Be sure to have plenty of boxes, tape, markers, newsprint and if you prefer bubble wrap on hand.
Pack one room at a time! Don't pack little Susie's room and your kitchen at the same time. This will cause confusion and Susie may end up with the fine china instead of her very important snuggle bear and blanket.
Try to use boxes of similar sizes. This will make it easier to stack out of your way while you are packing and also easier for your movers to load and unload. Make sure all boxes are taped closed. You will have some that will have to be open tops for things such as curtain rods, mops, brooms etc. This is understandable but try to keep these to a minimum as they will take more space in the moving truck as nothing can be stacked on top of them.
Avoid heavy packing. Boxes should weigh between 25 to 30 pounds when packed properly. For example use small boxes to pack books, canned goods and cast iron cookware. These items are small but are very heavy. Packing in a large box can cause the box to collapse and cause damage to other items.
Wrap all glassware, china, dishes and breakables separately. Do not wrap a stack of plates together and expect them to make it through the move. Remember a moving truck is not as smooth of a ride as your personal vehicle. Use plenty of cushion, if you hear a "clink" use more! CLINKS = Breakage
Label each box with the room it goes into, if it is fragile and if it is a last load box. Last load boxes will be taken from the truck to your new location first.
Save costs on packing materials by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
When packing old, musty smelling books, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book in paper before packing. Leave them stored for a couple of months and when unpacked they will have a pleasant smell to them.
If you have your rugs and drapes cleaned before your move, leave them in the wrappings from the cleaners for the move. This will protect them from any dust and dirt.
Carry all your valuables with you. This includes your medicine, jewelry and money.
If you plan to move out of state, check with your local U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations on moving plants. Many states have restrictions on certain plants to prevent importing bugs or pests that can destroy cash crops.
IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US. Email us at Billsmovers@aol.com, call us at (903) 792-7281 or stop by for a visit at 1407 Texas Boulevard, Texarkana, Texas.