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Tips on DIY Packing

by Tim CampbellMay 28, 2019No Comments

Many of our customers choose to do their own packing, primarily to cut down on costs. This is an excellent way to save money if you know what you are doing. Some things to consider before you fully agree to do your own packing:

  • Time Commitment: An average person can pack 2-3 boxes per hour, where a professional packer can pack 5 per hour.
  • Underestimating the Amount: Many people underestimate the amount of packing that is needed for a move, simply because they miss items that need packed.  
  • Liability of Damage: If you pack your own boxes, and something is damaged in that box, you will be held liable for the damage, not the moving company.

We strongly recommend at least a hybrid pack, where our professional packers pack the breakables (dishes, mirrors, pictures, etc.).

Below are some tips on how to pack correctly to avoid damage and make the moving process go smoothly.

General Instructions:

  • Make sure your boxes are packed tightly and all the way to the top. This will help avoid shifting of the packed items and will help the boxes not collapse when they are stacked.
  • Close the tops of your boxes completely with packing tape to secure it closed.  

What to avoid packing:

  • Spillables
  • Perishables
  • Flameables

How to pack a kitchen:

  • All dishes/glassware needs to be wrapped to avoid damage.
  • Cushion the bottom, sides, and tops of boxes that have breakable items.
  • Food can be packed as long as it is nonperishable and not opened.

How to pack clothing:

  • Wardrobe Boxes are the best option for your closet items. There is space in the bottom of the box for shoes, then a bar that goes across the top to hang your clothes.  
  • You can keep items in the dresser drawers as long as there is nothing spillable or breakable and as long as the dresser does not weigh too much.

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