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ProMoveTM Packing Tips
Packing can be a tedious, time-consuming chore that takes skill and the right materials to prepare household articles for your move. Beltmann Relocation Group recommends that you have our professionals pack for you. We're trained in proper procedures, have the right materials, and can do it in about a quarter of the time.
We strongly recommend that we crate or pack and prepare these items for shipment: marble, glass tabletops, heavy wall ornaments and mirrors 40" x 60" or larger, pool table slates, high value paintings, some delicate, small furniture pieces, antiques, bulky, fragile items like large trophies, statuary and chandeliers. Other items should stay with you as you move such as: cash, securities, jewelry and furs, firearms (consult local laws), personal papers and documents (like birth certificates, insurance policies and deeds), prescriptions, coin and stamp collections, special family photographs and videos and moving-related documents.
If you decide to do the packing yourself, we want to help all we can.
Below is a list of the Top 10 hints for “Packing Like a ProMover”:
- Purchase the cartons and packing materials (unprinted newspaper, bubble wrap and tape) you'll need from your local North American agent. We can help you choose the sizes and types of materials you'll need. You'll save valuable time, compared to trying to track down suitable cartons at supermarkets. More importantly, our cartons are specifically designed for packing household goods.
- Wrap fragile articles the way professionals do; use two layers of unprinted newspaper per glass, dish, figurine, etc. Wrap firmly, but loosely enough, to provide a cushioning effect.
- Don't overcrowd boxes. Professionals pack boxes so articles cushion each other. The top of the box should close with slight pressure. Don't mix incompatible items (like books with glasses). Pack clothing in our special wardrobe containers. That way your clothes will hang straight and stay clean and virtually wrinkle-free.
- Pack glasses standing on end, upside down and not on their sides. Stack dishes on edge and fill empty spaces with wadded unprinted newspaper. Before packing the dishpack box, layer the bottom of the carton with crumpled unprinted newspaper.
- Pack lampshades, mirrors, pictures, etc. in special cartons designed for them. Ask your North American representative for guidance.
- Tape boxes across tops and edges. Seal every opening tightly.
- Pack your belongings room by room to make unpacking easier. Label each box with your name, North American contract number, the room the box goes to, and a brief description of the contents. Mark items you'll need right away once you move with "Unpack First," and mark fragile items with "Fragile."
- Don't pack paints, turpentine, pressurized cans and corrosive items like bleach or any flammable liquid. The law forbids movers to carry flammables. Properly dispose of or give away anything that could cause a fire or damage.
- When packing a personal computer, these steps will help you prepare it for safe transport. To pack your computer, we strongly recommend that you use the computer's original carton and packing materials. If they're not available, use a box that is both strong and big enough to hold the computer and pack it with unprinted newspaper. Back up your software and data files. Take these with you or send them to your destination via insured mail. Park the hard drive (if applicable). See your computer's instruction manual for special steps to take. With newer computers, simply turning the power off initiates this safety feature. Insert cardboard or an old disk into the disk drive(s). Unhook all cables and power cords, indicating their positions for easy set-up. Pack cords separately with manuals and software. Use only static-free packing materials like clean, wadded unprinted newspaper (not standard bubble wrap or packing peanuts). Create a base layer of wadded unprinted newspaper and place your computer on top of that layer. Surround sides and top with more wadded unprinted newspaper until firmly packed and seal carton with packing tape. Remove all ink cartridges from the printer. For more advice, consult your local computer dealer.
- Typically, a move requires the loading and unloading of appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators with icemakers and gas or electric dryers. These items can only be moved if they're prepared for shipment by an appropriately qualified or specialized service provider, like a plumber, electrician, gas company or carpenter. The same is true for reinstallation at your new home. We can arrange to have these services provided. Our drivers are not qualified to perform these services.
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