Posts Tagged ‘Moving tips’

Tips for Packing Delicate Items

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

In a previous post, we gave some general tips for packing items before a big move. However, many items around the house require specific packing techniques to ensure that they are not broken or compromised during your move. We at Nichols Moving in Slidell offer a variety of packing options, but if you’re planning on packing these fragile items yourself, here are a few things to remember.

Get the Right Packing Material

One of the major mistakes we’ve seen people make is packing fragile items in flimsy boxes or on top of one another. At Nichols Moving, we have top quality packing supplies, including boxes, packing tape and different-sized bubble wrap. You should avoid using wobbly boxes found at convenient stores because they are more likely to fall apart while moving. If necessary, seek out stronger boxes that were used to hold wine or other heavy items. Don’t be afraid to go out and get quality boxes for these items.

Once you’ve found a strong, reliable box, it’s important to make sure it’s secure. Use strong tape to seal the bottom and feel free to apply several strips of tape. You never want to have the bottom fall out on a box containing valuable items.

Wrap the Items in Packing Material

Before placing any fragile item in a box, it should first be wrapped in packing materials. Doing this prevents any glass or silver objects from being scratched by rubbing against one another. Bubble wrap works fantastically for this, and depending on the type of object, it should even be wrapped in several layers for extra safety.

Place the Items Strategically in the Box

When the items are all carefully encased in bubble wrap, it’s time to pack them in the box. Before the objects go in, make sure the bottom of the box is protected. Line the bottom with packing peanuts or a soft towel, so the objects aren’t exposed to the hard ground. Then place the objects in the box. It’s a good idea to space them out from one another, and fill in any gaps with more packing peanuts or bubble wrap.

Try to avoid stacking items on top of each other, but if the box is big enough cover the bottom layer thoroughly with packing material before placing anything on top. If possible, cover the top of the inside with a complete layer of bubble wrap in case the box is accidentally turned upside down.

Seal Up the Box and Mark It

Once the items are in and there is no extra space in the box for them to move around, tape the top with a few strips of strong tape. After, label what’s in the box, so the movers know to be careful when handling it. Be sure to explain which side is up.

Making a moving checklist

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

At Nichol’s Moving in Slidell, LA, we know how overwhelming it can be to plan a huge move, whether you’re moving from one side of Slidell to another or across the country. We do our best to ease the process for our customers, yet, since all moves are different, there are always a number of potential issues that can arise.

One of the most important ways to make your move smoother is to prepare well ahead of time. While movers can help you make many decisions about how to best move furniture, they can’t help you decide what needs to be moved. Here are some tips for how you can prepare to make your moving process as smooth as possible.

What’s worth moving and what’s worth trashing.

If you’re like most of us, your house or apartment has been accumulating furnishings for years. One of the difficult parts of moving is deciding what’s worth keeping and what’s not. Start by junking the things you know you don’t want, like broken VCRs, camping gear you’ll never use, kitchen knives that are rusted and the exercise bike you purchased ten years ago and have never used. Then, focus on larger items to figure out if they’re really worth the hassle of transporting, like that foosball table that’s a relic from your college days.

What items are the most fragile?

There are things that are fragile, and there are items that would make your grandmother turn over in her grave if they were broken. If you have extremely valuable items and they aren’t too big, it’s best to move them before the movers arrive. If they’re too large to carry, make sure you communicate explicitly to the moving staff that they have sentimental value and need extra attention.

Set a budget

Moving shouldn’t break the bank, but it can be expensive if you don’t set a budget and stick to it. Decide on what you want to spend, before you start the process. If you don’t think you can afford the total price of a move, consider moving smaller items by yourself and only using professional movers for the big stuff.