How to Load Like a Pro

With the right materials and skilled guidance from us, you can load your whole house effectively and efficiently.

It can be a real loan saver if you decide to do your own packaging. It takes additional time and energy to get the job done. The following guide will supply ways for you to complimentary yourself from moving stress and pack like an expert!

To get begun, make sure you have adequate supplies of:

Tissue paper

Loading paper (plain newsprint).

2" packing tape.

Long-term markers.

Professional quality boxes (offered from your representative).

Utility knife and scissors.

It's Everything about the Boxes.

Using brand-new, quality packing materials particularly designed for moving can guarantee that your home or business shows up securely. North American Van Lines has a wide variety of boxes and professional packing products available:.

1.5 cu. ft. containers Little carton 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 appliances.

4.5 cu. ft. cartons For large items, such as toys, linens or towels.

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

Closet containers A "portable closet" that keeps clothes and draperies hanging on a built-in bar.

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

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

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

Double-wall cartons Additional protective containers made specifically for great china, crystal, and other high-value, hard-to replace items.

Stretchwrap A special plastic covering that safely abides by furnishings and secures it from snags, tears, and dirt.

You can ask your agent about materials available for purchase.

You will typically find poly-vinyl chloride (PVC) packaging tape to be the most efficient to seal boxes. Do not utilize masking tape or narrow cellophane tape.

Packaging Preparation.

When loading yourself, have actually whatever effectively packed and ready for loading the eve moving day. Exclude only the things you'll need that night, the next morning, and instantly at your destination for last-minute packing.

Fundamental guidelines to make packing a snap:.

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

Pack items in the garage, basement, or attic first - these items usually aren't needed right away.

Stay organized by loading space by space.

Designate work locations in each room.

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

Plainly label containers or items that you do not want to transport on the van.

Pack for Success.

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

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

Pool table.

Bulky, fragile products like big prizes, statues, chandeliers, etc

Major appliances.

Here are a couple of more ideas for an effective pack:.

Empty drawers of breakables, spillables, non-transportable items and anything that would puncture or harm other products.

Keep all parts or pairs of things together - for example, drape rod wall mounts, mirror bolts, and other small hardware items should be positioned in plastic bags and taped safely to the short article to which they belong.

Pack little, delicate, individually wrapped products individually or a few together in little boxes, cushioning with shredded or crushed paper. Location small boxes in a single big box, filling out spaces with crushed paper.

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

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

What Not to Pack.

You need to transfer valuable and irreplaceable products with you instead of on the truck. In addition, there are numerous items that can not be put on the truck, such as dynamites, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, toxins, corrosives as well as radioactive and other dangerous products.

Case in points of items that can not be moved consist of:.

Nail polish cleaner.

Paints and paint thinners.

Gas cylinders.

Automotive repair and upkeep chemicals.



Lighter fluid.



Oxygen bottles.

Other items not suggested for transport on the van consist of:.


Household pictures.

Food in glass jars and disposable foods.

Prescription drugs needed for instant use.

If you have any concerns, just ask your Moving Specialist.

Transport products of personal significance or sentimental worth with you, such as:.


Collections (i.e., coins).

Crucial personal documents (i.e., deeds, wills).

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


Moving files.

Labeling Tips.

Each and every moving carton should be identified using the following strategies:.

Use a broad, felt-tipped marker.

Plainly mark the contents and the room it will be put in.

Show "FRAGILE" on delicates; "THIS END UP" where proper.

If available, consist of the bill of lading number from your moving company on every box.

As you complete with each moving container, list the contents on the side of the carton (for simple watching while stacked) and in a special note pad. You might desire to number and/or code the moving cartons.

Suggest your name and the space to which each moving container ought to be provided at location. Tape a sign on the door of each space at location corresponding to the carton identifies so movers can get the cartons into the appropriate spaces rapidly.

Put a special mark (the number 1, or the letter A) on moving containers you desire to unpack first at location.

Tips From the Pros.

Start with out-of-season products. Next, pack things used rarely. Leave till the last minute things you'll require until moving day.

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

Pack similar products together. Do not load a delicate china figurine in the exact same moving container with cast-iron fry pans, for instance.

Keep all parts or sets of things together. Drape rod wall mounts, mirror bolts, and other small hardware items ought to be put in plastic bags and taped or connected firmly to the article to which they belong.

Wind electrical cords, fastening them so they do not dangle.

Wrap items separately in tidy paper; usage tissue paper, paper towels, here or perhaps facial tissue for great china, crystal and delicate items. Colored wrapping paper draws attention to extremely small things that might otherwise get lost in a moving container. Utilize a double layer of newsprint for a great external wrapping.

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

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

As each layer is finished, fill in voids firmly 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 lightweight blankets may also be used for padding and cushioning. The more fragile the item, the more cushioning needed. Be sure no sharp points, edges or rims are left exposed.

Load small, delicate, individually-wrapped items individually or a few together in small boxes, cushioning with crushed or shredded paper. Place little boxes in a single big box, completing areas with crushed paper.

Avoid overloading moving containers, however make every effort for a firm pack that will prevent items from moving; the cover must close quickly without force, but should not flex inward.

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

The following guide will provide methods for you to totally free yourself from moving stress and pack like a professional!

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 very little things that may otherwise get lost in a moving carton. The more fragile the product, the more cushioning required.

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