Packing Tips

  • BEFORE your move, eliminate what you don’t want or need.
  • DO NOT apply a heavy coat of wax to your furniture before the move. A pad or blanket can leave marks in the finish that may not come out later. The wax can become slippery, which could cause the workers to drop the piece or incur an injury.
  • If you’re doing your own packing, be careful about overloading the cartons. To maximize safety and efficiency, ask your mover about cartons that are specially designed for moving. Do not pack all your books in one big carton — it will be too heavy to move!! Be sure to use appropriate cartons so your goods will arrive safely. (Plastic trash bags are not appropriate cartons.) Carton tops should be flat and taped securely for easier handling and safe and efficient stacking in the truck.
  • To avoid damage, be sure fragile articles are not packed in the same carton with heavy articles. Be sure to mark all cartons clearly. Unplug your TV’s and computers at least 24 hours before the move. This “cool down” period will help stabilize the working parts and help prevent damage.
  • Carry your valuables (jewelry, furs, money, etc.), medication, and important papers with you — do not pack them in the moving truck. Your contract will specify that the mover is not responsible for these items.
  • Remember, it’s “first in, last out” when loading any truck. Keep toiletries, medicines, and other necessities with you in the car on moving day.
  • Ask your mover for more ideas on preparing for your move. That’s what they do!

Courtesy Illinois Mover’s & Warehouseman’s Association