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03/29/05

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PACKING TIPS


RECOMMENDED PACKING MATERIALS

Cartons:
Packing cartons are specifically designed in various sizes for various purposes and the contents they contain. The cartons that you may get from your local grocery or liquor store may be damaged, cut or have the corners crushed. Look for cartons in good condition with the covers intact. You may also ask your mover regarding the purchase of used or new cartons. They will have cartons specifically designed for items such as mirrors, beds, china, clothing etc.

Packing Paper:
You may save up newspaper for use in packing, but note the ink may rub off onto the items packed requiring cleaning before being put away. You can purchase packing paper from your mover, which will not soil your belongings.

Packing Tape:
Masking tape is not recommended. The best tape is plastic and approximately 1.5 to 2 inches wide.

Bubble Wrap and Tissue.:
Used to wrap very delicate, fragile items such as figurines.

Scissors or a cutting blade.

Markers:
Used to label the contents of cartons.

GENERAL PACKING GUIDELINES
Begin packing well in advance.Start with items least used in your household.
Pack one room at a time, labeling each carton with the general contents and the destination room in the new home.
Cartons containing fragile or high value items should be clearly marked for your mover.
Follow the guideline below as to what cartons to use for your belongings, and remember, the heavier the contents, the smaller the carton.
Ensure the bottoms of the cartons are well taped to hold the contents.
When packing individual cartons, place the heavier items on the bottom, graduating to the lightest items on top.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
It is best to take the following paperwork and valuables with you, rather than have them packed and transported by your mover.

Cash
Coin/stamp collections
Deeds/wills
Mortgage or rental paperwork
Stock/bond certificates
Jewelry
Family photos or videos
Contents of safety deposit box

DO NOT PACK
The following items are classified as dangerous or hazardous goods and cannot be transported by your mover.

Aerosol cans/ Bleach and Cleaning Fluids
Paints and paint thinner
Matches and Lighter Fluid
Batteries
BBQ tanks or Pressurized tanks
Flammable or corrosive chemicals
Ammunition and/or Loaded firearms
Firecrackers/Flares/Explosives
Perishable goods/Food in glass jars
Gasoline/Kerosene

CARTON TYPES
Crystal/Dresden Carton:
These small cartons are used for packing small, very fragile items which are then put into other cartons.

Small Boxes:
The small boxe is a small carton used for heavy items such as books, CDs, canned food, tools. The heavier the contents, the smaller the carton.

Medium Boxes:
The medium box is often used for mid-weight, midsize items such as pots, pans, clothing, shoes, nonperishable food items.

Large Boxes:
The large box is generally used for items such as bedding, linen, towels, lampshades, toys, etc.

China Barrel
This is a thick carton used to pack dishes, china and glassware, lamps items of a fragile nature.

Mirror/Picture Carton
These cartons come in varying sizes and can telescope to fit varying sizes of pictures, mirrors, etc.

Wardrobe Carton
These tall cartons have a bar that attaches across the top to allow clothing on hangers to be placed on the bar and packed. They can also be used for drapes or without the bar for bulky items that are not too heavy.

Mattress Carton or Mattress bag
These cartons or bags come in every size for every mattress and box spring type.

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