Packing Tips for Safe Transportation of Your Goods:
Basically, just take the time to think about what you're boxing up and then use a
lot of common sense packing it. Packing is time consuming and stressful part of
your move. It is the most complex thing to make the success of your move.
Packing must be done in a planned way to make sure that all items are packed
appropriately and that it will be easy while unpacking them. Packing is time
consuming and stressful part of your move. It is the most complex thing to make
the success of your move. Packing must be done in a planned way to make sure
that all items are packed appropriately and that it will be easy while unpacking
them. When packing for a move, heavier things like books and canned goods should
be packed in smaller boxes, and lighter things in progressively larger boxes.
This way smaller and larger boxes will all weigh about the same and none will be
too heavy for one person to handle. Proper and complete Packing is one of the
most important things that you can do to save time, money, and aggravation on
moving day! Packing as many of your household goods as possible protects them
and makes them easy to carry and transport. If you are not fully packed when
your moving crew arrives then they have to take time out from the moving task to
help you finish your packing. If the packing is already done on moving day it
will be much less aggravating for you and everyone concerned.
Packer’s tape is best for sealing your boxes shut but be sure to get a good
grade of it because cheaper grades tend to break unexpectedly. Make sure the
bottom of the box it well taped. Use bunched up clean paper or bubble wrap to
pack your fragile's. Bunched up paper is considered the best of all wrappings
for cushioning as opposed to hard to handle peanuts that can shift around in the
box or bubble wrap that loses its cushioning power if some of the bubbles break.
Plastic wrap is great for keeping lids on things or keeping furniture drawers or
doors shut without using tape and leaving its hard to remove residue on the
finish. File cabinets and big plastic storage bins are good candidates for this
treatment. Do not interlock box flaps together - always tape bottoms and tops
with at least three strips of tape and at least halfway up or down the sides of
the box for strength. Remember that taping reinforces the strength of the box,
and yet can be easily cut with a blade later when unpacking. So use plenty of
tape to secure your boxes.
HOW TO PACK:
Beds: Tie bed frames together with tape or rope.
Sofa: Cover with a blanket or furniture pads and rope securely.
Tables: Remove legs, pad and tie together. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and
tape under tabletop. Computers, TVs, & Electronics: Use original packaging to
Plants: Put in plastic bags with air holes, then in boxes. Water before
Small appliances: Put your microwave, VCR, etc. into boxes, and cushion
with wadded paper.
Mirrors, artwork & frames: Wrap small pieces in newsprint and pack in
mirror boxes. Cover larger pieces with cardboard, tape securely and stand them
along the truck's sides or inside wardrobe boxes.
Books: Pack them flat in small cartons, alternating bindings. Try to keep
each box under 30 lbs.
Clothing: Pack hanging items, including drapes, in wardrobe boxes. Leave
small items in drawers.
Kitchenware: Stack pots & pans, and cushion with paper. Put a few of these
items in the "open first" box.
Dishes: Never stack them flat. Wrap each piece in bubble wrap. Pack plates
& saucers on edge, with cups & bowls placed around them.
Some More Tips:
- Some packers like to color-code using colored markers or colored tape
wrapped once around the box or colored stickers pasted on the top and sides of
the box to identify in what room it is to be placed. Use fragile tape or fragile
markings to alert your movers of fragile items being within the box.
- Dispose of all open bottles of liquids:
- It is against the law to transport alcoholic beverage containers that have
already been opened in any motor vehicle - so definitely dispose of them. All
cleaning supplies, oils, liquid foods, paints and solvents containers should be
checked for a tight seal. Then box them up, stuffing the boxes with a lot of
bunched up paper, towels or cloths to absorb any drip page or spilling that
still might occur.
- All staples in the top and bottom of the boxes should be removed so as to
safeguard surfaces such as wood floors, counter tops, and table tops where
cartons may be stacked prior to pickup and after delivery
- Don't pack your credit cards:
- Things may come up unexpectedly that require check or credit card payment.
If you're putting your goods in storage, don't pack up important papers like
passports, driver's licenses, birth certificates, family correspondence or love
letters, etc. Use a bank lockbox for these items or keep them with you. Only
store these things if the box is waterproof and well labeled and if it's placed
somewhere in your storage where only you can find it and where there is no
chance of flooding or high humidity. You can waterproof any box by completely
wrapping it in plastic wrap or by thoroughly wrapping it with movers tape.