How to Pack Books when Moving

How to Pack Books When Moving

One common moving mistake that is made over and over again is packing books in large boxes. Books are heavy, which means large boxes full of books can be a recipe for disaster. Save your books and your back from damage by carefully packing your books into small book boxes.
Here are the correct steps to take when packing books.

The Best Way to Pack Books

Books are heavy – and depending on the size of your collection, can be expensive to move. Before the packing begins, you’ll want to do an assessment of what books should come with you to your new home and what books you’re willing to give away. Many local nonprofits, libraries and thrift stores will take the books you no longer need. And you could even make a little cash, selling your books to a used bookstore. Once you’ve culled down your collection, start by lining empty book boxes with newsprint to protect the outside cover of the books. Books should be packed securely by placing them into the box on their side. And with each new layer of books, alternate bound side up and bound side down.

If there are any gaps between books of various sizes, fill the space with crumpled newspaper to prevent shifting and movement while the books are being transported. After the books are packed securely in the book box, close and secure the box with packing tape. Lastly, label the box to keep things organized.

Packing books for storage

Sometimes, you have to put all or some of your belongings into storage for a period of time before unpacking it. Hilldrup Mayflower offers secure, climate-controlled storage to keep your books in excellent condition – whether they’re in storage for a few weeks or a few years.

And remember to keep a couple books from your collection with you during your move, so that you have something to read while you wait for the tv/internet company to get you connected.

If you’re still not sure about your ability to safely move your books, give us a call. Our team of movers are specially trained to handle these items and everything else you may have in your home.

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