Packing & Moving Tips

The following pages can help step you through the moving process. Select a link below to get more information.

From Thinking to Planning to Moving

Moving can be a stressful and arduous task whether cleaning out your garage or moving your entire house. But with proper planning your moving and storage experience can be easy
and smooth.

  • Make a detailed list of what and how much must be stored.
  • Measure the largest item (length, width, height) to determine the smallest possible unit needed.
  • Make a list of all packing supplies you will need, such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, mattress and sofa covers, marking pens, labels, etc.
  • Visit the facility where you are going to store your belongings. The manager should be able to help determine the right size unit for you, as well as give tips on packing, moving and space usage. Most reputable facilities carry packing supplies and some even offer discount packages for apartments, households, etc.
  • If you are using a moving company, book early. The reputable companies are sometimes booked solid several weeks in advance. Ask your storage manager if he can recommend a good moving company. He has probably dealt with several.
  • Keep in mind that most storage facilities are not designed to receive large trailers or moving trucks. Discuss this with both the mover and the storage manager to ensure a smooth move.
  • If you are moving yourself, check with your storage manager about the use of moving trucks or trailers. Most reputable facilities offer free usage of a trailer with unit rental. Be careful with rental trucks as they are usually free for only a few hours and the hidden time and mileage charges can add up quickly!

From Shelf to Box to Moving Trailer

  • Pack into boxes whenever possible in order to protect your goods and save space.
  • Use good quality boxes and fill them to capacity. Partially full or bulging boxes may tip over or collapse.
  • When boxing heavy items, such as books, use small boxes so that they are easier to lift. Place books flat, not standing on end to protect the spines from bending and warping.
    Try to use similar sized boxes to aid in stacking.
  • When packing fragile items use bubble wrap, packing paper or pack with linens. Be sure to label these boxes with “FRAGILE” stickers.
  • Keep an inventory of each box and number each so that you can easily locate items later. Use moving labels to designate different rooms, i.e. Kitchen, living rm,
    master bed rm, etc.
  • Mirrors should be wrapped in mirror boxes, marked “FRAGILE”, and stood on end.
  • Clothing, draperies and the like should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their shape.
  • Leather items should be treated with a leather conditioner prior to storing.
  • Use mattress bags and sofa covers to protect your fabric furniture.
  • Drain and clean all debris from lawn and garden equipment. This precaution will protect both your property and the property of others from the dangers of fire and explosion.
    Treat all tools with a light coat of oil to prevent rusting.
  • Photographs tend to curl over time. Place them between pieces of cardboard and tape closed to protect them. Unless you are storing in climate control, you should consider
    keeping photographs with you, as they are subject to temperature-related damages and are, oftentimes, irreplaceable.
  • Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, desks, etc. (This will help save space.) Wrap and label all pieces for easy reassembly. Place all hardware in plastic bags, label
    and tape to the item. Use bubble wrap on table legs to protect from scratches.
  • When disassembling electronics, try to use the original boxes if possible. If not, use similar sized boxes and label each cord as to where it goes for easy reassembly.
  • Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing them.

From Living Room to Storage Room

  • GET HELP!! BUY PIZZA OR BARBEQUE OR WHATEVER IT TAKES TO COERCE YOUR FRIENDS TO HELP YOU!!! This will make your move less time-consuming, less energy-consuming, and less
    painful overall.
  • Plan on storing long sturdy items vertically. Things like couches, mattresses, even desks and long dressers will take up much less space if stored vertically.
  • Place heavy or bulky items in the unit first toward the rear to provide a good stacking base.
  • Do not place heavy items on sofas or mattresses as the imprints can last forever.
  • Stack similar sized boxes together to save space, always placing the heaviest boxes first and the lighter ones on top to prevent crushing.
  • Plan your storage space. Place items you need access to the most nearest the door and, if possible, leave a small walkway in the center to allow access to items in the rear of
    the unit.
  • Stack chairs seat to seat using paper pads to prevent scratching on wood furniture.
  • Cover furniture with blankets prior to stacking anything on them to prevent damage.
  • Use the inside of appliances to store smaller items and always ensure the doors are left partially open to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Rubbermaid containers are great to store your items. They have tight fitting lids and stack easily.
  • Do not store any toxins or flammables such as paint, oil or gasoline nor any perishable items.