If you have the luxury of choosing your moving date, we recommend you move now before the spring rush. Yes, that’s right! We believe moving in the winter is much better than moving once the weather heats up. Here are five reasons why a winter move is the best time to pack up and go. Read More…
Packing up your items correctly is important and can make all the difference for having them arrive undamaged. Whether you decide to pack all on your own or hire a company for assistance, take extra caution when moving fragile items during the winter. Here are some essential packing tips to remember to keep your delicates safe and damage-free.
Don’t Over Pack Boxes
Always avoid over packing your boxes. Ending up with boxes that are excessively heavy to lift only makes it more precarious and difficult when being transported during the moving process. So save your back, the back of your movers and of course, your precious china by being mindful of the weight when packing.
Pack Similar Items Together
If you’re packing up your antiques or your china, don’t toss in your iron, pans, or any bulky, awkward items that don’t belong. Always keep similar items packed together, especially fragile ones so they can be tightly tucked away together without the risk of something rolling around during transport and crushing other items.
Wrap Items Thoroughly
Moving fragile items during the winter is always more of a challenge, especially when you have to contend with slippery surfaces. So go through each fragile item and carefully wrap them individually using paper, bubble wrap, or even towels. You want that barrier of protection in case the roads are slippery, and they end up being slightly shaken during the moving process.
Create Cushioned Layer Inside Box
Having items individually wrapped isn’t quite enough. Before you place them inside of boxes, add some crushed paper, bubble wrap or towels to the bottom. There should be at least two layers to provide enough buffering between any potential impacts along the way.
Pack Heaviest to Lightest
Of course, you want to place any fragile items that are heaviest on the bottom and work your way up with medium and lightest items on the top layers. Again, if the box is already getting heavy, then don’t continue to pile in the items. Instead, try adding in other lighter, ‘non-threating’ ones like sheets or towels that can fill up space and still provide more protection without much weight.
Seal Boxes & Label Well
Don’t skimp on the tape – when you’re ready to seal up the boxes, add enough tape to close them up tightly. Then finish each box off with a big and clear ‘Fragile’ label on each side so that you and the movers can distinguish between boxes that require more care.
Keep your fragile items and valuables safe and sound during your winter move by going through each of these steps to ensure they’re safeguarded against any unforeseen slippery winter weather. For all of your moving needs, First Rate Movers are here to help. Call us today!