Camelot Moving and Storage located in Santa Clarita, CA offers local and long-distance moves, commercial relocations, and local storage

Preparation & Packing

What items should be packed into boxes for transport?

Please see our “What do I need to Pack?” page under “Reduce Moving Stress.”

Do I need to unload drawers in desks and dressers?

Most items can stay in dresser and desk drawers during the move. Exceptions include fragile items that need to be padded and packed into boxes marked fragile so they can be protected during transport; and small items, such as paper clips and pens, so that they don’t get lost when the desk/dresser is being handled (these items often can be placed in a sealed Zip-loc bag and placed back in the drawer). Soft goods, such as linens and clothing, can usually remain in drawers. However, occasionally a piece of furniture is so fragile that it cannot hold the extra weight of its drawers during transport. If this is the case, your Camelot crew will let you know, and the drawers will be removed and transported separately.

Do I have to unpack the fridge?

If you are moving locally (within 100) miles, you will not need to completely empty your refrigerator. If you are moving a distance greater than 100 miles, then you will need to empty your refrigerator. For all moves, you will need to remove items that are fragile and/or might spill. You may want to plan on having an ice chest clean and ready on moving day.

How do I pack my artwork?

What you will need:

Picture boxes

Shrinkwrap

Packing paper

Clean cloth blanket

Tape

Fine art is supposed to breathe, so in preparing your painting for a move, you do not want to focus on sealing the painting in a carton, but rather focus on providing protection so that nothing will touch the canvas. Since fine art is supposed to breathe, it is generally framed without glass. Some of your paintings may not even be framed yet. If a piece is not framed, provide a temporary frame with cardboard corners so that the actual painting is recessed. Then, using either the cardboard corners or the actual frame, wrap the piece with shrinkwrap, a protective plastic used by most moving companies. While shrinkwrapping the painting, remember that you want the painting to be able to breathe, so be sure to provide some ventilation. Do not try to seal in the painting.  

It is important to note that many ornately carved wooden frames are worth as much as the painting they house, so do not neglect the frame while trying to protect the painting. To protect wooden frames, add a clean cloth blanket between the frame and shrinkwrap. Do not use any type of paper for protection as it will act like fine sandpaper to the wooden frame. Place the blanket so as not to put any pressure on the canvas.

Once your piece of artwork is shrinkwrapped, it is ready to be placed into a picture or mirror carton, a carton specifically designed to hold and protect large pictures, paintings, and mirrors. It consists of two long, thin boxes. One of these boxes fits into and slides into the other box, also known as “telescoping.” Thus the carton can be custom-fitted to any size painting. Crumple thick paper padding and place it at the ends, tops, and bottoms of each box so that when the painting is inserted it will not move. Do not add paper padding between the front of the painting and the box. It will damage the canvas. Telescope the picture carton over the painting and secure the two ends together with tape. Be sure to mark which end is up. A painting should be transported and stored upright (as if it is hanging on the wall).

If you are moving locally (within 100) miles, you will not need to completely empty your refrigerator. If you are moving a distance greater than 100 miles, then you will need to empty your refrigerator. For all moves, you will need to remove items that are fragile and/or might spill. You may want to plan on having an ice chest clean and ready on moving day.

How do I pack my lampshades?

What you will need:

Blank newsprint paper, bubble wrap, Styrofoam peanuts.

Medium boxes (3.0 cubic feet), large boxes (4.5 cubic feet), dish pack boxes (5.2 cubic feet).

Tape

Take the land shade off the lamp. Handle shades only by the wire frames. Take the light bulbs and harps off lamp and pack them separately.

Lampshades should be packed singly in appropriate box or nested in one box separated by blank white newsprint paper. Prepare moving boxes with some wadded blank newsprint paper on bottom. Put the shade or shades in the box; be careful not to put too much paper. Lampshades could dent easily, cushion loosely

Wrap cord around lamp and wrap lamp with blank newsprint paper or bubble wrap. You may place the lamp in a box with peanuts

Tape shut the box and mark “Fragile – Lamp”

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28040 Industry Drive, Valencia, CA, 91355
Phone: (661) 255-3112
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