Essential Packing Guidelines

  • Tape all appliance doors shut when moving.
  • Wedge doors open in storage.
  • Secure all moveable parts with paper or a wedge.
  • Wrap a paper pad around each item for protection.
  • Freezers, refrigerators, washers, and dryers make excellent packing cartons for bedding, towels, and clothing.
  • Always clean your stove before moving and give utility companies a few days notice to disconnect appliances.
  • For smaller appliances like microwaves or blenders, pack them in boxes with adequate padding around them. Fill any empty spaces with packing material to prevent shifting.
  • Load appliances onto the moving truck last, and secure them properly with straps or rope to prevent movement. Avoid stacking heavy items on top of appliances.
  • Protect all chair legs by wrapping them in packing paper.
  • Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.
  • Secure bed rails together with rope or plastic tape.
  • As you take beds apart, mark all pieces so you know how to properly reassemble them. Store mattresses and box springs on long edges.
  • Wrap them for protection, and elevate them off of the floor.
  • Fill your bureau drawers with a few small and fragile items. THEN, make sure you tape those drawers shut!
  • If moving heavy furniture across floors, use furniture sliders to prevent damage to both the furniture and the floor surfaces.
  • BONUS TIP: Measure both the furniture and the doorways or hallways of your new home to ensure the furniture will fit through.
  • Wrap items like glassware in packing paper and pad with crumpled paper – same goes for dishes.
  • Store mirrors, glass table tops, and any flat glass in a sturdy crate on edge, not flat.
  • You can also wrap glass separately in blankets or place heavy cardboard between each piece, and place them between mattresses.
  • We sell packing paper in our office to assist in keeping fragile items safe.
  • Alternatively, you can use soft items that are being packed anyway to bolster items – like blankets, towels and clothing.
  • Pack books in small cartons, keeping the weight under 30 pounds for easy lifting.
  • Line all book cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper. Garbage bags work well as a liner.
  • Pack Strategically: Place heavier items at the bottom and lighter ones on top.
  • Invest in or rent equipment like furniture dollies, hand trucks, or moving straps to safely move heavy items. These tools can reduce strain and prevent injuries.

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These tips are only recommended by Somersworth Storage, LLC and should be followed with caution. We will not be held responsible for any injury or damage incurred by the implementation of any of these storage tips.