Today, Cento Family Moving & Storage is tackling the center of your home and giving you tips for packing the living room.
Your TV setup and decor options can make for some specific packing challenges, but knowing the ins and outs of the business has put us in a unique position of being able to advise you on the best practices for packing up your family room.
If you’re like most families, the area behind your television is a scary tangle of cords, so take the time to label each cord with a piece of masking tape before unplugging everything. If there’s not too much going on back there, you can even take a picture of the whole setup to remind you where everything goes.
Pack up your TV with plenty of cushioning in a box specially designed to hold it (your local moving supply store should carry these).
Before you move your DVD player, consult your manual to see if your model has a transport or transit screw, which helps protect sensitive equipment during shipping. If you have a satellite dish that you’re bringing with you, contact your service provider or a professional electrician to handle the job. This is an expensive and delicate device, which requires special handling. If you have cable, check with your cable company first to make sure you don’t have to obtain a new cable box for your new home. (Don’t forget to switch the cable service to your new address).
Remotes can either be packed with their corresponding units, or packed together in one small box. Stand your DVDs upright (never flat) between layers of crushed paper. Make sure each box has been well-padded and labeled with the contents. Finally, don’t forget to mark everything “FRAGILE–THIS END UP.”
Stereo & Gaming Equipment
Just as with your DVD player, your sensitive stereo and turntable will need to be secured before they are packed up. Your CD player can be secured using the transit screw, but turntables require a little extra work. First, lock the arm in place using the plastic lock designed for that purpose. You can also use a small piece of string or a twist-tie as backup. Next, tighten the screws on the platter to keep it from moving. (Check your owner’s manual for help.)
Speakers should be packed in small to medium boxes—depending on the size and weight of the speaker—and cushioned with plenty of crushed paper, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts. Very large or heavy speakers can stay out of the box; your moving company will simply quilt-pad them and put them on the truck.
CDs and records should be handled just like your DVDs. Never pack them flat, and always make sure there is a layer of crushed paper on the bottom and the top. For extra stability (jewel cases and records are not known for being structurally sound), place hardcover books or thick cardboard at both ends of the box. Don’t forget to pack up any remotes (either with their units or in a separate “remote box”), cushion boxes with plenty of paper, and label everything “FRAGILE–THIS END UP.”
Your moving company will protect upholstered couches, loveseats, and chairs with shrink wrap, but it may be helpful to pack cushions separately in a large carton. Wooden or metal tables can be padded at the corners with cardboard or foam rubber. Any glass table tops should be well-padded and packed separately from their bases. Same goes for glass doors; they should be removed and packed in a mirror carton.
Books should be placed in boxes with similarly sized books, and either laid flat or vertically with the spine facing down (the glue on the binding can weaken if the spine faces up). Carefully wrap fragile or expensive books with a few layers of tissue paper first.
Irreplaceable family photos should go together in one box. Cushion the edges of any framed photos and pack them upright. Take special care of your photos, slides, and negatives in hot, humid climates; too much time in the elements can cause irreparable damage.
Transporting curtains and drapes is easiest in a wardrobe carton. Simply fold the curtains over a padded hanger, and pin secure before loading into the carton. If you’re not using a wardrobe carton, you can fold all curtains in a large box lined with clean newsprint or plastic.
Rugs are best handled by your Orlando moving company (they have special equipment to hold the rug shut after it’s been rolled), but if you’re trying to stay ahead of the game, take your rugs to the dry cleaner. They’ll give them back to you already rolled and wrapped. Make sure your rugs are the last thing to go on the truck and the first thing on. That way, you won’t have to do any awkward rearranging around the furniture.
Taking the time to secure your belongings before you move will prevent the frustration of having to replace it later. A few tricks ahead of time will make unpacking a lot easier.