¨ Follow these guidelines in packing your household goods. You will save a great deal of money by packing your belongings yourself.
¨ Use strong containers that are in good condition and that can be secured tightly with tape. These can usually be purchased from your moving company.
¨ Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other special items.
¨ Label each box with its contents, which room it should go in, whether it is fragile and whether it should be loaded last so it can be unloaded first.
¨ Don't load more than 50 pounds into any one box, and make sure the weight is evenly distributed.
¨ Cushion contents with newspaper or other packing material to prevent breakage. Use newsprint or tissue paper for items that might be soiled by newspaper.
¨ Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. Alternate bindings and wrap valuable books separately.
¨ Have your rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in their wrappings for easier handling.
¨ Remove all breakables and liquids from drawers and pack them separately.
¨ Seal medicines and other containers to prevent leaking and pack in a leak-proof bag or container.
¨ Carry all valuables with you, including jewelry, documents, coin or stamp collections or anything of value.
¨ Contents of a safe deposit box can be moved for you by your bank.