Good packing is essential for a good move. If you choose to do some or all of your own packing in preparation for your relocation, it's especially important that you be familiar with the techniques and boxes that will best protect your possessions. Keep your belongings safe and secure with Frisbie's packing tips!

Ready, Set, Pack! Good Packing Means...

  • Limiting cartons, when possible, to a maximum weight of 50 pounds to make handling easier.
  • Wrapping items carefully and providing plenty of cushioning to absorb shock.
  • Using sturdy cartons that close.
  • Making sure cartons are firmly packed and do not rattle, bulge outward or bend inward.
  • Not mixing items from different rooms in the same carton, when possible.

Checklist of the Basics

  • Start with out-of-season items. Next, pack things used infrequently. Leave until last the things you'll need until moving day.
  •  Empty drawers of breakables, items that can spill or leak, and things that may damage or puncture other items to be packed separately.
  • Blankets, sweaters, lingerie, bath towels and similar soft, lightweight goods may be left in drawers.
  • Pack similar items together.
  • Keep all parts or pairs of things together. For example, curtain rod hangers, mirror bolts and other small hardware items should be placed in plastic or cloth bags (which can be purchased from the moving company) and taped or tied securely to the article to which they belong.
  • Wind electrical cords, fastening them so they do not dangle.

Avoid Damage

  • Wrap items individually in clean paper; use tissue paper, paper towels or even facial tissue for fine china, crystal and delicate items. Colored wrapping draws attention to very small things. Use a double layer of newspaper for a good outer wrapping.
  • Place a two- or three-inch layer of crushed paper in the bottom of a carton for cushioning. Build up in layers, with heaviest things on the bottom, medium weight next and lightest on top. As each layer is completed, fill in empty spaces firmly with crushed paper and add more crushed paper to make a level base for the next layer, or use sheets or cardboard cut from cartons as dividers.
  • Cushion well with crushed paper; towels and lightweight blankets also may be used for padding and cushioning. The more fragile the item, the more cushioning needed. Be sure no sharp points, edges or rims are left uncovered.
  • Place small boxes in a single large box, filling in spaces with crushed paper.

Secure & Label

  • Avoid overloading cartons, but strive for a firm pack that will prevent items from shifting; the cover should close easily without force, but should not bend inward.
  • Seal cartons tightly with tape except for those containing items listed on Frisbie's High-Value Inventory form. These must be left open for the van operator's inspection.
  • As you finish with each carton, list the contents on the side of the carton (for easy viewing while cartons are stacked) and in a special notebook. You might want to number and/or code the cartons as well.
  • Indicate your name and the room to which each carton should be delivered at destination.
  • Tape a sign on the door of each room at destination corresponding to the carton labels so movers can get the cartons into the proper rooms quickly.
  • Put a special mark on cartons you want to unpack first at destination.
  • Take special care when packing unusual or tricky items, such as:

Draperies & Curtains

  • Clothing wardrobes are ideal for moving curtains and draperies. Fold them lengthwise, place over a padded hanger, pin securely and hang in the wardrobe.
  • Draperies and curtains also may be folded and packed in cartons lined with clean paper or plastic wrap.

Tools

  • Long-handled garden tools, as well as brooms and mops, should be bundled together securely. Attachments should be removed from power tools and packed separately.
  • Hand tools may be left in tool boxes and the spaces filled with crushed paper, or they may be packed according to general packing rules. Always use small cartons because tools usually are heavy.

Appliances

  • Pre-move preparation is required for many major appliances. Set an appointment with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for shipment or have you agent send someone out who is authorized to perform this service.
  • Remove all batteries from small appliances before packing.

Outdoor Equipment

  • Before moving day, dismantle children's swing sets, TV antennas and garden sheds. Gather pieces and bundle together with nylon cord. Place small hardware in a cloth bag and securely attach to corresponding equipment.

Prepare lawn mower by draining gasoline prior to the day of loading.