Houston APARTMENT PACKING TIPS
PACKING TIPS - Although most of us hate to do it, packing is a must when
it comes to moving. Here are some packing tips that'll make your move a whole
lot easier on you.
||A few general things
you need to know about packing:
- Keep boxes to 50 lbs or less. Put heavy items in small boxes and light
items in big boxes.
- Pack non-breakables tightly in smaller boxes, so they're not too
- Buy clean newsprint to wrap items, and bubble wrap for padding.
- Pack breakables loosely in plastic storage bins with lots of bubble
- Rent furniture pads.
- Mark your boxes by room, so you know exactly where everything goes.
Color coding or using a number system works great (i.e., red stickers for
bedroom or 1 for bathroom.)
- Write "FRAGILE" on all boxes with breakables and stack these boxes on
Packing the big things
Beds: Tie bed frames together with tape or rope. Then label the
pieces so they're easy to reassemble.
Bureaus: Fill drawers with clothes or fragile, well-wrapped items.
Cover with a blanket or furniture pads and rope securely.
Tables: Remove legs, pad and tie together. Put nuts and bolts in a
bag and tape under tabletop.
Big appliances: Empty, defrost and drain the fridge, freezer and
dishwasher. Clean the interiors and put accessories in bags. Stuff towels
between washer sides to prevent rotating and tape down moveable parts. Cover
with blankets and tie.
Computers, TVs, & Electronics: Use original packaging, or buy
Packing the small (but still important) things
Small appliances: Put your microwave, VCR, etc. into boxes, and
cushion with wadded paper.
Books: Pack them flat in small cartons, alternating bindings. Try to
keep each box under 30 lbs.
Clothing: Pack hanging items, including drapes, in wardrobe boxes.
Leave small items in drawers.
Collectibles: Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap and tape securely.
CDs: Pack upright and cushion with newspaper.
Kitchenware: Stack pots & pans, and cushion with paper. Put a few of
these items in the "open first" box.
Dishes: Never stack them flat. Wrap each piece in bubble wrap. Pack
plates & saucers on edge, with cups & bowls placed around them.
Packing the awkward things
Chairs: Wrap arms & legs with bubble wrap. Leave slipcovers on or buy
chair bags for protection.
Bicycles: Loosen the handlebars and turn them sideways. Cover chains
and pedals to keep grease off other items.
Mirrors, artwork & frames: Wrap small pieces in newsprint and pack in mirror
boxes. Cover larger pieces with cardboard, tape securely and stand them
along the truck's sides or inside wardrobe boxes.
Lawn furniture: If heavy or bulky, disassemble. Put nuts and bolts in
a bag and tie together.
Rugs: Roll up and secure with rope or tape.
Plants: Put in plastic bags with air holes, then in boxes. Water before you
Power and garden tools: Wrap all sharp edges and use plenty of cushioning to
prevent injury. Tape long-handled tools together and place small ones in
Lawn mowers/yard edgers: Empty gasoline from all tanks, and check for oil
Garage & attic stuff: Use medium-sized boxes for spray paints, brushes, car
waxes, etc. Throw away oily rags or anything combustible.
Pets: Always keep them in a pet carrier up front with you. Ask your vet how
to make their, and your, move less traumatic.
Source from Century21 Real Estate Corp.
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