6 Tips To Packing for Your Michigan Move
Packing for your Michigan move starts with the right cartons and supplies. Utilizing the right boxes will help insure the safe transport of your belongings to your new home. If you have a relocation approaching in the next 60 days, now is the time to start packing.
Preferred Moving & Storage located in Macomb County, Michigan offers complete packing and crating services. Our professional moving crews have years of experience in packing your prized possessions. We are happy to pack just the fragile items or we can pack the entire house.
If you choose to do your own packing, Preferred Moving & Storage offers a complete line of packing materials at a reasonable cost and helpful instructions for the do-it-yourself packer. While we do not require the use of our boxes, we strongly recommend that customers use cartons that are strong and can withstand stacking. When packing for your Michigan move, we recommend that you follow these tips.
Packing for Moving Tip 1:
Tape – Tape the top and bottom of each carton with at least two strips. You may also tape the seams for additional strength. We recommend using professional packing tape measuring 1½” to 2” in width for stability. Do not use masking tape!
Packing for Moving Tip 2:
Paper – Use plenty of paper. All breakable items should be wrapped individually in paper. Paper should be used to cushion the bottom, sides, and top of cartons. Professional packing paper is recommended. This is unmarked newsprint and comes in 25 lb. bundles. While newsprint will protect most properly packed items, bubble wrap offers the ultimate protection for those extra fragile items. Due to the high cost of bubble wrap, use careful consideration on which items to use it on.
Packing for Moving Tip 3:
Labeling – We recommend using a thick permanent ink marker. Clearly label all cartons on the top and on two adjacent sides with your name, the room in which the box belongs, and a brief summary of the contents. Pack similar items together. Clearly label all boxes containing breakable items as FRAGILE.
Packing for Moving Tip 4:
Correctly Fill Cartons – Fill all boxes to the top without overfilling. Boxes with items sticking over the top cannot be properly closed or stacked. Cartons that are underfilled tend to crush when stacked. Always make sure each carton is filled totally to the top before closing. A small space at the top can be filled with paper, a towel, blanket, or other similar item.
Packing for Moving Tip 5:
Close Cartons and Seal Shut – Cartons should be closed-top and sealed with tape to prevent damage and make stacking easier. Keep the weight of each box under 50 pounds.
Packing for Moving Tip 6:
Carton Usage – When using Preferred Moving & Storage containers, please reference these guidelines for box usage.
- Book Carton (1.5 cu. ft.) – Books, magazines, records, CDs, canned goods, tools, and small heavy items
- Medium Carton (3.0 cu. ft.) – Small appliances, cooking utensils, linens, lamps, non-perishable food, pots and pans, games, small pictures, and lampshades
- Large Carton (4.5 cu. ft.) – Basically anything that won’t fit in the above boxes; cookie sheets, blankets, clothes, taller lampshades, linens, and non-fragile items
- Extra Large Carton (6.0 cu. ft.) – Bulky articles, pillows, comforters, cushions, baskets, and plastic toys
- Dishpack – Designed for fragile items such as china, plates, bowls, saucers (on bottom layer) and glasses, crystal, and fragile figurines (on top layer).
- Wardrobe – Each wardrobe carton holds approximately 20” of hanging clothing and allows clothes to be hung on a metal bar inside the carton.
- Mattress Carton – Protects mattresses and box springs from damage or soiling
- Mirror or Picture Carton – Designed to adjust to different sized pictures, mirrors, and other fragile, flat items.
If you have questions on proper packing techniques, contact a Sales Consultant at Preferred Moving & Storage at (800) 837-4600. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the packing process.
About the Author
Henry Cadle is the President of Preferred Moving & Storage located in Harrison Township, Michigan. Henry has over 36 years experience in the moving and storage industry. He is known in the southeastern Michigan region for providing customers will quality, reputable moving services at an affordable price. You can contact Henry Cadle at (800) 837-4600 or visit Preferred Moving & Storage’s website at www.preferredmoving.net.