Managing The Keys To Successful Sale

Practical Packing: Packing Essentials and Tips


  • Strong packing boxes
  • Bubble wrap for packing fragile items
  • Tissue and ink-free packing paper
     *** for supplies:
  • Scissors
  • Knife for opening boxes
  • Several broad-tip markers to label boxes
  • Rolls of packing tape
  • Get more boxes than you think you will need.
  • Get smaller boxes for books. Use bigger boxes for lighter items.
  • Pack room-by-room, keeping similar items together.
  • Reinforce the bottom of boxes with at least one strip of packing tape.
  • Pack boxes firmly to prevent the contents from shifting during your move.
  • Use crumpled paper for padding. Seal boxes tightly with wide packing tape.
  • Pack records and CDs vertically in boxes. Don't stack them flat.
  • Place heavier items in the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
  • Separate items with paper to prevent scratches caused by rubbing.
  • Remove lids from jars and ceramics. Wrap each separately.
  • Seal any opened boxes and bottles before packing them to avoid spills and leakage.
  • Use towels, linens, curtains, etc. to pad boxes of fragile items. Clearly mark these boxes "FRAGILE."
  • Use a jumbo box for lampshades and cushion them well.
  • When disassembling furniture, beds, lamps, etc. put the hardware into a plastic bag along with any assembly tips and tape it onto the item itself.
  • If possible ask your mover if you can leave clothes in dresser drawers. Find out from your movers how they want hanging clothes packed.
  • Make a master list of all household items and your belongings.
  • Number boxes when they are packed and sealed. Clearly indicate on the box its room destination. Write on the master list the contents of the numbered boxes.
  • Make a box of essentials and label it "Open Me First." Put this box to the side to be loaded last (so it's unloaded first) or move it yourself.
  • Your Essentials Box may include:

    • Basic tools such as flashlights, pocket knife, hammer, screwdrivers, nails, masking tape, tape measure, and light bulbs.
    • Bathroom essentials such as hand towel, soap, toilet paper, shampoo, and shower curtains.
    • Kitchen goodies such as paper towels, coffeemaker and filters, paper plates and cups, plastic utensils, dish detergent, a sponge, pet foods, dishes, and trash bags.
Pack rugs last so they can be the first items unloaded and placed at your new location.