Packing Tips

Whether DIY Moving or hiring movers, below are some straightforward packing tips aimed at educating consumers on how to pack items effectively before moving day.  Whether your move is short or long distance, your household goods will be loaded into a moving van, where items will be stacked in tiers, utilizing empty spaces for smaller items. Properly maximizing cubic space in the van is crucial to prevent damage during handling and transport, as well as to avoid multiple trips, saving time and costs.

It’s essential to pack your moving boxes carefully to avoid items protruding, making stacking difficult and increasing the risk of damage. We recommend using heavy-duty corrugated boxes and securely sealing the bottoms with heavy-duty packing tape. Fill boxes to the rim to prevent crushing when stacked; use crumpled paper, airbags, or bubble wrap to fill voids. Ensure boxes have flat tops for efficient stacking.

When packing, place heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger ones. Seal boxes once packed, and label them clearly on the sides, not the top, for easy identification when stacked. Use bubble wrap or quality paper to protect fragile items, avoiding newspaper due to residue. Ziploc bags are handy for organizing hardware and accessories, with separate bags for different items to avoid confusion.

For appliances and electronics, pack them in appropriately sized boxes, avoiding mixing multiple items. Disassemble electronics and use individual plastic bags for accessories. Carefully wrap small mirrors and pack them in boxes, while large paintings or mirrors should be covered with flat cardboard. Roll up area rugs and secure them with tape or rope.

When packing books, use small boxes and insert them on edge to reduce stress, alternating the up and down edges. Wardrobe boxes are ideal for hanging clothes.  Insert a dryer sheet in wardrobe boxes for long-distance moves to keep items smelling fresh.

Entertainment center components and remote controls should be boxed before the moving crew arrives to prevent misplacement. Lamps should also be boxed to avoid damage during loading. Do not pack hazardous items like aerosols, ammunition, or liquids, as they can damage belongings and void insurance.

Clearly label items not to be moved and dispose of unwanted items before the move to avoid unnecessary costs. For any questions or concerns about packing or moving, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 850-877-7131. We’re here to assist you every step of the way.

Simple Packing Tips