If you’re planning a move, you want it to be as smooth and uneventful as possible. Adhering to these three rules of thumb for packing boxes will ensure you get through it with all of your possessions intact.
Pack fragile items carefully
The more fragile an item is, the more dangerous movement inside the box is. Pay special attention to any items made of glass, items with moving parts, and items with extensions or appendages. If you’re unsure whether fragile items are properly packed, move the box from side to side gently. If you detect any movement, you’ll want to add more padding. Clothes can act as great, readily available padding, and since you’re moving them anyway, you can kill two birds with one stone. If needed, packing peanuts can also fill in any gaps.
Stack items from heaviest to lightest
Generally, heavier items are more durable. Heavy items with no moving parts like books make great, stable “floors” for boxes, and then you can stack lighter items on top of those. Be sure to note on the box which end is up, so that it doesn’t get turned over and potentially harm the lighter items on top.
Watch the weight of the box
You’ll want to ensure that you don’t load a box past its breaking point. Even if you can lift it without a problem, boxes have a maximum weight that they are rated for and the last thing you want is the bottom to fall out, which can break items or cause an injury. Check the bottom of the box to see their maximum capacity; double-walled or corrugated boxes may be able to hold more. If there’s any doubt, or if you’re using previously used boxes, err on the side of caution and reduce the load.
Do you have any questions on how to pull your move off without a hitch? Feel free to request a consultation, and we would be happy to assist.