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Moving Tip #5: Use “Packing” Tape to Pack Boxes

Use “Packing” Tape for packing boxes. It may seem like common sense, but many people use the wrong types of tape that are not designed for sealing cardboard boxes. The wrong tape can rip or not stick to the box.

Packing tape is available for purchase in office supply stores, moving companies, and self storage facilities, and pack and ship companies as well as online.

Standard rolls are 55 yards or 110 yards. Usually available in Tan or clear. Tape is used up pretty quickly. So get plenty. You may want to invest in a tape gun or a simple tape ring with a serrated edge. It makes cutting the tape much quicker.

Do NOT use these types of tape to seal moving boxes:

  • Masking tape
  • Duct tape
  • Painters tape (green or blue)
  • Electrical tape

I have seen people use this type of tape before and it does rip and peel off. Which then requires the mover to re-tape costing you time and money. Or if you have a flat rate move they may not retape and let the box fall apart.

If you pack a box it will be marked as PBO (Packed By Owner). With out any obvious damage to the exterior of the box, Moving companies and their insurers will reject any claim. As the packing was not performed by the company, they do not know if the contents were improperly packed or broken beforehand. If you are taking insurance in additional to standard cargo protection, it may make sense for you to have the mover repack any expensive or fragile items that you have packed yourselves.

Moving Tip #4: Mark Essential Items Box as “OPEN FIRST LOAD LAST”

Whether you are moving Locally, Long Distance, or Internationally you will want access to some items as soon as you arrive at your new home. Mark the box:

“OPEN FIRST LOAD LAST”

You can mark this in large letters on all sides. You may want to use a brightly colored tape to distinguish it from other boxes.  You can also mention the importance of the box  to the crew. A great place to leave the box is on a kitchen counter. This way it wont be mixed in with other boxes.

A similar box is a hardware box. Some companies use a “PARTS BOX” which is prominently marked and also loaded last and comes off first at the destination. This is done especially when moving long distance or internationally. This contains ALL the hardware for all your items.

Some Suggested Essentials to include are:

  • Bedding
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Clothing

Brings items with you that you need immediate access to, such as new keys, medicine, important papers.

“Boxes, where are there boxes?” Seinfeld quote and video


Seinfeld S03 E18 “The Boyfriend” Part 2

“When You’re moving your whole world becomes boxes. That’s all you think about is
boxes. Boxes, where are there boxes? You just wander down the street going in and out
of stores. Are there boxes here? Have you seen any boxes? I mean it’s all you think
about. You can’t even talk to people because you can’t concentrate. Shut up I’m looking
for boxes. Just after a while you become like really into it you can smell them. You walk
into a store. There’s boxes here. Don’t tell me you don’t have boxes. Dammit, I can
SMELL them. I’m like I’m obsessed. I love the smell of cardboard in the morning. You
could be at a funeral. Everyone’s mourning crying around, and your looking at the
casket. That’s a nice box Does anyone know where that guy got that box? When he’s
done with it do you think I could get that? it’s got some nice handles on it. And that’s
what death is really. It’s the last big move of your life. The hearse is like the van. The
pale bearers are your close friends the only ones you could ask to help you with a big
move like that. and the casket is that great perfect box you’ve been waiting for your
whole life The only problem is, once you find it you’re in it.”

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