Basic Packing Tips
- Limit boxes to a maximum weight of 50 pounds.
- Smaller boxes generally can handle more weight.
- Wrap items carefully and provide plenty of cushioning.
- Use ONLY sturdy boxes that can be securely shut.
Packing doesn’t have to be a hassle. Gathering the right packing supplies and following a few simple tips can protect your assets throughout your move.
- Pick Your Paper Wisely
Packing paper is essential, but make sure you use the right kind. While newspaper works well as filler or cushion, don’t use it to wrap items. The ink will permanently stain fine china, porcelain and clothing, among other items. Plain packing paper can be purchased by the pound from Smart Move or any packing supply store in your area.
- Boxes Come in Many Sizes
Choosing the right box size is another important part of packing. Read our box descriptions to help you choose the right box the first time.
- Don’t Forget the Wrapping
Making use of wrapping to cushion items in your boxes will protect your assets and prevent breakage. The key is to try and make sure the contents in the box do not shift. Pack boxes so they can travel on their top, sides or ends. And label boxes that must stay upright as such.
- Pack One Room at a Time
Packing room to room will help keep things organized for unpacking in your new home. Start in any order that works for you.
- Label Your Boxes
To stay organizing during your move and when unpacking, label boxes according to their contents and list the room where they should be placed.
- Create Layers
When packing boxes, place heavy items on the bottom, medium-weight items in the middle and light items on the top. Be sure to add cushioning between each layer. Add more cushioning to protect fragile items.