Packing can be easy if you follow
some simple directions. Start packing early, pack a little each day
and pack one room at a time. It is also important to purchase the
right packing materials.
We suggest that you buy
uniform-sized boxes from a packing store. Supermarket or liquor store boxes
tend to crush easily. A packing store will also be able to supply you
with the other materials you'll need.
Buy the Following
You'll need several different-sized
You'll also need:
4 or 5 rolls of box sealing tape,
2 or 2 1/2 inches wide (not masking tape).
Plain paper (newsprint can smear)
Large, heavy-duty plastic trash
Plastic mattress cover(s)
Clear a table for a work area and
have available several rolls of tape, a pair of scissors, unprinted paper,
labels, boxes, bubble wrap and a bathroom scale to weigh boxes.
Tape boxes on both the top and
bottom in cross-like fashion for maximum strength.
Label the side of each box.
Mark the contents and the room where you want the box placed in your new
home. Write "fragile" on the box, if applicable.
Packing Individual Items
China and Glassware - Line
the bottom of a medium-sized carton or a special dish pack with four inches
of crumpled paper. Wrap individual items in bubble wrap or plain
paper. Pack cups with rim sides down. Stand plates on end in
cartons; never lay them flat. Stuff glasses and stemware with crumpled
paper before wrapping and place in upright positions, not on their sides.
Leave enough room at the top of each box for another four inches of crumpled
Computer and Electronic
Equipment - Pack in the boxes these items came in or have the packaging
store make special boxes for you. If you decide to use standard boxes,
wrap items separately with bubble wrap and then carefully pack in sturdy
cartons lined with newsprint or loose fill. We can blanket-wrap your
electronic equipment, but we can only be responsible for properly packed
Pictures and Mirrors - Pack
in special mirror cartons or wrap in bubble wrap and pack in sturdy boxes
lined with newsprint.
Lamps - Separate lamp parts.
Wrap shade in bubble wrap and stack them one on top of the other in large
cartons. Wrap bases in bubble wrap and pack in boxes packed with
Linens, Pillows and Folded
Clothing - Pack in heavy-duty plastic trash bags.
Futons - Wrap in plastic.
You may be able to get the right-sized plastic covering from a futon store.
Bureau Items - Empty
drawers. Don't tape bureau drawers shut. Tape can ruin the wood
Books, Records and CDs -
Pack in small boxes.
File Cabinets - Empty
contents and pack in boxes.
Free Weights - Pack in
plastic milk crates.
Plants - Loosely tie
branches with string. Wrap plastic bags around the bottom of containers.
Stop watering plants a few days before your move.
Tools and Gardening Equipment
- Tie long-handled tools together. Pack smaller tools in small
Barbecues - Be sure all the
ash is cleaned out.
Protection Coverage on Your Move
"The household goods moving
industry is regulated by the Public Utilities Commission in the State of
California. Coverage on your possessions is set forth in law by the
Public Utilities Commission in the MAX 4 Tariff."
Basic Coverage is included in
the hourly rate at no charge to the shipper. The term "60 cents per
pound per article" is explained by multiplying 60 cents times the weight
of the damaged piece, (example: 60 cents x 100 lbs. equals $60). This is
the formula that is used to determine the amount you would recover on
cargo damage. This is minimal protection. You may want to check your
homeowner's or rental insurance policy. The carrier reserves the right
to inspect and /or repair damage.
Actual Cash Value
Actual Cash Value protection
covers the depreciated value of your goods. This depreciated value is
determined by the cost of the item when purchased new, the age of
the item, the condition when received by the carrier, and the
value you declare on the Service for Agreement under Consumer
Protections and /or Waivers (example: .63 per $100 of declared valuation
with a minimum of $10,000.) The carrier reserves the right to
inspect and /or repair damage.
Full Value protection is not
available through our company at this time.
We carry Property & General
Liability insurance for property damage. We can issue a Certificate of
Insurance for buildings we enter. Our company must perform a walk-through of
the property at the beginning and end of each address in order for us to be
We carry Workers Compensation
Insurance on our employees as mandated by Federal Law.