Pinky The Washington
DC Movers provide
a self packing kit of different sizes of boxes for each move as shown below:
One Book Box, One Medium Box, One Large Box, One Linen Box, One Dish-Pack
Box and one roll of box sealing tape.
The free self-packing kit can be picked up at our storage location in
Rockville Maryland by appointment only. If you choose
to purchase additional packing supplies from us, the self-packing kit will
be added to your free box delivery and you don’t
need to pick it up by yourself. Minimum order for a free box delivery is $49.99
On the day of the move, we will also provide you with 5 wardrobe/garment
clothing boxes rent-free.
Note: the free wardrobe boxes are only offered to customers who are moving
The wardrobe boxes do not apply to customers moving in to a storage.
While we pack up your furniture, you will place small items such as shoes,
handbags, pillows, blankets, etc. at the
bottom of the wardrobe/garment clothing boxes, and then insert the bar and
hang all your clothes. This will keep them
wrinkle-free throughout the move. All the 5 wardrobe/garment clothing boxes
must be returned by the end of the
move. Once the crew delivers your shipment you should unpack your
wardrobe/garment clothing boxes directly
to your closet.
Pinky The Washington DC Mover provide you with these tips as a service. At Pinky Movers, we are
dedicated to saving you money.
We realize that showing you how to prepare for your move and pack your
smaller items on your own may decrease
our total bill for your move, however, our goal is to make you save money
and to enjoy your experience with us.
A common mistake is that most of the customers use the Small, Medium and
Large boxes to pack fragile items such as:
ceramic/glass tables, lamps, statues, electronics, DVD, VCR, china dishes
This is a mistake because these boxes are not strong enough and can’t
provide enough protection for glass and fragile items.
Please use the following guidelines so as to be sure you are packing your
items into the correct boxes. We hope you will find it fun and helpful.
* Book Boxes: As the box mentions, it is for books . You can add CD’s,
videotapes, office files, and other small items.
* Medium Boxes: Well, those boxes are not for books!!! You can always put in
these boxes some office files and other
small miscellaneous items, such as small picture frame, computer speakers,
* Large boxes: Those are not for books as well!!! They are made for toys,
clothing, kitchen utensils
(not glass dishes), plastic containers, frying and cooking pans.
* Linen Box: As the box mentions, it is for Linen, sheets, towels etc…
Please do not try to pack books into this box. This will make it very heavy
to carry, and increases the risk that the box will break under such
Note: For all of the above, make sure to fill the boxes all the way to the
top to prevent box breakage.
* Dish- Pack: As the box mentions, it is for Dishes. However you can also
pack other fragile items such as:
electronics, ceramic/glass tables, lamps etc…
* Wardrobe boxes: These for sure are not for books. You can always stack
small and light items such as:
shoes, handbags, pillows and blankets prior to placing the bar in order to
place your clothing. You can even add a
dining room chair that you want to protect from any scratches or dents.
Pack one room at a time. Don't seal your boxes until you have finished all
You will need to make some items available to you when arriving on your new
site. Make sure you have plastic plates,
paper cups, paper towels etc…
We recommend that you yourself transport Insurance Papers, Birth
Certificates and sensitive materials.
How do you need to handle glass,
fragile and electronic items?
For these items, there is a special box called a china box/dish pack. This
is a more rigid box that can handle
more weight and is designed for these items specifically. You should use
this box in order to safely pack most
of your fragile belongings, such as stereo equipment, other glass and
ceramic fragile items, and even your lampshades.
How to pack your dishes?
1. Open the box, use a lot of box-sealing tape on the bottom of the box to
prevent spilling or mishaps when the box is moved.
2. Before placing any dishes, simply fold a sheet of bubble wrap (the
thicker bubble wrap) to create two layers of
bubble wrap at the bottom of the box. This softens the base so as to enhance
protection of the items.
3. Start with the dish plates. Usually, you can form two vertical rows of
dish plates, one next to the other. Beware!
Do not place them one on top of the other. This is a common mistake.
Customers usually stack them one on top of the other,
which adds too much pressure; consequently increasing the probability of
breakage. This is why it is very important to
position them vertically one next to the other.
4. All the glass dishes must be double wrapped by white newsprint paper.
If one of the glass items should break during the move, the broken item will
stay trapped in the paper and avoid spreading all over the box. By the time
you unpack, you will not be injured or cut with the broken pieces. Some
people choose to save money and use old newspaper to wrap dishes. This is a
very big mistake because the newspaper ink can run out and stain the dishes.
If you still want to save money on white newsprint paper, make sure to use
white newsprint paper to wrap your dishes for the first wrap (the one that
is closer to the dish) and you can simply use the normal daily newspaper for
the second wrap.
5. After completing the first level of plates and dishes, please place
another sheet of folding bubble wrap in order to create a new level. It
doesn’t have to be even, but it needs to be used as a soft divider for the
6. The second level: Now it’s the time to put the thicker drinking
glasses or the coffee and tea mugs. Make sure to double wrap them with the
white newspaper. You can place them in the box horizontally since they are
strong enough to withhold the pressure.
7. After completion of the second level, please place another sheet of
folding bubble wrap in order to create a new level. On the third level, you
can place all the wine glasses or thinner fragile glasses and porcelain. All
items on the third level are fragile and need to be handled carefully.
Regarding the wine glasses, we recommend to triple wrap them for added
protection. Place them in the box horizontally. You can always use an old
empty box of cereal to put the glasses inside the box for extra protection
and then place them in the dish pack with the cereal box. Do not fill the
box all the way to the top. Leave enough space to add another layer of
bubble wrap to avoid breakage. Make sure not to leave empty space on the
top. Use some white newsprint, form paper balls, and place them equally all
on top of the box and between dishes so as to keep every item in the box
secured during transportation. This is the way to pack those kind of dishes
and other dishes, such as vases, glass, salad bowls, and even statues. Use
another box and simply surround the glass item with lots of bubble wrap (use
the thicker bubble wrap to increase protection). In all cases, please make
sure the box is not too heavy so it won’t break from the bottom!!!
For all electronic items, such as amplifiers, DVD, VCR, CD players, boom
box, stereo speakers, computers (not computer screen) printer, fax, small
copy machines etc…We still recommend to use the dish pack box because it is
considered to be the strongest and thickest box available in our inventory
that will provide you with added protection. Please surround each one of
them (electronic items) with lots of bubble wrap (use the thick bubble wrap)
and place them in the box. Put the heaviest on the bottom and the lightest
on the top. It is always good to put the amplifier at the bottom since it is
a heavier electronic item. The rest should be situated depending on size and
Do not forget to remove the C.D’s from the inside tray of the player to
avoid C.D breakage.
For ceramic or glass table lamps, we still recommend to use the dish pack
box. Simply surround them with lots of bubble wrap ( use the thick kind of
bubble wrap for added protection). Place them in the box, make sure they are
well secured around the walls of the box by using bubble wrap or paper balls
around the items to avoid movement during transportation. Regarding the lamp
shades, you will need to open a new dish pack. They will have to be placed
individually since they will keep their full protection within the
transportation. No bubble wrap is necessary for the lamp shades, simply
place them in the box and they will still have the necessary protection.
*Please note: For all of the above, we don’t recommend using other boxes,
except for dish packs, since they are not strong enough and can get smashed
or break under pressure.
Open the box. Surround the picture with bubble wrap. For oil paintings,
simply wrap it with tissue paper pads. Do not use bubble wrap, because the
wrap might increase the amount of heat transported to the painting, which
can possibly cause the oil to leak and stain the picture. Place the glass
picture or oil painting in a box. If it’s a small painting, two paintings
can be placed in each box, but they should not intertwine. Do not mix oil
paintings with glass pictures that are protected with bubble wrap due to the
same reason mentioned above. Make sure they are well placed in the box to
prevent excess movement during transportation.
TV and computer screen
A special box is available that comes in different sizes: Small, medium and
large. Simply surround the TV or computer screen with lots of bubble wrap
(two layers of bubble wrap is enough when using thicker wrap) and place them
in the box to prevent movement. You can add paper balls ( crumbled-up paper)
in between items to increase protection as well.
Flammable and other liquids
Avoid shipping flammable goods or kitchen cleaning products with the moving
company. If they spill in the truck
during transit, it can damage your furniture. Transport these items yourself
in a sealed plastic container that will keep
them from spilling. We also recommend to transport wine bottles by yourself
for the same reason.
Other Self-packing Tips
Now, before tapping yourself on the shoulders, and screaming “ I am a
professional packer” , we would like to
remind you that you forgot to pack the glass plates from the microwave
. Before making any mistakes, make sure to
remove the plate from the microwave oven and place it in the dish pack.
It is always good to write on top of all boxes which room it is originated
from and the content of the box. It doesn’t matter which moving company you
choose, do not ever, ever, ever write CD's on your CD's box. Simply name
them book boxes so to avoid any…., well, you get my drift.
Please, for any other questions
regarding packing or other inquiries, do not hesitate to contact us @ 240
- 430 - 7465 (pink) and ask for our packing
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