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Moving Guide

How to Pack A Box So It Is Not Crushed

| Moving Tips | Gerry Clark

The phrase, “thinking outside the box,” describes unconventional thinking. Effectively packing your belongings for the big move, however, relies on tried-and-true methods for accomplishing the job.

Material and method

Two factors play into whether packed boxes will hold up during a move: material and method. On the material side, seek out task-worthy boxes and avoid the budget-route temptation (such as picking up beat-up empties from your local grocer, department store or liquor shop). Invest in sturdy, good-quality boxes able to withstand transport trauma. Corrugated cardboard offers superior stability with its triple-layered construction: Two smooth outer layers surround a single ridged inner layer.

Full service movers, such as National Van Lines, will be more than happy to provide you with boxes appropriate to your item. Box expenses depend on the quantity you’re packing. A three-bed/two-bath home might require you spending $100 to $200. While this might add to the cost of moving, consider the financial impact of a crushed or spilled box.

Building box

Assuming you’ve selected the correct box quantity and quality, packing them properly can be accomplished by following National Van Lines recommendations for thinking inside the box for crush-free performance.

Don’t skimp on the packing tape. Seal a box bottom using the triple-ply method: three strips of packing tape forming a sturdy, overlapping seal. Don’t crisscross the flaps by folding one panel-quarter under another, though. When in doubt, seal edges to prevent snag-susceptible gaps that might rip open a box and spill its contents. Of course, firmly seal the top, too, when done inserting contents. You can purchase clear packing tape and a dispenser for less than $20. Once the box is built, it’s a good idea to line the box bottom with packing peanuts.

Quash a crush

Pack heavy objects (surrounded in either packing paper or bubble wrap) inside small boxes. By contrast, big boxes should house light items. You’ll stay on your mover’s good side and better protect your items. In extreme cases in which boxes weigh too much to move safely, movers might have to re-pack items and charge you accordingly. (That’s a time-and-money double-whammy you can do without.) Either extreme works against you: Under-packed boxes might cave in; overstuffed boxes can burst at the seams.

Packing items of varying weights in the same box? Remember to build a foundation by placing heavier items on the bottom, then placing lighter pieces on top. Also, prevent contents from shifting by using clothes, linens, packing peanuts or crumpled packing paper to fill any gaps. Snug = good. Jam-packed = bad.

National Van Lines provides flexible solutions to move any object, large or small, to your new location. In addition to traditional boxes, we offer customized crates and item-specific boxing. Typical boxes don’t always provide the best solution for moving large objects, such as mattresses or fragile objects, such as dishware.

When packing in preparation for a cross-country trek, double-check materials are durable, especially freebies. Moving across country is more involved than a local move. Make sure you’re well-stocked for the job. Sometimes, cardboard just doesn’t cut it. To provide protection against prolonged temperature and humidity extremes, plastic containers might be advised.

Coverage caveat

Be aware: Packing your possessions isn’t a risk-free proposition. Insurance coverage carries limitations should harm occur during your move. If the box itself is unaffected, mover’s insurance won’t cover any damaged items inside boxes movers did not pack. Hiring professionals to pack your belongings ensures your possessions will be carefully packed and fully insured.

National Van Lines, a full-service moving company, can take part or all of the packing off your shoulders. Call a moving consultant today at 877-590-2810 and ask about our packing options provided by professional movers.

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