Gather up essential items to
take with you during the move, such as toiletries and clothes, and set aside the
items in a small closet or cabinet that will not be accessible to packers or
Remove breakable and liquid
items from drawers and cabinets for packing separately.
Separate flammable and
combustible items from the rest of your household goods; either dispose of the
items or pack separately to take with you.
Locate all valuables, such as
jewelry, collections and personal records, and pack separately to take with you.
Defrost the refrigerator and
freezer and dispose of perishable foods.
Drain oils and fuels from
power equipment such as lawn mowers.
Take rugs and drapes to
cleaners; when you pick them up later, leave them in wrappings for transport.
Back up computer files and
remove CDs from players.
Strip beds and wash linens for
Call your mover to confirm the
packers' arrival date and time.
Tips & Warnings
Store items that you plan to
take with you in one small closet or cabinet, labeled "off limits" to packers
Movers who transport
flammables and combustibles are violating federal laws ' and endangering the
safety of your household goods during transport. Make sure you do not allow
movers to pack or transport aerosol cans, paints or other combustible items.