Preparing for a move involves a lot of planning, especially when it comes to packing. Good packing is essential to prevent damage to items while in transit. There are many local packing companies available to hire for this task. Yet many people will choose to pack on their own. For those who are self-packing for a move, follow this advice from professional packing services, and be sure that everything arrives in one piece.

Packing Organization

Filling boxes with whatever fits can become an organizational nightmare once the time comes to find things later. A better idea, used by packing services, is to pack room by room. Label boxes from each room, number them, and make a list of all items in each of the numbered boxes. In this manner, movers can deliver boxes to the right room in the new home, and it is easy to find everything based on the list of boxes and their contents.

Picking and Packing the Right Box Size

Generally speaking, the heavier the item, the smaller the box it should be packed in. Heavier items should be packed alone, while multiple lighter items can be put into larger boxes. It is important to limit the amount of weight that is put in any box, based on the suggestion on the box itself - or just rely on plain, old common sense when reusing other types of boxes. Large, very heavy boxes are not only difficult to handle, but there is a greater risk of the box breaking. Bulky and large items can be boxed up separately in large boxes, or combined based on what the item is. Keep weights to 50 pounds per box or less, as overloading increases the chance of problems. When packing multiple items in the same box, put the heavier ones on the bottom. Also, always tape boxes well, especially heavier ones.

Using Enough Packing Material

When it comes to packing paper and other packing material, the rule of thumb is - the more the better. Certain things, like books and other items that are not easily damaged and fit well into a box, may not require much padding - but other things will. Wrap items in packing paper, then add generous amounts of paper and other suitable padding to fill up all empty space in the box. Doing so prevents items from moving during shipment, which is generally the cause of breakage.

Packing Fragile Items

Fragile items can be more difficult to pack, but the same basic ideas as above hold true. Wrap well (using multiple layers) with packing paper, bubble wrap, or other suitable protective wrap. Put fragile items in a large enough box that can be well-padded. Boxes should be large enough to allow about six inches of padding on all sides of the item. Packing companies assert that padding can be done with towels, linens, bedding, bubble wrap, or lots of wadded up packing paper to fill space, while providing a cushion.

Placing wrapped items in smaller boxes, then placing that box into a larger, padded box is another good way to pack easily broken items. Wrapping fragile items in layers of packing paper provides the best protection. If in doubt, just add more layers - and be sure to fill any empty spaces in the box with packing material to prevent shifting.

By using these tips from professional packing services, anyone can pack their move - just like the local packing companies do - to safely transport their items. Just remember to start early enough, because packing can be tiresome. Packing a few boxes a day, in the month before the move - leaving the most used items for the last days - will get the job done in time!

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