How to Protect Your Items During a Local or Long-Distance Move

Moving can seem stressful if you worry about whether your items are going to arrive at your new home undamaged. To eliminate this worry, all you need to do is take the right precautions to protect your items until you unpack them. Before packing, talk to our moving company to obtain the right packing supplies which should include:

  • Bubble Wrap
  • Dish Inserts
  • Styrofoam Inserts and Peanuts
  • Packing Tape
  • Markers
  • Various Sizes of Moving Boxes

 

The key to protecting your items is to separate breakable items from non-breakable ones. Anything that is considered breakable needs to be packed a little differently to ensure it is protected.

Unfortunately, when some people move locally, they do not give their belongings as much protection as they should. Many people use minimal protection and toss their breakable items into a box under the impression that a short travel time will keep their items safe. It is when they go to unpack, they realize they should have packed differently.

 

  1. Use smaller boxes to pack breakable items.

Sure, you will need more boxes, but your goal is to protect your items as best as possible. With small boxes, there are fewer items in each box. This means there is a reduced risk of accidental breakage.

 

  1. Avoid over-packing and cramming items into boxes.

Items may also be broken when you try to force too many into a single box. The added pressure placed in between items can be enough to break them. You do want to fill the boxes as full as possible, but it is okay to leave a little space at the top. Fill this area with Styrofoam peanuts for added protection.

 

  1. Avoid under-packing and not using the entire box space.

Conversely, another packing mistake people make is not filling up the box with breakable items. When there is empty space inside the box, the items can bounce and move around. This movement can cause them to break.

If you do not have any more breakable items to put in the box to fill it up, fill the empty space up with Styrofoam peanuts. You could also place bath towels in the bottom of the box, then the breakable items to fully use the box space.

 

  1. Use a desk or dining room table when packing breakable items.

You want a staging area where you can set the breakable items you need to pack. Using a desk or dining room table gives you the space you need to wrap them in bubble wrap or put them into the protective inserts.

 

  1. Keep breakable boxed items separate from other packed boxes.

Keeping your boxes sorted will make it easier on moving day. You and your movers will know which boxes contain breakable items and need some extra TLC. Plus, doing so helps your movers pack the truck correctly.

 

For more packing tips, expert advice, and help preparing for your upcoming local or long-distance GTA move, please feel free to contact Sueland Moving & Storage at 416-747-9889. We are always happy to give you our expert advice!

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