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PACKING TIPS

#1 - Pack one room at a time and label each box with room and contents. Mark boxes containing fragile items clearly as ""Handle with Care"", ""Glass"" or ""Fragile"". Load these boxes on top of all other freight and secure in place. China boxes are already printed Fragile Handle with Care.

#2 - Pack what you need least, first (i.e., if you move in the spring, pack your winter clothing first).

#3 - Disassemble any items you can.

#4 - Insure items with sharp corners or projections are prevented from puncturing or scratching.

#5 - Pack heavy items in the moving box or china box, and towels and linens in linen box.

#6 - Get rid of items you do not need or want. Garage sales, consignment shops or charitable organizations are a great way to avoid moving unnecessary items.

#7 - Fill any unused space in boxes with paper or other filler to prevent shifting during transit.

#8 - Move your valuables, house plants, necessities, and specialty items with you.

FURNITURE

Stand sofas on end and secure in place to minimize cargo space used. Place loose cushions in bags and use as filler between furniture pieces.

Move dressers with contents in drawers to avoid repacking. Secure drawers from opening during transit.

MAJOR APPLIANCES

Load heavy appliances securely against the front wall of the trailer as this is the most stable area of the trailer. Disconnect and empty all hoses for washing machines and place in the tub. Immobilize the tub with a moving brace or by placing towels/blankets between the tub and sidewall. Tape electrical cords to back of machines to prevent plug damage. Defrost, clean and dry refrigerator/freezers before move date. Interior space can be utilized to move lightweight or crushable items such as lampshades.

DISHES & GLASSWARE

Each piece should be individually wrapped with bubble wrap. Fine silver should be wrapped in cloth or silver paper. Place these boxes on top of load and secure the boxes in place to prevent shifting during transit.

LAMPS

Remove all bulbs and shades before packing. Pack in sturdy cartons and load box on top of other freight.

WALL HANGINGS

Wrap each painting or framing individually with bubble wrap, blankets, or towels. Load items in carton on their edges, not flat. Label and mark cartons as fragile. Be sure to load these cartons in safe position on trailer

PIANOS

Disassemble as much as possible. Wrap each piece separately with blankets, or bubble wrap. Consider hiring a specialist for packing and loading this item.

GARAGE ITEMS

Drain all gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws and other equipment. Disconnect any batteries. Empty propane tanks from barbecue grill and properly purge hose. Secure lid and immobilize moving parts. See list below for hazardous items not to move.

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