Useful Packing Tips For Your Next Move

Man leaning against boxesPreparing for a move can be a difficult, tedious chore. At Beltmann Relocation Group, we recommend allowing our professional team to pack and move your valuable investments for you. We are trained in all the proper techniques, have the right materials, and will get the job done quickly and efficiently. However, if you do decide to move your home or business alone, here are some packing tips that will help you move like a pro:

  1. Start With The Right Materials
    If you’re looking for top moving tips, any professional will recommend starting with quality shipping materials. You’ll need newspaper, bubble wrap, tape, boxes, and crates to transport your valuables safely. All of these tools can be purchased through your local North American packing supply company. Buying your supplies through a reputable shipping company will save you time and money in the long run, as well as ensuring your peace of mind that your items will make the trip safe and secure.
  2. Wrap Smart
    Take a tip from the pros: double wrap glasses, dishes, and figurines with two layers of unprinted newspaper. When you are wrapping items, lay them face down in the appropriate box, and provide two layers to create the optimum cushion. Don’t wrap the second layer too lightly, or there will not be enough space should your delicate dishware be severely jostled.
  3. Don't Overcrowd
    While you want to use up all of the available space within your shipping crates, it’s important not to overcrowd your items. Jamming delicate dishware or other fragile objects will eliminate the cushioning space they need to avoid cracks and breaking.
  4. Organize By Item
    Another benefit of purchasing your shipping materials from a reputable company is the option to select crates for individual purposes. For example, lampshades, mirrors, pictures, and other customized items should be shipped in containers specifically suited for them. A North American sales representative can give you all the information and assistance you need.
  5. Pack By Room
    Organizing your items by room will save a great deal of time and hassle down the line. If you know where certain items will go in your new home, group them together so they can be placed in the appropriate areas. You can even label boxes with tags such as “Unpack First” or “Fragile Dishware” so you never have to open boxes just to find out what’s inside.
  6. Storing Computers
    Transporting personal computers and other expensive technology can be tricky. If you do not have a padded case, we always recommend shipping your computer in the original packaging. If that is not available, pack it in a sturdy box stuffed full of newspaper. As a precaution, you should always back up your files and hard drive before a move, as well. Turn the computer off, and pack up your external hard drive in another container, if applicable. Make sure to unplug all cables and power cords. It’s important to pack all of these items with non-static material, such as clean, wadded newspaper. Avoid static creating materials such as standard packing peanuts or bubble wrap.
  7. Printers
    If you plan to move a printer, photocopier, or fax machine, follow the packing directions for computers above. Make sure to also remove all ink cartridges from your printer before a move.
  8. Flammable, Corrosive Materials
    Do not pack any flammable or corrosive materials such as turpentine, paints, or bleach. Not only are these items dangerous and potentially harmful to your valuables, but also it is illegal for movers to carry flammables. Please dispose of, or give away, any such substances before your move.
  9. Heavy Appliances
    Most moves include loading and unloading large, heavy appliances such as washers, dryers, and refrigerators. These items should only be moved after being prepared by a licensed and trained professional, such as an electrician, plumber, or gas company technician. The same is true for installation into your new home.
  10. Tape Securely
    It might go without saying, but it’s very important to make sure all boxes and crates are taped securely. Put packing tape over all cracks and edges, and make sure every opening is sealed tightly.

Hopefully these moving tips will help you prepare for your next move. For even more packing tips and professional assistance during your move, contact the friendly team at Beltmann Relocation Group today!