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Packing Guide

Everything you are moving should be properly packed before the movers arrive – loose items could easily get lost, dropped or damaged. Packing in boxes, wrapping items and proper padding will protect items from damage and is highly recommended. Electronics and similar items should ideally be packed in their original packaging if you saved it.

Some suggested materials for preparing your move are:

  • 2” Packing tape, and masking tape
  • Tissue or other packing paper
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Quality boxes

General tips:

  • Start packing early – pack rooms and items you don’t use well in advance of the move
  • Use packing paper and pad items generously to avoid breakage
  • When you disassemble something – put the parts in a ziplock bag and tape it to the item so it won’t get lost
  • Seal boxes well with tape, top and bottom
  • Pack by weight – heavier items should be packed alone and in smaller boxes so they don’t break other items and are easier to move.
  • Organize boxes by weight and try limit the maximum weight per box to 50 lbs.
  • Label everything clearly with the room and contents, so we know where to put the boxes and you can find things easily when unpacking

Let us handle heavy or special items like:

  • Marble or glass tabletops
  • Heavy wall ornaments and mirrors larger than 40”x60”
  • Pool tables
  • Pianos
  • Bulky or fragile items
  • Major appliances

What NOT to Pack – The following are items that legally cannot be transported by a mover:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammunition
  • Auto repair and maintenance chemicals
  • Bleach
  • Propane tanks
  • Fireworks
  • Gasoline
  • Hazardous materials
  • Lighter fluid
  • Matches
  • Nail polish remover
  • Oxygen bottles
  • Paints and paint thinners
  • Perishable items, including wine

We recommend that these type of items should be transported by you in your vehicle:

  • Firearms
  • Family photos and other valuable items (collections, cash, jewelry)
  • Moving documents and important personal papers
  • Prescription drugs

Professional movers like Isaac’s Moving and Storage use a variety of boxes that match the items being packed. You want to use the right boxes for the right types of items. Click here to get information about boxes and packing supplies.

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