Packing & Crating
Proper and complete packing is the most important part of a move. Proper and complete packing is imperative for protecting your goods and the best packed homes move at maximum efficiency and safety.
Packing is usually done in one of three ways:
Full Service Packing
We come in and pack your entire household in usually one day. The advantage of this method is it keeps your residence functional until move day. Our packing services take the heavy work off your hands literally.
Breakable Only Packing
We come in and pack breakables such as dishes, glassware, artwork, china, ornaments, mirrors, glass tabletops, glass shelves, lamps, electronics, etc., and you pack the rest. Partial packing is great for the do-it-yourselfer who may want help with fragile items.
This is by far the most common method and a great way to go. You save a bundle doing it yourself. Using the proper packing materials is very important to do the packing as efficiently and as safely as possible. It is important to do a correct pack job because incorrect packing is a prime cause of damage, and movers insurance will not cover items packed yourself unless there is obvious damage to the box.
For all the help you need to do a fine pack job please refer to our:
Packing Essentials and Box Sizes and Instructions
Please refer to the prohibited items list to be certain that no Non-Allowable Items are packed.
Box Sizes and Instructions
China Barrel Box or Dish Pack: the china barrel box is the most important box because all glass household items are packed in a china barrel box. It is the sturdiest box, designed to protect the items inside and to prevent other boxes and items from crushing it. Even the best constructed boxes must be packed properly so please study the following suggestions:
Kitchen China Barrel:
Amply cushion the bottom of the box with crumpled paper and for the bottom layer start heavy items such as dinner plates, platters, corning ware, & cannisters. Always pack plates, saucers, bowls, and platters on their sides or edges and NEVER lay them flat. Fill in spaces with crumpled paper to ensure a snug fit. Apply another layer of cushioning and pack medium weight items such as saucers, small plates, mugs, bowls, & small cannisters. Apply another layer of cushioning and use the top layer for light and more delicate items such as glasses and cups. Always pack these in an upright position and never lay flat. Leave enough room at the top of the box for a final layer of cushioning. Remember, if any moves or shifts when a box is moved, it is not properly packed and needs more cushioning.
Dining Room China Barrel:
The procedures for packing china and crystal are the same as the instructions for packing kitchen dishes and glassware but, these items are generally of higher monetary value so use more cushioning for the layers and around the items and follow the procedure of packing the heaviest items first and finishing with stemware and china cups as your top layer.
Living Room/Family Room China Barrel:
The items to be packed in china barrels from these rooms are the fragile items such as vases, figurines, ornaments, clocks, lamps, etc. Again follow the procedures of cushioning layers with heavier items first and finishing with lighter items. China barrels work well for lamps. Use plenty of cushioning and one lamp can be placed in each corner of the box. If there is enough room for ample cushioning, sometimes one lamp can be packed in the middle of the box between the four lamps and be certain to use plenty of cushioning between the lamps so they do not come into contact each other.
The best packing method for fragile items is to use Two 2 cubic boxes inside one china barrel box. Two 2 cubic boxes placed one on top of the other fit inside one china barrel box perfectly – you only need a small amount of cushioning on top of the second 2 cube box to bring the inside level to the top of the china barrel to snugly close the top flaps of the china barrel. Of course pack the items well into the 2 cube boxes using plenty of cushioning. This is simply the best box packing method you can give your fragile items for the ultimate level of protection.
Mirror or Picture Box:
The mirror box is used for paintings, pictures, mirrors, glass shelves, glass table tops, wall hangings, etc. Place plenty of cushioning in the bottom of the mirror box, wrap items in paper pads and stand the item on its side edge in the box. Fill in areas on both sides of the box with cushioning. Normally two items are put into each mirror box but up to four thinner items can be packed in one mirror box as long as it does not make the box too heavy.
This box is for hanging clothes only. Wardrobes must be packed tight enough to prevent hangers from falling from the bar but loose enough to prevent unnecessary wrinkling of clothes. You can put light loose items in the bottom of a wardrobe box such as sheets, linens, shoes, gift wrap rolls, etc. Be sure no items have any sharp edges that would snag clothing.
** There is no need to purchase wardrobe boxes as we usually bring wardrobe boxes with us on move day and you can pack & unpack wardrobe boxes on moving day.
When you need to ship valuable and fragile items we design and build custom wood crates for each item for maximum protection to ensure the safe transportation of your items. The ultimate protection for these items can only be provided by crating and we design and build excellent custom crates to the exact specifications required.
We specialize in providing Custom Crate Solutions for domestic and international transportation.
ITEMS SUCH AS:
Uniquely shaped items
And any other such items
We provide excellent custom crates with padding, blocking, and bracing, and we build all crates here at 1st Choice Moving & Storage.
Custom crating solutions from 1st Choice Moving & Storage – The ultimate in safety and security for your valuable items.
Before your goods are packed and loaded it is important that you are aware of items which cannot be moved, shipped, or stored.
Below is a List of the most common Non-Allowable Items.
Please do not pack or otherwise have any of the following items go on a move or go into storage.
The Four Basic Categories of Prohibited Items Are:
Personal Importance / Sentimental Value
High Value or Valuable
Rings, watches, jewelry, stamp or coin collections, precious stones or metals, furs, cash, and all other valuable items must not be transported on a moving van or move into storage as they are not covered under any of our insurance policies.