Packing like the Professionals

Start packing well ahead of the move. Be sure to have plenty of filling and padding material available. Newspapers, bubble wrap, linens and blankets all work well to provide extra cushioning. Dispose of everything you don't want to bring with you.

Systematically pack one room at a time. Label each box with its desired destination (bedroom, basement, kitchen, etc.). First pack items for storage. For example, if you are moving during the summer, pack your winter clothes and sports gear first. Pack heavy items (books, tools, etc.) in small boxes. Put linens and towels in medium sized boxes. Be sure to fully secure the bottoms of all your cartons so they will hold the weight of its contents. Packing tape holds more securely than masking tape. Pack heavier items toward the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top.

Also try to keep the weight of each of your boxes below 50 lbs or less. Always stack packed boxes as close as possible to where you will park the truck. Loading like the Professionals Pre-mark all of your boxes. This will insure that they end up in the right rooms.

Make a floor plan of your new residence. It helps speed the unloading if everyone knows exactly where to place the furniture. Load boxes first and furniture last. This way the path will be clear when you load (and unload) your furniture.

Please make sure your muscles are warmed up and stretched out. It's very easy to pull muscles when moving. And practice safe lifting techniques!

Check to make sure the utilities have been connected, and follow up on any delays. Make sure your phone is connected. Ideally, you should have the telephone company hook it up the day before you move in.

Confine your pets to help keep them from running away or becoming stressed by all of the activity.

To prevent possible damage, televisions, stereos, computers, other electronic equipment and major appliances should not be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room temperature.

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Bud Orth & Associates, Inc.
6939 Mariner Drive
Racine, WI 53406
Fax 262.886.6906

Information contained herein subject to change without notice.