Packing Tips and Tricks

As professional movers, packing customers’ items efficiently and securely is a crucial skill that can make or break a moving experience. Here are some expert tips and tricks to help you streamline the packing process and ensure your customers’ belongings arrive at their destination safely:

**Organize and Plan **: Before starting the packing process, take the time to organize and plan. Create a detailed inventory of the items to be packed and develop a packing strategy to optimize space and minimize the risk of damage.

**Use Quality Packing Materials**: Invest in high-quality packing materials such as sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, packing peanuts, and tape. Using suitable materials can provide extra protection for fragile items during transit.

**Get Creative With Your Boxes**: If you have any box hanging around, you can transform it into almost anything, from a furniture protector to a box reinforcer or even a new box.

**Properly Wrap Fragile Items**: When packing delicate items such as glassware, china, or electronics, ensure they are properly wrapped in bubble wrap or packing paper. Use extra padding to cushion these items inside the boxes and prevent breakage.

**Label Boxes Clearly**: Labeling boxes with the contents and the room they belong to can make unpacking a breeze for your customers. Use color-coded labels or a numbering system to keep track of boxes and ensure they end up in the right place.

**Make a Parts Box**: The box should include plastic bags with small furniture parts, like screws and connecting pieces. Use one bag per piece of furniture and add a label.

**Pack Heavy Items at the Bottom**: When loading boxes onto the moving truck, place heavier items at the bottom and lighter items on top. This helps distribute weight evenly and prevents damage to fragile items.

**Utilize Space Efficiently**: Fill any gaps in boxes with packing peanuts or extra padding to prevent items from shifting during transit. Use all available space in boxes to maximize efficiency and minimize unnecessary boxes.

**Communicate with Customers**: Keep your customers informed throughout the packing process. Update them on the progress and address any concerns they may have to ensure a smooth and stress-free moving experience.

**Handle Special Items with Care**: For valuable or sentimental items, take extra precautions during packing and transport. Communicate with customers about any special handling requirements for these items.
Examples include Wills, deeds, car titles, financial records, and medical records.

** Ammunition and Explosives **: When ammunition and fireworks are hot, they can go off. They should be kept separate from firearms.

**Flammable Liquids**: Avoid a disaster by leaving the following items behind: Matches, acid, gasoline, paint and paint thinner, car batteries, aerosols, propane, kerosene, and fertilizer.

**Provide Aftercare Instructions**: After unpacking, provide customers with aftercare instructions for delicate items or furniture that may require special attention. This can help prevent damage and prolong the lifespan of their belongings.

By following these tips and tricks, professional movers can master packing customers’ items effectively and ensure a seamless moving process from start to finish. Remember, attention to detail, proper planning, and clear communication are critical to a successful packing experience.

Almost all licensed and insured movers in New Jersey are members of the New Jersey Warehouse and Movers Association.  Reach out to the NJWMA at www.NJMovers.com or call 732-341-3934.  We’ll gladly inform you of their  NJ Public Movers License status.

Blog Submission: Darek Myczkowski, Budd Van Lines and NJWMA Board of Director.

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