Packing Tips

All Pro Moving & Storage is a full service moving company, that can provide packing services to you on top of moving! If, however, you want to pack yourself, here are just a few tips to make it a little easier and go a little smoother.  And remember, if you ever have any questions or need any advice, don't hesitate to contact us!

Tips on Packing Materials
• Use only strong, corrugated cartons with covers. You can buy specially made cartons, for everything from mattresses to clothing and mirrors (See Packing Supplies page for further information). The added protection of mover-provided cartons may avoid any damages that can result from the use of poor-quality packing materials.
• An alternative is to collect boxes discarded by your grocery or liquor store*.

• Save old newspapers for use in packing, but remember that ink may rub off and stain clothing or other items.
*WARNING: Insect eggs and insects such as roaches can travel in food boxes. Keep this in mind when getting boxes from food stores.

Packing Supplies that will come in handy:
• Plastic bags and labels for easy identification.

• Foam peanuts, styrofoam pellets or "popcorn."

• Tissue or craft paper for delicate packing jobs.

• Corrugated paper rolls for figurines and fragile items.

• Gummed tape (1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) and/or strong twine for sealing cartons.

• Markers and labels for identifying contents of cartons.

• Notebook and pencil for carton identification log.

• Scissors and/or sharp knife.

Packing Tips:
• Before actually packing-up, make sure you have a game plan.
For example: Pack one room at a time, clearly labeling the boxes. This will help you when it comes time to unpack.

• Don’t overpack your boxes. A great rule of thumb is “the heavier the item, the smaller the box”.

• Start packing items you do not need as far in advance as you can.

• Make sure important items such as legal documents, valuables, and family medical records are transported by you and kept with you.

• Do not mix items from different rooms in the same box, it'll save time unpacking after your move.

• Label boxes on top and sides {and number if desired}. Remember to be detailed!!

• Make a carton identification log to show the number of boxes packed per room, and the total number of cartons packed.
(It's a good idea to leave space in your log for a special comment section to note carton conditions or location of high value goods.)

• Be sure to have plenty of "filling" material available.

• Pack an essential box – of items that you will need immediately at your new home and have it packed in a box and loaded last on the moving truck. This way they’ll be available, promptly at your new home.

• Lampshades should not be packed with newspaper, as the ink can permanently stain the items.

• Boxes must always be taped rather than interlocking the ends together.

• 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.
Also, check our Speciality Packing Tips page for more useful tips.