Think Inside the Box to Pack and Protect Your Possessions

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Two factors play into whether a packed box 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.

As full-service long-distance movers, Jacksons Relocation will be happy to provide you with boxes appropriate to your items. 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.v

Box it up

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

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.v

Proper packing

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 home 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.

Jackson Relocation 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.

Ensure you’re insured

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.

Jackson’s Relocation Services is the interstate moving company in Sedalia, Missouri who’ll go the distance for you. Contact us to learn how our status as not only one of the top moving companies in Missouri, but also one of the premier national moving companies, can make your life easier. Whether you’re seeking an interstate moving company or local movers in Sedalia, contact our team now for a FREE moving quote at either (660) 826-6898 or (800) 452-6683.

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