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Local Packing 101

Packing is always stressful, and Action Movers provides full packing services for all kinds of moves. But if you don’t feel like spending the extra cost and want to do it on your own, here are some helpful tips on packing boxes.

Here are some supplies you will need:

Purchasing Supplies
Paper Padding
Furniture Pads
Plastic Stretch Wrap
Straps (for furniture)
Large Tarps/Plastic Cover (for floor of moving truck)

When purchasing supplies, make sure you choose items that are of similar strength and can get the job done. You want to make sure you choose boxes that are sturdy if you plan on stacking them on top of one another.

Box Packing Tips
While packing your boxes, try to put the heavier items on the bottom of the box, and then put the smaller lighter items on top. Make sure you label the boxes by which room they are going TOO, not where they came from. Make sure you don’t pack your boxes so full that you can’t lift them. If you have boxes that are especially heavy, or you are wanting to move several boxes at a time, you can set them on a dolly from heaviest (on the bottom) to the lightest (on the top). This will help your things from being crushed by heavier items on top. You should also use this method for packing your moving truck, creating a layer of heavy boxes, a layer of medium boxes, and then a layer of light boxes on top. You can also stick items in between the cracks and crevices of larger items, that normally would not stack or sit well, like pillows, cushions, bikes, umbrellas etc.


Moving Larger Items
Moving larger items doesn’t have to be difficult. You can start by removing the cushions from your couches, loveseats and sofas. Then take apart your bed and all of the bed frames. It may not be possible to disassemble every large piece of furniture, but starting with these basics can help save you time in the long-run. When you are packing heavy dressers, you should take the drawers out of the dresser first, and then put the empty dresser in the truck, then, when you get the dresser in the truck, you can put the drawers back in and tape them/wrap them to keep them from sliding out. Finally, if you know you’re going to have some small parts and pieces, you can put them inside of a plastic back and tape them to the inside of the piece of furniture you are moving, to make sure they get where you’re going. Some of the heaviest items, like filing cabinets, should be moved with a dolly, which we will discuss in the next blog post.

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