How Proper Packing Protects Your Property

BoxWhen you pack away your belongings for relocation, it must be done in a particular way so that the contents in the box arrive at the next location unharmed. You can’t just throw miscellaneous items in the box then seal it and expect that everything is safe. Movers are trained to pack properly.


Each individual piece should be wrapped in bubble wrap, foam sheets or newspaper if it stands a chance at breaking during the handling of the box it is in. Dishes should be stacked with foam sheets in between them and smaller boxes should be used for such heavy items. Larger boxes should be used for linens, pillows, winter clothes, and other light weight items.


As you pack, it is suggested that you leave the boxes in the room you packed them in. Each box should be stacked nicely and there should be room left for the movers to get in and out easily. Make sure each box is taped well and sealed. The room that the box is to go in should be written legibly in permanent marker on the sides. If there are fragile items in the box, write “fragile” or “this way up,” if it shouldn’t be flipped over.


In order to avoid all of the packing, you could purchase full service packing. The movers will then come in and pack everything away before the scheduled moving date. They will even bring their own packing supplies and tools. When you get this service, you can avoid packing and spend time doing other things to prepare for the relocation.


Ways to Cut Moving Costs

MoneyRelocating is a matter that brings about extra expenses that you may or may not be prepared for. When the budget is tight, many feel that handling the move on their own is best. This isn’t necessarily the truth. Hiring a mover is perhaps the cheapest route depending on your type of move. They usually offer low flat rates and even insurance so that if something breaks or ends up lost, you don’t have to replace it with out of pocket money. If the belongings were lost or damaged under the mover’s care, their insurance policy will cover it.

There are ways to cut the costs of a move even when you hire a mover for help. Just be mindful of where you are spending your money and follow some of the tips below.

  • Pack things up on your own instead of purchasing full packing services.
  • Use materials around the house to help with packing. You can use socks for storing glasses, linens to wrap breakables in, and newspaper for packing as well.
  • Get boxes from local stores in the area instead of buying your own. Just make sure they are in assorted sizes and strong enough to hole your belongings safely.
  • Have a garage sale. Not only will this condense the amount of belongings you need to move, but it could help you earn money from items you no longer use.
  • See if you qualify for any discounts, sales or promotions with the moving company.
  • Plan your relocation during the off months. The busiest time of the year for movers is during the spring and summer. Try to plan your relocation during the fall or winter to benefit from cheaper rates.
  • See if you qualify for any tax reductions. Long distance moves for work are one of the things that could have you qualified for tax breaks.