Moving takes time and need plan carefully. Careful planning and packing will save your time, money and a lot of hair pulling. Today OZPacking experts show you how to make sure your stuff arrives safely.
- When moving furniture, make sure you keep all parts together with the item itself. Screws, bolts and other small pieces can be put into a self-locking plastic bag (sandwich bag/freezer bag) then taped to the furniture itself. If you’re moving a table, unscrew the legs, tape the legs together then tape the parts bag to the underside of the table top. You can even tape the legs to the underside of the table top just to ensure that the legs don’t get scratched or dented in the move.
- Clothes, towels, linens, pillows can be used to keep fragiles safe. Just make sure you mark this on the box for when the box is unpacked. If the person who is unpacking the box is unaware that a crystal vase is wrapped inside a fleece blanket, they could easily unfurl the blanket sending the vase crashing to the floor. This has happened to me on more than one occasion!
- Make sure you properly wrap all fragile items in several layers of bubble wrap and pack them on their edge. We strongly recommend bubble wrap. It’s inexpensive and will prevent dishes and other fragiles from bumping against one another. I’ve used newspaper to separate plates and have had a few broken pieces as a result.
- Wrap all scratchable furniture in protective padding. Table tops, coffee tables, headboards, etc… can all suffer from scratches and bruising during the move. Furniture padding can be rented from moving companies or storage facilities. I don’t recommend using your own linens to protect furniture; linens can be ripped and become stained during a move. In addition, furniture padding is just that – padding. It will better protect your belongings.
- Tape any stray items together into a bundle. Ski poles, brooms, mops, lamp stands, etc… can be taped into one package for easy carrying and storing.
- Properly label boxes with stickers that instruct the movers on how to handle the contents. Stickers can be bought at an office supply store or made on your own laptop computer.