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Packing Tips

Pack as much as you can into boxes. This will provide greater protection for your belongings and will make loading your trailer much easier. Unusually shaped items take up more space and make loading more difficult.

Wrap small appliances in inkless newsprint or your kitchen towels or linens. Tape the bottom of a medium box securely and put down a layer inkless newsprint for padding. You can pack several small appliances to a box.
For large appliances, make sure you check your owner's manual for any special instructions before you start to pack. Make sure the inside and outside of all appliances are clean. You can stuff the inside of some appliances, such as washing machines and dryers, with towels or linens. Tape down any parts that could come loose -- the burners on your stove, the electrical cords, etc. Wrap the appliance with furniture pads and tie securely.
Artmork & Mirrors
You'll need:
1.Packing Tape
2.Blank newsprint and cardboard or bubble wrap
3.Styrofoam peanuts for sculptures
4.Boxes (flat and/or sized to fit) for each piece of artwork

Spending a little time to pack an artwork well will ensure it will arrive safe & damage free. Here are some great tips for packing artwork to prevent damage during & after transport
Framed prints
-Wrap them individually in newsprint and then Packing Tape cardboard around them. Also may use bubble wrap.
-Put them in flat fitted picture boxes. If they still fit loosely in their individual boxes, fill in the -spaces with lightly wadded blank newsprint or bubble wrap.
-Tape the box shut and You're done!
Put Packing Tape across the front of the mirror like an "X" to keep the pieces in place in case the glass breaks. Wrap in bubble wrap or blank newsprint with cardboard Packing Taped around them. Fill loose spaces with lightly wadded paper or carboard. Put in a flat picture box, seal, and mark "Fragile - Mirror." Picture Box 40x32x4
Original paintings
If your painting is framed with glass you can mark the front like an "X" with masking Packing Tape. Cover the framed painting or canvas with bubble wrap using Packing Tape. Build custom size box to fit that is slightly bigger than the painting, or purchase one. If you're packing a canvas (no frame, no glass), wrap the cardboard box in bubble wrap again, Packing Tape it, then build or buy a second box slightly bigger than the first. Double boxing is a guarantee against other sharp objects puncturing the box and canvas during the move. Picture Box 40x32x4
Choose a valueless object with a simple surface area such as a toy doll or a ball. Wrap the object completely in clingwrap Tape over it with packing tape. Using a pair of scissors (or a razor knife), make an incision in the tape cast and cut a seam to allow for the original object's release Once the cast has been removed, remove any excess cling wrap from inside. Reseal the cast with packing tape. Done!

Use only small boxes for books - they get very heavy, very fast. You can use small paperbacks to fill the sides of the box if there is extra space. Book Box 17x12x13 or File Box 24x15x12

Clothing such as sweaters, shirts, bed and bath linens should be packed in the 3.1 or 4.5 cubic foot moving boxes. Comforters, pillows and any light bulky articles can easily be packed in the 6.1 cubic foot moving boxes. After the box is assembled, line the bottom of the box with packing paper. Neatly place the clothing or linens into the boxes. Never jam or overstuff clothing into the box. This could result in time-consuming ironing after you unpack.
Pack your hanging clothes straight from your closet onto the metal hanging bar of this wardrobe box. Makes unpacking a breeze and clothes stay virtually wrinkle free through the move. Tall wardrobes are great for dresses and long coats. These handy boxes are also excellent for clothing storage in the attic or basement after the move. Size 24" x 24" x 40" w/Bar

Electronic equipment
Use special boxes for your electronic equipment if the original boxes are unavailable. These boxes are heavier and stronger than other types of moving boxes and frequently have several layers of corrugation to protect your fragile electronics. Tape electrical cords to each appliance and tape all doors and lids closed. Size 24" x 18" x 10"

Moving blankets are your best moving insurance! They will prevent nicks, cuts and scratches during transportation. And they are reusable! Do not use tape directly on wood or painted surfaces. Remove legs from furniture if possible. Place wing nuts or screws in envelopes or plastic bags and tape to underside of furniture. Coat fine wood furnishings with wax to protect against scratches. Place sofa cushions and pillows in bags to use as pads or fillers in the trailer. Move dressers with contents in drawers to avoid repacking. Secure drawers from opening during transit. If you are moving a piano, consider hiring a specialist to pack and load it.

Wrap breakable items in bubble wrap or inkless newsprint. Put layers of bubble wrap between each plate or bowl. Fill the top bowl with crumpled inkless newsprint. Make sure you put the heavier items on the bottom of the box. Pack plates on their edges. Consider using pot holders and dish towels to cushion the bottom and sides of your boxes. For greater protection, consider purchasing "dish packs" sold by packaging stores. Fine silver should be wrapped in cloth or silver paper. China Box 28x18x18