Packing Tips for Your Move

Good packing is essential for a smooth move. However, packing is time consuming. If you choose to do your own packing, allow enough time to complete the job. If requested, MoveStar will provide you with an excellent team of packers to make the job easy and stress free.

For the best results it is important that you are familiar with our suggested techniques to properly pack boxes:


  • Boxes
  • Marking Pen
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Packing Paper
  • Tape and Scissors
  • Tape Measure


  • Assemble one of each size box. This gives you options when packing them;
  • Apply four strips of tape to the bottom of each box. This is the weight bearing part of the box;
  • Limit each box to a maximum weight of 50 pounds. The exception to this would be the dish barrel;
  • Individually wrap each item carefully. Wrap in bulk small items to keep them organized;
  • When packing fragile items crumple paper in the bottom of the box first to create a cushion;
  • Keep weight distribution in mind. Pack heavier items first then lighter items on top;
  • Do not overfill the box. Leave approximately 1″ at the top. Loose fill with paper to hold items in place;
  • The box top must close flat. Apply one strip of tape to the top;
  • Label each box and indicate placement at new location;
  • Fragile boxes should be indicated with red tape, red marker, or red fragile sticker;


If you are planning on moving some items, the following can easily be transported in your vehicle and actually make a difference in regards to time and cost of supplies. MoveStar personnel will gladly assist you with loading and unloading your vehicle:

  • Lamps including Lamp Shades;
  • Small Electronics;
  • Floral Arrangements;
  • Small Art & Statuary;
  • Hanging Clothes;

Do not pack Hazardous Materials

The following items are considered Hazardous materials and cannot be moved:

  • Acid
  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition
  • Batteries
  • Car Batteries
  • Charcoal
  • Chemistry Sets
  • Cleaning Fluids
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire Works
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Lamp Oil
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Loaded Weapons
  • Matches
  • Motor Oils
  • Nail polish or Remover
  • Paints
  • Paint Thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Propane Tanks
  • Weed Killer

Perishable Items

*Plants and refrigerated foods are perishable items. They cannot be guaranteed.

Uninsurable Items

The following items are not covered under insurance and should be hand carried:

  • Address Books
  • Airline Tickets
  • Bonds
  • Cameras
  • Car Keys
  • Check Books
  • Computer Disks
  • Computer Software
  • Diaries
  • Deeds
  • Files
  • Financial Records
  • Jewelry
  • Personal Letters
  • Medical Records
  • Photo Albums
Your MoveStar moving consultant will be able to answer any questions you may have. We welcome the opportunity to properly prepare you as needed. MoveStar packers and movers are highly trained professionals. Let us assist you in making your move a pleasant experience.


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