Pack Like A Professional

If you're doing your own packing, follow these tips from our expert crews.

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Pack Like A Professional
With Arpin America’s custom moving options, you can choose to pack some or all of your belongings yourself and leave the rest to us. Keep in mind that a moving company is only responsible for damage to items packed by their crews. The company is not liable for any damaged items in customer-packed boxes as long as the box is in good shape at the destination – not obviously dropped or mishandled. If you decide to pack all or some of your belongings yourself, follow these packing tips to get things moved in one piece.

Start with These Supplies
  • Quality, double-corrugated moving boxes in a variety of sizes from Arpin America or other professional moving provider. Recycled boxes are useable for non-fragile items, but they should be clean and sturdy – boxes will be stacked during the move. Only use double-corrugated heavy duty boxes for fragile or heavy items.
  • Unprinted packing paper – available from moving providers, office-supply stores, etc (Arpin America uses acid-free plain packing paper, newspaper is fine for wrapping but ink may rub off onto items)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Quality clear packing tape (trust us, don’t skimp on flimsy off-brand tape that splits and tears)
  • Permanent marker
Box Smarts
  • Use two strips of tape across the bottom of the box.
  • Cushion inside the box bottom with an inch or two of crushed paper.
  • Place heaviest items in the bottom and lightest on top, cushioning each layer and corner spaces with crushed paper.
  • Pack the box with enough items and cushioning that things don’t move around, but not so tightly that the box bulges outward.
  • Securely tape the box shut and label which room it belongs to on multiple sides.
  • Limit each box to 50 pounds or less for easy handling.
Packing Basics
  • Pack room by room – don’t mix items from different rooms in the same box.
  • Bag all parts, hanging hardware and cables together to make it easy to hang the curtain rods or mount the television at your new home.
  • Keep like with like – pack delicate lightweight items in one box and heavy ones in another.
  • Wrap delicate items first in tissue paper or paper towels, then a double layer of newspaper or packing paper. You can put these wrapped items in smaller boxes, then carefully pack them inside a larger box.
  • Wind electrical cords and fasten with tape or twist-ties so they don’t dangle or catch on items.
  • Empty liquids from irons and steamers and remove all batteries from small appliances.
  • Blankets, towels or lightweight linens can be used as padding.
Give it a try
  • Electronics:

  • Lamps:

  • Pictures and Artwork:

  • Clothes:

  • Dishes and Glassware:

  • Books:

Leave These Items to the Pros
Some belongings are best packed by your Arpin America professional moving crew.

  • Furniture:

  • Mirrors:

  • High-Value Artwork

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