Packing Moving Boxes – Best Practices

When it comes to moving, one of the first things you want to decide is who’s going to do the packing. Packing and moving boxes takes a lot of time and energy. You can save all that time and energy by leaving the packing to a professional moving company. On the other hand, packing moving boxes yourself can really save you some money.

Some people just don’t want to be bothered with packing the boxes and others would rather handle their belongings themselves – the choice is really up to you. If you choose to pack the moving boxes yourself, packing them carefully and in an organized manner will make your move simple and hassle free.

Box Basics

Professional moving boxes come in many different shapes and sizes and are the appropriate quality for packing and moving. While they are the best choice, you don’t have to use them.Just be sure the boxes you use are strong and in good shape.

Packing with used boxes from stores or other sources may have already been beat up and damaged or may not always be heavy duty enough for what you are packing. A flimsy box could break open or get crushed causing the contents to be damaged.

Packing Moving Boxes - Best Practices

Packing Boxes for a Professional Move

If you’ve decided to pack the boxes yourself, the moving company will have specific standards that you will have to meet. If the moving company representatives feel that the moving boxes have been packed improperly or are susceptible to damage, they may require that they be repacked before loading them.

Seasonal items such as holiday decorations or keepsakes that have been stored in the attic or garage generally need to be repacked. Typically old and worn, these boxes probably would not meet the moving company’s standards or survive the move.

Packing Moving Boxes Properly

Start with a sturdy box and line the bottom with packing peanuts, crumpled paper or some other packing material that will create a cushion.

Using bubble wrap or paper, wrap heavier items first and place them on the bottom of the box.  Add another layer of cushioning, then wrap lighter items and pack them in the top half of the box.  Avoid mixing items from different rooms of your home in the same box.

Before closing the box, add more paper or packing peanuts, stuffing them into any unfilled spaces. This will keep your items from shifting during the move and prevent potential damage.Once the contents of the box is secure, close the box and seal it with sturdy packing tape..

Packed moving boxes should typically not weigh more than 30 pounds, so they may be lifted easily. Consult with your moving company as they may have specific weight limits for boxes.

Make sure moving boxes are full but not stuffed. Under packed boxes may collapse in transit, while over packed boxes can rupture, damaging belongings.

Label Moving Boxes

This may not seem that important when you’re packing moving boxes, but when you start unpacking, you be glad you took the time to label all of them. So will the moving company. Clearly labeled moving boxes will make the job easier for everyone.

Each box should be labeled with your name, the room it belongs in, and what is inside. Use a wide tipped permanent marker and label with large lettering. You may even want to use different colored markers, and designate a  different color for each room. Just be sure the colors are bold and easy to read.

When appropriate, label the moving boxes “Fragile”  or “This End Up.”  If possible, label each box with your bill of lading or invoice number.

Packing Moving Boxes - Best Practices

Last but not Least

Pack a moving box with the things you will need for your first few days at your new home until you are done unpacking. Pack towels, toiletries, eating utensils, a few cups and plates, a pot or pan and maybe something sweet, like chocolate, for a little bit of a “pick me up” while unpacking. Anything else you might need those first couple of days, pack in that box and label it “Open Me First”.

You should have everything properly packed and ready to be loaded when the moving truck or van arrives. It is usually recommended that packing moving boxes should be completed the night before moving day. That way, you can rest and get a good night’s sleep knowing you’re well prepared for the big day. Only the things you’ll need that last night, the next morning and immediately at your destination should be left until the last minute.

A family owned moving and storage company since 1961, Meelheim’s Transfer and Storage can handle all your moving needs as well safely transport your belongings to your new home. Meelheim’s is a member of the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), the New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association (NJWMA), the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and a participant in the ProMover Program, which promotes ethical principles in the moving and storage industry.We have grown from one truck and three employees to become the oldest locally owned and most trusted moving company in Ocean County, New Jersey. Contact us for a quote and let the professionals do what they do best.

 

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