Packing Made Easy
Our experience with household and commercial moves since 1930 allows us to share a wealth of tips for successfully planning and packing for your home or office relocation.
Separate Your Valuables
Some things should stay with you as you move, such as:
Cash, securities, jewelry and furs, firearms, (consult local laws), personal papers and documents (like birth certificates, insurance policies and deeds), coin and stamp collections, special family photographs, moving-related documents.
What You Will Need
If you decide to do the packing yourself, you will need a few materials to start:
- Unprinted newspaper and tissue paper (newspaper ink can soil and even damage some items)
- 2’’ plastic tape (to assemble and close cartons)
- Utility knife
- Permanent markers
- Boxes (See packing)
Here are some suggestions we’d like to share with you:
- Purchase the moving cartons and packing you’ll need for the moving. Although it might be cheaper to track down and use free boxes from local stores, you must remember 2 things. The first is that moving cartons are specifically designed for packing household goods. They come in specific sizes that help ease the moving process. And second, the time spent on looking for free boxes isn’t really free. The time you spend on searching for boxes can prolong the moving process, increase stress, and waste fuel. Moving Professionals can help you choose the sizes and kinds you’ll need.
- Wrap fragile articles the way professionals do; use two layers of unprinted newspaper per glass, dish, figurine, etc. Wrap firmly, but loosely enough, to provide a cushioning effect.
- Don’t overcrowd boxes. Professionals pack boxes so articles cushion each other. The top of the box should close with slight pressure. Don’t mix incompatible items (like books with glasses). Pack clothing in our special wardrobe containers. That way your clothes will hang straight and stay clean and virtually wrinkle-free.
- Pack glasses standing on end, upside down, and not on their sides. Stack dishes on edge, and fill empty spaces with wadded unprinted newspaper. Before packing the dish barrel, layer the bottom of the carton with crumpled unprinted newspaper.
- Pack lampshades, mirrors, pictures, etc., in special cartons designed for them. Ask your moving representative for guidance.
- Tape boxes across tops and edges. Seal every opening tightly.
- Pack your belongings room by room to make unpacking easier. Label each box with your name, Atlas contract number, the room the box goes to, and a brief description of the contents. Mark items you’ll need right away once you move with ‘‘Unpack First’’and mark only truly fragile items with ‘‘Fragile.’’
- Don’t pack paints, turpentine, pressurized cans, and corrosive items like bleach or any flammable liquid. The law forbids movers to carry flammables. Properly dispose of or give away anything that could cause a fire or damage.
Packing Personal Electronics
When packing a personal computer, these steps will help you prepare it for safe transport.
- To pack your computer we strongly recommend that you use the computer’s original cartons and packing materials. If they’re not available, use a box that is both strong and big enough to hold the computer, and pack it with unprinted newspaper. For more advice, your local computer dealer can answer other questions.
- Back up your software and data files. Take these with you or send to your destination via insured mail.
- Unhook all cables and power cords, indicating their positions for easy setup. Pack cords separately.
- Use only static-free packing materials like clean, wadded unprinted newspaper (not standard bubble wrap or packing peanuts). When bubble wrap and packing peanuts are moving around they can create static, which might damage any mechanical or electronic devices you have packed.
- Create a base layer of wadded unprinted newspaper and place your computer on top of that layer. Then surround sides and top with more wadded unprinted newspaper until firmly packed. Then seal carton with packing tape.
- Remove all ink cartridges from the printer.