~ Use the right size boxes.
Heavy items in small boxes, light items in bigger ones.
~ Put heavier items on the bottoms of boxes, lighter items on top.
~ If you’re moving yourself, pack the heavy boxes first to balance out the truck.
~ Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes.
Boxes packed too loosely have the chance of not even getting moved by professional moves because they don’t want the liability of something breaking too easily.
~ Try to pack boxes with items from the same room.
It’ll make unpacking quite a bit easier too.
~ Label each box by room as well as a description of its contents.
This will help everyone know where each box belongs in your new home.
~ Bundle breakables.
Pack dishes on their sides, never flat.
Some special tips:
~ You may need special crating and packing when moving valuable art.
No regular paper when wrapping up oil paintings. Make an X with masking table across glass on any framed glass art to strengthen the glasses integrity.
~ Consider other items that will need special treatment.
Plasma tvs may require special special packing if you don’t have the original box. They have the potential of being ruined if you lay them flat. Make sure your movers are experienced in handling tvs.
Another great tip I found is numbering each box you pack and then making an itemized list complete with each box number and the contents that you can reference. I haven’t used this idea in previous moves, but I will definitely be using this during this go around. It will make it easy to tell the movers exactly how many boxes we have and help me be assured that everything has arrived safe and sound at the new home. I also plan to do a pretty detailed list of what each box contains so when we have been in the new house for a week and we can’t find my little guy’s favorite transformer mask, I can look at my list and know exactly what box I can find it in!