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How to Pack Boxes & the Moving Truck to Make Unpacking Easier

We have all had the experience of standing in our new homes surrounded by moving boxes, and having no idea where to begin. The most important indication of how smooth unpacking goes will be how organized you were when you packed your belongings.


  • Use the right size boxes – Put heavy items like books in small boxes and light items such as linens and pillows in bigger boxes. Large boxes which are over packed with heavy items pose the risk of breaking and make the job harder for your professional movers.
  • Pack contents of boxes correctly– Make sure to place the heavier items in the bottom of the box and the lighter items on the top so the weight of each box is evenly distributed. Try not to leave empty space in boxes. You can fill the gaps with towels or packing paper so items won’t slide around, making the boxes unbalanced and dangerous.
  • Avoid mixing items from different rooms – When packing your boxes, try not to mix items from different rooms, keeping all the items in one box for one room only. This will not only make your packing quicker, but it will also make unpacking much easier.
  • Label each box with the room and description of contents– Keep an inventory list of your boxes so you know how many you have. Numbering each box and tagging it is an excellent way of keeping track of what items are packed and not packed up yet. Tag each box with a colored sticker with the name of the room it belongs in, for example: Green – Family Room, Blue – Kitchen, Orange – Peter’s room, etc. Your mover can provide the colored room stickers for you. Tape up all boxes at the seams with heavy packing tape.
  • Loading the truck– The moving crew will work from your inventory list and will coordinate with you on loading the truck to be sure that boxes which need to come off the truck first get loaded last. The professional movers will also load the truck with heavy items on the bottom and all fragile items on the top for safety and protection.

Remember, any large and fragile items such as mirrors or expensive art should have special crating provided by your mover. All of these steps will help make your packing and unpacking experience as smooth and successful as possible.

How to Unpack after a Move

Finishing a big move can feel like a huge accomplishment, but watching the moving trucks drive away – while you are standing in your new residence surrounded by boxes everywhere – can be a most overwhelming sight! Where do you begin? Luckily, you had the foresight to label all your boxes and even the contents of each box, and which room they belong in. As with most things, the key to unpacking your boxes is to plan ahead… in this case, on the packing end of your move.

Labeling all your boxes and even placing colored stickers on the moving boxes with a color-coded floor and room plan will aid the movers in placing boxes in the proper rooms. This kind of planning and organization beforehand will make a huge difference in how easy or difficult your unpacking will be.


Tips for Packing the truck – The rule here is, “last one in first one out”. When loading a moving truck, your professional movers will possess the know how to load the truck properly. Discuss with the movers what items are most essential in getting your home up and running and they will pack the truck accordingly. For example, bedroom furniture should be loaded last so when it comes off the truck it’s easier for the movers to carry up the stairs to the bedrooms. And of course, you can be setting up your beds while everything else gets unpacked, ensuring you have a great place to rest when moving day is over!

Tips for Unpacking the Truck – Plan to set up the most important room first. For most people this is often the kitchen or the bedroom. You may feel more at home unpacking some kitchen items to make a meal for your family, or setting up the bedroom so you can feel at home with your personal things. It is best to set up the room that will make you feel the most in control of your environment.

The best system is to tackle the unpacking room by room. This will help things go smoothly, if you take the time to organize and label everything. And of course, your professional movers can also take care of the unpacking for you, at an additional cost, if you don’t have the time in your busy schedule.

Packing Your Bedroom for a Move

When getting ready for a move, it can be tough to know where to begin. Before you even start packing a room, it’s best to organize it first. Knowing what to pack and what to leave behind will save you both time and money. The less you have to pack and take with you will save time in packing and unpacking. Kitchens and bedrooms tend to be the most time-consuming rooms to pack for a move. Knowing where to start will help with the often overwhelming feelings we can have when preparing for a move.


Clean Your Room

Cleaning your bedroom will help with by getting things organized so you know where everything is. You can straighten and go through your things while cleaning.

Set Aside Unwanted Items 
This is the perfect time to go through your items, clothing, furniture, accessories, and knick-knacks. Make piles of items you are taking, as well as items you are giving away or throwing out.

Collect Bins & Boxes of Multiple Sizes
Keep in mind you will need large boxes to pack your larger, lighter items such as your clothing, pillows, curtains, and bedding.

Pack Small Items First

Packing up any knick-knacks, picture frames, posters, books, movies and any other decorations will help get the small items out of your way and clear your space. Use plenty of bubble wrap and packing paper for the fragile items.

Check All Boxes and Bins for Labeling
Check that your fragile items are wrapped securely in tissue or wrapping paper and sealed with packing tape. Check that larger boxes are secured tight with packing tape. Label all boxes and bins with their contents and which room they belong in.

Make sure you have your packing supplies on hand before you get started: small, medium and large cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, tape, and markers for labeling. Your professional movers can supply any boxes or moving supplies that you need for an additional fee and can even pack up your items for you to save you time.

Best Practices for Packing and Labeling Boxes When Moving

Moving boxes and supplies

Once your professional mover is on board, they will assist you in all your moving and packing needs. Your professional moving company can supply boxes in every size needed for an additional charge, if you do not have time to collect boxes yourself. Because you will need a lot of boxes in a variety of shapes and sizes, your professional movers can even supply you with specialty boxes and wooden crates for those hard-to-pack items such as large mirrors, framed artwork, computers, printers, and any other large, heavy, or fragile items.

Here is a typical packing supply list:

  • 25 small moving boxes
  • 15 medium moving boxes
  • 15 large moving boxes
  • 5 extra-large moving boxes
  • 10 heavy duty boxes
  • 10 wardrobe boxes
  • 4 rolls of unprinted news wrap
  • 1 roll of bubble wrap
  • 1 roll of tissue paper
  • 2 permanent black markers
  • Roll of sealing tape

Once you have your boxes, you can start packing and labeling them. Packing your belongings can be tedious and time consuming. You may be tempted to toss things in random boxes without much wrapping or labeling involved and leave it at that. If your packing is hurried and unorganized, you risk your things possibly becoming damaged, broken, or even lost. And your unpacking may be disorganized as well and take even more time because boxes weren’t labeled correctly from the beginning. Your professional moving company has plenty of experience both packing and labeling, and can pack all of your boxes safely and securely. Your items will be safe from any damage or breakage, and all boxes will be labeled with the correct contents as well as which room it belongs in.

Quite possibly the most important step to packing your things is to label absolutely everything! Label each box on all sides, being sure to include the room it belongs in. It is even a great idea to map out your new residence and know where your furniture is being placed first, and then where the boxes should be stacked in that particular room. This will allow for a very organized and smooth unpacking of all your things in your new home. Happy moving!

To Pack or Not to Pack? You’ve Got Options

So you’ve finally made the decision to move. Now comes all of the other many decisions that need to be made. The first one may seem like a simple one: should you move yourself or pay for full-service movers to pack up all of your belongings and move them to your new residence for you? Doing some research and checking options first is a good idea, because you may not be aware of all the different options you have.

Depending on how much free time you have and how flexible your schedule is, you can pick an option that works best for your busy lifestyle.


  • Full Pack – Packers come to your home and expertly wrap and pack all items. Boxes are labeled to ensure they arrive at correct location.
  • Partial Pack – Packers will pack one item, one room, or entire home, depending on your specific request.
  • Unpack – Packers come and unpack for you, putting items away as directed or as labeled on the boxes.

There are many ways that you can combine your own labor with professional services, which will save you both time and money. A full-service moving company can do all of the packing and unpacking for you, or will work with you while you do some or all of the packing yourself. The ideal situation is to relinquish as much of the moving job as possible to the professionals. If you have it all hired, your home and its belongings will remain intact and living in it will not feel like a “war zone”, with belongings scattered or packed away while you still need them, such as cooking utensils, pots, pans – and of course – personal items and clothing.

Moving professionals are also trained and experienced in packing all items, including large and fragile hard-to-move items such as pianos, mirrors and heavy pieces of furniture. You won’t have the added worry of those items getting damaged or broken during the move. They will label each box and what room it is to be moved to. Professional movers are experienced in packing and are quick, safe, and efficient. They can pack up your household within days, whereas it may take you weeks or even months to pack up your own household.

It’s all about finding the right balance for your situation. The good news about moving and all the decisions you will be making is that you have plenty of options. BB&D can work with you and offer the right amount of assistance for you.

What to Pack – and Not Pack – for Moving Day

Moving DAy

You have finally found a new home and decided on a professional moving company. Now comes the sometimes overwhelming job of packing… Where do you begin? You may have already decided to have the movers do some of the packing for you. But first, you need to sort out what items get packed and what items don’t. There are some items in your home that require specific packing and handling in order to reach your destination safely, and there are also some items that should not be packed at all. Contact your moving company prior to moving day if you have any questions about any specific items.

For any items that require special disassembly or crating, it is safest to hire licensed and insured professional movers. They have the experience to pack or crate these large items and handle them safely when moving them. These include such items as:

  • Exercise Equipment
  • Pianos
  • Pool Tables
  • Grandfather Clocks
  • Hot Tubs
  • Marble Tops or any Tables with Glass Tops
  • Oil Paintings
  • Expensive Mirrors

Here are a few more guidelines on what to pack and what not to pack:

Perishable items: Throw out any perishable food that will not keep during the move. Food, animals, and live plants are perishables and will need special handling. Therefore it is always recommended that the customer carry these items with them when moving.

Dangerous items: Flammable or hazardous items such as batteries, car oil, charcoal, gasoline, cleaning fluids, ammunition, and propane tanks are safety hazards and are therefore illegal for your movers to transport. You can give these items away to neighbors or take them to a recycling center or fire station to be disposed of properly.

Irreplaceable items: These may include items that are of sentimental value or of importance. Items such as personal files, checkbooks, financial statements, software, stocks, and bonds are best to carry with you. It is also recommended that you care any personal items such as jewelry, cash, medicines and other valuables with you during your move.

Your professional movers are here to help and advise you on any specific questions or problems that may arise while getting ready to move, and they will ensure that your moving day runs as smoothly and safely as possible!

Relocating? Planning for Your Big Move

Planning a move to a different city, or perhaps abroad? We all know that just moving from one residence to another requires a great deal of planning and organizing. But moving to another city can be twice as challenging. Many factors need to be taken into consideration.


  • How you will move your vehicles from one residence to another
  • How you will move your pets to your new home safely
  • Perishable items
  • Irreplaceable items such as jewelry, personal files and documents, checkbooks and financial statements, stocks and bonds, etc.
  • Personal items such as photos, car keys, house keys, address books, etc.
  • Computers – both hardware and software
  • Medicines, cosmetics, grooming items – anything you need or use on a daily basis
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Furniture and large household items

There are two main categories into which you can sort your things when preparing for a move: things you’ll move yourself, and things you’ll have professional movers take care of for you. It’s always a good idea to move any personal items you may need throughout your move yourself, such as some clothing, medicines, jewelry, and any other smaller personal items, so that you have immediate access to them at all times. You’ll have to decide whether you’d rather have the movers take care of your computer equipment and any other technical gadgets, or if you want to move those pieces yourself.

Larger, non-personal items such as furniture, rugs, appliances, lawn mowers, tools, yard equipment, boxes, and any bigger household items are usually best left to your professional mover, who has more experience safely moving these larger items to your new residence.

Moving and relocating is challenging enough without having the added stress of sorting and packing your own items. Your professional moving company can also take care of the packing for you, at an additional cost. You can have peace of mind knowing that your cherished belongings are being moved safely and securely to your new home.

Preparing for a Move – Clear the Clutter!

Moving is a great time to get rid of things you no longer need or use. And when you give yourself enough time to clear the clutter in advance, it can dramatically affect your move in positive ways. In fact, if you’ve lived in the same home for decades and haven’t really gotten rid of much during that time, it’s possible that you could move into a smaller home by the time you’re done decluttering!

In addition to more space, though, decluttering also offers opportunities to both save and make some cash. Whenever we have too much clutter, there’s a good chance that for every ten items stored away that you haven’t needed in ten years, there is one item that you’ve needed and haven’t been able to find. So whether you wasted time looking for it or bought a new one, with less clutter you’d be more likely to know where it is in the first place.

And of course, you can make money by selling anything that others may be able to use through Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, yard sales, or any other of the many ways available to us these days to sell our stuff. For anything useable but not sellable, research local charities to donate your items to.

Then there are all of the things that aren’t even useable anymore. Sometimes things just need to be thrown away or recycled. While this may not earn you cash (and in fact could cost you dump or removal fees), the peace of mind created by getting rid of useless items is priceless.

But here’s the best part about getting rid of stuff. It will make your move much easier:

  • If you are moving yourself, you’ll save money by needing a smaller moving truck. And think about all of the moving boxes you won’t need to pack! And all of the padding, newspaper, and bubbles you won’t need to procure.
  • If you are hiring a moving company, they will charge less since their movers won’t have to move as many boxes and they won’t need as much space in the moving truck.
  • Whether you are moving yourself or hiring a mover, the move will be faster and easier the less stuff you have. Spend less time loading and unloading and more time settling in to your new home.

All in all, the advantages to decluttering drastically outweigh the time and effort it takes to do so. Start the New Year off right and make a resolution to simplify your life. Happy New Year and Happy Decluttering!


Thinking Outside the Moving Box to Plan Your Next Move

Most often, moving from one place to another is fairly straightforward. You find a new home, pack your things, and move into your new home. But sometimes, things can be a little more complicated than that.

If your move is temporary, or you are combining homes or downsizing, you may find yourself needing to store your items in a storage facility. Several possible life changes may also create the need for junk removal services or handyman work.

Perhaps you’re looking to sell some furniture, but don’t have the time or patience to find and screen potential buyers. Maybe you’re moving overseas, which can complicate the process of getting your furniture and belongings safely from one home to the next.

At BB&D, we can meet all of your moving needs, from the simplest to the most complicated.

At BB&D professional moving services, we offer:

  • Loading/Unloading: Moving boxes and crates from your current residence to the moving truck, and to your new home. All boxes and furniture will be carefully placed in the labeled rooms at your new residence.
  • Packing/Unpacking: We can pack up your items securely and unpack them at your new residence. BB&D can also provide all packing materials at an additional cost.
  • Storage Options: Our storage facilities are lighted and temperature controlled with around-the-clock monitored security cameras. We offer both short and long term storage options.
  • Cleaning/Handyman/Junk Removal Services: We can take care of any cleaning, minor repairs, or hauling junk away from your old residence.
  • International Moving Services: We provide transit across foreign borders with trusted providers and regulations assistance.
  • Additional Services: We can also list any unwanted furniture on Craig’s List for you. We even offer scanning services for documents to save them digitally if you no longer want to store or pack hard copies of documents.

Call BB&D today at 301-573-5447 to see how we can make your move as stress-free as possible.

Boxes, Boxes Everywhere! Moving Options that Reduce Stress

If you’re planning a move, you may be experiencing unpleasant flashbacks from previous moves, where you spent a good amount of time living out of boxes.

Before your move, did you have partially packed boxes in every room for weeks, not quite sure what to pack or when to pack it? Did you underestimate or overestimate how many boxes or how much bubble wrap would be needed?

And after your move, you may have discovered too late that accurate labels really are important. Or maybe you were just so exhausted after your move that you didn’t have the energy to unpack and figure out where everything goes.

At some point, almost everyone has experienced at least some of these things. If any of these experiences have you dreading your next move, we’ve got good news for you.

The Good News

While everyone knows that there are moving companies that will move your things from your old home to your new home, not everyone knows that they can do much more than that.

Take Packing Off of Your To-Do List

Professional movers will do all of the packing for you. If you desire, they can come in the day before your move and take care of everything. No need to worry about packing fragile items, how many boxes to buy, or remembering to label everything.

Choose Which Things You’d Rather Pack

Do you have some areas you’d like to pack yourself and others you’d like the movers to pack? No problem. The movers can take care of as much or as little as you’d like.

Unpacking Taken Care of – No Living Out of Boxes

And after your move, your professional movers can unpack everything as well. Using the systematic labels on each box, they will be able to put all of your belongings in the appropriate rooms, and even put items back on shelves or on furniture where they were before the move. No need to live out of boxes for even a day!

If this sounds like a dream come true, give us a call at 301-573-5447. We’d be happy to make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible.