National Movers has built up a wealth of knowledge on how to make moves go as smoothly as possible. We believe in paying it forward, so here for your benefit is a collection of helpful tips and suggestions in order to make preparing for your move as easy and useful as possible. We hope you find this useful, and if you have any questions about the moving process please do call one of our consultants on 888.754.5412we’d love to hear from you!

Before leaving

Below are the most important points for you to remember before leaving your current home:

  • Turn off everything such as electricity, gas and water
  • Disconnect any appliances that have to be moved and make sure anything like fridge/freezers are defrosted before the move date
  • Make sure the movers will have access to your home – for example, if you live in an apartment block or gated community reserve any parking/lift for the move day
  • If you’re renting a home take photos after the movers have gone – this will help you if there is any dispute with the landlord over damages
  • Leave a forwarding address with your local USPS office in order to catch any mail that hasn’t had the address changed yet

Packing up

If you are doing all or some of the packing yourself, and not using National Movers‘ full packing service, remember these pointers:

  • Stock up on cardboard boxes and crates from stores like Home Office Depot, or ask around grocery stores and the like to see if they have old supplies they can give you
  • Label boxes with their contents and which room they came from – this makes unpacking much easier!
  • Along the same lines, number and total all your boxes – this makes it much easier to keep track of everything
  • Using clear plastic bins or totes can be very helpful as they let you see what’s packed inside
  • Use socks, towels, clothes and newspaper to give extra padding to your fragile objects
  • Make sure to empty all drawers, cupboards, containers etc as DOT regulations forbid the transportation of furniture and appliances that have items inside
  • Taking pictures of the wiring behind your TV etc will be a saving grace when reinstalling everything in your new home!
  • Tape shut drawers (after you’ve emptied them!)
  • Don’t pack any liquids, weapons or flammables to be taken on the moving truck as DOT regulations state they cannot be moved commercially
  • Pack an overnight/weekend bag that you can take with you as you travel to your new home, and to keep you going while you wait for your delivery. Remember important paperwork, medicines and electronics. This bag will be your best friend in the first few days after your move!

National Movers Smart Packing Guide

Doing your own packing? Here are some handy tips to help you pack efficiently and prepare your personal possessions for a safe journey.

Where to buy?

Packing materials can be purchased in a store near you (Target, Walmart, Office Depot, FedEx, UPS, etc), or, for extra convenience, ordered online through the links below:


What to buy? (Packing Materials)

There are different kinds of boxes and packing materials, and you want to make the best choice based on the type of item you want to pack. The guide below will help you get the job done!


  • Use a large china box specially designed to hold fragile pieces in-place
  • Use lots of packing paper and pad the top and bottom of the box
  • Wrap each individual piece in bubble wrap / paper
  • Use a “layering” method – with crumpled paper every now and then separate pieces
  • Make sure items in the box are secure and cannot rattle and move around

Pictures and glass pieces

  • Use a standard picture box or cover both sides with cardboard
  • Place packing paper along the sides and edges of the picture to prevent it from moving inside the box
  • Place no more than 3 or 4 pictures in one box
  • Keep the box right side up at all times
  • Place packing paper or bubble wrap in between pictures


  • Use small book boxes – books can get heavy!
  • Reinforce the bottom of the box
  • Do not pack them so that they are too heavy to move
  • Electronics
  • Try to pack electronics, TVs, stereo components, computers, etc in their original boxes
  • Label all of these boxes “FRAGILE”



  • Use wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes
  • Put shoes in bottom of wardrobe boxes
  • Use linen or large boxes for all other clothes

Box Size (cubic feet) Use for

  • Small (Book) Box 16″x12″x12″ Books, tapes, CDs, toiletries, etc.
  • Medium (Linen) Box 18″x18″x16″ Linens, sheets, towels, clothing, etc.
  • Large/China Box 24″x24″x18″ Garden tools, toys, outdoor patio cushions, comforters, etc.
  • Dish Box 18″x21″x24″ Dishes, glassware, pots, pans, figurines, crystals etc.
  • Wardrobe 24″x22″x48″ Coats, suits, dresses, shoes, hanging coats etc.
  • Lamp Box 12″x12″x40″ Lamps, lamp shades
  • Picture/Mirror Box 24″x36″x3.5″ Pictures, glass frames, diplomas, mirrors etc.
  • Legal 24″x16″x11″ Legal size documents and files
  • Letter 24″x13″x11″ Letter size documents and files
  • Banker 15″x12″x10″ Letter/legal size files, misc. items

Small Box 16″x12″x12″

Small boxes containing 1.5 cubic feet are ideal to pack heavy items such as books, DVDs, CDs, computer software and small kitchen appliances. Small boxes are also known as book boxes.

Medium Box 18″x18″x16″

Medium boxes containing 3.0 cubic feet are used to pack clothing, sheets and towels. Additionally, large lightweight items such as blankets and pillows can be packed in medium boxes. Medium boxes are also known as linen boxes.

Large Box 24″x24″x18″

Large boxes containing 4.5 cubic feet are used to pack garden tools, toys, outdoor patio cushions and comforters.

This versatile box may be used to pack large bulky items.

Dish Box 18″x21″x24″

Dish boxes are used to pack china, glassware and assorted breakables. They can also be used to pack lamps, small statues and vases. Dish boxes are also known as china boxes.

Wardrobe Box 24″x22″x48″

Wardrobe boxes have been designed with a metal bar used to hang clothing within the box. You can fit approximately a foot and a half of closet space into each box. Miscellaneous items such as shoes and boots can be placed in the open space in the bottom of the box. This box can also be used to hang unique items such as curtains and draperies.


Lamp Box 12”x12”x40”

Lamp boxes are used to pack halogen lamps, table lamps, or any lamp that cannot be disassembled.

Picture/Mirror Box 24”x36”x3.5”

Picture boxes are used to pack pictures, mirrors, diplomas and miscellaneous flat glass pieces. The number of items that are able to fit into each box depends on the dimensions of each item.

Legal Boxes 24”x16”x11”

Legal boxes are used to pack legal size files from your home or office.

Letter Boxes 24”x13”x11”

Letter boxes are used to pack letter size files from your home or office.

Banker Box 15”x12”x10”

Banker boxes are used to pack letter and/or legal size files from your home or office. In one direction, you can pack letter size files and in the other direction you can pack legal size files

Miscellaneous – 

  • Mattress/Sofa Cover
  • White Paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape