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          Dining Room - Preparing to Move

The dining room will generally include your most fragile china and crystal stemware. Moving professionals recommend that each item should be carefully wrapped in paper and placed in dish-pack moving cartons; cellular dividers are recommended for stemware. You will also want to include any items with values exceeding $100 per pound on your "High Value Inventory" form to receive proper valuation coverage. Click here to learn about protecting your belongings and valuables for the move.
China & Glassware
Wrap all pieces of china and glassware individually. Using several sheets of clean paper, start from the corner, wrapping diagonally and continuously tucking in overlapping edges.

Flat China & Flat Glassware
Place cushioning material in the bottom of a moving carton. Wrap each piece individually with clean paper, then wrap up to three in a bundle with a double layer of newsprint. Place these bundled items in the moving carton in a row on edge.


Plates, platters, and other flat serving pieces should be wrapped individually and loaded vertically on their edges to use their own maximum structural strength.


If not using cellular dividers, wrap cups individually first in a double layer of paper and place them upside down on rims in a row on an upper layer with all handles facing the same direction. Top off the layer with wadded newsprint. Even when using a dish pack and cellular dividers, wrap china cups individually first, protecting handles with an extra layer of clean paper. Then pack cups upside down. Now they’re ready for moving.
Silver & Flatware
To protect silver pieces from tarnishing while moving, they should be completely enclosed in newsprint or plastic wrap.

Figurines, Curios and Other Delicate Items
Be sure the items are well-protected with plenty of cushioning for moving.

Very Fragile Items
Consult with your Relocation Consultant on the packing of exceptionally fragile items. Items with values exceeding $100 per pound need to be listed on your "High Value Inventory" form to receive proper valuation coverage. If an item is extremely valuable as well as delicate, it might be wise to have it packed for you. Special materials might be needed for maximum protection while moving.
Lamp Bases
After removing the light bulb and lamp harp (the frame that holds the bulb), wrap the base, harp, and bulb separately in newsprint. Place them together in a moving carton, filling voids with wadded paper.
Lamp Shades
Never wrap lamp shades in newspaper, as the ink will soil the shade. Instead, carefully wrap each shade in three or four sheets of tissue paper, a pillowcase or a large, light towel.

Chandeliers and Leaded Glass Shades
It is best to have your moving professional crate large glass lampshades or chandeliers.
Glass Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Large Mirrors, Paintings, Statues & Large Vases
It's best to consult with your Relocation Consultant about custom-made cartons and crates for items of this kind. Paper should never be permitted to touch the surface of an oil painting.
Table Leaves
Table leaves are best transported in paper pads, then taped to hold the padding in place while moving. (Note: never place tape on the surface of wood.) Don't use plastic wrap, as moisture may get trapped and damage the wood.
Draperies & Curtains
Wardrobe moving cartons are ideal for moving curtains and drapes. Fold them lengthwise, place over a padded hanger, pin securely, and hang in the wardrobe. Draperies and curtains also may be folded and packed in moving cartons lined with clean paper or plastic wrap.
Leave area rugs on the floor for the moving company to handle.

Your packing crew will shrink wrap large, upholstered items.


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