Coburn Van Lines, Inc.

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Helpful Moving Tips!

  • Bubble wrap
  • Tissue and ink-free packing paper
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Several broad-tip markers to label boxes
  • Rolls of packing tape

Master List

  • Make a master list of all household items and your belongings.
  • Number boxes when they are packed and sealed.
  • Clearly indicate on the box its room destination.
  • Write on the master list the contents of the numbered boxes.


  • Get more boxes than you think you will need.
  • Get smaller boxes for books. Use bigger boxes for lighter items.
  • Pack room-by-room, keeping similar items together. Reinforce the bottom of boxes with at least one strip of packing tape.
  • Pack boxes firmly to prevent the contents from shifting during your move.
  • We offer the FREE use of Wardrobe cartons for your hanging clothes.
  • Dishpack cartons have very strong walls and can hold a place setting of 8 plus serving pieces and stemware.
  • 1.5 (book) cartons are for books, canned goods, gold bricks, heavy items.
  • 3.0 (medium) cartons are for shoes, purses, plasticware, lamp shades, bulkynot too large items.
  • 4.5 (large) cartons are for larger bulky items like board games, children’s toys, garage items.
  • 6.0 (extra large) carton is for really large items like pillows, some lamp shades, bedding.

Packing Tips

  • If you want to do some or all of your own packing into boxes be sure to mark on the side of your boxes the room it goes into and a brief description of the contents. Always be sure your boxes are full to the top and don’t make noise. All breakables should be wrapped in paper or suitable materials.
  • Dressers can be full with soft fabric items IE: sweaters, PJ’s, socks etc. Nothing spillable breakable, or items to heavy that may hurt your furniture.
  • Hutches and Amour top cavities can hold large pillows and comforters. All Drawers can hold smaller soft fabric items.
  • Be mindful of the weight VS the container.
  • We use many different cartons.
  • We also like to have pictures and mirrors in proper cartons.
  • Use crumpled paper for padding. Seal boxes tightly with wide packing tape.
  • Pack records and CD's vertically in boxes. Don't stack them flat.
  • Place heavier items in the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
  • Separate items with paper to prevent scratches caused by rubbing.
  • Remove lids from jars and ceramics. Wrap each separately.
  • Seal any opened boxes and bottles before packing them to avoid spills and leakage.
  • Use towels, linens, curtains, etc. to pad boxes of fragile items.
  • Clearly mark these boxes "FRAGILE."
  • Use a jumbo box for lampshades and cushion them well.
  • When disassembling furniture, beds, lamps, etc. put the hardware into a plastic bag along with any assembly tips and tape it onto the item itself.
  • Leave clothes in dresser drawers.
  • Find out from your movers how they want hanging clothes packed.
  • Pack rugs last so they can be the first items unloaded and placed at your new location.