Tips on Packing Your Belongings
Advice from Your Newmarket Movers
Whether you are packing up items for a long distance move or one that is just a few blocks away, how you pack will make a difference. By packing the right way, you can limit the headaches during unpacking, avoid breakage and also inventory your items so that nothing gets lost during the transition.
How to Pack Your Items
The leader among Newmarket moving companies, Little Moves has helped customers pack correctly for many years. When moving your home, office, dorm room or small store, we recommend:
- Always using the right size box. Heavy items, such as books, should be in smaller boxes so that they are easier to carry. Lighter items, such as clothes or linens, can easily be put into larger boxes since in bulk they do not weigh as much.
- Place heavy items on the bottom of the boxes and lighter items on top. If you are loading a truck, you never want top heavy items. Also, while you are at it, load your moving truck with the heavy items first and then some toward the back so that you balance the load.
- Do not leave empty spaces. Your boxes should not have wasted space. Instead, you should fill those gaps with towels, clothing or other items. Your moving crew will not know if there is space in the box, which increases the likelihood of damage to your items from shifting around too much.
- Keep items from one room in the same box. While you might be tempted to pack as you go, try to keep all items from a single room in the same box. It makes unloading the truck easier as well as unpacking.
- Label each box with its destination. Clearly label your boxes with where they go, such as “kitchen” or “Karen’s room” or “Dan’s office”, so that movers or those helping you know which room to place the boxes into.
- Tape your boxes well. Use a few pieces of tape to close off the bottom and then the top. A special mover’s tip: make a few wraps all of the way around the box’s top and bottom edges where stress is concentrated; it will keep your boxes from tearing.
- Bundle the breakables together. For example, when packing dishes, you want to put packing paper around each dish, and then wrap them into bundles of five or six. Pack the dishes on their side instead of flat and use paper as padding below.
- Do not forget other items that need special treatment. Your electronics cannot be packed the same way you will pack a piece of furniture. Make sure you wrap them carefully to protect them during moving. A plasma TV, for example, needs a special crate for shipping because leaving it flat can damage the plasma layer.
- Lastly, if you are moving expensive art, do not forget to ask your mover about special crates that can be used to protect the delicate canvas surfaces.
Little Moves offers whole home and one piece movers for your relocation. Whether you need a full-service mover or you want to pack yourself, we are here to help make the experience smooth and efficient.
Little Moves has everything you need to get moving, from boxes to trucks to storage units; we do it all. Call us at 905-853-9899 to learn more or book your moving day online.