Start making up your change of address list.
Check all electrical goods – will they work in the new home?
Clear out unwanted goods – hold a garage sale.
Get rid of flammables – paint, petrol, gas cylinders.
Arrange your finances – close or transfer bank accounts, savings accounts and so on, if necessary.
Empty fuel from mowers, clippers, trimmers and so on.
Separate books – disposable, family reading, valuable.
Arrange termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other main suppliers.
Arrange to have mail forwarded.
If you have children, separate cherished toys to travel with you.
If you are taking electrical goods such as a stereo, see if you still have their original boxes.
Round up personal documentation – marriage/birth certificates, driving licenses and so on.
Keep passports separate so they are not packed.
Shops, schools, theaters, life styles – it’s never too early to find out about your new home.
Start running down freezer stocks.
Will your new home be ready? If not, you need to arrange temporary storage.
Use only strong, corrugated cartons with covers. The added protection of mover-provided cartons may avoid damage that results from the use of poor-quality packing materials. Your alternative is to collect boxes discarded by your grocery or liquor store. Insect eggs and insects such as roaches can travel in food boxes. Keep this in mind when getting boxes from food stores. Here’s a list a packing supplies that will come in handy:
Tissue or craft paper for delicate packing jobs.
Plastic bags and labels for easy identification.
Corrugated paper rolls for figurines and fragile items.
Markers and labels for identifying contents of cartons.
Gummed tape (1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) and/or strong twine for sealing cartons.
Scissors and/or sharp knife.
Pack one room at a time. This will help you when it comes time to unpack.
Pack a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move.
Be sure that the bottoms of all cartons are secured and will hold the weight of the contents.
Be sure to have plenty of “filling” material available.
Packing tape or gummed tape is better than masking tape.
Mark all boxes, designating room.
Pack 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; it makes moving a lot easier. A general rule to remember on carton size — the heavier the item, the smaller the carton.
Select a medium-sized carton (or mover provided dishpack) and line the bottom of the carton with crumpled packing paper.
With packing paper stacked neatly in place on a work table, center one plate on the paper.
Grasp 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.
Stack a third plate. Grasp remaining two corners, folding two sheets of each corner (one at a time) over the plate.
Turn your wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your packing paper.
Re-wrap 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.
Seal the bundle with packing tape.
Place the bundle of dish-ware in a medium-size box so that the plates are standing on edge
Use this process on all saucers, bread and butter dishes, and other dishware. When packing smaller dishes,
With packing paper in place on the work table, position one cup six to eight inches from one of the corners.
Now pull the near corner of the paper up and over the cup.
Nest a second cup directly on top, with handle to left (second cup should “nest” itself in packing paper folded over the bottom cups).
Pull the two side corners up and over, one at a time, and tuck corners inside the top cup.
Hold the bottom and top cup in position and roll cups to the remaining corner. Fragile mixing bowls may be rolled in the same manner.
Delicate 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.
Packing Glasses and Stemware
Stuff glasses and stemware with crumpled tissue or packing paper before wrapping.
Lay 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.
Place glasses and stemware toward the top of your box. Heavier items (dish-ware, pitchers ,etc.) should be placed toward the bottom of the box.
Delicate 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..
Canned Goods and Other Non-Frozen Food — Pack upright with no more than 25-30 cans per carton. Don’t attempt to move perishables. Wrap glass containers and boxed foods individually and pack in small cartons.
Clocks — Remove or secure pendulum in large clocks. Grandfather clocks should be prepared for moving by expert servicemen.
Flammables and Combustibles — 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.
Lamps and Lampshades — 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.
Mirrors, Paintings and Pictures — 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.
Personal 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 blanket 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.
Silverware — Wrap each piece in cloth or low sulfur content paper to prevent tarnishing. Use an old blanket or moving pad as a wrap to prevent scratching the silverware chest.
Tools — Drain fuel from power tools (do not ship Flammables under any circumstances). Pack tools in small, strong cartons. Wrap separately if valuable.
Waterbed Mattresses — 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.
Barbecue 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.