To make your move as stress-free as possible, we’re happy to offer you the following packing tips guide for help with most common items. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please call us at 414-276-9990.
Don’t forget – we offer packing materials at very reasonable rates!
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Air Conditioners: Consult an authorized dealer or service man about your particular model. Some sealed units should be bolted down.
Bedding: Pack in clean cartons. Place light articles, such as pillows or blankets, in furniture drawers.
Beds: Our staff can dismantle your beds and set them up in your new residence.
Books: Pack books in small, strong, securely tied cartons. Place them cover to cover, and alternate bindings to prevent interlocked or damaged pages. Wrap valuable books individually. Do not pack books in furniture drawers or leave them in portable bookshelves or bookcases.
Bric-A-Brac: Wrap each item separately and pack in cartons, boxes, or barrels. Cushion well with newsprint or packing paper. Pack large and heavy items on bottom of container. Do not pack over edge of container.
Canned Goods: Pack upright in small, sturdy cartons. Do not pack too heavily – no more than 50 pounds per carton. About 24 cans should be enough.
China: Wrap china and all fragile objects individually in packing paper. On the bottom of the container, on edge, pack large plates and heavy pieces. Toward the top of the container, place smaller plates, cups and saucers. Place plates and dishes in a vertical position (on edge), with pads of paper in between. We recommend: 3” of paper on the bottom of the barrel or carton and 2” of paper between layers. Do not pack over edge of container.
Clothing: Our men can move your clothing on hangers, from the closets directly to wardrobes furnished by us for your use. Wardrobe cartons hold approximately 25 hangers, depending upon the size of the garments. Your clothing reaches you clean and wrinkle-free. For storage, clothing should be cleaned before packing. Pack small clothing articles in suitcases, boxes, or trunks.
Clocks: Remove, or secure tightly to the clock base, all pendulums on clocks. Wrap and pack small clocks in boxes.
Curtains: Prior to the day of the move, remove curtains from rods. Fold neatly in drawers or into clean, white tissue-lined cartons.
Draperies: Hang on hangers and transfer to wardrobe cartons, or fold and place in cartons.
Drawers in Furniture: You can leave light items like blankets, cushions, pillows or clothing in drawers. Do not pack heavy items in dresser, bureau, server, or buffet drawers. NEVER leave liquids, breakables, or firearms in drawers. (For consumer’s protection, we may recommend emptying all drawers.)
Dryers, Electric or Gas: Check with service man. Motors may need to be checked and secured. We can arrange this service for you or recommend a reliable service company.
Food: Discard food in open containers because it can spill or spoil enroute. The company is not liable for damage caused by food spilling on other items. Perishable food should never be stored or shipped.
Freezers: Completely defrost one or two days prior to moving. Dry and air freezer to avoid musty odor. Empty your freezer and plan meals that use up perishable contents. Check with your service man to be sure the motor is bolted, if necessary.
Glass Tops to Furniture: For complete safety, these items should be crated. When storing or shipping, this is necessary. For local moving, moving staff can frequently can remove and replace them, and pad them safely in the van.
Glassware: Wrap stemware and glassware individually and place in barrels or in the top of china containers. Do not nest unwrapped glasses in each other. Place unwrapped glassware right side up, not on its side.
Grandfather Clocks: Remove chimes. Secure weight chains tightly against the base of the clock with wire or strong string and remove weights and pendulums. For long distance moves, call a reputable clock man to prepare the works to guard against damages.
Jewelry: Valuable jewelry should be kept in your immediate possession.
Kitchen Utensils: Pack cleaned kitchen utensils in cartons or barrels. Pack durable, heavy pieces on the bottom, light ones on the top. Pad each piece against dents, chipping or scratching. Individually wrap toasters, irons, waffle irons, mixers, etc., and place in cartons with other kitchen utensils.
Lamps: Wrap small lamps and pack in cartons for safe moving. Remove ornamental tops and put in a safe place…one you will remember.
Lampshades: Wrap in white, clean tissue paper only, place in cartons, mark “FRAGILE.” Do not use newsprint. You can nest them but make sure to pack them so that the lining does not puncture parchment shades.
Linens: Pack table and bed linens in strong cartons or trunks. Line them with tissue or clean white or brown paper to protect from dust. Do not use newsprint as a liner because the ink may soil the fabric.
Linoleum: The moving company is not responsible for the safe moving of linoleum which has been used or tacked to the floor; or which cracks and breaks when rolled.
Mattresses: Our moving staff can protect your mattress with a bag or carton if you choose. Do not try to roll or handle because this can damage springs or fabrics. Protect them with a sheet or mattress cover if you choose.
Medicines: Seal bottles and jar stoppers. Wrap individually, placing them upright in small cartons or metal waste containers.
Mirrors: For storage or long distance moving, they must be crated for safe handling. Wall mirrors will be removed by the movers, if they are not fastened to the walls. Mirrors will not be installed on walls at the new residence. Mirror tops on furniture will be taken off and replaced at destination.
Mowers and Gasoline Powered Tools: Drain gas tanks and empty oil reservoirs. No flammable mixtures or articles may be transported on public carriers. See here for a list of non-allowed items.
Paintings – Pictures: Place small pictures safely between the folds of blankets or pillows in drawers or cartons. Large and valuable pictures and paintings must be padded, wrapped, and crated for moving.
Stereos: Refer to your owner’s manual for proper procedure. For systems with record players: Secure the tone arm and turntable against the movement by tying. Secure the changer to avoid its moving forward. On delicate, expensive players, it is wise to have this done by an experienced serviceman. For systems with CD players: Make sure all CDs are removed from the player before transporting. Some systems come equipped with a lock feature that secures all interior moving parts. Make sure this is in the lock position before transport.
Records, Tapes, and CDs: Pack records, tapes, and CDs on end, side by side, to provide the greatest resistance to weight pressure. Use small cartons only.
Plants: Handle these items personally or give them to your florist to send to your destination. The moving company will not assume responsibility for living plants.
Refrigerators: Defrost and thoroughly dry your refrigerator before moving. This is very important. The doors should be left open several hours to air after defrosting. Remove all pans, trays, crispers, shelves, or removable parts and wrap separately. Have your refrigerator serviced. Motor may have to be bolted down before moving. Do not plug it in at the new home until it has been unbolted.
Rugs: It is not necessary to remove rugs from floors. Our moving staff can do this for you. They will be rolled to avoid crushing. If they are to be stored, have them cleaned. Tacks should be removed from carpeting before our movers arrive.
Sewing machines: These do not need special servicing for local moving. For long distance, the driver will stuff paper in and around the machine and place paper between the lid and base to prevent rubbing.
Silverware & Silver Pieces: Leave in original containers or wrap in cloth, low sulphur-content paper, or tissue and pack in boxes. Place padding in silver chests to prevent moving and scratching.
Stoves: Must be disconnected prior to pickup. Be sure gas lines are shut off tight and capped, if possible. For electric ranges, if the coils are loose, they must be removed together with griddles, deep fryers and removable parts, then packed separately.
Television sets: Refer to your owner’s manual for proper procedure. Some sets require that they be checked before moving. Some color TV’s must be serviced both before and after moving. Television antennas should be removed from rooftops and disassembled.
Toilet Articles: Seal the corks and stoppers of cosmetics, medicines, and perfume bottles with natural nail polish, paraffin, or masking tape before wrapping separately in paper and placing upright in cartons or metal waste containers.
Tools: If they are valuable, wrap separately. Tools, as a rule, can be put into small storage cartons without wrapping individually.
Valuables: You should handle legal documents, all important papers, jewels and currency personally. Keep them in your immediate possession.
Washers: Automatic washers must be serviced by an authorized service man. Motors should be checked and secured, tumbler action protected and fastened in place.