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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


Living/Family/Great Room

Most pictures and mirrors can be wrapped and packed in telescoping mirror cartons. Fragile or valuable fine art may require special crating and should be handled by your moving professional.

Audio Equipment
Advance preparation is required for Blue Ray/DVD disc players, compact disc players and turntables. Always secure lasers with transport screws located on the bottom or back of the unit. Most turntables have a plastic lock which should be used to hold the tone arm in place. For additional protection, you may tie a piece of string around the arm in case the lock does not hold. Also, secure the platter (where the records are placed) by tightening the appropriate screws. These are usually located on top of the turntable, but check you owner's manual if in doubt.

Speakers
Pack speakers in well-cushioned dish packs. Any large or unusually heavy speakers should simply be padded and placed on the truck. Servicing is usually not required prior to packing ausio equipment or speakers.

Televisions Large televisions will need to be crated prior to moving day. Let your moving company know if you have a big screen television.
Satellite Dish and Antennas
Contact an electrician or technician from a satellite dish distributorship for the disconnection and disassembly of this sensitive equipment. Depending upon the construction and size of the unit, it may need to be crated, a service which your moving professional can provide. Have any outside antennas disconnected and taken down if they are to be included in your move.

Compact Discs, Tapes and Vinyl Records
Stand compact discs and records on edge, never flat, on a layer of crushed paper. Support at both ends with large, hardcover books or or several pieces of cardboard cut to fit. Top with another layer of crushed paper. Identify contents on the outside of the box and mark, "FRAGILE."

Books
Pack books of the same general size together, in small book cartons. Pack them either flat, or with the spine touching the bottom of the carton. Do not pack with spine facing upward, as glue can break away from the binder. Expensively bound volumes of those of sentimental value should be individually wrapped before packing.

Photographs

Family photographs, videos, slides and negatives should be packed in separate cartons rather than being combined with other households items. (Note: watch these when moving to very hot or humid climates by making sure the storage area protects items from the elements.) Protect framed photos with padding and cushioning, standing them on edge in a carton. Label cartons for easy identification. If possible, carry irreplaceable items with you to destination.

Silk or Artificial Flowers
An arrangement of artificial flowers should be packed in a separate carton. Wrap carefully in plastic wrap, tissue paper or paper towels. If possible, fasten the base of the floral piece to the bottom of the carton to prevent shifting. Label the carton "FRAGILE - THIS SIDE UP."

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 Shades
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. Use a sturdy carton at least two inches bigger all around than the largest shade. Line it with clean paper, using crushed paper under the lamp shade to create a protective layer, but not around the shade. A smaller shade may be nested inside a larger one, provided they do not touch. Only one silk shade should be placed in a carton to avoid stretching the silk. Do not pack other items with shades. Label cartons "LAMP SHADES - FRAGILE - TOP LOAD ONLY."

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 professional about custom-made cartons and crates for items of this kind. Paper should never be permitted to touch the surface of an oil painting.

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.

TV Stand/ Stereo Cabinet
Remove glass doors if possible and pack in a mirror carton.

Furniture
Your van operator will shrink wrap large, upholstered items.
TV Stand/Stereo Cabinet
A qualified service provider should take care of the preparations for moving a grand or baby grand piano.

Piano
Your van operator will shrink wrap large, upholstered items. Upright (spinet, console, studio) pianos usually do not require preparation in advance. All pianos are pad-wrapped to protect the surface. Plan to have your piano tuned at your new home.

Pool Table
Disassembly and crating of your pool table should be provided by a third-party service. If possible, contact the store where the pool table was purchased to obtain assistance.

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