How to pack heavy items when moving
Packing for moving is well-known to be an incredible task, endless hours of laborious, exhausting, and sometimes literally backbreaking work. This statement is especially correct when it comes to packing your heavy belongings. There is no doubt that packing your garage tools and garden equipment requires a lot more effort than packing clothes and shoes. And it is just as true that carrying boxes filled with books is much more tiresome than carrying boxes filled with holiday decorations or kid’s toys. Not to mention how hard it is to prepare large furniture and bulky appliances for transport. Or what a difficult task specialty items, like grand pianos or home safes, pose to residential movers.
Not only are these heavy household items difficult to handle during a house relocation, but they also present few considerable risks to the safety of those who are packing and carrying them, to the property that is being taken in or out of and to their own good condition.
They greatly increase the final moving cost as well, it is based on the weight of the shipment for long distance moves or the time it takes to perform the relocation for local moves and the complexity of the job.
Yet, you can not just leave your heavy belongings behind when moving house. What you can do, is pack them properly, this will considerably reduce the risks involved and will make your moving process a little easier.
So, how to pack your heavy belongings for your relocation, how to protect your property, ensure their safety, and prevent personal injury? Here are a few tips for packing heavy things which you may find quite helpful.
Use the correct packing materials
Packing materials are made for two main purposes providing protection to the items being shipped and making them easier to carry around and arrange in the shipping containers or trucks.
So, the correct packing supplies can help you make the safety of your heavy things and prevent injuries and accidents during your moving process. You just need to make sure that you use the appropriate packing materials.
Stronger boxes, Get some heavy duty shipping boxes and double-ply cardboard boxes that will be strong enough to hold the weight of your heavy things. Consider buying specialty boxes for your more delicate and more valuable heavy belongings. It might even be a good idea to rent or buy plastic crates instead of cardboard boxes. Wooden crates are your best option for your heavy artwork and other expensive, oddly-shaped, fragile, heavy things.
Thicker wrapping, The thicker the wrapping, the less the risk of damage to your items and the floor, in case a heavy item is dropped while being carried. Thicker wrapping will also provide better protection if your things bump against each other or fall over during transportation. So, make sure you have lots of foam padding, bubble wrap, moving blankets, etc.
Sturdier cushioning, Crumpled paper will not do when you need to cushion heavy items in a moving box, it will compress flat under the items weight and will not provide adequate protection. You should use corrugated cardboard, large size bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or foam padding instead.
High-quality packing tape, Thin masking tape is not going to hold items that are very heavy, so you need heavy duty packing tape when packing heavy items, to keep the wrappings in place, reinforce the boxes, etc.
Prepare your moving boxes
Not all of your heavy household items can be packed in boxes, of course, but those that can would be better protected if you take the time to prepare the moving containers correctly. Make sure that you:
-Use small moving boxes to pack heavy items, larger boxes will weigh too much if they are full of heavy objects and will be very difficult to lift and carry, and might easily break under the weight of their haul.
-Reinforce the moving boxes with heavy duty packing tape to reduce the risk of them falling apart when being picked up and transported.
-Line the bottom of the boxes with packing peanuts, large size bubble wrap, or corrugated cardboard for added safety.
Prepare your heavy belongings for packing
Different types of items require different preparation but, generally, you are recommended to:
Clean and empty the items Begin by removing any detachable parts from large heavy items and pack them separately for better protection. You might want to disassemble furniture pieces and dismantle some of your household appliances, equipment, tools, etc.
Impart extra protection to the most vulnerable parts of your items with glass elements, protruding elements, etc. Use foam sheets, packing paper, bubble wrap, or other suitable materials to make sure they are safe.
Pay special attention to your heavy, fragile items, wrap them separately in several layers of appropriate protective materials to keep them safe during the move.
Pack your heavy items the right way
Once your moving boxes and your heavy items are properly prepared, it will not be so difficult to pack the heavy items for moving. Just follow the following steps.
Choose a sturdy, properly padded box that is slightly larger than the items you are about to pack.
Place the items inside so that some room is left between them and the sides of the moving box.
Use pieces of cardboard, packing peanuts, foam sheets, or large size bubble wrap to fill the empty space in the moving box. If you place more than one thing in a box, make sure there is plenty of cushioning between the articles as well. Keep in mind that it is crucial to secure the things inside the moving box completely.
Fill any and all extra space at the top of the box with cushioning materials. The moving boxes should always have a firm top once closed or they might cave in when stacked one on top of the other in the moving truck. So, don’t forget to test the top before sealing the box, if it feels like it may give way when you put pressure on it, reopen it and add some more cushioning materials.
Seal the moving box and place it inside another box which is several inches larger than the already packed one. Put some cardboard pieces or other padding materials between the two boxes. Tape the second box shut and secure it.
Label the boxes with their contents and make sure to write HANDLE WITH CARE or HEAVY on the boxes, so that the movers know that need to be cautious when carrying, loading, and unloading these boxes. Do not forget to mark the boxes containing fragile items as FRAGILE and THIS SIDE UP.
Now that you know the best ways to pack your heavy items in general, you might want to learn the specifics of packing the different types of heavy things.