PACK LIKE A WALSH PRO

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Start packing the right way

Before you decide to do your packing yourself, consider the responsibilities. Sure, it takes time and energy to get the job done right, but doing it yourself can be a real money-saver, even if you’re paying a mover to load the truck. For example, if you’ve hired a professional mover, you can still opt to pack all or some of the goods yourself, thus trimming the price. To find out just how much you can trim, ask Walsh over the phone or when we give an on-site estimate.

Packing Guidelines for Your Professional Move

If you decide to do some of the packing yourself, you’ll need to have everything properly packed and ready for loading when the van arrives. All packing must be completed the evening before move day. Only the things you’ll need that last night, the next morning and immediately at your destination should be left for last-minute packing.

To ensure the safety of your items a Walsh moving professional will inspect your boxes. If they think items are improperly packed or cartons are susceptible to damage, they may refuse to load the items until they are repacked. Generally things from garages, attics and storage spaces, such as holiday decorations and sentimental items are the ones that need to be repacked. Look for cartons that are torn, ripped, soiled, will not close or cannot be sealed, and replace those with fresh boxes. Another repacking giveaway is if you can hear the contents rattle when you shake the box. In that case, add more insulation.

Obviously, not everything will fit in boxes. As a general rule, furniture and major appliances will be wrapped and padded by a Walsh moving professional. Items requiring professional disassembly and/or crating (such as slate pool tables, chandeliers or large glass table tops) are best left to the professionals. Please notify ahead of time if crating is needed.

Box Basics

Use new, high-quality packing materials specifically designed for moving to better ensure your items will safely arrive. Professional moving cartons come in a variety of shapes and sizes that are specifically suited to fit a variety of household goods. Stackable plastic containers, purchased at your local department or hardware store, work well for movers. Learn more about cartons from our Boxes 101.

Other Supplies

  • Bundles of packing paper (clean, unprinted newsprint)
  • Bubble wrap, tissue paper or paper towels for delicate items
  • Rolls of PVC tape (don’t use masking tape or cellophane tape)
  • Tape dispenser
  • Broad-tipped markers for labeling
  • Scissors or sharp knife for cutting cartons
  • Notebook and pen or pencil for listing contents of cartons as they are packed
  • Labels or stickers for identifying boxes

Tips From the Walsh Pros

  • Most movers suggest you start with out-of-season items. Next, pack things used infrequently. Leave until the last minute things you’ll need until moving day.
  • Empty drawers of breakables, liquids, non-transportable items, and anything that would puncture or damage other items.
  • Pack similar items together. For example, don’t pack a delicate china figurine in the same carton with cast-iron frying pans.
  • Keep all parts or pairs of things together. Curtain rod hangers, mirror bolts and other small hardware items should be placed in plastic bags and taped or tied securely to the article to which they belong.
  • Wind electrical cords, fastening them, so they do not dangle.
  • Wrap items individually in clean paper; use tissue paper, paper towels or even facial tissue for fine china, crystal and delicate items. Colored wrapping paper draws attention to very small things that might otherwise get lost in a carton.
  • Use a double layer of newsprint for a good outer wrapping. Use newspapers for cushioning only. The ink can rub off and embed itself onto fine china.
  • Place small boxes in a single large box, filling in spaces with crushed paper.
  • Avoid overloading cartons but strive for a firm pack that will prevent items from shifting; the cover should close easily without force, but should not bend inward.
  • Seal cartons tightly with tape except for those containing items that must be left open for the van operator’s inspection.
  • As you finish with each carton, list the contents on the side of the carton (for easy viewing while stacked) and in a special notebook.
  • Indicate your name and the room to which each carton should be delivered at destination. Tape a sign on the door of each room at destination corresponding to the carton labels so movers can get the cartons into the proper rooms quickly.
  • Put a special mark (the number 1, or the letter A) on cartons you want to unpack first at destination.

Need more tips? Learn how to pack a box, or what not to pack.

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