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All My Sons Moving Packing Guide


Do-It Yourself Packing or Full Service?
Packing Guidelines
What needs to be packed?
Boxes and other needed supplies
Getting Started
Outdoor/Garage/Storage
Home Office/Den
Bedroom/Nursery/Bathroom
Living/Family/Great Room
Dining Room
Kitchen/Laundry Room
Small Appliances
Moving Appliances
Non-Transportable Items
Not Recommended


Dining Room

The dining room will generally include your most fragile china and crystal stemware. Each item should be carefully wrapped in paper and placed in dish pack cartons; cellular dividers are recommended for stemware. You will also want to include any items with values exceeding $100 per pound on your "High Value Inventory" form to receive proper valuation coverage.

China & Glassware
Wrap all pieces of china and glassware individually. Using several sheets of clean paper, start from the corner, wrapping diagonally and continuously tucking in overlapping edges.
Flat China & Flat Glassware
Place cushioning material in the bottom of a carton. Wrap each piece individually with clean paper, then wrap up to three in a bundle with a double layer of newsprint. Place these bundled items in the carton in a row on edge. Plates, platters and other flat serving pieces should be wrapped individually and loaded vertically on their edges to utilize their own maximum structural strength.
Cups
If not using cellular dividers, wrap cups individually first in a double layer of paper and place them upside down on rims in a row on an upper layer with all handles facing the same direction. Top off the layer with wadded newsprint. Even when using a dish pack and cellular dividers, wrap china cups individually first, protecting handles with an extra layer of clean paper. Then, pack cups upside down.

Silver & Flatware
To protect silver pieces from tarnishing, they should be completely enclosed in newsprint or plastic wrap.
Figurines, Curios and Other Delicate Items
Be sure the items are well-protected with plenty of cushioning.
Fragile Items
Consult with your Moving Professional on the packing of exceptionally fragile items. Items with values exceeding $100 per pound need to be listed on your "High Value Inventory" form to receive proper valuation coverage. If an item is extremely valuable as well as delicate, it might be wise to have it packed for you. Special materials might be needed for maximum protection.

Lamp Bases
After removing the light bulb and lamp harp, wrap the base, harp and bulb separately in newsprint. Place them together in a carton, filling voids with wadded paper.

Lamp Bases
Never wrap lamp shades in newspaper, as the ink will soil the shade. Instead, carefully wrap each shade in three or four sheets of tissue paper, a pillowcase or a large lightweight towel.
Chandeliers and Leaded Glass Shades
It is best to have your moving professional crate large leaded or other glass lamp shades or chandeliers. Glass Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Large Mirrors, Paintings, Statues & Large Vases. It's best to consult with your moving company about custom-made cartons and crates for items of this kind. Paper should never be permitted to touch the surface of an oil painting.

Table Leaves
Table leaves are best transported in paper pads, then taped to hold the padding in place. (Note: never place tape on the surface of wood.) Don't use plastic wrap, as moisture may get trapped and damage wood.

Draperies & Curtains
Wardrobe cartons are ideal for moving curtains and drapes. Fold them lengthwise, place over a padded hangar, pin securely and hang in the wardrobe. Draperies and curtains also may be folded and packed in cartons lined with clean paper or plastic wrap.

Rugs
Leave area rugs on the floor for the moving company to handle. You may want to consider having your area rugs professionally cleaned before your move - you'll get them back from the cleaners wrapped, rolled and ready for shipping. Area rugs should be loaded last and unloaded first so the furniture coming off the truck can go right on top of the rug.

Furniture
Your van operator will shrink wrap large, upholstered items. Next >

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