Proper packing is crucial to avoid any damages to the contents of the boxes you use to move. Whether it’s costly items, or fragile items, you want your moving day to start off great, and end great too. Here’s our top 10 packing tips to make sure you don’t fall into any pitfalls of packing:1. Pack everything you can.
Aside from your pet goldfish and children, ideally you want to pack everything you can. Leaving things exposed to the elements has a higher chance of damage, such as glass, lamps, even light shades. If you’re not sure if you should pack something, pack it anyway, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
2. Use packing paper.
Especially for your glass dishes, packing paper helps reduce the shock from your contents being moved around a bit, and causing little to no damage whatsoever. If you can’t find packing paper, even use clean clothes to help pad the contents, it’ll save you space too!
3. Put heavier items on the bottom of your boxes.
You would think this is common sense, but you’d be surprised how many people do this. The weight from the heavy object could crush or shatter the lighter content if it is placed on top of them. Make sure you be conscious of this to avoid any problem, especially with wiring for computers or phones. You don’t want to open the boxes and find broken wires everywhere!
4. Don’t overfill a box.
Not all boxes have the same weight capacity, so you want to be aware of how much you are putting in one box. You may want to try and save money by getting less boxes and putting more items in them, but if it’s too heavy, the bottom of the box may give out and all the contents will spill on the solid ground.
5. Do not pack valuables or important documents.
This is a must. Your valuables are important to you, and who knows when you may need your health card or other important documents? These things should remain on you or packed away in your car so you know where they are at all times. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Even your professional movers will tell you to take the items so you don’t experience the feeling of lost items.
6. Label your boxes.
If you don’t like having to move your boxes to different rooms after your movers have moved your content, label your boxes. This will not only save you time, but it will help keep your content tracked and know where what goes where. When labelling, make sure you label on the top and sides of the boxes so it’s as visually clear as possible.
7. Tape the boxes as well as you can.
Some people feel like a small amount of tape should be good enough to seal a box up for moving. This is not always the case. Make sure you use the right tape too, strong enough to be able to bear the weight of the content in the box. You don’t want your boxes to fall apart during the move.
8. Safely pack electronics.
Tv’s are a great source of news and entertainment, and computers are necessary for most things these days. That’s why it’s very important that these things are packed and not moved without some kind of protection. Computer towers and monitors can be packed in boxes, and if you have it, the original box for the TV is a great way to keep things safe during the move.
These are just a few things we recommend in packing your content for moving day to ensure that everything will be safe and secure. If you’re not sure if something should be packed, think, “it’s better to be safe than sorry!”.