Helpful Moving Hints
Before getting started, let’s go over the basics. Packing is not an easy task and this is why most people turn to Secure Moving and Storage for help. It takes time and patience, but when done properly, eliminates stress greatly. Packing should start as soon as you decide to move. Do a little each day or it can get overwhelming. Waiting until the day before you are ready to move can cause excessive aggravation. Here we will demonstrate the basics, from the first steps setting up to the how-to’s of specific items.
Avoid under packing a carton. When a carton is under packed, the contents will shift in the box and may cause damage. If you have an under packed carton, make sure to fill in the empty space with crumpled paper.
Do not overcrowd boxes. Professional pack boxes so that each article will cushion another. The top of the box should close with light pressure. Layering: Begin by cushioning the bottom of your carton with two or three inches of crumpled paper. Put heavier items on the bottom and the lighter items on top. Between each layer, put a supporting base of crumpled paper or sheets of cardboard.
Wrap fragile items such as crystal, china and figurines using at least three layers of paper per item. Wrap each one firmly, but loosely enough to provide a cushioning effect. Plates and record albums should be packed on end vertically, rather than placed flat and stacked. On smaller items, use colored wrapping paper to draw attention to them when you are unpacking. Be sure to mark the carton “FRAGILE”.
Write the contents of each box on the outside. Be specific. Mark the short side of each box with the room the box belongs in. Since cartons are stacked, the top markings may not be visible. In addition to marking the rooms and contents, have children write their name and new address on the cartons from their rooms, so they can become familiar with their new address before they get to their new home.
Keep your pocketbook, checkbook and any other personal valuables with you at all times during moving day. Otherwise, you may find that they have been packed and loaded on the truck. You should move jewelry, cash, coins, valuable items and personal documents. These items should not be packed and should remain in your possession at all times. Your mover cannot be responsible for such items.
Now that you know the basics, we are ready to move on! The next step is to understand how to pack certain types of items. The hints given are exactly how our crew would pack if we were to assist you in your own packing.