The Art of Packing
Learn about packing for a move in Columbia and Greenville SC
Packing can be a delicate proposition when preparing for a transfer. The goal is to protect your possessions and valuables whilst not creating an excess of space. One doesn’t want to take up more space than necessary during a transfer. This could potentially create a need for more vehicles and labor to complete a successful transfer, increasing one’s cost needlessly.
Many items are relatively easy to pack, but there are still some general rules one should be aware of when preparing household goods for transfer.
- Heavy but not delicate items, such as books, are often better off being packed in a smaller sized box. Whilst it can be tempting to toss your entire library into a few big boxes, it’s easy to forget that those big boxes can get incredibly heavy incredibly quickly. Obviously, one cannot always steer clear of this, but with good preparation and planning, an overabundance of gargantuan boxes can be avoided. Though one or a few of these large, heavy boxes can seem like nothing to write home about, they can actually add up rather quickly and tire out yourself and/or your labor at an alarming, easily avoidable rate. This is particularly true when faced with stairs or poor access to your truck/vehicle. The heavier a box, the more one runs the risk of a “blow-out.” This is when the bottom of your box breaks open, dropping its contents onto the ground and often your feet. Best case in this scenario is an inconvenience and a headache (and moving already has enough headaches for you to not want to add more). Likely, one will damage and dirty items in a blowout.
- Lampshades should always be detached, and usually the harp and finial as well. Lamp shades are incredibly easy to damage, and notoriously laborious and difficult to repair, not to mention expensive. The thin fabric of most lamp shades can be damaged in an instant. The lightest of pressures can leave glaring indentations, if not outright rips and tears. Most shades cannot be repaired, and instead need to be completely recovered. This is expensive and time consuming, and the cost involved with older/vintage lamps can be prohibitive at times. The harp is the detachable metal piece upon which the lampshade sits, and the finial is the piece that screws on above the lampshade. If properly packaged, these can be safe to transfer attached to the lamp itself. Nevertheless, it is always better to be safe than sorry as it can be a tall task to find a replacement harp. This is particularly true when dealing with rare or hard to find lamps that have a matching lamp or lamps. We suggest taping the harp and finial to the top of the box that the lamp is packaged in. This helps ensure that you know which lamp goes with which harp and finial, as well as aiding one in not misplacing this relatively small piece of hardware. It can be all too easy for small pieces such as this to be lost in the shuffle during a transfer.
- It is almost universally true that it is better to keep hardware with the piece that it comes from. Hardware is among the most frequently lost pieces during a transfer, and it can be an absolute pain to replace. We highly recommend reinserting screws with any washers, locking washers etc. into the holes on the piece they came out of. If this is not an option, be sure to keep all hardware for one piece in a Ziploc bag or a similar container with other hardware from the same piece. We recommend reinserting into the holes they came out of to streamline reassembly. Despite thinking you are familiar with reassembly, it can be quite easy to get confused with what goes where. It makes an enormous difference to be able to see everything before starting reassembly. In addition, it can be incredibly frustrating to find replacement hardware for a piece. This is especially true when you don’t have a piece of hardware to go off of for reference. Screws, and nearly every other piece of hardware, have incredibly specific width measurements that can be almost impossible to obtain with an ordinary tape measure. Combined with the many different types of screws, carriagebolts etc. it is incredibly worth it to be prepared with the right pieces.
- If you’re loading your own truck, it is important to be aware of the weight and structural integrity of your boxes when stacking. Stacking is a necessity to conserve space, but a few guidelines should be followed. It can be tough to have a stack of only boxes without any boxes being partly or completely crushed beneath the weight of the boxes on top. Solid pieces, such as desks, dressers and nightstands are great to use as a base to stack boxes on top of. Moving pads or blankets are recommended to go over the piece, with boxes stacked on top. When stacking boxes, one should be sure to remember the cumulative effects of gravity. Heavier boxes (books, dishes etc.) should be stacked towards the bottom of a stack, whilst lighter boxes (pillows, lampshades etc.) should be stacked towards the top of a stack. Not only does this ensure that your boxes will survive the transfer intact, it helps increase the stability of your stack. If your heavy boxes are at the top, your stack is top heavy and much more likely to lean and fall over. This is a particular concern during a transfer, where even the most careful driver must occasionally go over bumps that can encourage a stack to tilt and fall.
Palmetto Specialty Transfer Locations
1220 Cook Street
Columbia SC 29203
103A International Court
Greenville SC 29607