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Packing Checklist
Print a copy of this checklist to use in your preparation of relocating to another city.
Label each box with the room it belongs to and its contents.
Drain all fluids from power & yard tools so they won't leak.
Dispose of all corrosive & volatile chemicals such as oil, antifreeze and gasoline.
After cleaning refrigerator, allow the door to remain open for a while to decrease the humidity in the appliance.
Place a piece of coal or a layer of baking soda inside to prevent mildew and musty smells.
Pack a safe or fireproof box with important records such as birth & marriage certificates. medical records, school records, passports, pet records, credit card & banking records, tax returns, etc.
Use strong, clean containers and twine or packing tape.
Try not to exceed 50 pounds in each packed container.
Place heavier items on bottom and lighter items on top.
Protect finished surfaces with paper to avoid mars and scratches.
Use plenty of padding (clean crumpled paper, bubble wrap or styrofoam peanuts) to cushion contents.
Recycle materials after move if possible.
Pack containers tightly to avoid shifting.
Fragile items should be packed with extra care in their own compartmentalized boxes.
Wrap electric items individually before packing and cushion them well.
Make certain all liquids and foodstuffs are in sealed containers.
Don't overload chests and dressers with clothing and linen items. This could cause furniture joints to separate and collapse.
Do not wrap lamp shades in newspaper; the ink can rub off and stain them. Wrap them in sheets or towels.
Once you vacate your property, any fixtures or items left behind become the property of the new owner. Make an extra "final check" sweep.
Have a master inventory list of all boxes and their contents, according to room.
If you've hired a moving company, let them pack mirrors, furniture and pictures to prevent rubbing and possible breakage.