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Moving Tips

King Transfer and United Van Lines is Dedicated to Safe Moving

Packing Tips

What Packing Supplies Do I Need

What Packing Supplies Do I Need?

You’re ready to move – but are you ready to pack? Our agents can provide supplies and guidance to help you pack yourself, or send in a team of professionals to pack as much as you need.

How To Pack Shoes and Boots

You may be tempted to toss all of your shoes into the bottom of a box when packing for an upcoming move. This not only puts them at risk for physical damage, but also makes it that much more difficult to unpack when you arrive at your destination.

How To Pack Clothes

Specialty wardrobe boxes with built-in racks are available to transport hanging clothes. These are your best bet if you want clothing to arrive at your destination wrinkle-free.

How To Pack China and Glassware

When packing for a long distance move, we recommend using a dish pack, an exceptionally sturdy corrugated carton of double-wall construction made for china, glassware and other fragile items less than 18 inches in size. 

How To Pack Small Appliances

Items such as clocks, small radios and other small appliances need to be packed with plenty of padding to keep their delicate electronic components safe from damage.

How To Pack Silverware

Your silverware deserves special care when packing. You’ll want to carefully pack silver to protect precious metals and ensure sharp knives and forks don’t injure movers during handling.

How To Pack Mirrors and Pictures

You should attempt to find a special flat box or glass carton sized specifically for your mirror when purchasing boxes. With the proper box in-hand, you should prepare by lining outer edges with crushed paper.

How To Pack Televisions and Electronics

If possible, use the original box or one specially made for transporting electronics when packing a television. If it is a very large television, we recommend custom crating.

How To Pack Lamps and Lampshades

After removing the light bulb and lamp harp, wrap the base, harp and bulb separately in newsprint. (Use paper pads for large lamps.) Place them together in a carton, filling spaces with crushed paper. 

How To Pack Antiques

It is very important that you or an appointed representative be present on packing and moving days to identify items needing special handling. It is also helpful so packers and van operators can ask questions along the way.

How To Pack Books

You may want to evaluate how much of the collection you personally value. Because of their relative density, books tend to cost more per square foot than many of your other possessions. 

How To Pack Soft Goods and Rugs

Moisture, mold and insects can wreak havoc on natural linens packed without special preparation. Your linens and bedding should be folded and packed into large plastic bags.

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Shoes and Boots
Small Appliances
China and Glassware
Mirrors and Pictures
Televisions and Electronics
Lamps and Lampshades
Soft Goods and Rugs
Non-Allowable Checklist

Non-Allowable Checklist

Check Questionable Items with Your United Agent to Ensure Safety

Hazardous items that pose a potential threat to the health and safety of United movers (i.e. explosives, flammable gases and toxic substances) should not be packed into your shipment.

  • Aerosol cans

  • Ammonia

  • Ammunition

  • Car batteries

  • Charcoal/lighter fluid

  • Charged scuba tanks

  • Chemistry sets

  • Cleaning solvents

  • Darkroom chemicals

  • Fertilizer

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Fireworks

  • Fuels/oils

  • Household batteries

  • Kerosene

  • Loaded guns

  • Matches

  • Nail polish/remover

  • Paint thinners

  • Paints/varnishes

  • Pesticides

  • Poisons

  • Pool chemicals

  • Propane tanks

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Sterno fuel

  • Weed killer



For your pets safety and the safety of or workers. We recommend having your pets in a kennel or if possible at a friends house. Having pets loose while our laborers are moving large items is a hazard to your pets and our workers. We love animals and would feel awful if something unfortunate happened. 



For your kids safety and the safety of or workers we recommend having the kids if possible, at a another place or carefully supervised. Our laborers are very careful about what is around them but when moving large items such as sofas it is very dangerous for kids or pets to be around. For your assurance and peace of mind please plan ahead with where your kids will be. 

Preparing Your House

Preparing your house

Preparing Your House

Living in Montana or Wyoming has many benefits. No traffic jams, great outdoor activities and wild life galore but when it comes to weather, you never know what you're going to get. At King Transfer we go to great lengths to make sure we are prepared for what nature may throw at us. We carry carpet guard and rug runners to protect your floors from damage. We have chains to make sure our trucks are safe on the highways and mountain passes but we need you to do your part also. Sidewalks and driveways must be clear of snow and ice to insure the safety of our laborers while moving items to the truck. Thank you.

Pack Separately Checklist

Pack separately checklist
  • Address books

  • Airline tickets 

  • Car titles

  • Cash

  • Cell phones Checkbooks

  • Computer data files/backups 

  • Family photographs/photo albums

  • Financial documents (stocks, bonds, CDs, IRAs, deeds, tax records)

  • Home videos  Insurance policies

  • Jewelry and furs

  • Keys (car, furniture, new home)

  • Laptop computers, Medical/dental records

  • New home documents Prescription medicin

  • Professional files/research projects

  • School records

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