Packing Tips for Residential Customers
You're moving, you have a million things going on. Any chore you can get rid of will help you with your peace of mind. While Bisson's trained people carefully and meticulously pack your household, you can be taking care of those other final details.
Bisson can make your move care-free with our professional packing personnel. Our trained packers use nothing but clean, sturdy materials designed especially for moving: boxes, crates and cartons designed to protect your china, glassware, clothing, pictures and antiques... or files, computers and office supplies. Give yourself a break and have us do the packing. However, should you wish to pack yourself, here are a few tips to ensure your belongings arrive in good condition.
- Pack cartons snugly - Use unprinted newspaper (ink stains) to fill in "holes". Fill to the top, when stacked, half-full cartons tend to crush. Wrap items that could be scratched or crushed.
- Stay under 50 lbs. per carton - Someone has to lift it, if its too heavy the bottom can fall and damage the contents. Tape each carton securely, do not use masking tape.
- Use a Bisson Dishpack for fragile items - The individual sections inside the carton are designed to hold plates in one section, glasses and stem-ware in another, and cups in a third. Pack dishes on edge, side by side and at the bottom of the carton.
- Point cup handles and pitcher spouts - toward the center of the carton, never next to the sidewall.
- Pack books and records on end in a small carton - Valued books should be wrapped in paper or tissue first. Nest lamp shades separately in lightly crumpled paper.
- Do not pack flammables, aerosols, bleach, corrosives or plastic squeeze bottles - Its best to take them in your car, or give them away. Tape shut food boxes and medicines.
- Avoid liquids - Tightly sealed glass containers may be wrapped and packed if there is no danger of freezing in transit.
- Mark your packed cartons well - It will be much easier for you to find what you are looking for.
- Prepare a 'First Day' carton - Pack a few dishes, soap, towels, toilet paper, toys, a lamp, etc.
- Use "natural" containers - Leave clothing in bureaus and dressers. Be sure to remove heavy, fragile or flammable items.
- Protect mirrors, pictures and glasses in flat cartons - Small pictures can be wrapped and packed on edge in medium cartons.
- Use common sense - Make sure everything is well padded and secure from movement inside the carton.