electronics to lamps, your main living area requires a little extra
preparation prior to moving day.
Your van line operator will shrink wrap large, upholstered
items for moving.
- Talk to your moving company
beforehand about any leather items.
- Table corners can be protected with cardboard.
- You may want to consider packing couch pillows in
large moving boxes.
Special preparation is required to move CD players, DVD
players, and record turntables.
- When moving CD and DVD players, secure the laser with
the 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 while moving. 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 your owner's manual if in doubt.
Pack remote controls in the boxes containing the related
equipment, or perhaps pack them all in a separate, clearly labeled box.
Pack speakers in well-cushioned dish packs.
- Any large or unusually heavy speakers will simply be
padded and placed on the truck.
- Servicing is usually not required prior to packing for
tape deck, receiver or speakers.
Some large televisions will need to be crated prior to
moving day. Let your moving company
know if you have a big screen or plasma television.
- Call your local cable company to cancel service before
moving. 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 on 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.
Don't forget external antennas!
DVD or VCR
No special servicing is required when moving a VCR. When
installing at the destination, place on a hard surface, provide
appropriate ventilation for openings, and do not set objects on top.
Contact 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 company
Label cords and cables so you'll know which goes where,
and pack them in the same box as the electronic equipment they go with.
Compact Discs, Tapes and Records
- Stand compact discs and records on edge while moving,
never flat, on a layer of crushed paper. Support at both ends with
large, hardcover books or several pieces of cardboard cut to fit. Top
with another layer of crushed paper. Identify contents on the outside of
the moving box and mark, "FRAGILE."
- 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 moving cartons.
- 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.
- Pack books of the same general size together, in small
- Pack them either flat, or with the spine touching the
bottom of the moving 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
household items. (Note: watch these when moving to very hot or humid
climates by making sure the storage area protects items from the
- Protect framed photos with padding and cushioning,
standing them on edge in a carton. Label moving cartons for easy
- If possible, carry irreplaceable items with you when
Silk or Artificial Flowers
Arrangements of artificial flowers should be packed in
separate moving cartons. Wrap carefully in plastic wrap, tissue paper,
or paper towels. If possible, fasten the base to the bottom of the
moving carton to prevent shifting. Label the carton "FRAGILE - THIS SIDE
After removing the light bulb and lamp harp (the frame
that holds the bulb), wrap the base, harp, and bulb separately in
newsprint. Place them together in a moving carton, filling voids with
Never wrap lampshades 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, light towel.
- Use a sturdy moving 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 moving
cartons "LAMP SHADES - FRAGILE - TOP LOAD ONLY."
Chandeliers and Leaded Glass Shades
It is best to have your mover crate large
leaded or other glass lampshades or chandeliers.
Glass Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Large Mirrors, Paintings,
Statues & Large Vases
It's best to consult with your moving company
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
- You may want to consider having your area rugs
professionally cleaned before moving. You'll get them back from the
cleaners wrapped, rolled and ready for shipping.
- 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
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 will be 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 done
by a third-party service. Contact a store that sells pool tables to
- Crating is a possibility on slate.
- You will need to make arrangements at destination
to have the pool table uncrated, reassembled, and leveled.