Hedberg Moving Solutions offers full-service moving options which include packing, transporting and unpacking all of your belongings. However, some people may choose to pack their own goods and have us do the moving part, which is perfectly fine. When packing fragile, expensive or irreplaceable items, one must take extra precautions to ensure their safety during transit. We have compiled a short list of recommendations drawn from our years of experience in the moving business:
- There should be no shifting of an item within the packing box. Movement allows for impact, even against the interior of the box itself. The materials used to cushion an item should be bubble wrap, Styrofoam “peanuts”, or a combination of both. Although it is important for the protective materials to create a snug fit, you should not pack them so tightly as to defeat their shock-absorbing properties. If your Styrofoam pellets are compressed into a sold mass, pressures can be transferred through them more effectively than if they are somewhat relaxed.
- Items with delicate surfaces should be wrapped in non-abrasive tissue paper or cloth prior to being encased in the moving box and packing material. This will prevent scratches or other blemishes from occurring on the surfaces. Never use newspaper as it can bleed ink and provides little other benefit (it works great for packing your weed-trimmer, though).
- Double box heavy items or anything else that may be extremely fragile. An additional layer of protection never hurts!
- Consider weight distribution. For example, if a lamp is top-heavy, pack it with the heavy side down. Not only will this prevent undue stress on potentially weaker components, it may help stabilize the box and reduce the possibility of tipping over during handling.
- If possible, pack larger items in separate boxes. We’re not saying every piece of your China set needs to be in its own box, but certainly give that antique lamp a space of its own.
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