Household Packing Tips

11
Jun

Household Packing Tips

If you are planning to do your packing yourself and you cannot obtain suitable packing materials, we will gladly arrange to supply you with proper materials at a reasonable cost.

  • If you plan to do your own packing, start well in advance of moving day by packing out of season items.
  • Packing of general household articles we recommend and can supply you with 2 cubic foot size boxes.
  • Packing lightweight articles such as blankets, pillows, large lamp shades and light toys we recommend and can supply you with large 5 cubic foot boxes.
  • Boxes should not exceed 50 pounds.
  • You will need packing paper (blank newsprint) and sealing tape 2 inches wide (ideal size for packing) and of course we have all of this available for you.
  • Newsprint leaves imprints of ink so it is best to purchase unprinted newsprint from Bye Bye Moving.
  • When packing fragile items, we suggest you crumple about 3 inches of unprinted newsprint ant the bottom of the box. This will form a cushion that will ensure better security.
  • Be generous with the paper (cushioning). Remember that having less empty space in the box will prevent damage.
  • For utmost protection, place bundled flat items in the box on the edge, NEVER flat. By doing so, the dishes and glasses can endure greater stress when standing up. Spread Your Linens Around. Instead of putting them all in one carton, use your linens as fillers to cushion other items.
  • Put Heavy Items on the Bottom and them fill up with lighter things. Use smaller cartons for books, cast-iron cookware, etc.
  • Clearly label all your boxes on the top and sides to facilitate unpacking. You can also indicate on your boxes which room it should be delivered to at destination. This will also save you time and energy.
  • Fragile stickers on boxes will alert you and the moving company to give special care to these containers.
  • When completing the packing of a box be sure to close the parallel flaps evenly and securing it with tape. This will allow the lid to close easily without using force.
  • Don’t Pack Too Compactly. Give fragile items “breathing room” to avoid breakage. You can leave clothing in drawers, but remember — overstuffing can cause drawers to warp.
  • Leave Fitted Sheets on Mattresses to protect them.
  • Before moving your computer, there are certain procedures to follow which will protect your system from mechanical failure or damage due to normal physical shock which occurs during transport.
  • You can also pack a “First Survival Box” with things you will need immediately on arrival at your new residence. Include instant coffee, crackers, small pan, paper plates and cups, plastic spoons, paper towels, screw driver, light bulb, scotch tape and any other items you may feel necessary.
  • Be sure not to pack away any important medications. Pack them separately and carry them with you