Are you trying to pack your house, and you are feeling completely overwhelmed!? For the best moving company in town, this is just another day on the job. But for someone who is unfamiliar with the process, this can feel like the most painstaking event in your life. Don’t be discouraged, we have you covered!
Before we go over our movers packing service strategy for your belongings, let’s discuss the actual box. Not all cardboard is created equal. If you have chosen the AMC Gremlin instead of the Cadillac Fleetwood of cardboard, you might want to be extra cautious on how much weight is inside the box. No matter the quality of the cardboard however, make sure to adequately tape and secure the box.
First, choose one room to start in. We typically tackle the more difficult rooms first, like the kitchen or dining room. Delicate items require more care, getting this done first will ensure the end of your packing is downhill. The last thing you want is to pack for hours and then be left with an enormous undertaking with china and crystal.
Next, you want to think about the items you are packing. Obviously if it is a delicate item, you want to wrap these individually with paper. Our motto is: paper is cheaper than replacing an item, so if in question always use more paper. Wad up several sheets of paper (movers packing service tip: newsprint packing paper is best) and line the bottom of the box to add a nice cushion for the items to rest on. As you are wrapping items and loading them in the box, place heavier items in the box first. For example, you never want to put champagne flutes or wine glasses on the bottom of the box unless the box is solely being packed with this type of item. When individually wrapping plates, pictures, or anything that may be thin and fragile, make sure these are packed in the box vertically(side by side/standing upright).
Here’s a good tip: don’t worry about unloading all of your dressers and chests. If you have a drawer full of non-breakables and have one or two breakable items, it is ok to wrap the items and leave them in the drawer. As long as they are secured and will not crash around when the furniture is being moved. You will want to also evaluate the legs on the furniture. If the piece has long, fragile legs, you may want to unload the items inside to reduce the weight and stress on the legs. In certain instances, an item can have all the care in the world taken to protect it. It can be pad wrapped, carried properly, secured on the truck in an appropriate location, and still incur damage from being transported. Lastly, if the piece is massive, it may be a better idea to lighten the load so it can be maneuvered easier.
Lamps can be a pain, let’s fix that. Prepare your box, place your paper in the bottom, and place the lamps inside the box. Use more paper, pillows, towels, bed sheets, or anything else that can pad and keep the lamps secured in the box. Leave the top of the box open and side flaps in the upright position. Prepare another box with one end secured shut, and the other side open with side flaps in upright position. Place the second box overlapping and all the way over the lamp box. Wrap tape around the two boxes as tightly as possible.
Standing floor lamps can be tricky to move. Often times, when they are transported without being packed, they can be damaged. Place these inside a wardrobe box, along side items like pillows, bed sheets, comforters, etc. It is perfectly fine if the lamp is too tall to close the box. If this is the case, tape around the box to keep the side flaps in an upright position.
Now that we have the bulk of your house packed up, we need to focus on all of that beautiful artwork. Any piece that is valuable or you want to take extra care with, we always recommend getting mirror boxes. Carefully pad the piece with large paper pads before proceeding to load the item inside the box. If you do not want the hassle of padding and boxing every individual piece of art, in the very least you want to wrap the items with large, heavy duty paper pads.
Labeling is extremely beneficial. Most importantly you want to know where the item came from and an item description. Secondly, labels such as: “Fragile”, “This End Up”, “Do Not Heavy Stack”, can all be lifesavers for an item.
After making it through this extraordinary knowledge filled strategic movers packing service guide, I would consider you a packing expert. If this still feels like too much for you to worry about, you can always let the experts handle your packing and moving needs. If you need movers in Nashville, give us a call today!