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Old 01-02-2014, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Hendersonville, TN
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What kind of labeling system did you use when packing your boxes?

I have been numbering my boxes and writing what room on the boxes. Either I write "fragile", "do not crush".
I have a book that details what is in each box. I did this because I really don't want the movers to know contents ( I know, seems paranoid).

I have so much expensive business electronics and machinery. Would be so unhappy if boxes disappear.

What have you done and find works best?

Thanks in advance
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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One suggestion. Put your OWN locks on the moving trucks doors, and keep the keys with you.

At the destination, stand at the truck and watch the unloading . Have a second person in the building, watching where the boxes are placed. At the end, the truck should be empty, and the boxes should all be in side the building. ONLY then would I make payment.

Marking the boxes. I mark them as to what room they are to go in, kitchen, living room, bedroom number one, and so on. Contents will be obvious, when YOU open the box, after the movers are gone.

Unless your move is to another country, where the Customs agency may want to inspect the contents, what is IN the boxes is not important to the movers. Using stickers for fragile and handle with care are laughed at by movers, behind the backs of the customers.

Jim B.

Toronto.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:20 AM
 
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Granted, I'm only in a 2 person household (my husband and myself), but I don't label most boxes that extensively. Out of each room, I might label 1 or 2 boxes with essentials (toilet paper, over night bag for bathroom-bed linens, undies, etc). Otherwise, I just label Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom, etc. We get unpacked fairly quickly, so I don't see a need to know exactly where the DVDs are for example.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:43 AM
 
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If you're hiring professional movers, it really doesn't matter how you label or mark your boxes.

Most drivers will only inventory a shipment when it moving intra- or interstate. Local moves generally aren't inventoried.

Since you've packed you own cartons, they will be inventoried as PBO - "Packed-by-Owner", CU - "Contents and Condition Unknown"

The carrier is only liable if the contents are damaged because a puncture to the container or the carton is lost.

Unless you want to move all the boxes yourself in your new home, however, its best to mark the location of each carton on the exterior so the delivery crew places them in the correct rooms
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:12 AM
 
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I numbered mine, then in a notebook I wrote a brief description of what was in each box.

Box 1 - Clothes
Box 2 - Wii, TV stuff

Etc.

Worked well for me
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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I'm still in the packing process, and I'm labeling as suggested by my mover. That is, on each of the four sides of the box I write the room to which the box should be delivered: Kitchen, Bedroom 3, Master Bath, etc. The mover said the destination room should appear on the sides of the box, not on the top, as the movers will stack the boxes to bring them into the house and they won't be able to see what's on the tops of most of the boxes when they're stacked up. The destination room for each box needs to be easily seen by the movers as they don't want to have to ask you where each box goes.

Then on top of the box I make a notation for my own use as to what's in the box, e.g., Pots & Pans, Books, etc.

If you don't want to write the contents on the top of each box, you could put a number on the top of each box to correspond with a numbered list that you keep, identifying the contents of each box. That way only you will know what's in each box.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts for the time being
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I have moved many times. I bought a roll of colored tape for each room, and mark the boxes on all 4 sides with a strip of it. Kitchen is yellow, etc. I have repeatedly found movers to be extremely lazy about reading labels, which leaves me hauling 2 ton boxes to the other end of the house after they leave. A box with the wrong color stands out far more while they are still there to move it to the correct room.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Tennessee at last!
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I use different color markers and put a big letter on the middle of the side of the boxes for the room--K in purple for kitchen, J in yellow for Jenny's room, E in blue for Eddie's room. Then we put a paper with the colored letter on the doorway of each room. That lets the workers sort thinga quickly.

We then place colored 'dots' on the side corner to help us unpack, using one color for clothes and another for bedding and other for toys another for electronics/clocks, and another one for decorations, etc.
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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One suggestion. Put your OWN locks on the moving trucks doors, and keep the keys with you.


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Unless you have an enormous household, it is very likely there may be one or more shipments belonging to other people on the same truck, which may be loaded after yours or delivered before yours. Your idea won't work.
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:51 AM
 
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I've moved so many times I quit labeling anything. I have everything put in one room and open and put away one box at a time no matter which room it goes in.
I also put "treats" in the boxes to find as I'm unpacking so when I find a treat it is time to take a break.
My treats are a piece of chocolate, licorice, a bag of chips, etc. things like that. Just a little something to sit down for a few minutes and take a break and enjoy before I continue on to find the next treat.
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