General packing guidelines
can be followed for most
items, but some things
require special care in
preparation for shipment.


Do not hesitate to ask Budget
Movers for additional assistance.





Plates and flat china

Individually wrap each piece in several pieces of clean newsprint. Stack three to five pieces together
and wrap the bundle. Always stand each bundle on its side. Never lay them flat. Create a second level
by placing 3-4 inches of crumbled paper over bundles. Always pack larger items on the bottom and
smaller items toward to top of the carton.

Glassware and crystal
Individually wrap and pack rim down on the very top layer of your carton. Never place one piece inside
of another. Pack especially fragile items in a smaller carton and place the entire carton in a larger,
cushioned one.

Bowls
Wrap individually, nesting 2-3 bowls together before re-wrapping the entire bundle. Place the bundle in
a carton on its side or flat and creating layers as you go.

Glasses and cups
Individually wrap taking extra care to cushion handles with more newsprint. Pack with rims down creating
layers within the carton.

Mirrors, glass/marble tabletops, pictures, paintings, etc.
Budget Movers can provide you with special cartons that accommodate most items in this category.
Place only one article in each container. Professional crating may be necessary for oversized or especially
heavy items, such as table tops.

Books
Pack similar sized books together in smaller boxes alternating open edges with the bindings. Wrap hardback
books and ones with fragile covers in clean newsprint.

Clothing
Leave foldable clothes in dresser drawers or pack in suitcases or medium-sized cartons. Leave hanging
clothes on hangers and place in wardrobe cartons, or remove hangers and pack in lined cartons if you
prefer.Leave hats in their boxes and place in a moving carton. If hats are not stored in a box, use a small
box and surround them with clean newsprint.

Food
Tape openings shut on all boxed dry foods before placing in medium-sized cartons. Jars should also be
taped shut and wrapped. Use smaller cartons for jars and cans due to their weight. Never pack perishable
items, aerosol kitchen products or frozen food.

Lamps
Remove the shade, bulb and harp. Wrap bulb, harp and base and place the base in an appropriate sized
carton.Fit one shade in similar sized carton without placing newsprint in or around it. Take extra care with
glass shades and chandeliers by having them professionally packed in sturdy crates.

Refrigerators
Empty of all food and secure or remove shelves. Disconnect and drain icemaker line, remove and containerize
any auxiliary hoses. Tape electrical cord to the back of the refrigerator.

Washing machines
Remove and containerize hoses. If placing the hoses in the drum, wrap them in clean newsprint to prevent
damage to the drum. Tape the electrical cord to the back of the washer. Secure the drum in place.

Dryers
Remove and containerize vent. Tape electrical cord to the back of the dryer.

Small appliances
Individually wrap and pack clocks, radios and other smaller appliances in cartons with linens, towels or
clean newsprint. 

Tools
Drain power tools of gasoline and oil. Bundle long handled tools together to save space. Wrap and pack
hand tools in layers with larger, heavier items on the bottom.

Bedding and draperies
Cover mattresses to protect them from soil and damage in appropriate sized boxes, which are available
from Budget Movers. Fold sheets, spreads and draperies and place in boxes or hang in wardrobe cartons.

Flowers and plants
Generally, potted flowers and plants are not moved because they likely will not survive if it is a long
distance move.Wrap artificial arrangements and box individually securing the arrangement to the bottom of
the carton if possible.

Electronics and clocks
When possible, package electronics in the original cartons with Styrofoam inserts. If you no longer have
the original package, wrap items and place them in medium or large boxes. Large home electronics, such
as big screentelevisions,will be moved as furniture and should not be packed. Computers and grandfather
clocks require special pre-move preparation. Consult Budget Movers or a dealer prior to your move.

Moving out/in carton
Load it last. Unpack it first. In today’s hectic world, your life never stops moving. Remember, the last items
your driver loads onto the truck will be the first ones you see at destination. The moving in/out carton should
contain items that you will need up until the last minute on the day you vacate your home and items to help
you settle into your new home once you arrive. These may include:
    * Towels
    * Toiletries
    * Tissues/ Paper towels
    * Vacuum cleaner
    * Non-aerosol cleaning supplies
    * Plastic cups, plates and utensils

What not to pack
Budget Movers wants your belongings to arrive at your new home safe and sound. Budget Movers
professionals are trained to look for normal household items that are hazardous and often illegal to
ship. For your protection, omit the following items when packing:

Any aerosol can including, but not limited to:
    * Hair spray
    * Shaving cream
    * Deodorants
    * Insecticides
    * Cleaning products
    * Spray starch
    * Spray paint

Other flammable products: 
    * Oil-based paints
    * Gasoline
    * Kerosene
    * Tar remover
    * Matches
    * Ammunition
    * Paint thinners
    * Turpentine
    * Auto batteries
    * Lacquer remover
    * Bleach
    * Muriatic acid
    * Lighter fluid
    * Corrosives
    * Explosives
    * Nail polish remover
    * Lighters    
    * Bottled gas

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