Moving Tips

Pack in corrugated boxes with lids. Corrugated boxes are strong but won't add unnecessary weight. Fowler Moving can furnish as many clean boxes as you need, for a small charge. See our Discounts section for our packing box discount offer.

Pack lightweight, bulking items in your largest boxes. Boxes shouldn't weight more than 50 pounds each, when fully packed. Put the heaviest items in the bottom of the box; light things go on top. Pack tightly so nothing rattles...use plenty of crumpled newspaper or excelsior. Don't pack above the tops of the boxes.

Seal and carefully label each box you pack. Include the contents of the box and the room where it belongs, when labeling.

Other Considerations

  • Air Conditioning Units require servicing. Check with your serviceman.
  • Stoves must be disconnected by the electric or gas company.
  • Refrigerators and freezers should be defrosted at least 24 to 36 hours before the move.
  • Washers and Dryers need to be prepared by a serviceman before the move.
  • Books and magazines should be packed in small boxes in the order they are to be re-shelved.
  • China, Glassware and Bric-a-brac should be packed with a 2-3 inch cushion of shredded paper in the bottom of a strong box or barrel.
  • Plates, platters and saucers should be packed on edge not flat.
  • Glasses and stemware should be packed in the top layer or in a box by themselves. Your mover is experienced at packing china and you should consider having him pack it for you.
  • Wardrobe containers can be purchased from Fowler Moving. These come equipped with a bar on which you can place the hangers from your closets.
  • Food and canned goods shouldn't consist of any perishables. Wrap paper around bottles and jars. Canned goods shouldn't weigh more than 50 pounds per container.
  • Furniture should be left where it is. The Movers will take care of it. If you remove screws or casters, place them in bags and tie them to the furniture.
  • Kitchen utensils should be wrapped in newspaper separately and packed snugly in cartons or boxes.
  • Lamps should have the bases packed in boxes or packed with bedding. Bases should be packed upright. Mark the carton or box with a this end up sign. Wrap the shades with clean paper (not newspaper) and pack them in strong cartons.
  • Linens can be packed into cartons or used to fill the spaces in the tops of dresser drawers.
  • Medicines should be packed upright in a single layer in a strong box. Tighten the lids and place tissue or paper between each glass bottle. Label with this side up.
  • Oil paintings of great value should be moved with great care. Get special instructions on how to move them.
  • Large pictures or mirrors should be left where they are. The movers will take care of them.
  • Plants by their very nature are perishable. Special consideration is taken with this type of item. Talk with your mover about moving your plants.
  • Arrangements should be made with a reputable kennel for their assistance when transporting a pet long-distance.
  • Rugs should be left on the floor. They will be rolled and secured in the moving van.
  • Silverware in a chest may be packed in a trunk, dresser, or buffet. Flat pieces should be wrapped and packed carefully, using paper with low sulphur content to prevent tarnishing.
  • Television sets do not need any special servicing in preparation for shipment.
  • Hand tools should be packed in boxes. Dismantle power tools and drain fuel and oil.

Also, pack an arrival kit. It should contain things you will need immediately at your new home. Get the operator to put it on the van last so it will be the first thing off. Include these items in your arrival kit:

  • Soap and towels
  • Cooking pot
  • Can opener
  • Coffee or tea
  • Silverware
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sink cleaner
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Bed linens
  • Shelf paper
  • Clothes hangers
  • Hammer and screwdriver
  • Flashlight
  • Lightbulbs

We hope your move is a smooth one!