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How To Pack

Woman wrapping a ceramicBefore you start to pack, throw away, sell, or donate any unwanted items. Our tips for How to Pack will make packing go a lot quicker.

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Items Needed:

  • Packing cartons: Applegate Moving and Storage stocks all of the necessary cartons to suit your needs. Delivery of these cartons can be arranged prior to the move.
  • Plain unprinted newspaper: This is especially important for wrapping valuable items. Ink from printed newspaper can cause permanent stains.
  • Markers: Have a marker handy while packing to label the contents of the cartons and the room. It is better to label the sides of the cartons, not the top.
  • Tape: Packing tape is usually clear or light brown in color. A tape dispenser can come in handy too. Always tape the box on the seams twice. DO NOT USE DUCT OR MASKING TAPE!
  • • Plastic bags and trash bags: Keep a trash bag in every room; there will always be something to throw out. Small baggies for hardware or wires and small parts will also come in handy.

Basic Packing Rules:

  • Valuables such as coin or stamp collections, or jewelry should not be packed into the moving van. You should either take these items with you or have an insured, traceable carrier such as FedEx or UPS ship these items.
  • Write the room name and contents on all sides of the boxes you pack. This will help you find things when you unpack.
  • Incorrect packing is the prime cause of damage. The box should weigh no more than 50 lbs and the contents should not shift within the box. The sides of the box should not bulge, and the top should close without caving in. Always use plenty of paper to fill any voids.
  • As a rule, the heavier the item, the smaller the box. This is especially true when packing books or CD’s.
  • If there are valuable items that you are not comfortable packing, we can pack them for you and they will be fully insured.

New Home Supplies:

These items should be packed last, loaded last, and unloaded first.

  • Bedrooms and baths: Bedding, shower curtains, phones, alarm clocks, towels
  • Toiletries: Soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toilet paper.
  • First aid kit
  • Household/kitchen supplies: Paper plates, cups, utensils, trash bags, paper towels, coffee maker.
  • Tools: Hammer screwdrivers, utility knife, nails and screws.
  • Personal- change of clothing for everyone, baby needs and pet supplies.

How to pack

Items Not To Pack:

When in doubt, do not pack it. By law, there are certain items that we are not allowed to move, so be sure you do not pack them. Flammables, explosives and corrosives (batteries), lamp oil, aerosols, propane tanks, ammunition, oil based paints. Make sure you drain all gasoline-powered equipment a few days before the move, so the gasoline evaporates. If you are transporting firearms, contact your sales representative, as there may be additional documentation required. Also, do not pack any prescription medications.

Appliances and Electronics:

Appliances should be clean, dry and disconnected on moving day. Movers are not insured to disconnect or reconnect appliances. Electronics should also be disconnected. Flat screen TV’s should be packed in the original carton with the foam, or the moving company can pack them for you. Mark connections with tape if necessary. BE SURE TO RETURN ANY CABLE BOXES, USUALLY YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR A LOST CABLE BOX ABOUT $200.

Packing Supplies

packing tips for New Jersey movers

Standard Moving Cartons:

  • Dishpack: used for packing dishes, glassware, or any valuable breakable items. Pack with plenty of paper (top, bottom, and sides) to protect your belongings.
  • Mirror Carton: used for packing mirrors, pictures, glass tops, or glass shelves.
  • 1.5 cubic foot carton (small): used for heavier items (books, papers, CD’s, tools, etc.)
  • 3.1 cubic foot carton (medium): used for medium weight items (toaster, or small electronics, knick-knacks.)
  • 4.5 cubic foot carton (large): used for linens, lampshades, pots and pans.
  • 6.0 cubic foot carton (extra large): used for bedspreads, large lampshades, etc.
  • Wardrobe: used for suits and dresses, coats, or other tall oversized items.
  • Mattress cartons: they are custom fitting cartons for various size mattresses usually packed by the moving company.

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