San Francisco Moving Tips

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Movers Organization and Planning

Decide if you are packing yourself or if you want to use our professional packing services. Allow at least two weeks for packing yourself. It is easy to underestimate the time required to pack.We typically can pack you in one day depending on the quantity of items.

  • Choose and Licensed and Insured moving company.
  • Purchase quality packing supplies.
  • Various size, quality boxes
  • Packing paper
  • Paper pads
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Labels
  • Dividers
  • Inserts


  • Pack on a room-by-room basis.
  • Mark or label each box with its destination room on the top and at least two sides and list contents.
  • Start packing least used rooms first, such as garage and attics. Pack kitchen and bathroom last.
  • Pack all your items including lampshades (take out light bulbs), shelves in the appropriate boxes using paper pads, packing paper and dividers for extra protection.
  • Use extra tape to securely close heavy boxes.
  • Designate a box for essential items, which is loaded last and unloaded first (toilet paper, toothpaste and brushes, medication, snacks, coffee and coffee pot, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, a couple of pans, paper towels, telephone and telephone book).
  • Personally transport irreplaceable photos, financial papers and assets (bank checks, insurance policies, etc.), legal documents (wills, passports, etc.) valuables (jewelry, coin and stamp collection, etc.) and medical records during the move.

Do not pack:

  • We will wrap and pad your furniture and appliances (remove loose items from furniture, for example loose shelves from bookcases, glass shelves from china cabinets, keys in buffet oors, etc.)
  • Please notify us of any items requiring disassembly and/or crating (chandeliers, large glass table tops, etc) so that we can wrap, box or crate these articles.
  • As a safety precaution, we cannot pack, move nor store flammables such as paint, varnish, thinners, gasoline, kerosene, oil, candles, matches, bottles gas, aerosol cans, ammunition and explosives.
  • Unpack breakables over the box you are taking them out of, so that if you happen to drop an item, it will land on some packing material and reduce the chance of breakage.
Box, Volume, Measurement:Items to pack:How to pack:
Small Box (1.5 cu. ft)16″ (L) x 12″ (W) x 12″ (H)
For heavy items:

  • Books
  • CDs, DVDs, videos
  • Candles
  • Canned goods
  • Wine and liquor
  • Silverware
  • Spices
  • Non-flammable cleaning products
Expensive or rare books should be individually wrapped with packing paper. Stand records on edge (never flat). Wine and liquor bottles are wrapped and packed standing up in the box.
Medium Box (3 cu. ft.)18″ (L) x 18″ (W) x 16″ (H)

For medium light items:

  • Folded clothing
  • Linens
  • Shoes and purses
  • Small appliances
  • Stereo components
  • Small TV
  • Computer monitor
  • Small lampshades
Place linens, folded clothing or cushions in plastic bags and use them for cushioning. Wrap small appliances individually with packing paper. Small TVs and computer monitor require extra cushioning with packing paper. Always pack with screen facing sideways.
Large Box (4.5 cu. ft.)18″ (L) x 18″ (W) x 24″ (H)For lightweight items:

  • Bedding
  • Lampshades
  • Games
  • Toys
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • Table fans and lamps
Place heavier items at the bottom. Use original boxes for appliances if still available and place in large box.
Extra Large Box (6 cu. ft.)22″ (L) x 22″ (W) x 21 ½” (H)

For bulky, lightweight items:

  • Pillows
  • Comforters and quilts
  • Large lampshades
  • Chandeliers
Use popcorn (styrofoam) for extra protection when packing a chandelier.
Dish Pack Box (5.1 cu. ft.)18″ (L) x 18″ (W) x 27″ (H)

Only fragile items:

  • China and dinnerware
  • Glassware
  • Vases
  • Ceramics
  • Glass lampshades
  • Table lamps
  • Framed pictures
  • Artwork
  • Knickknacks
Place cushioning material in bottom of box. Wrap each piece individually with packing paper. Place heavy, flat items such as platters and large plates at the bottom by standing them in a row on edge. Any unfilled spaces should be filled with packing paper to avoid shifting. Pack in layers. Place crumbled paper on top of each finished layer. Horizontal cardboard dividers can be helpful in keeping layers level. Smaller plates and shallow bowls can make up another layer. Use dividers for extra protection when packing crystal, stem- or glassware.
Lamp Box (3.3 cu. ft.)12″ (L) x 12″ (W) x 40″ (H)

  • Lamp bases
  • Fireplace equipment
  • Golf equipment
Remove the light bulb, wrap the base and bulb separately. Place them together in the box, filling spaces with crumbled paper. Pack lampshades in separate box.
Wardrobe (13.5 cu. ft.)24″ (L) x 20″ (W) x 47″ (H)

For your hanging clothing.Use the wardrobe box for hanging clothing. One wardrobe carton will hold about two feet of compressed clothing on hangers. Add moth paper for wardrobe boxes that go into storage.
Small Mirrorpack (5.2 cu. ft.)37″ (L) x 4″ (W) x 61″ (H)

For Framed items:

  • Pictures
  • Mirrors
Wrap each picture individually using paper pads. Pack pictures backing each other. Add crumbled packing paper on the bottom, side and top of the box to avoid shifting.
Large Mirrorpack (6.7 cu. ft.)48″ (L) x 4″ (W) x 60″ (H)Same as above.Same as above.
Paper Pads (25 pads per bundle)64″ (L) x 54″ (W)

For wrapping:

  • Mirrors
  • Pictures
  • Shelves
  • Glass tops
Wrap items tightly. Use proper size box to pack item. Stand item on edge or side (never lay flat if item is fragile).
Packing Paper(400 sheets per bundle)approx. 37″ (L) x 30″ (W)

For packing and cushioning:

  • Dishware
  • Glassware
  • Vases
  • Other fragile items
Wrap items tightly and individually.
DividersShort:17½” (L) x 17 ½” (W) x 6 ½” (H)High: 17 ½” (L) x 17 ½” (W) x 13″ (H)

For packing:

  • Stemware
  • Cups
  • Vases
  • Candle holders
Wrap each item individually in packing paper and place it in the divider cell. Use the appropriate divider height.