Tips on How to Prepare Heavy Items for Transport

Having A Hard Time to Pack your Bigger Items for Moving? Check out this Helpful Guide

Safe arrival of your valuable items into your new home is highly important. If you are not sure on how to pack heavy and fragile items then you can call a moving company that provides an impeccable relocation services that suits you packing, shipping and unloading needs when you moving into your new home. Wolley Movers Chicago will help you pack all your belongings in the most efficient and safety way to ensure that your items are secured and properly covered. No need to worry about packing supplies and materials as they provide the best supplies at a very affordable and reasonable price.

Here’s a great tip on how to prepare your heavy items for transport.

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As you are planning your relocation, packing heavy items for moving is almost always inevitable as most homes have such household goods. How to pack a heavy item for a move so that it is packed and shipped safely at its final destination? If you want to move such items yourself, then you need to know what to do. An option that will save you your health, effort and time is to call a mover for a quote. After all, it is a totally different thing to rely on professionals for a job – the risks are much smaller than if an item is handled by people without much experience and/ or expertise in moving. Still, if you are intended on packing heavy objects yourself, here is what to do.

What will happen to your items if they get dropped, crushed or thrown? How will they survive? Heavy items are not always unbreakable. How to pack a heavy item in such a way that it will be able to survive the risks of the shipping? First of all, finding the appropriate packing materials is very important. If the item is breakable and/ or valuable, you need to use a way for packing that will keep it safe. You can use packing paper or defect newspaper print. Bubble wrap is also an option – decide which packing supplies are more appropriate also considering the cost of it (bubble wrap is more expensive). You can use cardboard from broken boxes to fill in the empty space inside the boxes – for cushioning. When packing heavy objects imagine that they are already on their way, being shipped, what can happen to them and how will the packing you have planned protect them? Run the transportation process in your mind – it will help you spot if you are missing something. The best scenario when packing heavy items for moving is:

  1. Get the appropriate packing materials.
  2. Wrap well the items. You can use bubble wrap or any other packing material you find appropriate. If the item is very heavy, you may need to put a thicker layer of packing materials. Remember to tape well the packaging so that it will stick. Don’t use thin moving tape or masking tape because it will not hold larger weight.
  1. Place them in a sound cardboard box that will be able to hold their weight.
  2. Use bubble wrap, packing peanuts or pieces of cardboardto fill in the empty space inside the box. Never use crumpled newsprint or crumpled packing paper as it won’t do the job – it will compress flat and will not provide protection. There should be nothing moving in the box. The object packed should be stable inside. If it moves during shipping it could get damaged and it could damage surrounding objects as well. Heavier items are more likely to shift within a box.
  3. After that place the so packed box in another box that is an inch or two wider and again use enough, strong extra padding between the two boxes.
  4. If you have fragile items, mark that on the box. Also write down “this side up” – it will help get the moving process right. Besides, you need to do the best to protect your belongings.
  5. Distribute the weight between boxes and evenly within each box otherwise they may tilt during carrying. Place the heavy item at the center of the box and then place cushioning material around it.
  6. Don’t make boxes too heavy otherwise they may break and there is a health risk for the moving labor or whoever will be lifting those boxes.
  7. Items that are heavier than 50 lbs best be packed professionally. If you will be packing heavy objects with weight above 80 lbs it is compulsory to get a moving company. In such a case pallets may be used. You can buy them yourself or contact a professional residential packing company to do the packing.
  8. Either way, get moving insurance.

Aside from heavy items, there’s also this item that needs a proper packing before you get into your new home and that is you Television TV. Here’s a tip on how to pack it properly.

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Step 1: Gather your materials

We recommend always using boxes that were made for moving. So what do you need for moving a TV? If you’ve kept the original box, it’s time to dig it out of the back of your closet. Using the original packaging is always the best option because it was designed by the manufacture to exactly fit and protect your TV.

While we recommend boxes for added protection, wrapping your TV in furniture pads or paper padding is also an option — we’ll cover that in more detail below.

Step 2: Disconnect the cords

Carefully unplug and bundle cords together using a rubber band or zip tie. Then, pack the cords with your TV to reduce the chance of losing them in-transit.

Note: You may want to take a picture of where each cord connects before unplugging them. This will be a big help when it comes to putting them back where they belong.

Step 3: Protect the TV screen

Now that you’ve gathered materials and disconnected cords, it’s time to move on to what we think is the most important step in protecting your TV: packing.

How to use a TV shipping box:

  • Remove the TV screen from its base and wrap it using Bubble Wrap®paper padding or foam wrap. Set it aside.
  • Take the box and place crumbled packing paper at the bottom.
  • Wrap the entire TV in Bubble Wrap® or foam wrap to protect it. You can also wrap tape around the entire TV first (sticky-side up of course!) and then wrap the TV using either of these materials. This ensures the wrapping material will not slide up or down during the move. Just be careful not to tape to the TV.
  • After the screen is fully protected, place it in the box and adjust the panels for a tight fit.
  • Use additional crumbled packing paper to fill any gaps.
  • Tape the box, then take a permanent marker and write “fragile” and “this side up” before loading it in the moving truck.

How to use moving blankets or paper padding:

  • When using either of these products, make sure to wrap the TV with several layers. Use at least 2 layers on the screen portion of the TV.
  • Be sure to tape the packing material to TV to keep it in place during transit(NOTE: never put tape sticky-side down on the TV screen).
  • Always keep the TV upright. You may want to use a permanent marker to write on the outside of paper padding as a reminder of which side is up.

Step 4: Loading your TV for shipping

No matter what type of TV you own, avoid laying it on its side in the moving truck—most shouldn’t be tilted more than 15 degrees (check with your user’s manual for verification). Flat screen TVs are made of lightweight glass and too much pressure can be placed on the screen if it isn’t stored upright.

Here is a videon on how to pack plasma and big screen tv like a pro!

 

Always remember that moving into your may be stressful, and to handle such situation a relocation services that was offered by a moving company will be your great option. If you’re moving and finding a reliable moving company, check out Wolley Movers Chicago. They have a wide range of moving services you can choose from local to long distance moving. Contact them today for a free quote and schedule your move!

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