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We are always available to consult with you on any moving and packing-related questions. If you are doing some or all of your packing yourself, here are a few tips from American Freedom...

General packing tips:

  • Limit your boxes and cartons to a maximum of 50 pounds.
  • Wrap items carefully.
  • Use crushed newsprint for cushioning.
  • Use boxes that can be securely taped shut.
  • Pack similar weight items together.
  • Label all boxes with your name, original room, destination room, brief description of contents.

Room by room tips for packing:


  • Drain power tools of oil and gas.
  • Use old towels to wrap sharp-edged tools
  • For grills, dispose of charcoal and, if applicable, disconnect propane tank. Propane tanks cannot be transported in the moving truck.
  • Keep hardware for disassembled items in small, plastic bags.


  • Dispose of all perishables.
  • Wrap china and glasses separately in clean paper. Use a large amount of paper padding between items in boxes.
  • Pack heavier items such as pots and pans in the bottom of boxes.
  • For large appliances such as refrigerators: clean thoroughly and disconnect all hoses. If necessary, have a licensed technicians disconnect the appliance (in the case of gas ranges).


  • Hanging clothing can be transported in large wardrobe cartons available from us. If wardrobe boxes are not used, fold and pack clothing in suitcases or boxes lined with clean paper.
  • Use a large, clean plastic bag for packing linens in boxes. Linens and bedding can be used as cushioning for boxes.
  • Mattresses should be packed in mattress cartons. Pillows make good padding for other items.
  • Mirrors should be packed in special cartons.
  • If you like, have your area rugs cleaned before moving. You'll receive them rolled in a form easy for transport.

Living Room

  • Pack books of the same size together in a box. Do not overload boxes.
  • Lamp shades are particularly fragile. Pack with clean paper and place in a box at least two inches large than shade diameter. Label the box "Lamp Shades - Fragile - Top Load Only."
  • For stereo equipment, secure as appropriate for disc players and turntables. Consult your manual.
  • Furniture: Your moving professionals will shrink wrap large items such as sofas. Talk to your moving professionals beforehand about leather items. Couch pillows can be packed in large boxes.
  • For large items such as pianos or pool tables, a qualified professional should assist you with moving preparations.
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