How To Pack Items Safely In Boxes
Packing your items before a move is an involving process that requires careful consideration –you do not want any of your items to be lost or damaged as you move them to a new house. Such risks are what make it advisable to hire a moving company and transfer all the risks and responsibility to them. If anything, the right mover has the appropriate tools and equipment to guarantee lifting, packing, and moving your belongings safely. In spite of this, you need to be aware of how to ensure the safety of your items while packing.
Here are reliable tips on how to pack items safely in boxes.
Get all the packing supplies
To pack your items safely, you will need to have all packing supplies ready. Some of the important packing materials you will need include boxes, bubble wrap, packing papers, and Styrofoam. You can get these from your moving company. All these materials are needed in securing your items in place such that you do not have to worry about them getting lost or damaged.
Prepare the box
You do not just put your items anyhow in the box when packing; you need to prepare it for the packing process. Use a utility knife to cut the foam into pieces that you can use on the box. Place the foam on the bottom of the box such that it fits snugly to create a suitable cushion against damage.
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Place your items at the center
Next, get your item and keep it secured at the center of the box. Use bubble wrap to maintain the item at the center and ensure that there are no empty spaces on the sides.
Secure the items firmly in the box
Most items break or are damaged during a move due to constant movement while being transported. To prevent this movement, block all spaces around your items such that they do not shift from one side of the box to the other. You can use old newspaper to fill up these empty spaces and hamper movement when on transit. Do use enough papers to ensure they do not flatten out to give the items room to shift.
Create top strength
The topmost part of the box also needs to be padded to keep the items inside secure and safe. So, keep adding foam till it gets to the level of the box’s flaps. Then ensure that the Styrofoam is snuggly in place. The top part of the box should not cave in especially when other items or boxes are placed on it.
The process of packing items safely requires a combination of skills and experience in packing. Hiring a moving company is an alternative way to avoid all the stress and fear that comes with the need to pack your items safely for a move. Additionally, it saves you the cost of having to get packing materials since the mover you choose comes with their own professional packing supplies.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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