Packing Tips

Here at Monster Moving we use only the highest quality packing materials utilizing the most skilled and experienced packing pros to provide our customers with the very best packing services. That being said, many folks who are moving on a tight budget will choose to do some packing on their own. If you are thinking of packing your own items instead of leaving it up to the pros, we want to make sure you are fully equipped to successfully do so, and have put together a list with some useful advice for you, below. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Monster Moving with more questions about packing tips, supplies and services.

  • Make yourself a two column packing list, inclusive of all items which require packing on one side, and all materials needed to pack those items on the other side.
  • Only use sturdy boxes or plastic totes. All totes and boxes should be closed and well-sealed in order to assure their stackability, and safety during transit.
  • Use boxes with complete tops or flaps (discard any boxes which’s integrity is compromised) and make sure that they are clean and insect-free.
  • Use the right size and the right supplies: The smallest boxes should be used for the heaviest items. Place lighter items on the top of each box, and heavier items on the bottom, to avoid items shifting during transit.
  • Whenever possible, use the designated custom boxes for your household items, ie: Flat screen boxes for your TVs, upright cartons for floor lamps or statues, dish packs for dishes/china, mirror boxes for glass / artwork, etc. The added protection these custom cartons offer offsets their sometimes higher cost compared to regular moving boxes and helps to avoid damage resulting from inadequate protection.
  • Use packing tape instead of duct tape or masking tape, and get twice as many rolls as you think you’ll need to avoid having to make multiple runs to the store.
  • Use packing paper or blank newspaper, especially for precious or breakable items. In a pinch, packing paper may be substituted with magazine paper or newspaper, however keep in mind that any porous materials may absorb or be stained by transferable ink. Clean rags, linens, kitchen towels and even socks can be used to pad dish boxes to avoid items shifting in transit.
  • Spring for anti-static bubble wrap for all your electronics, as it does not cause static electricity and will prevent damage to those items.
  • Use a permanent marker to label the contents and the destination (kitchen, living room, etc) of the boxes. Labels like “this side up” and “fragile” should be placed where necessary.
  • Start packing as long before the move as possible, to avoid chaos at the last minute. Make a game plan for your last week in your old home and make sure to pack those last-minute items last, preferably in resealable containers (like suitcases, duffle bags or click-shut plastic bins)
  • If you are unsure how to pack your fragile items, consider letting us take care of them for you, and at the very least talk to your consultant about items you are finding challenging to pack.
  • To ease the unpacking process, you should pack boxes by room, and even subcategories where needed (for instance: “bedroom dresser top drawer”). Labeling boxes by rooms and exact content may seem tedious, however it will make unpacking much, much easier.

 

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