9 Tips to Protect Your Belongings on the Move

Whether you’re relocating your office or home, you have a lot to worry about without wondering if everything will survive the move and arrive intact on the other side. Here at Anchor Moving Systems, we’re committed to providing every one of our clients with the superior service and attention to detail necessary to protect your belongings and office equipment from damage in transit.

In support of this commitment, we’ve compiled the following 9 packing tips to help you prepare for your move and ensure that your personal belongings or office equipment are safe and protected.

1. Pack heavier items at the bottom.

Top-heavy boxes and containers are less balanced and more likely to shift or tip over in transit. Along these same lines, if you are loading the truck yourself, be sure to pack heavier boxes lower and toward the front of the cab.

2. Fill in the gaps.

By packing each box tightly with clothing, towels, newspaper or other packing materials, you prevent the contents of your boxes from sliding or shifting during the move.

3. Don’t over-pack.

Try to avoid putting more than 40-50 pounds in each moving box. This may not always be possible with larger items and appliances but packing lighter items (like linens and pillows) in larger boxes and heavier items (like books) in smaller boxes helps to ensure faster, easier loading for you or your movers.

4. Tape each box thoroughly.

In addition to reinforcing the seams and edges of every box, it’s also a good idea to wrap tape around the sides of heavier boxes, since this is an area of high stress.

5. Bundle breakables.

In addition to wrapping paper around each individual dish, wrap bundles of five or six together with more paper. Be sure to pack dishes on their sides, to prevent vertical pressure and impact. When it comes to packing fragile glasses and stemware, consider purchasing specialized boxes designed with these items in mind.

6. Label carefully.

Detailing the contents of each box on an exterior label makes it much easier for you or your movers to load and unload the truck and handle each box with the required care. Be sure to mark all fragile items accordingly with red fragile tape or stickers to make them easily identifiable.

7. Protect your paintings and mirrors.

The glass in framed artwork or mirrors can shift around during a move. Apply masking tape in an X pattern on the glass to prevent sliding and safeguard against injury should the glass break during transit. Then wrap all mirrors and framed pictures in paper or bubble wrap. Finally, place them in a frame box, with a piece of cardboard between each framed piece for protection.

8. Use original containers for electronics.

When it comes to packing and moving fragile electronics like televisions and computers, the original containers are better than any protective packaging you can buy, since they were designed with each unique item in mind. If you can’t find the original boxes and Styrofoam forms, choose a box that’s slightly larger than your component, and layer it with bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts before and after inserting individual pieces.

9. Wrap fragile furniture.

Before loading your home or office furniture into the moving truck, be sure to protect all legs, casters and scratch-prone surfaces with bubble wrap or stretchable plastic to prevent impact damage. Wrapping items like desks, dressers or wardrobes also helps to prevent drawers and doors from opening during transit. Once these protective measures are in place, be sure to cover each item with a moving blanket.

For more tips and resources to help ensure that your home or office makes it through the upcoming move intact, click here or call 414.355.MOVE (6683) to speak with the professionals at Anchor Moving Systems.

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