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Fort Worth, Texas 76112
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How to Pack for a Move

Posted on June 30th, 2014 by leamancontainer

Supply Checklist

  • Various Size Boxes
  • Cardboard
  • Pastic Sheets / Tarp
  • Blankets
  • Padding / Bubble Wrap
  • Newspaper / Wrapping Paper
  • Box / Shipping Tape
  • Scissors / Pocket Knife
  • Small Tool Kit
  • Sandwich Bags (to hold appliance / furniture hardware)
  • Gloves

Most of these supplies are available for order through The Box Outlet. The most popular items are included in our moving packages, to make it even easier for you to order the right amount and sizes.

Small Moving Kit Includes:

  • 18 x 12 x 12 Box (Qty – 15)
  • 18 x 18 x 16 Box (Qty – 10)
  • 24 x 18 x 18 Box (Qty – 5)
  • 2″ Tape (Qty – 1 Roll)

Medium Moving Kit Includes:

  • 18 x 12 x 12 Box (Qty – 25)
  • 18 x 18 x 16 Box (Qty – 15)
  • 24 x 18 x 18 Box (Qty – 15)
  • 2″ Tape (Qty – 1 Roll)

Large Moving Kit Includes:

  • 18 x 12 x 12 Box (Qty – 25)
  • 18 x 18 x 16 Box (Qty – 30)
  • 24 x 18 x 18 Box (Qty – 15)
  • 2″ Tape (Qty – 1 Roll)

Other Popular Items for Moving

Through our experience working with professional movers in Dallas and Fort Worth for over last 30 years, the Box Outlet has assembled these basic suggestions for preparing your items for a move.

General Packing

  • Pack as much as you can into boxes. This will provide greater protection for your belongings and will make loading your trailer much easier. Unusually shaped items take up more space and make loading more difficult.
  • Packing and padding your items are keys to having a successful move. Don’t skimp on packing supplies. They are far cheaper than broken or damaged belongings. Check out the wide variety of boxes and packing supplies The Box Outlet offers.
  • Start packing several weeks before your move date, taking it one room at a time. Begin with things you use less frequently, such as books and knick knacks. Pack each room in separate boxes and label each box with its contents.
  • Reinforce the bottom of all boxes with tape. Fill each box to its capacity, using paper or fillers to eliminate empty spaces. The top and sides of each box shouldn’t bulge, nor should they cave in when closed.
  • Pack heavy items, such as books, in smaller boxes. Keep the weight of each box down to a manageable level.
  • Leave lightweight linens and clothing in their drawers. Pack extra linens, pillows and stuffed animals in large garbage bags and tape closed. Plan to use these bags as cushions or fillers in your trailer.
  • Disassemble any items you can. Be aware of items with sharp corners or projections and keep them from puncturing or scratching other objects.
  • Pack your valuables and essentials separately and plan on keeping these items with you.

Furniture

  • Wrap with blankets or bubble wrap. Secure padding to furniture. Do not use tape directly on wood or painted surfaces.
  • Remove legs from furniture if possible. Place wing nuts or screws in envelopes or plastic bags and tape to underside of furniture.
  • Coat fine wood furnishings with wax to protect against scratches.
  • Place sofa cushions and pillows in bags to use as pads or fillers in the trailer.
  • Move dressers with contents in drawers to avoid repacking. Secure drawers from opening during transit.

Electronics

  • Whenever possible use original shipping boxes for computers, printers and other electronic items. You might even consider double boxing. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for moving when available.
  • Immobilize moving parts and remove all detachable cables and wires. Color code or label wiring for easier reinstallation. Tape electrical cords to back of appliance to prevent plug damage and wrap each piece with bubble wrap.

Major Appliances

  • Clean and dry all appliances at least 24 hours before your move date. Consider using empty space in your appliances to move lightweight or crushable items.
  • Remove broiler pan and racks from your oven. Tape burners or coil elements to the top of your stove and tape down all knobs.
  • Disconnect and empty all washing machine hoses and store them inside the machine. Immobilize the tub with a brace or by placing towels between the tub and sidewall.
  • Tape electrical cords to each appliance and tape all doors and lids closed.

Dishes and Glassware

  • Wrap breakables in tissue paper and use newspaper to fill extra spaces in boxes.
  • Pack plates on their edges. Consider using pot holders and dish towels to cushion the bottom and sides of your boxes.
  • For greater protection, consider purchasing “dish packs” sold by packaging stores.
  • Fine silver should be wrapped in cloth or silver paper.

Lamps and Decor

  • Remove all bulbs and shades from lamps. Pack in sturdy cartons labeled “fragile”.
  • Wrap each wall hanging individually with bubble wrap, blankets, or towels. Pack flat items on their edges.
  • For large mirrors or pictures, cover both sides with bubble wrap and heavy cardboard, then bind with tape.

Box Outlet Locations

East Ft. Worth / Arlington

the Box Outlet #1

5701 E. Rosedale

Fort Worth, TX 76112

817-451-8845

West Ft. Worth

the Box Outlet #2

4011-E Benbrook Hwy

Fort Worth, TX 76116

817-731-1616

Bedford

the Box Outlet #3

2106 Harwood Road

Bedford, TX 76021

817-354-8998

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