Packing Tips

Nothing gets a move done faster (and for less money) than good packing. Here are some great tips that can keep moving costs low!

Use the right size boxes

Put heavy items (like books) in small boxes; light items in bigger ones. Large boxes packed with heavy items make the job harder and also have a better chance of breaking.

Put heavier items on the bottoms of boxes, lighter items on top

This makes boxes faster and easier to carry.

Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes

Fill in gaps with clothing, towels, or packing paper. Voids in boxes can crush when stacked, making the load unstable.

Label each box with the room it’s destined for and a description of its contents

This will help us know where every box belongs in your new place. Numbering each box and keeping an inventory list is a good way to keep track of what you’ve packed.

Tape boxes well

Use a couple of pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams, then make a couple of wraps all the way around.

Bundle breakables

As you pack your dishes, put packing paper around each one, then wrap bundles of five or six together with more paper. Pack dishes on their sides, never flat. And use plenty of bunched-up paper as padding above and below. Cups and bowls can be placed inside one another, with paper in between, and wrapped three or four in a bundle.

If you’re moving expensive art

You may want to move extremely fragile pieces separately, but art we move is stretch wrapped around the frame and padded with moving blankets.

Closets, basements, and attics

Clean out closets, basements, and attics at the beginning of your packing project. They often require more time and boxes than anticipated!