Packing & Crating

Good packing is essential for a good move. If you choose to do some or all of your own packing in preparation for your move, it’s especially important that you be familiar with the techniques that will best protect your possessions.

We have found that most people prefer to have their household possessions, especially fragile items, professionally packed by a moving company. Our “Quality Labor Certification,” program teaches our packers proven techniques for safely packing your possessions.

Our certified packers have:

  • 200 hours of supervised on-the-job training
  • 30 hours of classroom training
  • Mastery of 80 skills associated with the packing process

Some items in your shipment may need custom crating, such as large mirrors, glass-top tables or chandeliers. While there is usually an additional charge for this service, crating will provide an additional level of protection for specific items.

Pack as much or as little as you prefer. Von Paris Moving & Storage is willing to do the whole job, or any part of the packing job. Whatever you decide, we want your part of the move process to go as smoothly as possible. These packing tips will help.

Preparation

Here are a few general suggestions that will make packing easier:

  • Plan how you will pack. Pack items first that you don’t use often.
  • Start packing as soon as you find out you’re moving.
  • Never pack flammable items or non-allowable
  • Use generous amounts of paper inside the carton on the top and bottom to provide good cushion.
  • List contents and room on the outside of the carton.
  • Clearly mark “Fragile” on the outside of cartons.
  • Use clean newsprint paper. Old newspapers may work, but use them carefully because the ink may rub off onto your items. Clean “newsprint” paper is available from your local agent.
  • Write “Open First” on cartons containing essential items such as cooking utensils, toiletries, etc.
  • Separate breakables and non-breakables.
  • Pack all cartons tightly.
  • Use professional packing tape. Masking tape isn’t strong enough to support fully packed cartons. Packing tape is available from your local agent.


How to Pack:

China Silver Stemware Soft Goods Shoes
Clothes Lamps Electronics Books Figurines
Bottles Mirrors/Glass Computers

China
Carefully wrap china in sheets of clean newsprint paper. Place newsprint paper in the bottom of a Dishpak for cushioning. Wrap each piece individually then wrap up to three in a bundle with a double layer of paper. Place these bundled items in the carton in a row on edge.

Surround each bundle with crushed paper, being careful to leave no unfilled spaces. Add two or three inches of crushed paper on top of the bundle to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier. Horizontal cardboard dividers can be helpful in keeping layers level. Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls can make up a second layer. Wrap and pack in the same way as larger items.

Silver
Silver is nested together and wrapped. The nested packs are cushioned in the silver chest. The chest is then wrapped in clean paper.


Stemware
Stemware is individually wrapped with protective paper inserted into the goblet and around the stem. Each goblet is cushioned by a thick wrapping and placed stem up in a specially tiered Dishpak.


Soft Goods
Soft goods like pillows and bedding are packed in lined cartons separated by layers of clean paper.
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Shoes
Pack shoes in their original shoe box, if possible, and place in a carton. If shoe boxes are not available, individually wrap them to prevent abrasive damage.
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Clothes
Clothes are left on hangers and hung in special wardrobe cartons.
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Lamp Shades and Bases
Handle lampshades by their wire frames only and place in a carton lined with paper. Surround the shade with protective paper. Shades can be nested inside each other, as long as they are separated by paper.

Von Paris Moving & Storage has cartons specially designed for packing lamp bases. These cartons are also good for golf clubs, floor lamps and garden tools.
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Electronics
If possible, pack electronics in their original cartons. As long as proper packing materials are used (bubble wrap, newsprint, foam sheeting, comforters/blankets, pillows, etc.), electronics can be safely packed in sturdy boxes.

  • Start by padding the bottom of the carton with a generous amount of packing material.
  • Wrap electronic with paper and place in carton.
  • Tightly pack padding around and on top of the unit to prevent damage.
  • Firmly seal the carton.
  • Label the carton as “Fragile – Top Load.”

Note: When you unpack your electronics, let them reach room temperature before plugging them in.
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Books
Lay books flat in the carton, alternating the spine and open side of the book. Place a piece of paper between books to prevent them sticking together. Because books are heavy, Von Paris Moving & Storage has a small book carton to make them easier to carry.
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Statuary and Figurines
Wrap statuary and figurines with bubble wrap, then snuggly wrap with clean paper. If bubble wrap is not available, use clean paper to wrap the article until it is adequately cushioned.
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Bottles
Bottles are taped shut and wrapped in clean newsprint. For extra security, place bottles in a resealable, watertight bag before wrapping and placing in carton.
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Mirrors and Glass
Wrap the picture or mirror in a generous cushion of clean paper. Place in a flattened packing or telescoping carton. Carefully tape and seal the carton. Always stand glass, pictures and mirrors on their edge. Do not lay flat.
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Computers
If possible, pack computers in their original cartons. As long as proper packing materials are used (bubble wrap, newsprint, foam sheeting, comforters/blankets, pillows, etc.), computers can be safely packed in sturdy boxes.

  • Start by padding the bottom of the carton with a generous amount of packing material.
  • Wrap computer parts generously with paper and place in carton.
  • Tightly pack padding around and on top of the unit to prevent damage.
  • Firmly seal the carton.
  • Label the carton as “Fragile – Top Load.”

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