Packing Tips

Packing can be tedious. Whether you're moving your home or shipping a few boxes, George’s Moving & Trucking Co., Inc., offers full packing and unpacking services. Partial packing and unpacking service is also available, such as for electrical equipment, lamps, artwork and breakables. Ask our Moving Consultant about the advantages of having us help you pack. Remember, movers are liable for damage to an item packed by you only when negligence in handling was the clear cause for this damage!      

We are offer a full line of moving services. If you choose to pack yourself, you will start packing weeks before your move. You’ll need boxes, bubble wrap for packing fragile items, tissue and ink-free packing paper, scissors, a knife for opening boxes and rolls of packing tape. You’ll also need to know how to do the job in an efficient and organized way. 

Here are a few tips that can help save your household goods from damage:       


• Reinforce the bottom of each box with at least three strips of packing tape.   

• Pack boxes firmly to prevent the contents from shifting during your move.   

• Use clean, white crumpled up paper for padding.   

• Separate all items with paper to prevent scratches.   

• Place heavier items in the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.   

• Seal open bottles with tape before packing to avoid spills.   

• Loose Items: All loose items must be placed in boxes.    

• Heavy and Light Items: Heavy items, such as books, should be placed in small boxes. Light items, such as linens, may be placed in larger boxes.    

• Breakables (Dishes, etc.): Make sure to cushion the bottom of the box before placing any breakables in. Wrap each item separately, using packing paper or newspaper, make sure that one item does not touch the other. Remove lids from ceramics and wrap each separately. Bubble-wrap may be used for special pieces. Place heavier items in the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.  Be sure to use plenty of paper to cushion each layer of plates.  Note box as fragile.    

• Side Tables and Small Cabinets: May remain full only if they are packed with light items, such as linens or clothing.  Please remove anything breakable or that may spill.          

• Dressers and Chests: Leave clothes in dressers with 3 Drawers or less Empty larger dressers.     

• Hanging Clothing: Hanging clothes will be transported in wardrobe boxes.  We will bring these on the day of the move.    

• Desks, Large and Antique Cabinets: All drawers must be emptied.    

• File Cabinets: If there are no stairs in your move, all vertical file cabinets will be moved with their contents and do not need to be emptied. Lateral file cabinets, up to two drawers high, will be moved with contents; all drawers above the second drawer must be emptied. If your move involves stairs, only two-drawer vertical file cabinets may remain full.    

• Bookcases and Wall Units: All bookcases and wall units must be emptied. The movers will separately pack all loose shelves.    

• Computers and other electronics: Back-up computers. Unplug and mark the different wires to ensure easy reconnection. Pack well in a heavy-duty box using cushioning materials.     

• Artwork and Mirrors: Artwork, such as statues and small wall hangings, should be placed in boxes and noted as fragile. All medium and large hanging artwork should be packed in special picture boxes or crated.    

• Table Lamps: Separate shades, bulbs, and bases before packing. Note the box as fragile.          

• DO NOT PACK: Money, jewelry, important papers, perishable items and flammable materials.       

Preparing Appliances and Electronics - Appliances and electronics are some of the most expensive items you own. Take these simple precautions to protect them from damage during your move.    

  Appliances: • Clean and dry washing machine. Disconnect and drain hoses. • Unplug clothes dryer and clean the lint screen. •Remove grease from the stove top/range/oven. • Dry out refrigerator and freezer, especially those with an icemaker. •Remove any glass trays from appliances. Pack them separately. • Clean small appliances, fill empty space with paper and wrap separately.           

Electronics: • Use the original carton and packing materials if possible. If not, carefully wrap electronic components like a receiver, CD player or VCR, in clean paper to protect from dust and dirt. Pad them with bubble wrap. •Carefully pack each item in a sturdy carton that is lined with paper or Styrofoam peanuts. Securely seal the carton and mark the outside of the box to indicate that it is “Extremely Fragile. • Disconnect wires attached to movable hardware, such as a modem or mouse from your computers. Detach paper holders/feeders from printers. Wrap monitors in clean linen or paper to protect from scratches. •Back up all files on your hard drive and keep the “back ups” with you, not on the moving van or truck.          

Moving is a good opportunity to get rid of unneeded items, such as old clothes, magazines, unused toys, dishes, etc. Leave these items behind. It will save you money and time, as well as provide you with a fresh start and more space at your new home.   

Label or mark each box with the proper room for easy placement at delivery. Mark boxes containing fragile items in large easy to read letters, "FRAGILE."       

We hope these tips help you prepare for your coming move.  If you have any questions during the packing process, please do not hesitate to give us a call.  If you find an item or several items that you are not comfortable packing, let us know and we will have our professional staff handle this on the day of your move.          


Thank you,   

Your Moving Professionals at George’s Moving Company, Inc.   

Serving New Jersey since 1967