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The Better the Packing, the Better the Moving

November 29, 2011 | Packing Guides & Tips

Professional packing is an added expense, but it often pays for itself in convenience and safety. We have the expertise and materials to protect your possessions. Even if you have the time and energy to pack, consider leaving your delicate or fragile items (china, glassware, silver, clocks, etc.) for the professionals. If you’re a determined do-it-yourselfer, do it right. Ask your Wheaton Agent about specially designed containers and materials. You can buy them at a minimum cost to assure maximum protection of your belongings.

Don’t use newspaper for packing
Newsprint fades and the ink runs easily, possibly ruining the items it was supposed to protect. Learn more about moving supplies.

Pack toiletries separately
Ideally in small containers. Be sure corks and caps are secure.

Don’t pack too compactly
Give fragile items “breathing room” to avoid breakage. You can leave clothing in drawers, but remember – overstuffing can cause drawers to warp. For more tips, read about packing and unpacking.

Proper servicing of your appliances
Contact a professional or ask your local Wheaton agent to arrange service for you.

Right side of the bedding
Leave fitted sheets on mattresses to protect them.

Spread your linens around
Instead of putting them all in one carton, use your linens as fillers to cushion other items.

Heavy items on the bottom
Put heavy items on the bottom and then fill up with lighter things. Use smaller cartons for special items like books, cast-iron cookware, etc.

Package stereo equipment and plasma televisions in original packaging, if possible, or have them serviced by professionals.

Label (and list)
Indicate contents on the outside of the carton. If possible, designate which room the carton should go in; it’ll simplify things at your destination. Be sure to indicate on the outside of the carton if the contents are especially fragile.

Unload first
Combine items you’ll need immediately upon arrival in one box. Designate it “Unload First.” Include necessities like toilet paper, paper towels, cups, a can opener, soap, etc.

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