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Packing Tips from the Pros

Getting ready to move? The packing, hauling and moving professionals at 1st Choice Movers have put together some helpful packing tips for area residents. Follow these special packing tips for a smoother move!

Close and seal the tops and bottoms of boxes with packing tape. While it may be easy to remember to seal the tops of boxes to keep items secure, many forget the all-important task of taping the bottom. A few too many items and the entire bottom of the box could give way resulting in broken or misplaced items. By taping the bottom of the box you can help secure items and keep the box closed.

Place heavier items in smaller boxes. Too many heavy items like books in a big box can create unsafe hazards. Not only can the box become too heavy, but a heavy item in a large box can also create an uneven distribution of weight, causing the box to break. A smaller box keeps the number of heavy items to a minimum and helps to evenly distribute the weight.

Label all boxes: fragile, kitchen, living room, etc. This not only helps your movers know what goes where, but helps you keep all of your items organized. 

Wrap fragile items in a few layers of paper of bubble wrap. The ‘few layers’ part is key here as a single layer won’t be enough padding to protect glass, porcelain and other fragile items.

Fill hollow spaces in boxes with crushed paper. This keeps items from moving around during the move.

Do not overfill boxes: make sure they close easily with nothing poking out. An overly filled box can put stress on the items inside or even tear the box.

For help with your move, contact 1st Choice Movers. We can do the heavy lifting for you! Here are some additional packing tips from our professional movers:

  • Empty all furniture drawers, desks and file cabinets. The extra weight of clothing and miscellaneous items is very stressful to your furniture as well as your movers.
  • Make sure you use the original boxes for your electronic equipment if you still have them. Otherwise, be sure to pack these items like you would pack any other fragile items.
  • Use standard moving boxes.
  • Set aside a box of essential items including toiletries, a change of clothing, paper towels, toilet paper, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.

Are you interested in learning more about professional moving and other packing tips for your St Paul area move? Call 1st Choice Movers at 763-559-5934, or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate.

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