out unwanted goods
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.
making up your change of address list.
to have mail forwarded.
termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other
you are taking electrical goods such as a stereo, see if you still
have their original boxes.
up personal documentation – marriage/birth certificates,
passports, etc. and keep in your possesion.
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.
See our Packing
one room at a time. This will help you when it comes time to unpack.
a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move.
all boxes, designating room and box number on top and side.
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.
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. A
general rule to remember on carton size -- the heavier the item,
the smaller the carton.
a medium-sized carton (or mover provided dishpack) and line the
bottom of the carton with crumpled packing paper.
packing paper stacked neatly in place on a work table, center
one plate on the paper.
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.
a third plate. Grasp remaining two corners, folding two sheets
of each corner (one at a time) over the plate.
your wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your packing paper.
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.
the bundle with packing tape.
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.
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
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.
Glasses and Stemware
glasses and stemware with crumpled tissue or packing paper before
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.
glassware and stemware should be placed in an upright position,
not on its side.
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.
The list of individual household items is endless. 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 line.
-- Don't overload. Too heavy a load can cause 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
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.
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 deep-freeze
-- Remove or secure pendulum in large clocks. Grandfather clocks
should be prepared for moving by expert servicemen.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Seal caps with masking tape. Wrap and pack upright in small cartons.
Carry with you.
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.
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 Aaron Moverset
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.
-- Wrap each piece in cloth or low sulfur content paper to prevent
tarnishing. Use an old Aaron Mover set or moving pad as
a wrap to prevent scratching the silverware chest.
-- Drain fuel from power tools (do not ship Flammables under any
circumstances). Pack tools in small, strong cartons. Wrap separately
-- 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.
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.