Tips for DIY packers

Screen shot 2016-03-31 at 1.52.54 PMAtmosphere Movers offers full service packing and unpacking but we understand that some people just like to do things themselves! So here are a few tips for DIY packers. Keep in mind that any box that is not packed by a moving company is not insured, as movers cannot be responsible for items that were not packed properly.

Packing Tip #1: Time is everything – start packing several cartons each day, a few weeks prior to your move. Be sure that the items you pack won’t be needed before your move, of course. By pacing yourself, you’ll be more organized and the job won’t be so overwhelming.

Packing Tip #2: Pack on a room-by-room basis and do one area of the room at a time. It’s best not to mix items from different rooms in one box. To prevent small items from being lost or mistakenly thrown out with the packing paper, wrap miniature knickknacks and other small items in brightly-colored tissue paper before placing them in the box. Avoid using newspapers, as newsprint can be messy and may bleed on your possessions.

Packing Tip #3: On the top and front of each carton, write a general description of the contents and indicate the room from which it came (or which it will go into in your new home). Use different colored dot stickers for each box; then, at your new house, hang a balloon of a corresponding color outside the room where you want the color-coded boxes to be delivered.

Packing Tip #4: Use clean cartons designed for moving. Boxes obtained from grocery or liquor stores are not always clean, and may not withstand the weight of the items that you will be putting in them. Also, their odd sizes tend to make loading more difficult.

Packing Tip #5: Unpack breakables over the box from which you are removing them; that way, if you happen to drop an item, it will land on some packing material, thereby reducing its chance of breakage.

Packing Tip #6: Some common household items cannot be included in your shipment because they are hazardous materials. Examples of these materials include flammables such as paint, varnish and thinners, gasoline, kerosene and oil, bottled gas, aerosol cans, nail polish and nail polish remover, ammunition and explosives, corrosives, and cleaning fluids and detergents.

Packing Tip #7: You should personally transport irreplaceable photos, financial papers and assets (bank checks, insurance policies, stock certificates, etc.), legal documents (wills, passports. etc.), valuables, jewelry, coin and stamp collections, etc.), and medical and family history records