stress of moving, it can get expensive. Our packing guide is designed to give you some simple tools and insight to help you pack like a pro.
Before You Pack:
Start packing as soon as you find out you're moving and at least six weeks prior
Start by rounding up all the items that you want to throw away, give away or sell. Moving provides a great opportunity to de-clutter.
Refer to our list of "non-allowables" and begin to set these items aside separately as they will need special packaging & labels. Remember many of these items can not be transported by a mover and you will have to make a plan to get them to your new home separately. (NB – Never pack flammable items).
For allowable dangerous goods, such as cleaning products and other household chemicals, make sure to pack these separately with a clear label on the box. Do not pack with other household items that can be damaged by these substances.
Perishable items – give some thought to how you will handle your food items. Major Move rents Coleman Coolers to make sure your refrigerator and freezer items can get across town without melting or going bad. Empty and unplug your fridge at least 24 hours prior to loading.
Improper Packing – if your packing is poorly done, the mover can refuse to load those items until they are properly done.
Do not ship canned or bottled foods during freezing weather – use them up or donate them to a food bank. As part of Major Move's Major Relief Program we will take away up-to 1 box of non-perishable food items and donate them to a local food bank or charity. Simply put them into one of their plastic rental boxes for their 'officer' to pick up.
Rugs – roll up and tape rugs.
Draperies – place draperies onto solid hangers and use our Plastic Garment Bags or one of our Protection Bags to make packing easy and to provide great protection.
Packing & Moving Supplies
Trying to scrimp and save a few bucks on moving supplies usually leads to unexpected grief:
Costly damage to furniture and/or your home
Physical injury trying to lift large objects with the proper equipment
Irreparable damage to valuables and antiques
Extra difficult work because of insufficient and inadequate supplies
Unexpected extra trips – consuming extra time
Poorly loaded truck – costing time and extra money
Loss of valuables due to bad packing
The following are products that you will need for a basic move
Eco-friendly plastic boxes
Great alternative to cardboard, faster packing times, stronger, don't require tape, stack easy, saves space on truck Cardboard Different size boxes - ideal for irregular size items & long term storage (1 cube, 1.5 cube, 3 cube, 4.5 cube, 6 cube)
Ideal for quickly packing hanging clothes
Bubble wrap Stretch wrap Newsprint
Great for wrapping small fragile items; china, glassware, artwork, pictures and more
2" wide clear tape – great for sealing boxes
Dispenses tape easier
To write description on boxes
Keeps mattress & box spring from collecting dust & dirt
For cutting cardboard boxes, tape, rope
Protects against slips and calluses
Ideal for carrying multiple boxes
Protects furniture & T.V.s
Ideal for small items jewelry, cutlery, tootbrushes