Packing Tips

Our Packing Tips

We want your belongings to arrive safe and sound to their final destination, and packing boxes correctly ensures an easier transition.

Here are some tips that will help you pack your belongings in the safest, most effective manner possible.


Gather all of your packing materials beforehand so you’re not left without supplies in the middle of packing.

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Collegiate Movers has everything you need to successfully pack your boxes including tape, packing paper, and boxes of various sizes.

Personal Electronics

Pack valuable electronic equipment in original cartons when available. Otherwise, use strong corrugated boxes and place protective padding on the bottom of the carton. Place additional padding between the carton and the device.

Wrap cords separately and label them to identify usage. Place them in a plastic bag away from delicate surfaces. Non-detachable cords should also be wrapped.

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Packing Pointers

  • Mark all boxes by room, contents, and if contents are fragile
  • Heavier items should be placed at the bottom of the box
  • Try to keep boxes to a max of 50lbs
  • Delicate glassware and stemware should be wrapped and placed in an upright position
  • Do NOT overload bureau drawers and be sure to remove all ammunition and firearms
  • Pack no more than 24-30 canned goods per box
  • Secure or remove pendulum in large clocks
  • Hang drapes and bedding over crossbars, in wardrobe cartons, or pack folded in clean cartons
  • Remove bulbs, harps, shades, and roll-up cords from lamps and pack with bedding or wrap separately and place upright in a tissue-lined carton
  • Seal medicine caps with masking tape and be sure to transport the medicine you need with you
  • Wrap small mirror, pictures, paintings, and frames and place on edge in boxes
  • Place large pictures and paintings on edge in heavy cardboard containers
  • Wrap silverware in cloth to prevent tarnishing
  • Drain fuel from power tools and pack
  • Wrap grates and briquettes separately in newspaper and place parts in a box
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We Do Not Take:

  • Alcohol
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Paint
  • Gasoline
  • Chemicals
  • Firearms
  • Ammunition
  • Small Plants
  • Open-Topped Boxes
  • Propane Tanks
  • Frozen or Perishable Items
  • Unpacked Electronics Items


We are licensed and insured movers. The standard insurance that comes with a move is 60 cents per pound for each item. This insurance is worked into the basic rate, so there is no additional charge this basic insurance. We offer full coverage – Call for more details.

Items that are not covered in the policy include:

  • Any item made of particle board
  • Any weakened or previously repaired furniture
  • Cracked of chipped veneer
  • Floor lamps
  • Flat Screen Televisions
  • Any items in boxes packed by owner unless we are clearly at fault (example: a dropped box)

All damages or losses must be reported within 7 days of delivery.

An empty room in a new house with only cardboard boxes stacked in the middle
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