Preparing to move is intimidating. You may only have 10 – 20 large pieces of furniture, but as you look at all the misc. items that will have to be packed in boxes the process can be overwhelming. You may be tempted to start throwing things into an open box, closing the top and then hoping for the best. Please avoid this approach – – the outcome will be much worse than you can imagine with damaged contents and an inefficient and more costly move.
Any professional mover will be concerned with several factors when moving your boxes:
(1) – Are the boxes in good condition? Will the box safely and securely support the contents? Old, worn boxes may lose their rigidity and begin to collapse when stacked on top of each other.
(2) – Have the various sizes of each box been correctly chosen for the contents? Books and heavy objects should be packed in small boxes (1.25 – 1.75 cubic ft). Small boxes purchased for moving are typically referred to as “Book Boxes”, usually with a capacity of 1.5 cubic ft. Medium to large sizes (2.00 – 4.00 cubic ft capacity and bigger) should ONLY be used for lighter, bulkier items such as pots, pans, toys, dry food, linens, well-packed decoratives and casual dish ware.
(3) – Have plates, glassware, china, fine decorative items been correctly packed with enough paper and padding? When picked up and carried, does a box make “clanking” sounds that may indicate a poorly packed box? Are boxes marked “FRAGILE” correctly packed?
(4) – Has each box been securely taped on top and bottom to assure that contents will not fall out? Please do NOT assume that folding the top and bottom of a box will protect the contents, or keep items from falling out of the bottom of the box. We see this approach on occasion and it significantly disrupts the flow of the move.
Please consider that some items just do not belong in a box, and may be much easier and safer to transport by car – assuming that you are moving within a reasonable distance. Lamps, framed artwork, delicate items, open boxes with fragile items, or small very breakable sculpture are just a few examples of this category.
The best advice is to start packing early, starting with breakables that you don’t need for the next several weeks. Purchasing used boxes from a mover, or checking Craigslist for free boxes is a great way to save money. Using mostly uniform sized boxes will help the movers load the truck faster and will keep your boxed contents much more protected than a collection of odd sized boxes that cannot stack on top of each other. Label your boxes according to which floor or room they are to be delivered to at your new home. Last, but not least use good quality 2″ wide packing tape. Good Luck !