Packing FAQs

Packing Services

One you have hired a moving service, you will have to decide whether to purchase additional services, and one of those services is packing. Packing is a tedious task that can be done for you, or you can do it yourself. Regardless of what you choose, here is a compiled list of frequently asked questions when it comes to packing.

What packing services does Cotter offer?

Cotter offers a variety of packing services:

  • Full-service packing, crating and unpacking
  • Packing only difficult and/or fragile items
  • Special packing for sensitive home electronics
  • Advice and quality packing materials

Of course, you can pack your own belongings. Cotter can offer suggestions and a full line of packing materials at a competitive rate.

All Cotter movers are trained to handle your belongings with the utmost care and attention. The obtain packing materials, including boxes, your Cotter agent can provide these at competitive rates.

Can I leave the items in my dresser drawers?

Yes, you can leave light-weight clothing in your dresser drawers if your shipment will not need storage. If you will need storage at one of Cotter’s storage locations, we recommend that all items in your dresser drawers will be packed. We also require that all non-clothing items be packed, regardless of your storage needs.

Will the mover load the boxes that I packed?

Yes, the mover will load the boxes that you packed as long as the mover deems them safe for transport. Please note, the liability coverage for boxes that you pack yourself is not the same as the liability coverage availability to you for carrier-packed boxes.

Can I pack and move my plants?

Typically, it is encouraged that you move your plants yourself. Most professional movers will only accept plants if the shipment is not going more than 150 miles and/or delivery will be within 24 hours. In addition, if you are moving across state lines, check with federal and state regulations for quarantines or other restrictions. Several states even require that plants be inspected and declared “pest free”.

What items cannot be packed?

This means not moving certain items. This includes medicines, money, coin collections, securities, jewelry or gems. Aerosol cans and hazardous materials are unsafe for transportation on a moving van. In addition, perishable items of personal importance are recommended for your individual transport.

How should I move jewelry and other valuable items?

Cotter recommends you do not pack or ship your fine jewelry, precious metals, important papers (titles, tax forms, bank books, deeds, etc.), medical and dental records, prescriptions, coins, currency, stock certificates, notes or bonds. These items should be carried with you during your move.

How should I prepare my appliances?

All major appliances (washer, dryer, refrigerator, freezer, stoves, etc.) should be properly disconnected before the mover’s arrival. All refrigerators and freezers should be defrosted, cleaned and dried before the movers arrive.

Packing for Difficult or Fragile Items

If you don’t want comprehensive packing services, but still want an expert to help pack your most fragile and valuable items, we can do that, too. This option can help you save money while still giving you peace of mind that your most valued possessions will be safe and sound. You can always add more protection with a protection plan.

Your Cotter mover can pack all of your mirrors and pictures using specially designed cartons and wrapping materials to provide maximum protection for your goods.

Special Packing for Sensitive Electronics

Most electronic items can be easily damaged, which is why it’s often a good idea to have a professional handle this type of packing. Items that typically fall into this category include computers, tablets, speakers, gaming consoles, and televisions.

Using Quality Packing Materials

If you’re using our packing services, you can be rest assured that our movers will use nothing but the best packing materials. However, if you decide to do your own packing, we strongly encourage you to use quality materials, which can be provided to you by your Cotter agent.