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Easy Tips for Packing Fragile Items

When you move, you might not bring every last thing with you, but your most important items tend to make the trip. In many cases, that means high-value, fragile items are part of the equation. You are at the first, and most important, step in making sure your delicate items stay protected throughout your move. Taking the time to properly package and label your fragile items can ensure your breakables arrive in one piece. Here are our easy tips to pack up your fragile items and keep them safe:

  1. Prepare in advance.

    It is easy to forget to wrap something when you’re in a hurry. Packing up valuable crystal, porcelain and other breakables requires time, so plan ahead and set aside a reasonable amount of time to focus on packing your breakables before your moving date. By setting aside the appropriate time can help ensure they will arrive safely – just as you packed them.

  2. Have the right tools.

    Here’s what you need: quality boxes in various sizes (none too large); packing paper (allot), bubble wrap, cardboard, scissors, and packing tape. A large table to lay out your items and pack on can save you from stooping while you are packing for your move. When it comes to using bubble wrap, remember if you’re moving heavier, oddly shaped, or pointed items it is likely that the bubble wrap will pop during the move, leaving the item unprotected. Especially in the case of a long-distance move, opt for cardboard and packing paper to provide cushioning.

Packing the Most Common Fragile Items While Moving:

How to Pack Plates While Moving

Plates should be packed vertically in small or medium boxes. Professional movers use dish pack or china boxes lined with allot of crumpled packing paper on the bottom, top and in between of each plate. By placing your plates vertically inside the box instead of stacking them, you reduce the risk of breakage during transport. Wrap each plate in bubble wrap and secure with tape. Place crumpled paper in between the standing plates. Make sure to have allot of crumpled paper as the floor of the box and cover on top. For finer china we recommend going an extra step and placing a piece of cardboard or foam between each plate. Do not over pack the box to be too heavy to lift or for the box to brake. Do make sure to use packing material to fill out the box that there is no movement inside the box when you give the box a jiggle.

How to Pack Glasses While Moving

Wrap glasses individually with clean packing paper, tucking the paper inside the glass. Place crumpled paper inside larger pieces to diminish empty space. Since glassware tends to be smaller, but heavier when stacked, your best bet is to use a double-walled box for packing. Pack the heaviest glasses at the bottom and the lighter glasses nearer the top, using a piece of cardboard in between each layer and fill spaces around glasses with crumpled paper as well.

How to Pack Lamps While Moving

Lamp shades should be boxed (flat side down) separately with lots of paper. Lamp bases can be bubble wrapped and placed in a larger box with crumpled paper where appropriate.

How to Pack Pictures/Frames While Moving

Picture frames should be placed standing up in small or medium paper-lined boxes, with crumpled paper in between each piece. Wrap frames in packing paper. Top frames with more packing paper to ensure items don’t move around in the box. Pictures that are over 3 feet should be foam wrapped and packed into adjustable sized picture boxes.

Packing Specialty Items for Moving

It’s important to consider the shape and size of the piece, as well as any handles or protruding pieces that could break easily. Wrap the piece completely in bubble wrap, securing with tape. Place it on one piece of pliable cut cardboard. Place an identical piece of cardboard on top of the item. Then bend the cardboard ends to meet and secure with tape. Don’t be shy with the tape. Make sure all edges and angles are protected. Remember, when packing fragile items, do not over pack but do not leave empty space in the box for your items to move around. Fill in gaps with crumpled packing paper and/or bubble wrap. You want your items to be snug and secure throughout transport, so don’t be shy with the bubble wrap or tape. Use all you need to feel confident. Better safe than sorry.

Follow these packing steps and you can be confident that your items will show up to their new home in one piece.

Rule of thumb:

No matter what you are packing, always make sure to have allots of protective materials, clearly mark fragile items ‘Fragile’ and label the top of the box (This Side Up) where possible. We also recommend noting the room that the box should go into at your new home so that your movers can place things where you like them.

What not to do:

Many people use old towels, small blankets, newsprint, or even paper towels to wrap their fragile items. These are less than ideal choices. Newsprint can be dirty and means you have more washing to do when you get to your new home. Paper towels aren’t strong or reliable. Blankets and towels slip easily, so your fragile items could become unprotected and break during the move. Instead, invest in the proper packing materials – you won’t be sorry.

Elite Moving & Storage can help!

We get it. Packing can be overwhelming. Did you know that we offer packing services as well as supplies? Elite Moving has everything from tape to packing paper and every moving box you could need. Call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage for your next move. Together we can get you packed and moved- around the corner or coast to coast.

Happy Moving!

 

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How to Save on Moving Costs

There’s no way around it – moving is expensive. But hopefully, at the end of the road is a better situation, a higher quality of living, and a new start. Moving is also stressful, but you can reduce both your expenses and your anxiety by following some tips from the experts here at Elite Moving & Storage. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we’ve seen it all! We know how to help you reduce your expenses and get the most out of the process.

Hire reasonably-priced, dependable movers

Look, we know you’re thinking, “Ha, of course they’re going to say you should hire movers because they’re a moving company.” Okay, fine. If you feel comfortable doing that, do it. But think about it carefully, and weigh the pros and cons, and calculate the costs of renting your own trucks and getting supplies yourself. Using movers can prove cheaper in the end because of their expertise and speed. Don’t forget to factor in the potential relationship outcomes of using your family as free unskilled labor.

But, do your research – contact different companies, look at reviews, and get insurance. Try to move during slow times, such as the middle of the week or the month, or winter, to reduce costs. If you need storage, see if your moving company has a deal. Remember that the more you have the moving company do, the more it will cost. So, if you can pack things on your own, do that.

Stay organized

Create a timeline that will allow you to do the tasks you need to do on a schedule you set out. Set a budget that takes every element into account. Don’t forget to count costs of packing materials. You’ll need packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, and other items. This might be one of your biggest expenses, so try to get boxes free from grocery stores, big retailers, and wholesalers like Costco. Check freecycling sites, liquor stores, and mail offices. The boxes must be in good condition! Note, though, that you won’t want to pack fragile items in free boxes, since you won’t know how strong they still are. Instead, invest in double-walled china boxes or dish packs.

Know what tasks you’re going to relegate to the movers and set out what you’re going to take with you personally. Know what goes where in your new home, and whether or not everything’s going to fit. Are you going to need storage? Do you have specialty items, such as a rare and valuable piano? Keep track of your expenses; you may be able to deduct them come tax time.

Declutter

Moving is always a great time to unload those things you don’t need. It’s cheaper, and less work, to move fewer things. Your movers may actually charge you based on weight if you’re moving out of state, so this can be a significant savings. This might be a good opportunity to upgrade some of your belongings!

Measure your new place to find out if anything won’t fit – and then get rid of the items that don’t. Do you really need those old appliances or that treadmill you never use? Have a yard sale. Donate to charity and get the tax deduction. Ultimately, you need to be smart about what you put into your new home and how it gets there if you want to save yourself some dough.

Get more moving tips from us!

When creating your budget, don’t forget to set aside some funds for AFTER the move. You’ll need extra to get your home running at a minimum level. You’ll need to replenish your food supplies and send in deposits for utilities, at a minimum. And if your house needs repair, you’ll need to take care of that as well. You might consider selling your boxes after you’re done, at places like boxcycle.com or on Craigslist. It won’t be too much, but every little bit helps!

Want more information and advice? That’s what we’re here for! Elite Moving & Storage offers expert advice on every part of your move. Get an estimate today, and get the benefit of our years of experience moving people in and out of the Chicago area.

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How to Declutter Before A Move

The thing about moving is, the less you have to move, the easier it is.  I don’t know about you, but I’m no minimalist. If you’re like me, this means that prior to any move you’ll have to go through your things and just get rid of as much junk as you can. Own clothes you are hoping will come back into fashion…someday? Do you have small kitchen appliances that seemed like a good idea when you bought them, except that you’re never going to actually grind your own coffee beans? Do you own a heap of electronics for which you’re going to get that part you need as you have the spare time (spoiler alert: you’ll never have the time)?

Then it’s time to declutter. We realize this can be a tough process for some, but the closer you are to your deadline, the harder it will be to keep things organized for your move. Fortunately, we at Elite Moving & Storage, being the best moving company around, have seen it all. We can show you exactly what to do.

Start now and start small

Even if your move is months away, don’t delay. Trust me, you’re going to have lots to do as the day arrives, and any work you can put in beforehand is good. Yes, it may seem overwhelming, but it’s easier if you can do it before the stress kicks in. The key is to do it before you’ve packed anything. Is it really worth the effort to put something into a box and move it halfway across the country, or even onto the third floor or your average Chicago walk-up, if you’re never going to use it?

Start with small spaces – a junk drawer, a cabinet. Get into your refrigerator and throw out things that are expired. Honestly, a lot of clutter happens in small spaces! You can do these quickly, and they’ll motivate you for the larger spaces as you notice that you’ve made progress. Do a little bit every day, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the mess recedes.

Be methodical and make a plan

Decide how you’re going to attack the clutter. Have the items you will need for the process of decluttering on hand, such as trash bags or boxes for donation and storage. Know what your options are, in terms of getting rid of your stuff. Set yourself a deadline by arranging a pickup with a charity, or put an ad online for the date you’re going to have that yard sale.

Remember that initially, it’ll be pretty obvious what you need to throw away. Start with that. Then, it’ll get more difficult. Just work on decreasing the amount of stuff you have, and then focus on what’s left, one area at a time. Make goals – fill one trash bag, or set a timer for five minutes in which you just focus on getting rid of stuff. Then, set aside longer times for digging into the mess. And then just keep going!

Make it fun, and don’t stress – yet!

Invite friends over to help, and then take them out to dinner for their efforts! That way, you get a bit of assistance, and a reward to boot. Or hey, skip the helping part and just go for a reward with your friends after some of the hard work is done. That works also.

Give yourself a bit of leeway to keep things you truly love, but be strict with yourself, too. For example, if you have papers you think might be useful someday, maybe you could just scan them into your computer instead instead of taking a pile of papers with you. In the meantime, decluttering may help you unearth items you’ve forgotten about. That can be part of the fun!

Get help from Elite Moving & Storage

Depending on your personality, decluttering can be an easy process or a more difficult one, so do what you can to give yourself the advantage. And not just in decluttering – in the entire moving process! That’s what Elite is here for. We’re one of the best moving companies in the Chicagoland area, and we want to help you. Get an estimate today!

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What Tools and Supplies Do You Need For a Move?

Now that you’ve decided to move, planning for the big day- getting everyone and everything ready- is a task that can feel like it’s on the scale of a moon launch! You’ve probably got a long list of things you need to do, but there are also tools and supplies you’ll need to get organized, get packed, and make your move as stress-free as possible.

Moving Isn’t Just Tape and Boxes, But You’ll Have a Hard Time Moving Without Them

When you think of moving, you think of boxes and tape. It is true, these are essential for every move, but there are many other tools and supplies to make your move go smoother. It is important to note that there are boxes for every purpose, and to use the right box for each job. Other than boxes in every size, Elite has special packing solutions for TVs, dishes and glassware, and even your wardrobe! You’ll also need packing paper, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, and packing tape for most of your items.

What Other Supplies Do You Need for a Move?

Whether you’re moving yourself or hiring professional movers, there’ll probably be a lot of things you’ll be doing in preparation for your move, and will have to do once you arrive at your new home and start unpacking. Here’s a list of some of the essentials:

Markers – You’ll need these to label your boxes and mark where each box belongs in your new home.
Utility Knife – Very handy for cutting tape, shrink-wrapped pieces, cardboard and other tough wrapping materials.
Basic Tools – You’ll need everyday tools like hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches to dismantle furniture, electronics and appliances, as well as to put them back together at your new home. Also, be sure to have flashlights, batteries and chargers on hand.
Gloves –A few pairs of gloves will protect your hands from cuts, scrapes, and punctures while you’re moving furniture and heavy or bulky items around your new home.
Protective Moving Equipment – Whether it’s an edge protector for a dresser or a moving blanket for wrapping a couch or moving heavy furniture, protective materials are essential for a move.

Making Your Move Less Stressful

The physical aspects of moving can be tackled more confidently when you have the tools you need to get packed, unpacked, and up and running! We hope that you will find this basic list helpful for this, and future moves.

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How to Pack Your Dishes in a DishPack

Effective packing is essential to every successful move. It’s always important to select the right box for whatever it is you’re packing. We use the Dish-Pack box, which utilizes double walls for extra durability while moving. Here’s how Elite packs your dishes, with the care and expertise to get them where they need to be safely.

Preparing the Box for Packing Dishes

First, we open the sides to form the top, and then tape the bottom–one strip in the middle, two on the sides, and one that goes around the bottom for extra strength. Then we crumple packing paper, lining the bottom with two layers to form a cushion. You can purchase a proper dishpack box from our box shop!

Packing Your Dishes for Moving

When packing dishes, always pack a Dish-Pack box with the heaviest items on the bottom. We take a plate, wrap it in packing paper, and place it in the box vertically. We follow this for all the plates and align them vertically each time. After the largest plates are packed, we use more packing paper and place crumpled pieces between each plate to keep the plate stable and in place. Then we create another double-layer cushion.

We wrap the mugs the same way, and place them horizontally with cushioning between them. Then we make the final double-layer cushion. It’s important that the box is packed tightly so there isn’t room for items to break. The more packing tape we utilize, the more protected your dishes are.

And that’s how Elite carefully and securely wraps your dishes! Watch our video to get a better idea of how to pack your dishes safely.

With your essential household items prepared and packed for their journey, you can rest easy that they’ll get there safe and sound. As always, if you need help moving anywhere in the USA, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage.

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How to Pack a Piano When You are Moving

Packing and moving a piano requires a lot of delicate handling, as well as tight, thorough packing to protect the intricate parts of the instrument. It needs to be professionally dismantled and then wrapped, padded and sealed completely to ensure safe transport to your new home. Our experienced packing and moving teams take extra measures to make sure your piano is treated with the utmost care.

First Step to Moving a Piano

One of the first things we do is remove the piano lid to wrap and pack it separately. The lid is placed on a thick, padded blanket and set aside while we concentrate on wrapping and sealing the piano casing.

Wrapping the Piano Casing

With the piano lid safely set to the side, we surround and cover the piano casing, soundboard, strings, and keyboard completely with thickly padded blankets that are then sealed around and around with strong, secure packing tape. Next, we cut and fit cardboard crating over and around the top of the piano, and make sure it’s tightly secured in place by wrapping it over and under the soundboard with packing tape. The cardboard crating acts as a shield to protect the delicate soundboard.

Securing the Underside of the Piano

To help completely pack your piano, we gently tilt the piano on the casing’s flat side and set in on a flat board for later moving. In this position, we can remove the legs and continue wrapping the soundboard and keyboard assembly so that it’s completely enclosed by the packing blankets and cardboard crating. After custom cutting and fitting crating around the bottom side of the soundboard and sealing it with packing tape, while the piano is still resting on its side, we shrink-wrap it from top to bottom so that it’s totally wrapped and sealed from all sides. Moving straps are then fastened in place on the flat board and around the piano body to enable our movers to easily transport it.


Wrapping the Legs and Lid of the Piano

With each leg detached from the piano, we can then wrap and secure the legs with padded blankets and packing tape to protect them. The piano lid is completely wrapped in a padded packing blanket and sealed on all sides with packing tape.

Your Piano is Ready to Move!

All tightly wrapped and secured, your prized piano is ready to make its move to your new home on a high note! As always, if you need help moving anywhere in the USA, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage.

Others in This Series: How to Pack Your Dishes, How to Pack a Flat Screen TV, How to Crate a Glass Tabletop , How to Pack a Couch, and How to Pack Your Dresser

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How to Wrap a Dresser for Moving

At Elite Moving & Storage, we take pride in how we pack and move your belongings from your old home to your new home. Dressers and other heavy furniture require protective wrapping to cover and protect them from accidents while moving. In our video, we will show you our tips from years of experience moving heavy furniture.

Protective Blankets Keep Your Dresser Safe

Our experienced packers use thick, protective moving blankets that provide extra cushioning and padding for your dresser. Dressers should be emptied before they are transported. We drape and wrap the blankets over and around the empty dresser, leaving no surface area exposed. This helps protect from scuffs, scratches and dings. To get an idea how it’s all done, watch our quick video.

Apply Packing Tape and Shrink Wrap

Next, packing tape is wound around the dresser to bind the blankets in place. Tilt the dresser on its side so that you can wrap tape around the sides of the dresser as well. Make sure to use plenty of tape – our moving pros use enough that we can lift the dresser by gripping the tape as you can see in the video.

Shrink wrap can then be wound around the dresser to keep the blankets in place and create a well-padded and easy-to-transport item that’s protected from any bumps, bruises, or bounces while in transit. It also provides a barrier to keep moisture and dirt off of your valuable furniture.

You’re All Set to Move!

Tightly wrapped and secured, your dresser is now ready to make its move to your new home. Heavy furniture can be hazardous to move; make sure you have a partner to help lift when moving your dresser, or have the pros at Elite take care of the move for you. Request a free quote for your move today!

Others in This Series: How to Pack a Piano, How to Pack a Flat Screen TV, How to Crate a Glass Tabletop , How to Pack a Couch, and How to Pack Your DishPack

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How to Safely Pack a Glass Tabletop for Moving

Glass tabletops are fragile objects and require the utmost protection and careful packing to ensure that they arrive at their destination in one piece. Our experienced packers have a special process to wrap and pack large glass tabletops so that they’re secure and protected for moving.

Use Protective Blankets

Lay out the packing materials you will need to use before you begin. If you don’t have moving supplies, you can buy them from our shop. The next order of business is to lay down a flat packing crate, then spread a thick, padded moving blanket on top. Now place the glass on top of the blanket. Next, fold the edges of the blanket over the table top, covering every inch of glass. Watch our video to get an idea how to accomplish this.

Cut-to-fit Crates

After the glass top is wrapped in the moving blanket, carefully score the flat cardboard around the edges of the glass to make folding easier. Fold the sides over, partially covering the blanketed glass. Now fold the top down and the bottom up, covering the entire blanket. The goal here is to precisely fit the cardboard around the glass top and blankets, enveloping it on all sides with a sturdy cardboard covering.

Secure with Packing Tape

Use packing tape to secure the cardboard snugly around the glass tabletop and blanket. Make sure to wrap the tape both vertically and horizontally so that the entire padded glass top is held tightly in place. Congratulations! You just made what we call a cardboard crate.

Your Tabletop is Ready to Move!

Tightly wrapped and secured, your glass tabletop is ready to make its move to your new home. If you’d like help with any move, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage.

Coming Soon in This Series: How to Pack a Piano, How to Pack a Flat Screen TV, How to Wrap A Dresser, How to Pack Your Dishpack, How We Wrap A Couch

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How To Wrap A Couch When You Are Moving

Couches are heavy and bulky, and moving them can be a challenge. With years of moving experience, we’d like to give you some tips on How to Wrap a Couch and move it safely. Proper wrapping can help protect your couch from damage such as scratches, scuffs, and scrapes during the moving process.

Protective Blankets Protect Your Couch During the Move

Our professional movers use thick, quilted moving blankets that provide extra cushioning and protection for your couch or sofa. We drape the blankets over and around the entire piece to surround it completely so that no fabric or leather is exposed.


Secure With Packing Tape and Shrink Wrap

Packing tape is tightly wrapped around the base and top of the couch to secure the blankets in place. The couch is then tilted up, we fold the blankets to cover the bottom of the couch and secure it all by wrapping packing tape snugly around the couch from end to end. We use a lot of tape for this; both to hold the blankets in place and to provide sturdy handling points to make carrying the sofa easier and safer.

Additionally, we suggest shrink wrapping the entire sofa for an added layer of protection. Shrink wrap helps keep out moisture and dirt that could damage your sofa during the move.

Your Couch is Good to Go!

Tightly wrapped and secured, your couch is now ready to make its move to your new home. Beware that couches are heavy, so always move them with a partner if you’re moving on your own. As always, if you need help moving anywhere in the USA, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage.

Coming Soon in This Series: How to Pack a Piano, How to Pack a Flat Screen TV, How to Wrap a Dresser, and How to Crate a Glass Tabletop

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How To Pack A Flat Screen TV

TVs are one of the most challenging items to pack. They’re bulky, fragile, heavy, and can be expensive to replace. So how do you go about packing a TV? What kind of box should you use? What else should you know to safely transport your TV? Well, we have moved thousands of TVs, so whether you’re moving yourself or hiring a professional, here are some of our pointers for moving a flat screen television.

What Kind of Box Should I Use to Move a TV?

The box you use to pack your TV in for a move is important. If you happen to still have the original box that the TV was purchased in, you can use that box with additional reinforcement. We suggest using boxes made especially for moving a television, as they are much thicker than normal boxes found at big box retailers and provide more protection. You can purchase the TV box from us, or have us crate it for you like in this video. We suggest using moving blankets to provide the cushion and the protections for the TV within the box – watch the video to see how our professional movers accomplish this.

How to wrap a TV for moving?

The process to wrap a TV depends on the materials available to you. Regardless, it is important to tightly wrap the screen with a blanket or bubble wrap, bound with packing tape – our video gives a good idea on how to accomplish this. Depending on the box you have, you might have to remove the base of the television set to fit it in the box. Make sure you don’t lose the base – you can tape it to the outside of the box to make sure you don’t lose it.

Should I move my TV vertically or on its side?

TVs are built to be shipped and used vertically, and that’s best practice for moving a TV as far as we’re concerned. Whenever possible, we strongly suggest moving a TV upright. If something necessitates the TV being moved horizontally, make sure nothing can fall on the screen, and ensure a smooth ride as excessive bumps and jolts to a TV on its side can cause damage.

That Should Do It!

At last you’ve got your box, wrapped it properly, marked it as “FRAGILE”, and found a secure place on the truck where the TV will remain vertical for the ride. Have a partner help you carry your TV to and from the moving truck if you are moving yourself. As always, if you need help moving anywhere in the USA, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage.

Coming Soon in This Series: How to Pack a Piano, How to Wrap a Couch, How to Wrap a Dresser, How to Pack Dishes, and How to Crate a Glass Tabletop

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