Packing your household goods for moving is best done by professionally trained moving specialists. You must be aware that insurance companies will not cover the value of your goods if you pack them yourself. A Safeway Moving has been packing and unpacking our customers’ personal property for 19 years. Our packers are thoroughly experienced, trained and qualified.

The best way to have a stress-free move with the least chance of your goods being damaged is to let the professionals at A Safeway Moving provide packing and/or unpacking services for you.

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Packing Supplies

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If you decide to pack your own goods they’ll have a much better chance of arriving at your destination undamaged if you start with the right packing materials. Through many years of experience we have gathered at our office all the proper equipment and materials for packing your goods. If you decide to do your own packing please be aware that if damage occurs insurance companies will not replace them or reimburse you for the damages.

Packing Tips

1. General Information

Even if you decide to do your own Packing and Unpacking you might be wise to get us to pack your most fragile, most valuable, and most awkward items, such as pictures, mirrors, china, etc. You can pack the easy stuff yourself.

If clothing such as suits, dresses and coats are hung in wardrobe cartons you can avoid the trouble and expense of having your garments cleaned and pressed later. Hanging clothing cannot be left in the garment bags. Garment bags should not be used as wardrobe cartons because they will not withstand the stress of moving.

Movers usually move dressers with the contents of the drawers left inside. However, look through all drawers and remove any breakable articles. Too much weight in the drawer could cause damage to the drawer while your furniture is on route.

Do not pack any flammables, combustibles, or explosives. Movers are not allowed to transport aerosol spray cans, paint thinner, gasoline, or anything else of a flammable or explosive nature. Please see Prohibited Items below.

2. Materials You Will Need

- Wrapping Paper

Goods you wrap in newspaper will likely be ink stained and will require cleaning before you put them away. For items you prefer to keep clean it would be best to purchase bleached packaging paper from us.

- Cartons

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You will need many cartons in assorted sizes. All cartons should be in good condition, and have covers on them so they can be closed and sealed. Cartons can be purchased from A Safeway Moving, or if you’re packing your own goods you can start collecting cartons from your work or liquor stores. Liquor store cartons are excellent packing cartons. They are sturdy, and contain dividers, which make them ideal for packing glasses, goblets, vases, etc.

- Sealing Tape

The best tape for this purpose is plastic tape. Your rolls of tape should be at least one and a half to two inches wide.

- Black Felt Marker

Markers are used for marking your packed boxes with information such as “contents”, “Room the box is going to”, “FRAGILE”, “THIS SIDE UP”, and “Your name and order/registration number”.

3. Kitchen

Packing is easier and less tiring when you have a good clear work area. We suggest you do your packing on the kitchen table.When you are packing fragile articles you should plan to pack the heaviest objects toward the bottom of the carton and the more delicate articles towards the top. The first thing to do is to lay flat out on the table a sizeable stack of packing paper. Select a sturdy, medium-sized carton. Line the bottom of the carton with crushed packing paper for additional cushioning.

- Packing small kitchen appliances

Wrap each appliance individually with two or three sheets of your packing paper. Place each one in the carton that you have selected for appliances.

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When all the appliances have been packed in a box, or boxes, if there are small spaces that are empty, crush some packing paper and fill in the spaces. However, if you should have a great amount of space left over then you should pack some other things in the box in order to fill it up and not waste the space. For example, you might use some pots and pans to fill the space in the carton.

- Packing pots and pans

Pots and pans should be packed in a medium sized carton. Approximately three pots or pans can be nested, one inside the other. Tear or cut some pieces of your packing paper (large enough so that they will line the entire interior of the largest pan).

  • Place two or three sheets of your lining paper in the larger pan.
  • Place the next small pan inside the first pan. Again line this pan with two or three protective pieces of lining paper and insert a smaller pan.
  • Place these pans upside down in the middle of your stack of packing paper. Use at least three sheets of packing paper to wrap the pans. Start by grasping one corner of the three sheets of packing paper then pulling it over and covering the pans. Then pull the next corner of paper over the pans; then the third corner, and finally the fourth corner. Seal with your plastic tape so the bundle will not come apart.

4.Miscellaneous kitchen packing tips:

- Boxed Foods (cereal, etc.): Seal any opened boxes with your plastic tape. If your shipment is going into storage then you should dispose of boxed foods. These items can attract rodents and insects.

- Spices: It is okay to pack and ship spices as long as all containers are closed and will not leak. If you are in doubt, seal them with tape.

- Canister sets:The contents may be left in the canister sets but you should seal them with tape. Each canister should be individually wrapped with packing paper.

5. Packing Tall Table Lamps

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Half the difficulty in packing a tall lamp may be acquiring a carton large enough to accommodate it. If you cannot find such a carton you can purchase a china barrel from A Safeway Moving. China barrels are tall, extra sturdy cartons originally intended for packing fragile articles, such as dishes.

Step 1: Line the bottom of your carton with a considerable amount of crushed packing paper. This will insure extra cushioning and protection for the lamp.

Step 2: Remove the lampshade and bulb then wrap the cord around the base of the lamp.

Step 3: Spread out several sheets of packing paper so that your packing paper is extended longer and wider than the lamp. Place lamp in the center of your packing paper.

Step 4: Roll packing paper around your lamp. Tuck in the end of the paper at base of lamp. Use your tape to prevent the end from coming apart.

Step 5: Seal the seams where packing paper overlaps around your bundle with your tape then fold up the other end (at the top of lamp) of packing paper and seal it with tape. Next, gently place the bundle in the previously lined carton.


  • If you have several tall table lamps, place each one in the carton so the base of one lamp is next to the top of the next lamp. This will make them fit better in the carton.

  • When all lamps are packed in the carton, generously fill out the carton with plenty of crushed packing paper. With your marker write, “FRAGILE” and “LAMPS”, in large, clear letters on all sides of the carton.

6. Lamp shades:

Lampshades, where possible, should be nested so that you can get two or three in a box. Make sure to use clean packing paper (do not use newspaper), to avoid staining, as protective linings between each shade.

Do not pack anything with the lampshades and be sure and mark on all sides of the carton “FRAGILE” and “LAMPSHADES” with your black marker.

7. Prohibited Items

The following items cannot be packed because it is prohibited by law:

- Corrosives: household cleaners, acids, liquid plumber, and car or boat batteries.

- Explosives: ammunition, bullets, flares, fireworks, detonators, or anything explosive by nature.

- Flammable Liquids: gasoline, lighter fluid, paint, paint thinner, glue, kerosene, acetone, alcohol and lamp oils.

- Flammable Solids: matches and fuel tablets.

- Gases: either pressured or liquefied, propane tanks, oxygen, helium, household fuel, aerosol spray cans of any type, hair spray, paint cleaner and butane lighters.

- Liquids:wine, beer and alcohol.

- Oxidizers: bleach, disinfectants, organic peroxides, fertilizers, pool chemicals and chlorine in any form.

- Poisons: pesticides, herbicides, fumigants and photographic chemicals.

Any other item that might be susceptible to combustion, like oily rags and charcoal, cannot be packed for shipping.

8. Miscellaneous

- Hat and Shoe Boxes: Small boxes of this type should be consolidated and packed into large boxes. Fill in small spaces with wadded-up packing paper.

- Toys: Do not have to be wrapped in packing paper. Paper them in large cartons and seal them up.

- Loose Shoes: Same as toys.

- Books and Records: Stand on end. Use small cartons.

Contact Us now to discuss your Packing and Packing Supply needs.