The best ways to Load Like a Pro

With the right materials and expert guidance from us, you can pack your entire home effectively and effectively.

It can be a genuine loan saver if you choose to do your own packaging. It takes additional time and energy to get the task done. The following guide will offer ways for you to free yourself from moving stress and pack like an expert!

To obtain begun, ensure you have ample supplies of:

Tissue paper

Loading paper (plain newsprint).

2" loading tape.

Long-term markers.

Professional quality boxes (available from your representative).

Energy knife and scissors.

It's Everything about the Boxes.

Using new, quality packaging products particularly developed for moving can guarantee that your home arrives safely. North American Van Lines has a vast array of boxes and professional packing products readily available:.

1.5 cu. ft. cartons Small container for heavy products such as books, files, music CDs and DVDs/video tapes.

3.0 cu. ft. containers Medium utility container typically used for pots and pans, toys, and little devices.

4.5 cu. ft. cartons For bulky products, such as toys, towels or linens.

6.0 cu. ft. containers For large, bulky, or light-weight short articles, such as pillows or large lampshades.

Closet containers A "portable closet" that keeps clothes and drapes hanging on an integrated bar.

Mirror cartons A number of sizes of telescoping cartons for framed images, mirrors or glass.

Mattress cartons Available in queen/king, double, single (twin) and baby crib sizes. A different carton is essential for box springs.

Dishpack (or China Barrel) Sturdy carton utilized for dishes/china, glassware and crystal.

Double-wall containers Extra protective containers made particularly for fine china, crystal, and other high-value, hard-to change items.

Stretchwrap A special plastic covering that securely follows furnishings and safeguards it from snags, tears, and dirt.

You can ask your agent about products offered for purchase.

You will generally discover poly-vinyl chloride (PVC) packing tape to be the most reliable to seal boxes. Do not use masking tape or narrow cellophane tape.

Packaging Preparation.

When packing yourself, have whatever properly loaded and prepared for filling the eve moving day. Overlook only the important things you'll need that night, the next early morning, and instantly at your location for last-minute packing.

Basic standards to make packing a breeze:.

Make a schedule, allowing sufficient time leading up to moving day.

Load items in the attic, garage, or basement first - these products typically aren't required immediately.

Stay arranged by packing space by room.

Designate workspace in each room.

When a space is completed, sort containers by light, medium, and heavy - limit your heaviest containers to 50 pounds each.

Plainly label cartons or products that you do not want to carry on the van.

Pack for Success.

It's advised that your packer handle the following:.

Marble or glass tabletops, heavy wall accessories and mirrors 40" x 60" or larger.

Pool table.

Large, delicate products like large prizes, statues, chandeliers, and so on

Major devices.

Here are a few more ideas for a successful pack:.

Empty drawers of breakables, spillables, non-transportable products and anything that would pierce or damage other products.

Keep all parts or pairs of things together - for example, drape rod hangers, mirror bolts, and other little hardware items ought to be positioned in plastic bags and taped securely to the short article to which they belong.

Pack small, vulnerable, individually covered products separately or a couple of together in little boxes, cushioning with crushed or shredded paper. Location small boxes in a single large box, completing spaces with crushed paper.

Put a special mark (the number 1, or the letter A) on containers you want to unpack initially at your destination.

Use paper only for cushioning; never put it versus items, as the ink will rub off. It can even get embedded into great china, so be mindful!

What Not to Pack.

You must carry irreplaceable and valuable products with you rather than on the truck. In addition, there are several products that can not be placed on the truck, such as explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, toxins, corrosives as well as radioactive and other dangerous products.

Typical examples of items that can not be moved consist of:.

Nail polish eliminator.

Paints and paint thinners.

Lp cylinders.

Automotive repair work and upkeep chemicals.



Lighter fluid.



Oxygen bottles.

Other items not suggested for transportation on the van include:.


Household images.

Food in glass containers and perishable foods.

Prescription drugs needed for instant usage.

If you have any questions, just ask your Moving Expert.

Transportation products of personal significance or emotional worth with you, such as:.


Collections (i.e., coins).

Important personal papers (i.e., deeds, wills).

Flexible documents (i.e., bonds, stocks, certificates).


Moving documents.

Labeling Hints.

Each and every moving container needs to be identified using the following techniques:.

Use a broad, felt-tipped marker.

Plainly mark the contents and the space it will be positioned in.

Indicate "FRAGILE" on delicates; "THIS END UP" where appropriate.

If offered, consist of the costs of lading number from your moving business on every box.

As you complete with each moving container, list the contents on the side of the container (for simple watching while stacked) and in an unique notebook. You may desire to number and/or code the moving containers.

Show your name and the space to which each moving container should be delivered at destination. Tape a sign on the door of each room at destination corresponding to the carton identifies here so movers can get the containers into the appropriate spaces rapidly.

Put an unique mark (the number 1, or the letter A) on moving containers you wish to unload initially at location.

Tips From the Pros.

Start with out-of-season items. Next, pack things used infrequently. Leave until the last minute things you'll need until moving day.

Empty drawers of breakables, spillables, non-transportable items and anything that would puncture or damage other items while moving.

Pack similar items together. Do not pack a delicate china figurine in the same moving carton with cast-iron frying pans.

Keep all parts or pairs of things together. Curtain rod hangers, mirror bolts, and other little hardware products need to be positioned in plastic bags and taped or connected firmly to the post to which they belong.

Wind electrical cables, securing them so they do not hang.

Wrap products individually in clean paper; use tissue paper, paper towels, or even facial tissue for fine china, crystal and delicate products. Colored covering paper accentuates really little things that may otherwise get lost in a moving carton. Use a double layer of newsprint for a good outer wrapping.

Place a 2- or three-inch layer of crushed paper in the bottom of containers for cushioning.

Develop the layers, with the heaviest things on the bottom, medium-weight next, and lightest on top.

As each layer is finished, fill in voids securely with crushed paper and add more crushed paper to make a level base for the next layer, or use sheets of cardboard cut from moving cartons as dividers.

Cushion well with crushed paper; towels and light-weight blankets might likewise be utilized for padding and cushioning. The more fragile the item, the more cushioning required. Make certain no sharp points, rims or edges are left exposed.

Pack small, fragile, individually-wrapped products independently or a couple of together in small boxes, cushioning with crushed or shredded paper. Place little boxes in a single big box, filling out spaces with crushed paper.

Avoid overloading moving containers, however aim for a firm pack that will prevent products from moving; the cover must close easily without force, but need to not flex inward.

Seal moving containers firmly with tape except for those consisting of products that should be left open for the van line operator's inspection.

The following guide will supply methods for you to totally free yourself from moving stress and pack like an expert!

Start with out-of-season products. Wrap items individually in tidy paper; usage tissue paper, paper towels, or even facial tissue for fine china, crystal and delicate products. Colored covering paper draws attention to extremely small things that may otherwise get lost in a moving container. The more fragile the product, the more cushioning required.

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