Pack Like a Pro

Lighthouse Vanlines leads the pack when it comes to preparation. We are a relocation company that firmly believes that failing to prepare is preparing to fail. This is why we go to great lengths to ensure that all relocation questions and concerns are addressed and handled accordingly. One of the biggest issues consumers have when moving is preparing to pack; at times it seems as this is some insurmountable task and for this reason it is usually put off until the very end. The effect this has on the consumer is devastating, we seek to educate, inform, and guide the consumer to alleviate this unnecessary anxiety. Whether you are doing the packing or we are packing you need to know what to be prepared for. The self pack checklist listed below is for those who elect to do their own packing, it provides you the tools you require to pack like a pro and to see to it that your move goes off without a hitch. Leave it to the pros we will lighten your load.

  • You will need the following packing supplies:
    • Moving Boxes
    • Bubble wrap
    • Markers
    • Packing tape
    • Newspaper and tissue
    • Scissors
    • Tape measure
  • Purchase double and triple corrugated cardboard boxes for packing clothes, dishes, wardrobe and other special items.
  • Pack video equipment in their original boxes. If you do not have original boxes measure the item and purchase the box that best fits the items dimensions. Label cables and tighten screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.
  • Avoid packing more than 50 pounds into one box.
  • Label the boxes, indicate the following:
    • Which room it should go(either a number associated with each room/color stickers)
    • Whether it is fragile
    • Which side of the box should be facing up
  • Cushion contents when packaging fragile items make sure to use ample bubble wrap, newspaper, or tissue. You can save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
  • Pack books snugly on end to maximize the usage of space. If you are looking to rid your house of the musty smell books can accumulate over time, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing. To really eradicate that musty smell leave the boxes packed for a couple of months with the talcum powder.
  • Take rugs and draperies to dry clean before moving and leave them in wrappings for the move.
  • Pack medicines in a secure, leak proof container. All important medicines are to travel with you.
  • Pack valuables in a separate box to carry with you.

How to Pack Like a Pro

  • Plan to receive necessary packing materials in advance – When packing your own household items it is best to secure the packing materials as quickly as possible so you may pack at your leisure. Packing with a very tight timeline can cost you peace of mind, and will compound any anxiety the move has already caused you. For those looking for the most thriftiest of options, you can save a substantial amount of money, by obtaining boxes from other sources such as friends who have recently moved and/or stores(liquor stores are the best). Starting to collect boxes two to three months prior to your move date will make it possible to obtain enough boxes.
  • Select the proper size and type of boxes – Heavy items such as record albums, canned food, books, etc. should be put in smaller boxes. Some items such as large paintings, pictures, mirrors, glass tops, shelves, clocks and mattresses may require special boxes i.e. mirror boxes which are typically 40 inches by 60 inches 4 inches wide, it’s a protective quadrant that essentially pulls apart so the fragile item may be snugly fit within the box  or packing material which we can provide or you could secure ahead of time.
  • Pack one room at a time – Packing may appear to be an insurmountable task when viewed from the perspective of the entire house or the whole move process. Packing one room at a time (stay with that room until it is fully packed) has the effect of dividing the overall task into several smaller and more manageable tasks. This approach will make it possible to set realistic goals, i.e. pack the bedroom today, the kitchen tomorrow, etc.
  • Tape both sides of the box top and bottom – Taping the bottom of boxes before filling them prevents the contents from spilling out of the box and causing unecessary
  • Heavy items go on the bottom – Light items stacked on heavy – In each box the heavier items should be placed at the bottom and the lighter items on top to prevent damage.
  • Use a lot of paper padding – All breakable items should be wrapped individually in paper, bubble wrap, tissue paper or a combination of all three depending on the item. Paper, tissue paper, or bubble wrap should be used to cushion the bottom, sides and top of boxes.
  • Place breakables correctly in box – Plates are to be stacked vertically as if in a dish drain; glasses and stemware should be placed in an upright position; again, use plenty of paper, bubble wrap or tissue paper on all fragile and breakable items.
  • Pack boxes correctly – Fill all boxes to the top without overfilling. Boxes with items sticking over the top cannot be properly closed or stacked; boxes that are under filled will be crushed when stacked. So always make sure each box is filled totally to the top before closing. Any space at the top can be filled with paper, bubble wrap, towel, blanket or other similar items.
  • Close box and seal shut with tape – Boxes should be closed and sealed with tape to prevent damage and make stacking easier.
  • Label each box – Use a permanent marker to clearly label each box as to its general contents and the room it is to be placed in at destination. Label on the side of each box rather than on the top so that box in stacks can be identified. If a box is packed in a manner that requires it to be always kept in an upright position, draw arrows on each side indicating which end must always be kept up. Any boxes containing particularly fragile items should be labeled as such.
  • Stack cartons – Time will be saved on your move if you arrange cartons in stacks of similar sized cartons four to five feet high. This enables the cartons to be easily dollied from the house to the truck.