GENERAL PACKING GUIDELINES
- Begin packing well in advance. Start with items least used in your household.
- Pack one room at a time, labeling each carton with the general contents and the destination room in the new home.
- Cartons containing fragile items should be clearly marked.
- Use the right size box, as a general guideline the heavier the contents, the smaller the carton.
- Ensure the bottoms of the cartons are well taped to hold the contents.
- When packing individual cartons, place the heavier items on the bottom, graduating to the lightest items on top.
DO NOT PACK YOUR VALUABLES
- Coin/stamp collections
- Mortgage or rental paperwork
- Stock/bond certificates
- Family photos or videos
- Contents of safety deposit box
Awards and Affiliations
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ITEMS CLASSIFIED AS HAZARDOUS THAT CANNOT BE TRANSPORTED
- Aerosol cans
- Ammunition or Firearms
- Bleach or Cleaning fluids
- Paints and paint thinner
- Matches or Lighter fluid
- BBQ tanks or Pressurized tanks
- Flammable or corrosive chemicals
- Loaded firearms
- Firecrackers, Flares or Explosives
- Perishable goods or Food in glass jars
- Gasoline or Kerosene
- Fertilizers containing Ammonium Nitrate
MOVING YOUR KITCHEN
China & Glassware – Place cushioning material in bottom of carton. Then wrap each piece individually using several sheets of paper. Start from the corner, wrapping diagonally, continuously tucking in overlapping edges. Place the packed items in a china carton, and use bundled paper for cushioning.
The larger china and glass plates, platters, and other flat pieces are excellent as the lowest layer in the box. Smaller plates, saucers, shallow bowls and glasses could make up a second layer. Wrap and pack in the same way as larger items, making sure to pack them using sufficient cushioning.
Surround each bundle with crushed paper, being careful to leave no unfilled spaces. Add two or three inches of crushed paper on top of the bundles to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier. Always remember, the heavier pieces go on the bottom!
Make sure that once the box is packed, nothing inside the carton shifts or moves when picked up or shaken.
Silverware – Loose flatware may be wrapped either individually or in sets, in tissue or packing paper. Avoid plastic or bubble wrap, as this may sweat during shipment and cause your silverware to rust or tarnish.
Food – Do not take bottles or jars containing liquids or oils. If these leak during transit, they can cause serious harm to the rest of your shipment. Open boxes of dried or powdered foods such as rice, macaroni and cereals should be sealed with tape. Cover holes of shaker type containers and seal with tape. Since canned goods are heavy, the amount placed in one carton should be limited. It is good practice to place these canned items on the bottom of a box containing several other light items.
Take only those items you are sure will travel well. Do not take anything perishable. In the winter months, do not take anything subject to freezing, i.e. spaghetti sauce in glass jars.
SOME OF OUR CUSTOMERS
Books– Because books are heavy, be sure to use small cartons. Pack on edge, alternating bound edge to open edge. Pack books of same general size together.
Lamps – After removing the light bulb, wrap the base, harp and bulb separately, in packing paper, and place together in a carton, filling spaces with crushed paper. Never wrap the lampshade in newspaper as this will leave black marks.
Clothing – Clothing may be left on hangers and transported in Wardrobe cartons. If you have short jackets, shirts or blouses in the wardrobes, you can place shoes or small throw pillows in the bottom of the carton. If wardrobes are not used, each garment should be removed from the hanger, folded and placed in a suitcase or a carton.
Linen and Bedding – Because they are lightweight, these items can be folded and packed in larger cartons.
Draperies, Curtains and Rugs – Draperies and curtains may also be folded and packed in larger cartons. Carpets should be rolled and secured, prior to placing them on the moving van.
Small Appliances – Small clocks, radios and similar items can be packed in the same carton, or in with the linens. These items should be wrapped individually, using several pieces of paper, and should be placed in the packed carton with plenty of crushed paper. You may pack them with the china in the china cartons.
Great experience. The crew and the lead Brian were all very professional and respectful of my things. We moved out of a big home into a small apartment and they did everything they could to make a stressful situation go smoothly. I highly recommend All American Van Lines to anyone. Thanks to everyone including the sales rep Israel to the dispatcher Rawlins and the entire moving crew!
These guys were great. Very nice, friendly and accommodating. They made our move less stressful than it was.
Great experience! Jose and his team were fast, efficient, professional and made a very stressful moving day a seamless and smooth experience. The rest of the team( office staff) were also great, very organized and on point! Highly recommend this company.
Very professional and friendly. They made the process very pleasurable and stress free! I would highly recommend them to anyone who asked!
It was a last-minute decision to go with All American Van lines after having a poor experience with one of their competitors. We had a completely positive experience and are so happy we decided to use them. The sales rep was honest and his estimate was accurate. The moving team was absolutely fabulous. They were super nice & patient — and did everything they could to make sure that we were happy. We will definitely recommend !!!
The movers were reliable, courteous and always performed their job willingly and just made an extensive move so easy. I would highly recommend this company and would definitely use their services for any future moving needs. They were very professional and knowledgeable in their performance. I would give them 5 stars for sure actually six.
All went well … packed and tracked all items and confirmed all when dropped off. Pick up and delivery was within 2 days covering 700 miles. Cost, considering their truck, people, gas, driving, etc. was very reasonable. Slight confusion and call back delays when dealing with office people but all worked out. Also, no intensive sell pitches and constant annoying calls like was received from other providers.
We had a great experience with this company.. They were efficient and fast.. they make sure you will get what your moneys worth. Usually moving is expensive and stressful but with this company everything had been well taken cared of. Highly recommend. Will hire them again if we move back to NY in the future.
Great experience. Dimitri and Andy were careful, efficient and polite. The price was fair. Would definitely use again and recommend
On time, pleasant, professional and respectful, very hard working paying meticulous attention to details and instructions. Gets the job done in the time frame you hired them for.
American Van Lines was efficient, quick and overall a great experience. Price was average compared to other movers. I was impressed with doing an estimate on FaceTime rather than filling out a form. They could SEE what my furniture looked like. I would definitely use them again.
The movers arrived on time. They were very professional and very careful with our items. Everything was carefully wrapped and arrived in good condition.
Four gentlemen came; they were polite and professional; they worked fast being considerate of the hourly rate; they were careful with my things, wrapped and boxed things correctly; they drove to my new location and worked just as diligently and efficiently; they set my things up and always asked where I wanted things to go; I highly recommend this company.
The movers took great care in wrapping everything properly and getting my furniture out of the house without causing damage to the furniture or the walls.
Ronnie and his crew were professional, careful and friendly from A-Z throughout the whole moving process. All American Van lines’ team made what could have been a very stressful day a very smooth one! We were very impressed all around with the service and the movers.
Appreciative of Their Service
Very nice service! They get my recommendation. My wife and I had a bedroom set and patio moved through All American Van Lines and appreciated their friendly workers and fair pricing. All I can say is that I am thankful for their work.
The staff was highly professional, courteous, and very experienced at their job. I will highly recommend them to family and friends.
They were Excellent, Efficient, Organized, and Careful.
Emmanuel and the other guys were amazing! They were super fast and very careful with our stuff. I would very much recommend them to others.