Packing China and Glassware - When wrapping china and glassware, always wrap the pieces individually. Place a layer of bubble wrap on the bottom of the box before starting. Heavier items should go on the bottom. Place plates and bowls on their edges. Never lay them flat. Bowls and cups may be placed inside one another when they are sufficiently padded. Glassware should be placed in the box standing upright. Add a layer of bubble wrap on the top of the box before closing. Make sure you mark these boxes as “Fragile.”
Picture Frames and Mirrors - Try to purchase heavy-duty, adjustable mirror and frame boxes made specifically for moving. If these are not available, use sheets of cardboard to cover the frames and then wrap with bubble wrap and secure. If you are transporting items by car, you might not want to place these items in your truck. If possible, transport mirrors on their edges. Do not place them flat.
Lamps - If your lamp has a shade, remove the shade and pack it separately. Remove the bulbs and the harp (the metal frame that holds the shade on). Use lamp boxes if available but, before boxing, be sure to wrap the lamp with bubble wrap to avoid damage. Keep the bulb, harp, and any other lamp pieces together in the same box.
Electronics - If you kept the original boxes, use them. If not, be sure to use a strong box and wrap all components generously in bubble wrap. Do not use packing peanuts or any shredded materials because they might become lodged within the appliance and could cause damage. Keep accessories such as remote controls, cords and wires with the electronic device. Large televisions require special care. Many newer TVs need to be transported standing upright or they could be damaged. If you have to transport the TV in your truck, be sure to protect the screen with bubble wrap and/or cardboard and either wrap the TV in moving blankets or box the TV with cardboard. When loading, make sure you place the screen against a flat surface and secure the TV from flipping over. If the TV is boxed, label it with the correct side up.
Large Appliances - Always make sure you check your owner’s manuals for special instructions for transporting. Make sure you will be able to shut off and disconnect water, electricity or gas from appliances before moving and packing. As necessary, enlist professional help from a licensed plumber or electrician.
- Refrigerator - First disconnect the water line (if you have one attached to your icemaker) and then unplug the unit. If you are doing a same-day move, empty the refrigerator and secure (tape) or remove any loose shelves or items that could become damaged during your move. Empty the drain pan underneath the fridge if there is one. Make sure you secure the main doors (shrink wrap is good for this) and wrap a blanket around the fridge to protect it during the move. If you have a multi-day move, shut down the refrigerator at least 24 hours before the move, and keep the doors open to allow it to dry out. Tape flow through baking soda boxes in the both the fridge and freezer and then follow the steps outlined above. NOTE: If you have to transport the fridge in a flat position, first check the manufacturer's recommendations so that you do not damage the unit. You also may need to wait about 8 to 10 hours before restarting the fridge.
- Range - If moving a gas range, make sure you ask a qualified technician to disconnect the gas line and cap it. Unplug the unit (both electric ranges and gas ranges have a plug). Remove any loose pieces (burners, broiler pans, racks) and pack them. You might want to remove knobs or tape them in place. Clean the unit if necessary, and wrap a blanket around the range and secure it before loading.
- Washing Machine - Disconnect the power, and then the water lines. Try to get as much water out of the waterlines and the washer as possible (tilting it slightly may help). Be prepared to soak up any water with old towels or a mop. Put the water lines and the discharge hose (if detachable) inside of the washing machine tub. Try to immobilize the tub so it does not swing freely and become damaged during the move. Check your manufacturer's recommendation for transporting your specific model. Secure the doors/ lid and power cord before moving, and wrap with a blanket to protect from damage. Secure the blanket with tape, shrink wrap or rope.
- Dryer - If moving a gas dryer, make sure you ask a qualified technician to disconnect the gas line and cap it. Unplug the dryer and disconnect the vent. Vacuum the vent and place it inside the dryer. Secure the door and the power cord and wrap with a blanket to protect it from damage. Secure the blanket with tape, shrink wrap or rope.
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