Packing Materials You Will Need

Wrapping Paper:

You will need plenty! Many people save and use their old newspapers. Keep in mind, however, newsprint ink never dries completely. That means your items will most likely require cleaning after unpacking and before you put them away. For items you prefer to keep clean, it's best to purchase packing paper from your mover (also called “blank newsprint.”)

You can, however, use regular newspaper in the spaces between items that are wrapped in the clean blank newsprint.

You’ll need many boxes in assorted sizes. All boxes should be in good condition and have covers so they can be closed-up and sealed.

You can purchase cartons from us, if you wish. Or you might start collecting them. Local grocery and liquor stores are good bets. Often, grocery store cartons have the tops removed, but if you talk with the store manger he or she might be willing to save you some boxes with covers still intact. Liquor cartons work well, too. They are sturdy; plus they have removable dividers which make them ideal for packing glasses, cups, small vases, etc.

Our customers have also found a bonanza of used boxes at copy shops and bookstores—yours for the asking.
We have found the prices for new boxes are less expensive at U-Haul stores, Lowe's, and Home Depot. Staples sells boxes, too, but are a bit higher cost.

Special note:
It is not uncommon to see boxes on Craigslist for free or at low-cost. Search for boxes in several categories. You might be lucky enough to find all you need right in your neighborhood. All you have to do is pick them up.

Sealing Tape:

Best is plastic tape. The rolls should be at least 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide. Don’t use duct, electrical, or masking tape—they won't hold in the long run. Easy Start type sealing or packing tape is also less sticky! We recommend "sticking" to the conventional kind.

Marking Pens:

These are for marking your packed boxes. Helpful labels for you and us include: Fragile; This Side Up; and contents and locations for the boxes, such as Bedroom One: Books.

For free advice on your up-coming move, please call us or email. We're here to help!