Professional Packing Tips


 BESTMOVE is a full service mover, so we can complete the packing for you. However, if you prefer to complete the packing yourself, here are a few professional packing tips to assist you.

STEP 1: Have the right packing materials for the job on hand.

  • Use genuine moving boxes. They are of consistent size so they will not shift during transportation and are heavier weight corrugated material to prevent crushing.
  • Use professional packing tape, rather than masking tape or other types of tape. It adheres best and provides the proper support to prevent the box from splitting open.
  • Have a supply of plain newsprint and newspaper. Newspaper you may save to use is free, but you want some plain newsprint for porcelain and other porous materials. Newsprint can transfer onto such materials and leave permanent stains.
  • Use bold permanent markers to identify the room and contents of the box, and for Interstate moves add your last name and city and state of destination. TIP: Use different colors for each room for easy identification.
  • If your move includes multiple delivery points, clearly identify which boxes are to be delivered to which location.
  • Please feel free to call Lyn or Gary for help acquiring the proper packing supplies.

STEP 2: Planning your packing.

  • Pack seasonal or rarely used items you know will not be needed before the move first.
  • Dispose of any hazardous, flammable items.
  • Make a list of what items will need to be packed the night before or morning of the move itself: sheets, a few towels, etc.
  • Plan your packing so that no box weighs more than 50 pounds, if at all possible.
  • Pack like items together – fragile items together, kitchen items together, etc. Pack by weight – heavy items with heavy items and light items with light items.

STEP 3: Begin your packing

Wrap each book, then lay them flat, alternating the spine and open side from book to book. Use book cartons (1.5) since they are smaller to control the weight. Books are deceptively heavy.

Carefully wrap each piece in unprinted newsprint. You don’t want ink to transfer and permanently stain your stoneware, porcelain or china.
After wrapping each piece, put about three plates together and wrap them again. Place plates on their edge in the box. Nest 3-4 wrapped bowls at a time and wrap them again. Add newspaper cushioning between each set. Put larger pieces on the bottom of the box and build up to the lighter weight dishes. Cushion all sides with at least two inches of crumpled newspaper.

 BESTMOVE has wardrobe cartons for clothing that reduce wrinkles and make moving clothing easier. You just remove clothing from the closet still on the hangers and hang them in the wardrobe box for transportation. Clothing in bureaus may be left in the drawers or packed in boxes. 

Most collectors save the original boxes with formed padding, since they are often part of the value. If possible, pack your items in their original boxes. If not, wrap each item with paper, then with bubble wrap, then with more paper. At least the first layer should be unprinted newsprint. Cushion between pieces and cushion all sides of the box with at least two inches of paper.

Unplug at least 24 hours prior to packing. Secure or remove any moveable parts, cords, etc. If possible, use the original box. If you don’t have the box, visit an electronics store and see if they have a suitable box. Failing that, use several layers of paper for each piece. Generously and tightly pad with paper between each item and allow at least two inches of crumpled paper cushion on all sides of the box. Use bubble wrap, foam sheets, comforters, blankets or towels to provide extra protection. You do not want them to shift. If you have bubble wrap or other special cushioning material, we recommend you use it. Identify the box with FRAGILE and THIS SIDE UP stickers on all sides. Securely seal top and bottom of the box. Wait at least 24 hours after delivery to plug in your electronics so they can reach room temperature.

Use dish packs with special dividers. Wrap each glass item with several layers of paper, then place in individual slots. Wrap the stems of stemware, stuff the goblet, then wrap the entire piece in multiple layers of crumpled paper.

Remove the shade, halo and light bulb. Wrap the halo and the lamp base separately in unprinted newsprint. Place in the box base side down and generously surround with newspaper. Wrap shades separately. They can then be nested and wrapped again before being placed in the box. As always, cushion all sides of the box with at least two inches of paper.

Use paper generously to wrap mirrors, pictures and glass, then pack in special mirror cartons. Always stand glass, pictures and mirrors on their edge.

You may use linens and pillows as cushioning for delicate items as long as they will not become torn or soiled in the process. Otherwise, line large boxes (since these items are lightweight) with clean paper and pack linens, comforters, blankets and pillows together.

Clean your shoes. Wrap each shoe separately. After wrapping each shoe, wrap each pair together and place in the original shoebox if you have it or cushion with crumpled paper between each set. Several pairs of shoes will fit into a moving carton.

Safety First: Any item with a sharp edge should be wrapped sufficiently to prevent it from poking through the box.
Silver: Nest together and wrap securely so they do not shift and scratch. Wrap in plastic to prevent tarnishing. Place in your silver chest, then wrap the chest itself.
Flatware: Nest together and wrap securely so they do not shift and scratch. Add a cushion of newsprint between each set.
Utensils: Wrap individually and cushion between so that the layers in the box are evenly distributed.

In the case of especially large or valuable items, like antiques, a slate pool table top, grandfather clock, etc. BESTMOVE can arrange to have special crates built to protect such items.