Essential Packing Tips



Berman Moving & Storage has been in the business for over 100 years and have picked up some tips and tricks over time. We want to pass them along to you to help make your moving experience as stress-free as possible.

  1. Label each box as follows: Name, Room, Contents

  2. Drain all fluids from power & yard tools so they won't leak. Dispose of all corrosive & volatile chemicals such as oil, anti-freeze and gasoline.

  3. After cleaning refrigerator, allow the door to remain open for a while to decrease the humidity in the appliance. Place a stocking filled with coffee grounds or charcoal inside the freezer and refrigerator sections to prevent mildew and musty smells.

  4. Use strong, clean containers and seal them with packing tape.

  5. Try not to exceed 50 pounds in each packed container.

  6. Place heavier items on bottom and lighter items on top.

  7. Protect finished surfaces with paper to avoid mars and scratches. Use plenty of padding (clean crumpled paper, bubble wrap or styro-foam peanuts) to cushion contents. Recycle materials after the move if possible.

  8. Pack containers tightly to avoid shifting.

  9. Fragile items should be packed with extra care in their own compartmentalized boxes.

  10. Wrap electronic items individually before packing and cushion them well. We recommend using the original manufacturer's cartons for those items.

  11. Make certain all liquids and foodstuffs are in sealed containers. We do not recommend shipping opened bottles of liquid of any kind.

  12. Don't overload chests and dressers with clothing and linen items. This could cause furniture joints to separate and collapse.

  13. Do not wrap lampshades in newspaper; the ink can rub off and stain them. Wrap them in sheets or towels.

  14. Once you vacate your property, any fixtures or items left behind become the property of the new owner. Make an extra walk through prior to the van's departure.

  15. If you've hired a moving company, let them pack mirrors and pictures in special cartons to prevent possible damage.



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