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Moving Tips and Resources



There's a right box for every item in your home!

Small (Book) = 1.5 cu. ft. (16-3/8x12.5x12.5)
Used to pack heavy items, such as books, records, DVDs or tools.

Medium = 3.0 cu. ft. (18x18x16)
Suitable for pots and pans, kitchen utensils, small appliances, toys, clothes, shoes and stereo equipment.

Large = 4.5 cu. ft. (24x18x18)
Great for light weight bulky items, such as linens, blankets, towels and lampshades.

Extra Large = 6.0 cu. ft. (24x18x24)
Ideal for large, light weight bulky items such as bedding, pillows and lampshades.

Dish Pack/China Barrel = 5.2 cube (18x18x28)
These double insulated boxes protect dishes, china, glassware, figurines, and other fragile items.

Wardrobe Box (24x21x48) with 12" bars inside
Clothes on hangers can be taken directly from your closet and hung in wardrobe boxes. This eliminates unnecessary ironing or re-hanging after your move.

Mirror/Picture Box
Specially designed to protect mirrors, paintings and other valuable wall hangings.

Mattress/Box Spring Carton
Keeps your beds clean and prevents damage.




Essential Packing Supplies

Once you know you're going to move, the first thing you need is an assortment of boxes. Staging your home before listing it for sale is a common practice, and what better way to get a head start on your move, than to start packing with the proper supplies, such as:

  • Corrugated boxes
  • Bubble wrap for packing fragile items
  • Plenty of packing paper (white, ink-free newsprint)
  • Scissors
  • Broad tip markers for labeling boxes
  • Several rolls of packing tape

In the long run, it pays to purchase the right packing materials. Sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper and packing peanuts can be purchased from New Era Moving Services.

A good general rule is the heavier the item, the smaller the box.
This doesn't apply to larger items, such as televisions or monitors,
which can be handled in other ways.

Pack these items in a small box.

Pack folded clothes in a medium or large box. Hanging clothes can be placed in wardrobe boxes.
Sweaters, belts, purses, shoe boxes, linens, etc. can be placed in large shopping bags with sturdy handles, which can then be placed in the bottom of wardrobe boxes to utilize the empty space.

Wardrobe boxes are perfect for moving curtains and drapes. These items can also be folded and packed in medium sized boxes.

Each item should be wrapped individually. Begin by creating a layer of crumpled packing paper in the bottom of a dish barrel, and then load heavier items on the bottom of the box. Be sure to create a layer of crumpled paper in between each layer of dishes. Stand plates and other flat items on their side -- never lay them flat!

Fragile Items
Wrap items individually in white paper and pack in a dish/china barrel.

Kitchen Items
Glass items should be wrapped in white paper and packed in a dish barrel. Plastic items can be packed in a large box.
Pots and pans can be packed in either a medium or large box. Canned goods should be packed in a small box.

Lamps and Shades
Disassemble the lamp base from the shade. Wrap the base with packing paper and/or bubble wrap and place in a dish barrel. Choose a medium, large or extra large box that fits the shades the best. Pack one shade per box.

Pack these items in a large box.

Rugs and Pads
We can roll them or you can tie them with rope. Small rugs can be rolled inside each other. Vacuum rugs and pads before they are rolled.

Remove the legs from the tables, where applicable, and tie them together. Seal the screws or bolts used to attach legs to table in an envelope or plastic baggie and tape to the bottom of the table. Never apply tape to a finished surface, since it could leave a residue that will not come off.

Power tools should be dismantled as much as possible and the parts packed separately. Hand tools and small garden tools go into cartons. Tie long-handled rakes, shovels and hoes together. Hoses should be drained completely. Mowers should be drained of gas and oil.

Pack these items in a medium or large box.


Packing Techniques

Reinforce the bottom of each box with several pieces of packing tape, going both directions (2-3 pieces along the seam, and one piece on each end from corner to corner).

Pack one room at a time, labeling each box with a description of its contents and its destination (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc.). Be as specific as you can; it will make unpacking that much easier. Use colored stickers to identify boxes from each room (orange for kitchen, blue for family room, etc), and place a coordinating sticker on the door of each room in your new location.

Pack cartons tightly to prevent the contents from shifting during your move.

Keep the weight of your boxes reasonable. If possible, put heavy items in small boxes to make them easy to carry.

Fill luggage and duffle bags with linens, towels, clothing or paper goods.

Keep things together, such as light bulbs with lamps and bookends with books. Use envelopes or baggies to keep loose parts together and attach to the item in which they belong (shelf brackets with a bookcase, allen wrench and screws with a bed frame, etc); but, do not apply tape directly to polished or painted wood finishes. Removing the tape could ruin the surface.

Pack records, CDs and DVDs vertically. Never stack them flat.

Double-box fragile items and use plenty of cushioning.

Prepare for the first night in your new home by packing essential items in a separate bag and carrying it with you. You may even want to prepare a simple meal that you can heat and serve on your first night.

  • For each person in your household, you should have a change of clothes, a towel, any necessary prescription medication, a toothbrush, and other personal items.
  • For everyone: plastic utensils, paper plates, paper towels, plastic cups, toilet paper, toiletries, trash bags, flashlight, first aid kit, pencil and paper, snacks, beverages, and resealable plastic bags.
  • Small tool kit for re-assembling items that couldn't be moved intact.

* Additional Packing Tips *
Telephone one of our Sales Staff today at 703-330-5747 for additional packing and other tips to ensure a smooth move.





One Month Before Moving
Make arrangements with moving company.
Start packing items that you will not need, such as out-of-season clothing, photo albums, books, etc.

Two Weeks Before Move
Switch utility services to new address. Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, telephone and cable companies of your move. Also, check with your insurance agent to ensure that you will be covered through your homeowner's or renter's policy during the move.

On Moving Day
Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty.

Arriving At New Home
Renew your driver's license, auto registration and tags. Shop around for new insurance policies for your home and auto, if necessary. Locate the hospitals, police stations, fire stations, schools and veterinarians near your home.



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