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Tips to make your move successful
One important decision facing anyone preparing to move is whether to do all or part of the packing personally or turn it over to the professionals. For the family looking for ways to lower moving costs, substantial savings can be realized when the packing chores are performed by family members.
The purpose of this page is to provide customers with helpful tips on packing so that belongings may be safely transported by FolsomRelocation.net (Folsom Relocation & Storage) without incident.
The packing skills perfected by professional packers were acquired through many years of experience and know-how. We are sharing some of these techniques with you to help guide you step-by-step as you tackle this new challenge. It's hard work, but if you give yourself plenty of time to do the job carefully, you will be amply rewarded.
Should you need further assistance, FolsomRelocation.net (Folsom Relocation & Storage) will be glad to provide answers to your questions.
Items of extraordinary value such as jewelry and coin collections should not go in the van. Take them with you! You may want to contact FolsomRelocation.net (Folsom Relocation & Storage) concerning packaging and special handling of fine paintings, sculpture, antiques, and similar delicate items.
Another point to remember: Cartons can be handled easier if they do not exceed 50 lbs., fully packed.
Some Things to Consider
Your kitchen table will serve as an excellent spot for packing all your kitchen items, but to prevent scratching the table, you should cover the surface with a blanket or thick pad.
Less expensive glasses and cups can be "nested" (one placed inside another) and three or four wrapped in a bundle. Tear or cut up some small sheets of paper. Use at least a couple of small sheets between each glass/cup as a protective lining.
Small Kitchen Appliances
It's best to pack items such as blenders, toasters, can openers, coffee makers, etc., together in one or two boxes (more as necessary) rather than in other boxes with other goods. When unpacking, they will all be together in the same place. Wrap each appliance individually with two or three sheets of packing paper.
When all appliances have been packed, if there are any small spaces, wad-up packing paper and fill them in. However, if you have a great amount of space over, you can fill the carton with items such as pots and pans.
Pots and Pans
Approximately three pots or pans can be "nested" one inside the other. Tear or cut pieces of packing paper large enough to line two or three sheets in the entire interior of the largest pan.
Repeat the process and place pans upside down in the middle of your paper stack. Use at least three sheets of paper to wrap the pans.
Start by grasping one corner of approximately 3 sheets of paper, pulling over and covering the pans. Pull the next 3 corners over one at a time, then seal the bundle with masking tape. Pack in a medium-sized carton.
Use same procedure for large bowls.
More Kitchen Packing Tips
Boxed foods (cereals, etc): Seal boxes that have been opened with masking tape No need to wrap in packing paper NOTE If your shipment is going into storage, you should dispose of opened foods because they might attract rodents and insects.
Spices: Make sure all cans are closed and won't leak If in doubt, seal with tape.
Canister sets: Contents may he in canisters. sealing them with tape. Each canister should be individually wrapped with packing paper.
FolsomRelocation.net (Folsom Relocation & Storage) does not require your lamp to be packed. We will wrap them in our moving pads. We do require that all lamp shades, globes, and bulbs be removed and packed separately.
Shades: Where possible, lamp shades should be "nested" so that two or three can be packed in the carton. Use CLEAN packing paper (NEVER NEWSPAPERS) as protective linings between each shade. Use the wire rim of the shade to gently lower it into the box to avoid soiling shade.
To more fully utilize some of the lost space in a lamp carton, place something soft such as hats, small pillows, small blankets or bath towels inside the shades. Do NOT pack wadded-up paper around the shades because this could crush them and cause damage.
Be sure and mark all sides of the carton in large bold letters: "FRAGILE" - "LAMP SHADES."
Small pictures can be wrapped and placed on edge in normal packing boxes with other goods. Extremely large pictures such as the type commonly found hanging over a sofa or mantle (usually measuring 24" x 36" or larger) do no need to be packed. just add them to your inventory list. FolsomRelocation.net (Folsom Relocation & Storage) will wrap them in our moving pads.
Hat and Shoe Boxes: Small boxes of this type should be consolidated and packed into larger boxes, filling in all spaces with wadded-up paper.
Toys: Most toys do not have to be wrapped in packing paper; just place them in large cartons and seal. Any toys to large for a box FolsomRelocation.net (Folsom Relocation & Storage) will take as is. Make sure you add them to your inventory list.
Loose Shoes: Dress shoes should be wrapped in paper and placed in a box.
Records: Stand on end and cushion carton well to prevent damage.
Medicines: Tape all caps securely - do not pack with food items.
Artificial Flowers: Wrap generously around the base and pack separately in well-cushioned carton. Mark "fragile" and "this end up".
Tools: Brooms, rakes, etc. should be bundled tightly together. Hand tools should remain in tool box or wrapped individually and place in well-cushioned carton.
Clothing: Wardrobe cartons are specially designed to provide clean, wrinkle-free movement of clothing. Each wardrobe carton will hold 2 feet of hanging clothes. Let FolsomRelocation.net (Folsom Relocation & Storage) know the total number of wardrobe cartons you will need. Suitcases and cartons lined with clean paper may also be used.
Drapes/Curtains: Fold lengthwise and secure to padded hanger in clothing wardrobe (same as above), or carefully pack in cartons lined with clean paper.
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If you follow the suggestions listed, you will not only save money but you can experience a trouble-free move as well.
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