Most pictures and mirrors can be wrapped and packed in telescoping mirror cartons.
Fragile or valuable fine art may require special crating and should be handled by
your moving professional.
Advance preparation is required for compact disc players, digital video disc
players and stereo turntables.
- On compact and digital video disc players, secure the laser with transport
screws located on the bottom or back of the unit.
- Most turntables have a plastic lock which should be used to hold the tone
arm in place. For additional protection, you may tie a piece of string around the
arm in case the lock does not hold. Also, secure the platter (where the records
are placed) by tightening the appropriate screws. These are usually located on
top of the turntable, but check you owner's manual if in doubt.
Pack speakers in well-cushioned dish packs.
- Any large or unusually heavy speakers will simply be padded and placed on the
- Servicing is usually not required prior to
packing for tape deck, receiver or speakers.
Some big-screen televisions will need to be crated prior to moving day.
Let your moving professional know if you have a big screen television.
- Call your local cable company to request your service discontinued. If you
have a converter box, return the box and keep the receipt for future reference.
Contact your cable company at your destination to order service in your new home.
- When choosing a location for your TV in your new home, place it one a hard
surface at least six feet from your normal viewing position. Most TVs should not
be placed in an enclosed space unless proper ventilation is provided.
Videocassette Recorder (VCR)
No special servicing is required to move a VCR. When installing at destination,
place on a hard surface, provide appropriate ventilation for openings and do not
set objects on top.
Contact an electrician or technician from a satellite dish distributorship for
the disconnection and disassembly of this sensitive equipment. Depending upon the
construction and size of the unit, it may need to be crated, a service which your
moving professional can provide.
Compact Discs, Tapes and Records
Stand compact discs and records on edge, never flat, on a layer of crushed paper.
Support at both ends with large, hardcover books or or several pieces of cardboard
cut to fit. Top with another layer of crushed paper. Identify contents
on the outside of the box and mark, "FRAGILE."
- Cassette tapes should be placed in their cases and wrapped individually in
crumpled paper. Place individual tapes either vertically or horizontally on a
couple of layers of crushed paper.
- If records are not in jackets, wrap individually in tissue paper or plastic
wrap to protect from scratches. Records are heavy and therefore should be packed
in small cartons.
Pack books of the same general size together, in small book cartons.
- Pack them either flat, or with the spine touching the bottom of the carton.
Do not pack with spine facing upward, as glue can break away from the binder.
- Expensively bound volumes or those of sentimental value should be individually
wrapped before packing.
Family photographs, videos, slides and negatives should be packed in separate
cartons rather than being combined with other households items. (Note: watch
these when moving to very hot or humid climates by making sure the storage area
protects items from the elements.)
- Protect framed photos with padding and cushioning, standing them on edge in a
carton. Label cartons for easy identification.
- If possible, carry irreplaceable items with you to destination.
Select an item and pack it right!
Silk or Artificial Flowers
An arrangement of artificial flowers should be packed in a separate carton. Wrap
carefully in plastic wrap, tissue paper or paper towels. If possible, fasten the
base of the floral piece to the bottom of the carton to prevent shifting. Label
the carton "FRAGILE - THIS SIDE UP."
After removing the light bulb and lamp harp, wrap the base, harp and bulb
separately in newsprint. Place them together in a carton, filling voids with
Never wrap lamp shades in newspaper, as the ink will soil the shade. Instead,
carefully wrap each shade in three or four sheets of tissue paper, a pillowcase
or a large lightweight towel.
- Use a sturdy carton at least two inches bigger all around than the largest
shade. Line it with clean paper, using crushed paper under the lamp shade to
create a protective layer, but not around the shade. A smaller shade may be
nested inside a larger one, provided they do not touch. Only one silk shade
should be placed in a carton to avoid stretching the silk.
- Do not pack other items with shades. Label cartons "LAMP SHADES -
FRAGILE - TOP LOAD ONLY."
Chandeliers and Leaded Glass Shades
It is best to have your moving professional crate large leaded or other glass
lamp shades or chandeliers.
Glass Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Large Mirrors, Paintings, Statues &
It's best to consult with your moving professional about custom-made cartons
and crates for items of this kind. Paper should never be permitted to touch
the surface of an oil painting.
Leave area rugs on the floor for the moving company to handle.
- You may want to consider having your area rugs professionally cleaned before
your move - you'll get them back from the cleaners wrapped, rolled and ready for
- Area rugs should be loaded last and unloaded first so the furniture coming
off the truck can go right on top of the rug.
TV Stand/ Stereo Cabinet
Remove glass doors if possible and pack in a mirror carton.
Your van operator will shrink wrap large, upholstered items.t>
- Talk to your moving professional beforehand about any leather items.
- Table corners can be protected with cardboard.
- You may want to consider packing couch pillows in large boxes.
A qualified service provider should take care of the preparations for moving a
grand or baby grand piano.
- Upright (spinet, console, studio) pianos usually do not require preparation
in advance. All pianos are pad-wrapped to protect the surface.
- Plan to have your piano tuned at your new home.
Disassembly and crating of your pool table should be provided by a third-party
service. If possible, contact the store where the pool table was purchased to
- Crating is a possibility on slate.
- You will need to make arrangements at destination to have the pool table
uncrated, reassembled and leveled.