Place fragile items in separate boxes and use additional newspaper or cloth to provide appropriate protection. The best protection are packing peanuts or bubble wrap. Make sure you do not overload boxes that contain fragile items and that there is plenty of room for the packing material. There should be some room for compression in each fragile box.

  • Valuables

Although you don’t want to overload boxes containing valuable items, you should fill ninety percent of the extra space with additional packing material to prevent jostling and possible damage. A small amount of air inside each box can act as extra padding, but it should not account for more than ten percent of the void.

  • Fragile Items

Another common fragile item is china, particularly plates. Plates should never be packed flat, one on top of another. Instead, they should be packed vertically to alleviate the pressure placed on flat dinnerware. Do not use packing paper, use something stronger like bubble wrap or thin clothes in a pinch.

  • Hazardous Material

Large items that you need help moving, such as a lawnmower or snow blower, can be moved legally if the gas is completely drained prior to transport. Smaller items that include flammable or combustible material must be moved on your own, but check the safety requirements before attempting to do so.

  • Choosing a Mover

Ask questions regarding what their estimated price covers. Some estimates will include everything from packing, loading and unloading, to insurance coverage. Make sure you know why one estimate is higher or lower than the others so there will be no surprise added costs at a later date.

  • How to save

For items that are difficult and expensive to move and items you just feel guilty about throwing away, choose instead to have a garage sale. You can advertise it as a moving sale to attract more customers and reduce the number of items you have to box up and transport considerably.