A Change of Place Movers

Packing Guide

Packing Guidelines

The task of gathering and packing away all of your possessions is a major task. You can save yourself time, effort, and money with just a bit of advance planning and organizing. The tips presented below are not all inclusive, however, they are a starting point and will make your job less daunting. Packing for a move is more than just filling a box.....

SORT out those items you've "been meaning to donate, throw away, or get rid of" and DO IT. This will save you time, money, and effort.

VALUABLES should stay in your immediate possession, at all times, and be moved by you. These include jewelry, watches, money, expensive artwork, legal documents, guns, etc.

DISPOSE of all hazardous materials such as cleaners, solvents, flammables, aerosols, paint, paint thinner, ammunition, guns, etc. Gas and oil must be drained from all lawn mowers, and gas operated power tools. These items cannot be moved.


Keep in mind, that you are responsible for what and how you pack. Movers are not responsible for damages resulting from improperly packed or taped boxes.

----Have all boxes sealed on the top and bottom with tape. This prevents your items from falling out in the truck.

----Have all boxes labeled with their room destination.

----Wrap pictures and have them boxed and sealed.

----Stack lamp shades inside of each other and box them. This will prevent punctures or damage.

----Books should be packed tightly in small (1.5 cu ft), sealed boxes.

---- Remove pendulums from clocks or have them secured tightly to the base of the clock.

----Grandfather clocks should be secured/packed by a clock man.

----Have all fragile items packed and secured separately in durable boxes. These boxes need to be labeled "Fragile".

----Have all light colored cushions (couch, love seat, etc) bagged in large trash bags.


----Clothing may be left in dresser drawers. Hanging clothes should be boxed in wardrobe boxes.

----Wrap and pack small clothing, bedding, towels, etc.


----Dispose of all food that may spill or spoil. These can contaminate all your household items.

----Have refrigerators and freezers empty when movers arrive (food, shelves, pans and trays, etc.).

----Have stoves disconnected, if gas, be shore gas lines are shut off tightly and capped. Pack all loose parts separately in a place or box that you will remember.

----Have all kitchen utensils, pots, and pans clean and packed in boxes.


----Drain all oil and gas from lawn mowers and all other gas powered tools. By law, we are not allowed to move any hazardous materials. These include flammables, aerosols, paints, thinners, guns, ammunition, etc.