We all know someone who is “good” at packing. He or she has probably moved a bunch of times and has a system in place to help things go smoothly. We love people like that! But in truth, in any move, there may still be a few unique items that require a professional touch.
At Stairhopper Movers, one of our main goals is to ensure everything is packed right, so your belongings won’t be damaged on the way. We don’t mind who does the packing: you hire us to pack for you, do it yourself, or enlist the help of your packing-star friend. As long as your belongings are stored away safe and sound, we’re happy. That’s why we want to share some of our best packing tips to help you have a successful move.
The kitchen is often everyone’s least favorite room to pack up because it often has the smallest and most delicate stuff. And if you have a lot of glass or fine china, you’ll want to take special care to follow these packing tips when moving. For china, we always suggest using a china box. The box itself is designed to protect the dishes when packed properly. Here’s how to pack the box properly. First, place white paper at the bottom for a cushion. Then, wrap each fragile item in white paper and place them in the box vertically. Place another piece of white paper between each dish to keep them from rubbing together. Never stack glasses on top of each other unless there is ample cushioning between dishes. Stack wine glasses at the top of the box because they are the most fragile. Leave about 4 to 5 inches of space at the top to fill with white paper for cushioning.
Clothes and Linens
Fold your clothes neatly and pack them with linens in medium-sized boxes. And here’s a little trade secret that works wonders: Place dryer sheets between your clothes and linens to keep them wrinkle free and smelling fresh. If possible, use a wardrobe box for dresses and suits that you would prefer to remain hung.
Our technique for packing lamps includes packing the base and the shade in two separate boxes. If you are packing multiple lamps, try to avoid the temptation to pack more than one shade in each box. It is possible that the metal from one shade may ruin another. You can use your judgment here, though.
It is easy to over pack a box of books because it tends to get heavy fast. This is why you should always use a small yet hefty box. Lay books flat to avoid bending covers or pages, and be sure to stack the books to the top of the box, so the box isn’t likely to cave. Remember, small boxes work best.
If you still have the original packaging for any of your electronics, this is the best way to transport them. If not, use dish pack boxes. Be sure to place lots of white paper (as much as 5 inches) on the bottom of the box. DVDs and CD players should be packed last because they are most important. Leave about another 5 inches of space for white paper at the top of the box.
When packing computers, it is always best to use their original packaging. If this is not possible, use dish pack boxes. Be sure to back up your data before the move because computers are especially sensitive to damage in transit (it’s better to be safe than sorry). Pack the monitor in its own box and be sure to cushion it well on all sides. Cables and cords can go in any of the computer boxes. Just separate them with a piece of cardboard.
Pack printers in the same manner (original boxes or dish pack box) after draining any remaining ink to avoid an especially messy move.
Art, Paintings, Mirrors, Collectibles
Take care to pack all art and mirrors well, but pay special attention to anything of high value. If possible, pack framed pictures or paintings in a special picture box. And remember to pad the bottom of each box with white paper. Anything of extreme value should be packed by professional movers (ahem, like us) or an art gallery.
Collectibles – Wrap any fragile collectibles in bubble wrap and them in a box with ample padding on the bottom. Be sure to space them out and to fill that space with packing material. Label the box as fragile, so that your movers know to take extra care.
Small appliances – Place small appliances in their original boxes and then in a larger dish pack box. This may seem redundant, but appliance boxes are not made to withstand a move. You can pack as many appliance boxes as you can fit in the larger box, but be sure it doesn’t get too heavy to carry.
Refrigerator – Remove refrigerator shelves and pack them separately. If you leave them in the fridge, they may become damaged or fall out during the move.
Liquids – Do not pack these. If you must take liquids with you, take them separately. Otherwise, they may leak and damage your other items, even if they are packed in a separate box.
Plasma TVs – Pack your plasma television in its original box because it will contain gases that will leak during a move. If you have an LCD or another type of television, we can pack it for you at the time of the move.
Miscellaneous valuables – Take anything of value, such as money, documents, jewelry, etc., with you during the move to ensure they do not get lost. Although it is unlikely that something will get lost, you’ll want to follow these moving packing tips just in case – and for your own peace of mind.