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How To Properly Pack Moving Boxes

Moving locations of living can be a lengthy and stressful project. Depending on the number of personal items you currently have and other factors, including distance from old to new location, your packing process can often start weeks in advance to the actual move-in date.

Before shoving things into boxes and disorganizing your life, it is important to know how to properly pack moving boxes in an effective and efficient manner. The team at ProAlliance Services provides services for residential and commercial moving to help our clients move locations with ease and grace. Read on to learn more about how to properly pack boxes for your upcoming residential move.

Tools Needed

As expected, tools like boxes, packing paper, packing tape, and Sharpies are essential to have readily available. But even more so, there are additional tools that can help add ease and significance to your moving job. These include:

  • Box Opener (to easily open a box of items that are already packed)

  • Bubble Wrap (to protect delicate items that are too fragile for simple newspaper wrapping)

  • Dust Rag (to properly clean objects before packing them away)

  • Zipper Storage Bags (for small objects or “junk” items)

Keeping these tools together and handy will allow you to easily glide room to room so that you can move efficiently and not lose these handy tools in the midst of your entire personal item collection.

Picking the Boxes

Moving can come with hidden fees if not properly monitored, but boxes for packing should not become one of them! If possible, save boxes from your last move to reuse during this new moving time. If none (or not enough) are readily available, be sure to look around for free boxes. Visit local businesses that do not deal with food as a first resort. When gaining boxes from grocery stores, restaurants, or liquor stores, these boxes can have residue in them that attract bugs and pests. Visiting sites like Craigslist can link you with people who have just recently moved and are looking to lend their boxes to the next group that needs them.

If you can and have to purchase boxes, be sure to use outlets like local moving companies or hardware stores. These boxes will be size specific, and the company can often help you find the number and sizes that you need to effectively get the job done correctly. By purchasing the right number of boxes at the right size, you will ensure that there is more of a plan set in place as opposed to blindly starting to throw items into a box. Don’t forget to check your own storage for boxes that housed appliances or other large items. This is a great way to effectively move things for “free” and save the boxes for future use as well!

Preparing Each Box

Before putting miscellaneous items into each box, prepare the base of the box with padding so that you will not damage any of your items. By using bubble wrap, crumpled paper, and bath towels, you will strengthen your box and add an additional layer of protection to ward off external damage. Save some of the packing material for the end to also put a layer on the top of the items before shutting the box. Once closed, the box lid should be firm. If it is still squishy or sinks in, you have additional room to fill it to capacity before moving onto the next box!

Heavy Items

Heavy and rigid items, such as CDs, books, and canned food are best for smaller boxes. Pack from the biggest item on the bottom to smallest on the top, and be sure to fill the gaps with padding or clothing items (which need to be packed anyway).

Small boxes are also effective for grouping items that have a similar theme. If you have a bunch of picture frames or silverware to pack, grouping them into a small box will keep it all organized and together. Items like picture frames are fragile enough to break on their own accord, so wrapping them in bubble wrap before going into the box will help prevent unwanted damage. Any extra fragile items should be layered in a wrap and left in the top portion of the box so they are not crushed by other items that sit on top of them.

Medium Boxes for a Spectrum of Items

Most household items can handle being in a medium-sized box. Anything from electronics to toys to wardrobes and dishes are all capable of being in medium-sized boxes. Maintaining proper padding and weight distribution is essential to ensuring the effectiveness of these boxes, and reducing the opportunity of the items shifting during the move will allow you to open the box from your new residence with no broken components.

Effective Moving with ProAlliance Services

Proalliance Services has been helping people in the bay area move efficiently from point A to point B for long enough to know quality moving service. Our dedication to our clients and their personal property allows us to establish real connections that last. If you need help moving into your future property, consider ProAlliance Services. Contact us today to learn more and get started!

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