One of the most important steps to planning your upcoming move is preparation, which in this case means packing of all the small, miscellaneous and fragile/delicate items you’ve decided to take with you to your new home or office. While our moving team will, by default, address all larger furniture by disassembly where required and applying blankets and pads for added protection, the choice whether to pack your boxes, fragile items and fabric upholstered items using our professional movers or by yourself is up to you. If you decide to reduce the cost of your move by doing some of the packing yourself, here is a glossary of useful and popular supplies. See our packing tips for more information, and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information regarding packing supplies and services.
Glossary of moving supplies
1.5 cubic foot moving boxes or book cartons: These are the smallest and easiest to handle. They are designed and used for small and heavy items like books, DVD’s, canned goods, shoes, etc. It’s recommended not to overload the boxes and to pack similar items together.
3 cubic foot moving box or medium cartons: These are the boxes used for smaller items, such as small tools, appliances, shoes, and clothes.
4.5 cubic foot moving box or large cartons: These boxes are larger and in this way used for lighter items like stuffed toys and pillows.
6 cubic foot box or large cartons: You should use these boxes for the lightest objects. Otherwise it will be difficult to handle them.
Upright cartons: For your special-sized items such as lamps or statues.
Picture / Mirror moving boxes: these boxes are offered in both sizes – large and small, and are specially designed to be customized by telescoping in and out. The corners of each box are reinforced and this makes them perfect for large glasses, mirrors, and pictures which should be secured with bubble wrap.
Boxes for moving dishes or dish barrels: these are the strongest boxes that are the perfect choice for small fragile items, usually dishes, small figurines, etc.
Dish pack boxes: The dish pack boxes are reinforced with cellular inserts in order to form separate cells for the items. They are perfect for china, glassware and crystal ware.
Wardrobe boxes: In order to move your clothing wrinkle-free and clean, you should use these “portable closets” in which all your clothes are on hangers.
Mattress covers: Specially designed for mattress in order to protect them from dirt and tearing.
Packing paper/plain newsprint – The paper should be un printed and is used to wrap and pad everyday items. Prevents from scratching.
Tissue paper – It is a soft paper that you should use for the wrapping of delicate items like glass figurines. Prevents from scratching and provides cushioning .
Bubble wrap – The bubble wrap is perfect for larger fragile items like lamps in addition to small, fragile items.
Pink bubble wrap – An anti-static bubble wrap used for electronics, such as TVs or computers. This type of bubble wrap does not cause static electricity.
Resealable plastic bags – You can use these bags for all the nuts and bolts of your disassembled items.
Packing tape – Considered a pressure sensitive tape used in a wide variety of applications, commonly used for sealing boxes and packages for shipments. Stronger than duct tape.