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Moving and Packing 1, 2, 3
Pack as much or as little as you prefer. Biedenharn Moving and Storage is willing to do the whole job, or any part of the packing job. Whatever you decide, we want your part of the move process to go as smoothly as possible. These packing tips will help.


  • De-clutter your home by donating, selling or throwing out unwanted items, and then packing items that you use infrequently.

  • Form a plan and start packing as soon as you know that a move is eminent.

  • Cushion the bottom and top of boxes containing fragile items with generous amounts of packing paper, and of course wrap each fragile item individually.

  • List contents and room on the outside of each box.

  • Write 'Open First' on boxes containing essential items such as toiletries or the coffee maker.

  • Separate breakables and non-breakables.

  • Pack all cartons tightly.

  • Use professional packing tape so boxes will not open unexpectedly.


Nest your silver together and then cushion them in the silver chest.  Then wrap
the chest in clean paper and place in a box.


Use protective paper to wrap and stuff each goblet.  Cushion each piece in
a thick wrap and place them stem up in a specially tiered Dishpak.

Soft Goods
Lined cartons are good for pillows and bedding.  Separate each with a
clean layer of paper.

Shoes and Clothes

Pack shoes in their original shoebox, if possible, and place in a carton.
If shoeboxes are not available, individually wrap them to prevent
abrasive damage.  Clothes are left on hangers and hung in special wardrobe cartons.

Lamp Shades and Bases

Hold lampshades by their wire frames only and place each in a
paper-lined carton. Put protective paper around the shade. Shades
separated by paper can be nested inside each other. Biedenharn Moving
and Storage has cartons specially designed for packing lamp bases.
These cartons are also good for golf clubs, floor lamps and garden tools.

Stereo and Other Electronics

If possible, pack electronics in their original cartons.  If the original carton
is not available, bubble wrap, newsprint, foam sheeting, comforters/blankets, pillows, etc., can be used to safely pack your electronics in a strong carton.

  • Pad the bottom of the carton with lots of packing material.

  • Wrap electronics with paper and place in carton.

  • Pack padding tightly around all sides of the unit.

  • Firmly seal the carton.

  • Label the carton as “Fragile – Top Load.”

Note: When you unpack your electronics, bring them to room temperature before plugging them in. 

Pack books flat in the carton, alternating the spine and open side of the book. A piece of paper between books will prevent them sticking together. Use small book cartons to lighten the load.

Statuary and Figurines
Wrap statuary and figurines with bubble wrap, then snuggly wrap with clean paper. Use clean paper to wrap the article until it is adequately cushioned if bubble wrap is not available. 

Tape bottles shut and wrap them in clean newsprint. For extra security, place bottles in a resealable, watertight bag before wrapping and placing in carton. 

Mirrors and Glass

Wrap i
n a generous cushion of clean paper. Use flattened packing or
telescoping carton. Carefully tape and seal the carton. You should
always stand glass, pictures and mirrors on their edge. Do not lay flat.


Again, pack computers in their original cartons if possible.  As with other electronics, computers can be safely packed in adequate materials can
be packed in sturdy boxes.

  • Pad the bottom of the carton with a generous amount of packing material.

  • Wrap computer parts generously with paper and place in carton.

  • Tightly pack padding around and on top of the unit to prevent damage.

  • Firmly seal the carton.

  • Label the carton as “Fragile – Top Load.”

Items We CANNOT Ship
Please review your household items and ensure these are given other moving means

Hazardous Materials – items that are flammable, corrosive or explosive. Examples include:

Sterno   Fire Extinguisher   Chemistry Sets  
Darkroom Chemicals   Pool Chemicals   Gasoline  
Matches   Fertilizer   Car Batteries  
Household Batteries   Liquid Bleach   Ammonia  
Charcoal   Nail Polish   Cleaning Solvents  
Propane/Propane Aerosols   Motor Oil  
Kerosene   Paint Thinner   Pesticides  
Poisons  Weed Killer Lamp Oils  
Fireworks   Nail Polish Remover   Tanks  
Paints (latex & oil-based)   Charcoal Lighter   Ammunition  

Perishables – Food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit.*  

Frozen Food Produce Open/used foods or food
Refrigerated Food   Plants  

* If you are shipping less than 150 miles and delivering within 24 hours of pickup,
we may be able to transport perishables that are properly packed and require
no servicing in transit.  Check first.

Note: Empty food appliances and keep their doors open 24 hours before loading. 
The appliances need to dry out.  This helps prevent mold.

Items of Personal Importance/Sentimental Value
Irreplaceable items and\or sentimental items be carried with you instead of
being packed with your shipment.  These are real problem items.

Airline Tickets   IRAs   Address Books  
Prescription Medicine   Jewelry   Financial Documents  
Car Keys   Stocks   Computer Discs  
Deeds   Family Photographs   Laptop Computers  
Car Titles   Certificates of Deposit   Bonds  
Cell Phones   Wedding Albums   Pagers  
Checkbooks   Cash   Personal Video Tapes  
VCRs & Stereos   School Records   Professional Files  
Insurance Policies
(Life/Auto/Home, etc.)  
Remote Controls for
Keys to Furniture,
Safe, Home  
Documents Pertaining to Your New Home