How to Safely Pack Up Your Home Before You Move

Getting ready for a big move can be very exciting. Whether your move is local or long distance; residential or corporate; international or cross country, you likely have a lot of things to think about. One of your chief concerns is likely the safety of all of your belongings, especially if you don’t have a lot of moving and packing experience. Well luckily we have over 15 years of experience and safely transporting your belongings is something we’re adept at, no matter the type of move. Here are some helpful tips to keep your belongings safe during your move.

Get Help

One of the easiest ways to injure yourself or damage belongings on moving day is by trying to do too much. That’s why it’s best wait until the movers arrive before attempting to move large furniture, pack hard-to-reach items or pack any other items that are heavy and/or fragile. If you must move these kinds of items before moving day, be sure to ask friends and family for help. Remember, even a minor injury or undue physical strain can be harmful to your overall health and make the move take longer.

Wrap Breakable and Valuable Items

Bubble wrap, tissue and newspaper are essential for packing. Glassware, finished wood and other fragile items should be wrapped tightly and securely to prevent scratching and breaking.

Whenever working with old newspaper, make sure that your hands are clean as the natural oils in your skin can cause the ink to smear on to your household items.

Proper Packing Tools

Knowing and using the right tools and supplies for the job is a big part of keeping your belongings from being damaged. If you can, use boxes specifically designed for moving as they are more secure than old boxes you may have lying around. Also, items like wardrobe boxes are expressly designed to move certain common household items, meaning that packing is faster and easier when using them.


Proper labeling makes all the difference when you get to your new home. If boxes are not labeled accurately, sorting through them one-by-one will be a hassle. Make sure to use boxes labeled ‘fragile’ for breakable items, such as glassware and dishes and to observe the arrows designed to indicate which end of the box should face upward. Moving crews are trained to look for these and other labels that indicate what items should be handled with extra precaution, so if boxes are labeled properly there should be no problem.

Unpack Slowly

Give yourself plenty of time to unpack your boxes slowly and carefully when your move into your new home. Doing this can help save you from dealing with broken items as well as help keep you organized while unpacking. Packing a special box and duffle bags with immediate essentials for you and your family can also help ensure that you have ample time to unpack.

Keeping all of your belongings in good shape can be easy as long as you are prepared and careful. For more tips and advice on moving and packing, keep track of our blog and check out our moving tips page.