Household Goods Moving FAQ: What’s the Best Way to Pack My Boxes?
Moving is never fun. But you know what’s even less fun? Moving to a new home a thousand miles away and then, when unpacking, finding all your valuable stuff broken because the boxes weren’t packed right. Haphazard packing can lead to some pretty awful stories, and I’m sure you’ve heard more than a few, either from family, friends or that you read online. It’s kind of a shame that these stories exist at all – really, a little common sense is all that’s needed to protect your valuables from breaking come moving day, and this includes knowing what to pack with. Newspaper may work if you’re moving within the town you live in, but when it comes to a cross-country move, newspaper just won’t cut it. Household moving companies, and their employees, work on a time-sensitive schedule, which means that it’s more important to get your boxes loaded onto the truck than it is to make sure they’re taken care of – unless you’re opting for full-service moving, where movers will take the time to pack your boxes right for you, the onus is on you to make sure you pack them correctly.
With that said, what’s the best way to go about it?
Easily the best way to ensure proper packing is to use bubble wrap or packing peanuts. The former is best for dishes and other delicate items that can be wrapped, like china dolls or porcelain figurines. The bubble wrap protects them from damage, especially if they’re packed with other bubble-wrapped items, and will also protect them from jostling, being picked up and put down, having things stacked on top of them, etc. Packing peanuts work best in boxes that have one or two large items that can easily break, as well as electronics like game consoles, computer monitors, etc. Packing peanuts will allow you to fill the volume of the box with cushioned materials, which means that those breakable items won’t shift much and will be better protected from falls and the like. However, packing peanuts are best reserved for those things mentioned above; packing a lot of smaller items, like dishes and figurines, into a box with packing peanuts may cause them to shift into one another as they’re being handled. You can also talk to your moving company about the proper way to pack certain items.
There are also specialty boxes for things such as dishes and clothes that your moving company can supply you with. Clothes can get heavy fast, and a lot of people that can afford household moving services have clothes that are really nice and can’t be treated like normal, everyday clothing items. Wardrobe boxes are great for keeping your nice clothes nice – you can get these from your moving company. Likewise, there are special boxes for dishes that allow for them to be packed vertically without having to go the bubble wrap route, though packing peanuts inside a box specifically designed for dishes will help prevent breakage from jostling and regular moving. At the end of the day, you should talk to your representative if you’re concerned about your household goods getting damaged during the move, as they’re the real experts. If you still need to find a household moving company, you can fill out our household moving quote request form via this link, and if you’re shipping a car along you can actually get auto transport quotes free of charge and simply check the box for household goods quotes as well. All our quotes are 100% free, and there’s no obligation – if you don’t like any of the quotes you get you don’t have to book with any companies that send you them. You can also call our toll-free telephone number at the top of the page for more information and to speak to one of our live agents.