Packing Tips

Puget Sound Delivery Guys, LLC understands that the packing process can come be somewhat overwhelming. We have compiled a list of helpful tips that we hope will help you along the way.

General Packing:

  • Use cartons of adequate size and strength.

  • Cushion bottom of carton and between layers when packing fragile items.

  • Wrap all fragile items individually.

  • Pack heavier items in lower layers, lighter items in upper layers.

  • Paper cushioning absorbs shock. Be generous.

  • Loose packing creates damage. Make sure items are firmly packed. Extremely Important.

  • Do not overfill carton. Top should close easily without bulging.

  • Use “PVC” or “strapping tape” to guard against cartons bursting open in transit.

  • Do not use newspaper as it has a tendency to rub off on everything and is difficult to remove.

  • Use a heavy marking pen for easy reading and label each carton on the top.

  • If carton contains fragile items, mark “FRAGILE” on all four sides and “THIS END UP” with arrows pointing up on all four sides.

  • Inform your moving crew of the items that concern you.

Blankets and pads are provided free of charge on moving day and are taken back at the end of the day. For fine finished wood furnishings and light-colored fabrics, shrink wrap can be purchased.

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Packing Specific Items

Plates, Saucers, Flat China:

  • Wrap individually and then bundle three or four together. Stand on end in carton. Never lay flat. Use the larger items as the bottom layer and place crumpled paper as cushioning between each layer.

Bowls:

  • Odd-shaped items and bowls, individually wrapped, should constitute the upper layers. Place on the rim in carton with the bottom facing up.

Cups and Glasses:

  • Like bowls, cups and glasses should go on top, rim down and individually wrapped.

Glassware and Crystal:

  • Always individually wrap as top layer. Never put one piece inside another. If items are particularly fragile, pack them first in a smaller carton and then in a larger carton with cushioning all around.

Mirrors, Marble Tops, Glass Tops and Pictures:

  • All of the above should be packed in picture-mirror cartons unless they are very small. The small items may be wrapped and packed in dish-pack cartons on edge. Professional packers should crate very large marble or glass tops. The weight makes them impractical to be moved in a carton.

Electronics:

  • Component and small electronics should be well wrapped and cushioned in either medium (3.0 cu. Ft.) or large (4.5 cu. Ft.) cartons. Large console stereo and televisions should not be packed. They will be padded by the driver and moved as furniture. Electronics are not covered in the event of damage or breakage.

Lamps:

  • Lamp bases should be wrapped, cushioned and packed in dish-pack cartons. Lamp shades should be packed singly in an appropriately sized carton. Be careful not to put too much paper in the lampshade carton as lampshades dent easily. Cushion loosely. Remove light bulbs & wrap cords around base.

Books:

  • Pack upright with open edges and bound ends alternating. If any have fragile covers, wrap in paper.

Clothing:

  • Hanging items should go into wardrobe cartons. Clothing may stay in dressers if the drawers are sturdy. All other folded clothing should be packed in medium (3.0 cu. Ft.) cartons. For every 2 feet of closet bar, you will need one wardrobe box.

Food:

  • Boxed dry food should be packed in medium (3.0 cu. Ft.) cartons with openings taped shut to prevent spillage. Jars or canned goods should be packed in book (1.5 cu. Ft.) cartons with all jars wrapped and cushioned. Never pack or move perishable or frozen foods.

What Not To Pack

All stocks, bonds, currency, jewelry, furs, stamps, coins, securities, negotiables, insurance policies, passports and valuable papers should not be packed for transit in the van. Either transport these items yourself or make arrangements with your banker for transfer.

Please remember that all of your possessions are being loaded into the van and, by law, movers may not accept hazardous materials for shipment. Restricted items include:

  • Paints, thinners, oils and varnishes, Ammunition and firearms

  • Bottled gas, propane, etc.

  • Lamp oil

  • All flammable, explosives and corrosives

  • Motor fuels and oils

  • Nail polish remover

  • All aerosol cans

  • Matches

What TO KEEP IN YOUR POSSESSION

  • Medical Records

  • School Records

  • Birth Certificate(s)

  • Social Security Information

  • Documents pertaining to sale/purchase of home

  • All documents that are privileged in nature

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