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What’s The Best Way To Pack My Things?

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General Tips: 

Use actual moving boxes.  Heavy duty medium and small boxes are most common.  Bubble wrap and packing paper is your friend!  Don’t skip on packing materials, if it is worth taking it is worth packing well.  Keep boxes around 40lbs max so they don’t burst open or crush your other boxes.  Most boxes have a crush test limit and weight limit stamped on the bottom.  Packing two smaller, lighter boxes is better than one large heavy box.  Some items are best in their original packaging or in a specialized box, such as picture boxes, flat screen tv boxes, foam padded boxes.  Make sure to fill boxes and not leave void/air space inside.  Scrunched up packing paper helps to fill void space in boxes and protect your items.  Tape along all the box’s seamsSimilar sized boxes stack together the neatest.


Where do I buy moving boxes and supplies?

We find it is cheapest for customers to purchase their moving supplies locally, such as a local home depot type store, self storage store, truck rental store, or even online.  We recommend you use actual moving boxes for shipping as they hold up the best.
Basic Supplies: boxes, tape, packing paper, bubble wrap, cutter or scissors, thick marker.


Are plastic tubs ok to use?

While we recommend using cardboard moving boxes as they hold up the best, yes you can use the plastic totes/tubs.  We always recommend you tape the lids on really well and wrap the plastic tub itself with duct tape.  We have found that when damage occurs on plastic tubs it is usually them cracking- from the weight or vibrations along its journey, so having the tape wrapped around it helps keep it together.



  Small 1.5 cubic feet = 16 x 12 x 12 inches

A book box, or useful for smaller but heavier items.


  Medium 3 cubic feet = 18 x 18 x 16 inches

Most commonly used for most household items

  Large 4.5 cubic feet = 24 x 18 x 18 inches

Bigger but lighter items such as blankets, towels


Example:  12 medium boxes stack onto a pallet up to 61 inches tall.  Leaving some room on the top for other smaller boxes etc too.

Example:  8 large boxes stack together on a pallet up to 36 inches tall and another 36 inches of room for some medium and small boxes.





The Moving Doctor
The Moving Doctor
"The Moving Doctor", Mark Nash has been in the moving business for over 33 years and currently sits on the board of the International Shippers Association and the Commercial Affairs committee at the International Association of Movers (IAM).

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