• Boxes

Label all boxes clearly so that you or the moving company can unload the boxes directly to the room where the packed items belong. Use a permanent marker with clearly legible letters or labels printed on a computer. Label several sides of each box so no searching will be required to find the label.

  • Fragile Items

Glasses are some of the most common fragile items that are always taken during a major move. Glasses require additional time and effort to pack correctly. They should be wrapped with a clear, white packing paper and wrapped individually. Glasses should never be stacked one on top of another without paper in between.

  • Hazardous Material

Check the local ordinances in your area and contact the moving company directly to find out which materials and items they will transport. Some companies are not allowed to move certain hazardous materials such as paint, paint thinner, oils, and varnishes.

  • Valuables

Delicate items, such as china and glassware, need to be protected with extra packing material. They should be wrapped in clear, white wrapping paper to prevent any ink from staining them. Use extra newspaper, packing peanuts, or bubble wrap to provide the extra padding required. Cloth can also be used in an emergency.

  • Hot to Move on the Budget

Take stock of what items you have and what items you need. Don’t be afraid to throw away items that can be replaced cheaper than they can be moved. Pay special attention to large, bulky, heavy, and hard to box items, such as lawn furniture, swing sets, and old bicycles.

  • Choosing a Mover

Do not settle on the first company you find. Whether found on the internet, in a phone book, or referred by others, always find at least three moving companies with good reputations and ask them to come to your home for an estimate. Then compare prices and professionalism before making a final decision.