Packing is nobody’s favorite part of a move. But it’s necessary to do it right if you want your belongings to reach your new location in one piece. Here are a few tips to help with that.
Know What Goes
Make sure you know what can or can’t be packed and move. For example, potentially hazardous liquids such as cans of paint, gasoline, or aerosols cannot be packed. It’s also a bad idea to ship perishable items such as food, or transport certain plants across state lines. If you’re not sure, please contact us for a list of what’s allowed in a move.
Organize by Room
To make unloading and organizing easier, pack one room at a time and don’t put items from different rooms in the same box. Label the box with the name of the room so movers can drop it off in the right area of your destination. Don’t forget to include your name on the box because movers can include shipments for different customers in the same truck.
Use the Right Boxes
Lighter items like blankets and pillows can go in big boxes. Heavier items like books should go in smaller ones. If you don’t want small items to be accidentally thrown out with the packing material, either put each object in their own box or wrap each one in brightly colored paper. If you have several small boxes, group them into a large box, so they don’t get lost. This makes moving individual boxes easier and minimizes the possibility of breaking your items.
Watch Out for Weight
To make them convenient to move and help ensure that boxes don’t break open, boxes should not be packed with more than 50 pounds of weight. Put heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter items on top. In such containers where weight distribution matters, label which end is up on the outside of the box.
Fill In the Gaps
Loose items in a box can shake and hit each other as the box is moved causing them to break. Moving professionals will often not touch a box if it feels like unsecured stuff is rattling around inside it. Wrap fragile items in thick layers of paper, bubble-wrap or other protective material. Then fill in any gaps inside the box with packing material like wadded-up pieces of paper, or foam peanuts.
Hang On to Important Stuff
If you have anything that you cannot afford to lose, keep them with you at all times during your trip to the new destination. These include housing documents, birth certificates, passports, prescription medicines, cash, and heirloom jewelry. You’ll also need to bring with you items that you need before the main shipment arrives, such as a change of clothes, utensils, or hygiene products.
Are you finished with your packing? Then just Shlepp it and call us today at Shleppers Moving & Storage to schedule your move.