Packing for a move can be a challenge. There’s so much to keep up with, and while In & Out Movers will do its best to make sure the process goes smoothly, it’s important that the moving party takes the right steps, too.
Often consumers will choose to perform the packing of their household goods themselves. It is a worthwhile way to save money on your relocation expense. It is our hope at In and Out Movers that the following tips will help you to not only save money but to ensure your things are packed properly to ensure their safe transit.
So here are some tips to help get you started (in no particular order of importance):
Here are some tips on moving large appliances.
- Unplug the refrigerator at least 24 hours prior to the move. Throw out all perishables.
- The stove must be thoroughly cleaned inside and out.
- Empty the dishwasher units and remove the utensil holder/rack. Tape the door shut.
- Washer and dryer units require special handling. Remove all hoses and pack separately in a box, and cushion the rest of the box with towels or pillows. For the washer, make sure to secure the drum. See your washer/dryer’s owner’s manual for more extensive packing instructions.
When packing electronics, try to keep them in the original carton and packing materials if possible. If that isn’t an option, just wrap equipment such as a CD player or VCR in clean paper and pad them with bubble wrap.
When transferring sensitive information, you must be certain to back up all files on your hard drive and keep the back ups with you. Also, make sure to disconnect any wires attached to movable hardware such as a modem or mouse.
That should be it for packing advice. For more general information on preparing for a move, see our page on Moving Preparation.