Packing 101 - If You Are Packing Yourself, Pack Smart!

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Packing 101

If You Are Packing Yourself, Pack Smart!

  • Pack ahead of time and in small increments.
  • List high-value items on the special form provided. All items worth more than $100 per pound or $2,000 total are considered high-value.
  • Use sturdy moving boxes with lids that can be completely sealed.
  • Write the contents and the room in which it should be placed in your new home on every moving box.
  • Pack heavier items on the bottom of the moving box and lighter ones on top. Use soft cushioning material to protect fragile items and prevent shifting.
  • Use smaller boxes for heavier items, such as books, and larger boxes for light and bulky objects, such as pillows and quilts.
  • Pack delicate glassware and fragile items individually. Pack dishes on their edges, not flat in the box. (We can supply the appropriate packing materials.)
  • Mark as FRAGILE all mirrors, antiques, and large, odd-shaped items that require crating.
  • Pack moving boxes until they are full – don’t leave extra space.
  • Drain and dry waterbeds. Use moisture-absorbent crystals to help prevent mildew.
  • Clean, dry, and disconnect major appliances.
  • Look under beds, couches, and other furniture on legs for anything you may have overlooked.
  • Seal boxes with “Packed by Owner” tape, or mark them “PBO.”
  • Don’t try to do everything yourself. Our professional packers are fast, efficient, and careful, and have completed extensive training to ensure your belongings arrive safely.

Packing Materials

Interstate can provide you with any of the following materials:

  • High priority/security seals for securing moving boxes containing high-value or high-theft items.
  • Unprinted newsprint paper for general protection.
  • Brown 4-ply paper pads for mirrors, pictures, flat glass, and marble.
  • Salvaged crumpled paper and recycled newsprint for cushioning.

Specialized Packing Materials

  • Kraftback bubble wrap
  • Dolphin wrap
  • Bubble wrap
  • Wadding
  • Tissue paper for silver, porcelain, china, and other high-value items
  • Shredded paper for cushioning

Moving Box Descriptions

Interstate offers new and used moving boxes at a discounted price.

Name/Size Best Use
Small Books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, hand tools, canned goods, and small, heavy items.
Medium Linens, pots and pans, shoes and purses, lampshades, and non-fragile kitchenware.
Large Blankets, pillows, comforters, and toys.
Extra Large Lampshades, pillows, comforters, and toys.
Dish Pack Dishes, glassware, fragile lamps, small electronics, computers, small flat screen TVs and monitors, and other fragile items.
Elephant Electronics, computers, small flat screen TVs and monitors, and ceramic planters.
Small Upright Wardrobe Hanging clothes (do not pack anything in the bottom!).
Flat Wardrobe Clothes removed from hangers.
Small Mirror/Picture Flat glass items, mirrors, pictures, and lightweight marble.
Medium Mirror/Picture Flat glass, mirrors, and pictures.
Large Mirror/Picture Flat glass, mirrors, and pictures.
Extra Large Mirror/Picture Large mirrors and pictures.
Door Mirror Full-length mirrors and flat glass.
Tube Umbrellas, rifles, maps, and gift wrap paper.
Appliance/Electronic High-value electronic equipment, such as stereo components, computer components, VCRs, DVD players, digital cameras, video cameras, and game systems.
Mattress Adult bicycles (handlebars must be turned parallel to the bike frame and pedals removed and reattached on the inside).

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