Safe Packing Practices
By Suddath Relocation Systems
When it comes time to pack your belongings for the big move, it pays to take a little extra time to make sure it’s done right to avoid accidents or injury. You can’t predict when something will break or someone will get hurt, but you can try to avoid the issues in the first place by using the tips below.
Eliminate ClutterWhen packing for a big move, people usually find out they have way more clutter than they thought. Rather than pack all the things you haven’t used in years, get rid of it to make the packing process go faster and smoother.
- Discard – throw out anything that isn’t necessary. Examples of unnecessary items include old papers, worn-out clothing that can’t be donated, or junk drawer items.
- Return – Remember those hedge clippers you borrowed from the neighbor last summer? Now is a good time to return them and anything else you’ve borrowed and still have from neighbors and friends.
- Donate – If you have things you don’t want anymore, but they are still in decent shape, donate them to one of the local charities in your area.
Avoid Heavy Packing and Lifting
One mistake many people make when packing is making the boxes too heavy. Avoid this by packing things such as books and magazines in smaller boxes because their combines weight adds up quickly.
One way to avoid having to lift heavy appliances is to rent or buy a dolly. With strong straps, a dolly holds and easily transports appliances up stairs and across large areas with ease – and saves a ton of wear and tear on your back!
Smart Packing for Fragile Items
Large mirrors, pictures and other fragile items pose a potential safety hazard if they break while in transit. Anyone attempting to open their packaging without knowing the items are broken could get cut. Ensure delicate items reach their destination in one piece by using masking tape to make an “X” across the glass. This adds support and keeps broken pieces together should the glass break. If fragile items are placed in a box, make sure any empty room is filled with packing material or newspaper to minimize movement.
Hazardous MaterialsYou may end up replacing hazardous materials after your move is complete because many moving companies do not allow for transport due to their volatile nature. Gasoline, household cleansers, pesticides and the like pose an explosion and fire hazard that most moving companies won’t even risk. By simply replacing these items upon arrival at your new home, a safe move for all will be ensured.
By taking a few precautions before your move, the experience should be a pleasant and exciting time for your family!