Essential Moving Packing and Storage Tips
- Your chances for a damage-free move are much greater when
the movers do the packing. They're experienced and they
use only the best moving boxes and packing supplies. However,
you can save a lot of money if you do the bulk of the packing,
though you should limit yourself only to highly replaceable
and non-fragile items such as books, linens, clothing, inexpensive
plates, dishes, and small kitchen appliances. Keep in mind
that the movers are not liable for the items they didn't
pack, however, these items will be cheaper to replace in
case of damage as opposed to hiring workers and purchasing
their supplies. Let the movers pack your furniture, mattresses,
and heavy appliances.
- Purchase the proper moving boxes. Wardrobe boxes save
you valuable ironing time later on. Although you can pack
t-shirts and jeans in suitcases and regular boxes, you don't
want to pack your fine clothing such as suits or dresses
in the same place. Mattress cartons protect your mattresses
from filth, grease, and rips and tears during the transit.
Padded dish boxes with dividers help protect your fine china.
For your replaceable and non-fragile items, you can save
money by obtaining free boxes from the supermarket and wrapping
the items in old newspaper.
- Take the time to pack your items carefully, especially
if you are packing your fragile items on your own. It is
recommended that you purchase the professional packing supplies
for these items. However if you use regular boxes, it is
important that you buffer and separate the fragile items
with plenty of old newspaper, bubble wrap, sheets, blankets,
pillows, or towels. Fill in empty spaces to minimize movement
during transit. Wrap each item separately. Pack plates and
glass objects vertically, rather than flat and stacked.
Fully secure the bottoms to prevent fallout.
- The heavier the items, the smaller the box it should
occupy. Don't toss everything into one huge box. It will
make the hauling much more difficult. Keep the weight of
each box under 50 pounds. Remember to lift with your knees,
not your back.
- You should never let the movers pack your jewelry, family
heirlooms, hobby collections, or other priceless items.
Should they be lost or damaged, the insurable value will
not come anywhere close to the value you would place on
them. Pack these items personally and take them with you,
either in the car or as carry-on luggage if the size allows.
- Do not pack hazardous materials. These items include:
paint, thinners, solvents, oils, varnishes, firearms and
ammunition, bottled gas, propane, lamp oil, anything flammable,
explosive, or corrosive, motor fuels and oils, nail polish
remover, bleach and aerosol cans. Also note that spilled
sesame oil leaves a terrible stench.
- Facilitate and organize the loading process by designating
a room in your home, preferably the one closest to the door,
in which to place all of your boxes. This will also help
keep the area to and around your large pieces of furniture
open. Group related boxes since they'll end up in the same
Follow these simple moving storage and packing guidelines
and you will have much better moving experience with Mover
Moving and Storage @ Mover MAX