Packing 101: The Five Golden Rules of Proper Box Packing

You’ve got your collection of boxes and packing supplies, and now it’s time to tackle the monumental task ahead of you: packing up your small belongings for the move. To save time, protect your belongings, and make unpacking more manageable than ever, there are five golden rules for packing a box to keep in mind as you work. 

1. Place Heavier Items on the Bottom

Warehouse workers are trained to always pack heavier items at the bottom of their boxes and keep fragile items at the top. Follow this same golden rule when packing for a household move. Anything heavy should go on the bottom to give the box stability and prevent damage to anything lighter in weight and more fragile. So, using a random collection of home office items as an example, your box-packing order may look something like this: 

  1. Books and paperweights on bottom 
  2. Pencil holders in the middle 
  3. Picture frames on top 

2. Keep the Weight of the Box in Check

The general rule is to keep any packed box at 50 pounds or less. But, also keep in mind that all boxes can have their own weight limits. For example, you may be perfectly comfortable moving a 50-pound box, but a smaller carton may have a lower weight limit than that. If possible, keep your bathroom scale handy while you pack so you can keep weight limits in check to protect yourself from injury and protect your boxes from accidental damage. 

3. Wrap Anything Fragile

You should wrap any items prone to breakage in transit before putting them into a box. Most people remember to wrap up the most fragile things during a move—glass, for example. However, many other items are prone to breakages, such as items with many parts, things made of thin wood, and items with delicate features. 

4. Fill Dead Spaces in the Box

Dead space within a box is any space that is left unfilled. Space is bad because it leaves room for the items within the box to shift and move, leading to damage. Therefore, you want to keep gaps in the box to a minimum while you pack. For example, if you are packing glass figurines, wrap those figurines and then use a filler material or even towels and t-shirts to fill the dead spaces and keep the items from shifting. 

5. Pack Items From the Same Room

This golden rule is more about saving you time and making things easy on you when you unpack. By packing items from the same room together in the same box, you can make more progress while you pack. You can clear a room a lot faster so you can move to the next space. Likewise, when you start unpacking, you can work in one designated area to empty the box. 

Enlist the Help of Residential Movers 

Even well-packed boxes can be a lot to contend with on your own when you face a move. But, bringing professionals in to get your belongings on a truck and relocated to the new place can make all the difference. Ready to get a free moving quote? Contact us today to get started. 

Selling Your Home In Autumn: 5 Tips

Autumn is a time when leaves fall, temperatures drop, and the days get shorter. These conditions can present challenges for homeowners who want to sell. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ensure that your home is attractive to buyers. By taking steps to improve your curb appeal, ensure your home is comfortable and bright indoors, you can sell your house quicker and perhaps for more money.

1. Keep the Lawn Clear

As dead leaves fall from the trees and perennial plants die back for the season, many lawns fill with debris to be cleared. Keep your yard clear by cutting back perennial plants that have dried up. Rake leaves beneath trees.

If you keep dead leaves in a pile on your lawn, keep the pile out of view from home buyers. Rake your yard before each home showing, especially if your trees are losing lots of leaves. Not only do leaves make your lawn look messy, but they can also remind homebuyers how much work your lawn is in the fall — and that’s no good!

2. Maintain a Comfortable Temperature Indoors During Showings

This is not the time to save money on HVAC costs. Instead, keep your home appropriately comfortable to ensure that it is comfortable for buyers when they come to see your house. Buyers can show up unexpectedly, so it’s best to keep your house at a comfortable temperature during the day.

3. Put Out Seasonal Decorations (But Don’t Go Overboard)

Seasonal decorations can help your home feel cozy in the fall. It’s a good idea to hang a fall wreath or put a fall table setting in the middle of your dining room table. That said, keep your decorations tasteful, attractive, and understated.

Avoid over-the-top decorations like bright or colorful Halloween decorations. The purpose of your decorations is to set a mood but not overpower your buyers with your seasonal spirit. Bright decorations can distract buyers from the other features of your home, and that’s not helpful.

4. Turn On Lights Everywhere

Fall is a time when the days grow short, and homes can be dark on the inside. So keep the lights on in your house when you’re showing it to buyers. Replace all burned-out light bulbs before the first showing, and keep all lights on – especially if a showing occurs in the evening or at night.

5. Put Out Autumn Scented Candles

Autumn has its own scents, and most people find those scents comforting. So put out autumn-scented candles to get your buyers in the spirit. You don’t even have to light your candles – just set them out and let the smells make your home more welcoming to buyers.

Moving Soon? Contact a Reputable Moving Company

It’s essential to work with a reputable moving company when you’re moving. For example, if you’re selling your house, that may mean you need a moving company that can safely transport your possessions from one home to another.

Working with a good moving company will take the stress off your relocation, so you can spend more time thinking about making your house attractive to buyers. Contact us; we can make your relocation a success.