How to Load Like a Pro

With the best materials and professional guidance from us, you can pack your whole house effectively and effectively.

If you choose to do your very own packaging, it can be a real cash saver. It takes additional time and energy to get the job done. The following guide will offer ways for you to totally free yourself from moving stress and pack like an expert!

To get begun, make sure you have sufficient supplies of:

Tissue paper

Packing paper (plain newsprint).

2" loading tape.

Long-term markers.

Expert quality boxes (offered from your representative).

Utility knife and scissors.

It's Everything about the Boxes.

Using new, quality packaging materials particularly designed for moving can guarantee that your home or business arrives securely. North American Van Lines has a wide variety of boxes and expert packing materials readily available:.

1.5 cu. ft. cartons Little container for heavy items such as books, files, music CDs and DVDs/video tapes.

3.0 cu. ft. containers Medium energy carton frequently utilized for pots and pans, toys, and little devices.

4.5 cu. ft. cartons For large products, such as towels, linens or toys.

6.0 cu. ft. containers For large, bulky, or light-weight posts, such as pillows or large lampshades.

Wardrobe containers A "portable closet" that keeps clothing and draperies holding on a built-in bar.

Mirror cartons A number of sizes of telescoping containers for framed images, mirrors or glass.

Mattress cartons Available in queen/king, double, single (twin) and baby crib sizes. A different container is necessary for box springs.

Dishpack (or China Barrel) Strong container utilized for glass wares, dishes/china and crystal.

Double-wall cartons Additional protective containers made specifically for great china, crystal, and other high-value, hard-to replace items.

Stretchwrap A special plastic covering that safely abides by furnishings and secures it from snags, tears, and dirt.

You can ask your agent about materials available for purchase.

You will typically find poly-vinyl chloride (PVC) packaging tape to be the most reliable to seal boxes. Do not utilize masking tape or narrow cellophane tape.

Packaging Preparation.

When loading yourself, have actually everything properly packed and ready for loading the eve moving day. Exclude only the things you'll need that night, the next morning, and instantly at your destination for last-minute packaging.

Fundamental standards to make packing a snap:.

Make a schedule, enabling sufficient time leading up to moving day.

Pack items in the garage, attic, or basement very first - these items typically aren't needed immediately.

Stay organized by packing room by space.

Designate work locations in each space.

When a space is finished, sort containers by light, medium, and heavy - limit your heaviest cartons to 50 pounds each.

Clearly label cartons or products that you do not wish to carry on the van.

Load for Success.

It's suggested that your packer deal with the following:.

Marble or glass tabletops, heavy wall ornaments and mirrors 40" x 60" or larger.

Swimming pool table.

Large, delicate items like large trophies, statues, chandeliers, and so on

Significant home appliances.

Here are a few more recommendations for a successful pack:.

Empty drawers of breakables, spillables, non-transportable products and anything that would pierce or damage other items.

Keep all parts or pairs of things together - for instance, drape rod hangers, mirror bolts, and other small hardware products need to be put in plastic bags and taped safely to the article to which they belong.

Load little, delicate, individually covered products individually or a few together in little boxes, cushioning with shredded or crushed paper. Location small boxes in a single big box, completing spaces with crushed paper.

Put a special mark (the number 1, or the letter A) on containers you desire to unpack initially at your location.

Use paper just for cushioning; never position it versus items, as the ink will rub off. It can even get embedded into fine china, so be mindful!

What Not to Pack.

You should carry irreplaceable and valuable products with you rather than on the truck. In addition, there are several products that can not be put on the truck, such as dynamites, compressed gases, combustible liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives along with radioactive and other hazardous products.

Typical examples of products that can not be moved include:.

Nail polish remover.

Paints and paint slimmers.

Propane cylinders.

Automotive repair work and maintenance chemicals.



Lighter fluid.



Oxygen bottles.

Other products not recommended for transportation on the van include:.


Family images.

Food in glass jars and disposable foods.

Prescription drugs required for immediate usage.

Just ask your Moving Consultant if you have any concerns.

Transport products of personal value or sentimental worth with you, such as:.


Collections (i.e., coins).

Essential personal documents (i.e., deeds, wills).

Negotiable documents (i.e., bonds, stocks, certificates).

Precious jewelry.

Moving documents.

Identifying Hints.

Each and every moving container must be identified using the following methods:.

Utilize a broad, felt-tipped marker.

Clearly mark the contents and the space it will be placed in.

Show "FRAGILE" on delicates; "THIS END UP" where appropriate.

Include the expense of lading number from your moving business on every box other if offered.

As you end up with each moving container, list the contents on the side of the container (for simple watching while stacked) and in a special notebook. You may desire to number and/or code the moving cartons.

Show your name and the space to which each moving carton needs to be delivered at location. Tape an indication on the door of each room at location representing the container identifies so movers can get the containers into the appropriate rooms quickly.

Put an unique mark (the number 1, or the letter A) on moving containers you wish to unpack initially at location.

Tips From the Pros.

Start with out-of-season items. Next, pack things utilized occasionally. Leave until the last minute things you'll need till moving day.

Empty drawers of breakables, spillables, non-transportable products and anything that would puncture or damage other products while moving.

Load similar items together. Do not load a fragile china figurine in the same moving carton with cast-iron fry pans, for instance.

Keep all parts or sets of things together. For example, curtain rod hangers, mirror bolts, and other little hardware products should be placed in plastic bags and taped or tied safely to the post to which they belong.

Wind electrical cords, securing them so they do not hang.

Wrap products separately in tidy paper; usage tissue paper, paper towels, or even facial tissue for fine china, crystal and delicate items. Colored wrapping paper draws attention to extremely little things that may otherwise get lost in a moving container. Utilize a double layer of newsprint for a good outer wrapping.

Place a two- or three-inch layer of crushed paper in the bottom of cartons for cushioning.

Develop the layers, with the heaviest things on the bottom, medium-weight next, and lightest on top.

As each layer is completed, fill in empty spaces securely with crushed paper and include more crushed paper to make a level base for the next layer, or utilize sheets of cardboard cut from moving containers as dividers.

Cushion well with crushed paper; towels and light-weight blankets might likewise be utilized for cushioning and cushioning. The more vulnerable the product, the more cushioning required. Make certain no sharp points, rims or edges are left exposed.

Load little, vulnerable, individually-wrapped products independently or a couple of together in little boxes, cushioning with shredded or crushed paper. Location little boxes in a single big box, filling out spaces with crushed paper.

Avoid overwhelming moving cartons, but strive for a firm pack that will prevent products from moving; the cover needs to close quickly without force, however must not flex inward.

Seal moving cartons tightly with tape except for those containing products that need to be exposed for the van line operator's examination.

The following guide will offer ways for you to totally free yourself from moving stress and pack like a professional!

Start with out-of-season products. Wrap products separately in clean paper; use tissue paper, paper towels, or even facial tissue for fine china, crystal and fragile products. Colored covering paper draws attention to extremely small things that may otherwise get lost in a moving container. The more delicate the item, the more cushioning needed.

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