Packing Tips

Pack like a pro

It’s time for the main event of moving: Packing up. We all know this can be the most dreaded part of starting over, but if you review our tips, you’ll be a packing pro in no time.

With SureMove, we don’t load or touch your stuff. This means you are responsible for properly packaging and padding your items, and you must follow our Do Not Haul List. If something is damaged in transit and it’s not our fault, you may not be able to file a claim.

Space Estimator

With Estes SureMove, you only pay for the space you use. Utilizing our handy Space Estimator, you can budget your time and money—whether you’re packing up a cozy studio apartment, or a spacious five-bedroom house.

The Basics

  • Use new packing boxes rather than old ones
  • Seal packed boxes with packing tape instead of duct tape
  • Pack rooms one at a time and color-code them based on room
  • Don't mix items from different rooms in the same box
  • Pack heavy items in small, manageable boxes (like books)
  • Pack heavier items under lighter ones to prevent crushing

What you’ll need:

Essentials

  • Sturdy, double-corrugated boxes
  • Packing tape/box tape and dispenser Flat-screen TV boxes Mattress bags
  • Wardrobe boxes
  • Sandwich bags to hold small parts and hardware (tape them to their corresponding item)
  • Color-coded stickers for each room (affix to the boxes according to their contents)

Protection

  • Furniture pads and blankets
  • Bubble wrap and stretch wrap
  • Cardboard and newspaper (to wrap and buffer fragile items)
  • Tarps to place under and over your possessions on the trailer

Tools

  • Work gloves
  • Dolly/hand truck
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter or pocket knife
  • Small tool kit (with at least one flathead screwdriver, one Phillips head screwdriver, a hammer and an adjustable wrench)

Bracing

  • Ratchet straps
  • Rope
  • Bungee cords
  • Nails and wood blocks (for anchoring freight on the trailer floor to prevent shifting)

Pack to protect

  • Wrap glassware in bubble wrap, padded paper or towels/linens and place each piece (standing up, not flat) in a box filled with wadded newspaper, Styrofoam peanuts, or additional linens
  • Place flat-screen TVs in a box specifically made for them
  • Wedge softer items (pillows and other bedding in a large plastic bag) between boxes and furniture to fill in gaps and keep your belongings from shifting while the truck is in motion.
  • Completely fill each packed box to help prevent its contents from shifting
  • Protect your furniture by wrapping it with furniture pads or bubble wrap
  • Pack your electronics in their original boxes and packaging, if possible
  • Whenever possible, disassemble furniture before loading
  • Protect mirrors and large wall art by covering them with bubble wrap or heavy cardboard

Appliances and machinery

  • Secure stove doors, knobs, electric cords and heating elements with packing tape or stretch wrap and secure doors with a rope or bungee cord
  • Disconnect and empty your washing machine’s hoses and put them inside the unit
  • Drain the fuel and oil from lawnmowers, chainsaws, and other gasoline-powered yard equipment
  • Remove refrigerator shelves and trays and pack them separately
  • Use a bungee cord or stretch wrap to tie down refrigerator doors and secure
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