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Packing books for moving – tips and tricks

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Packing books for moving can be a challenge. While moving books from one place to another is one of the scariest moments of any move, at the same time it is one of those that fulfills you the most when things finally arrive in your new home. Fortunately, U. Santini Moving & Storage has some tips and tricks for you today.

Packing books for moving can be challenging

Yes, packing books for moving can be challenging but arranging books after relocation can calm you down and give you a feeling of home in the new space. You should start by checking moving and storage Brooklyn, We, as professionals, after 90 years of moving, have discovered some useful (and simple) strategies for moving a bunch of books.

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Fortunately, U. Santini Moving & Storage has some tips and tricks for you today about packing books for moving.

Start preparing early

One of the best things about moving is that it gives you the perfect motivation to clean up some of the books that have been gathering dust on your shelves. In this way, besides knowing your moving costs NYC you can also save some money. Start a month or two before planning a move, go over the bookshelves, and ask yourself if you really want to take this book with you to your new apartment (among many others you have). Your answer will generally be a clear and loud “no”.

Still, once you decide to donate one of your books, don’t reconsider your decision. Immediately take a bag with those books to a bookstore with used books or somewhere where you can sell, donate and get rid of them. You surely don’t want to get additional New York storage facilities for your books. Still, it’s an option.

Use boxes of suitable size

This advice seems common sense, but people always make the same mistake. Small boxes look appropriate, but they are difficult to carry when filled with hardcover books. You may found that crates and cardboard boxes you can find on Amazon are great for carrying books. If you use large boxes, fill only about 75 percent of their space with books. Fill the rest with clothes, office supplies, and other lighter items. You can also fill the top of the boxes with paper or protective foil to protect your books.

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You can also fill the top of the boxes with paper or protective foil to protect your books.

Think about packing in advance

If you don’t move far away, thicker plastic bags from stores, home storage boxes, and even ordinary paper bags can be used for packing books. You can also use suitcases with wheels to carry books, and carrying clothes (which are much lighter than books!). Whatever you use, you have to make sure that the bottom is firm… Trust us, it will hurt if an avalanche of books falls on your feet.

Make a packaging strategy and label the boxes

When you are ready to pack your books, devise a strategy for packing them. Pack books that are on the same shelf in the same boxes, so that you don’t dig around the boxes looking for books when you unpack. And give yourself time to label the boxes so that the box names make sense to you. You can write the name of the genre on the box and whether you have already read those books or not. This will save you time and nerves. If you like your current book layout, take a picture of it to have a reminder of where each book is going.

Pack books before other things

While it’s tempting to leave a pack of books for last, you will find that it’s best to do so at the beginning of your packaging process. It is a hassle to have a bunch of boxes in your apartment… But early packing means that you will still be motivated to continue to pack your things carefully and that you still have quality packing boxes left. And you can add a few more new books while you fill the other boxes.

Pack carefully

If your books end up in storage before or after moving, flip them over to protect them. You can also lay the books straight or pack them upright. Try to combine different methods in each box. But you have to make sure that none of the packed books are packed at an angle or bent because they will be distorted when you take them out of the box.

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If your books end up in storage before or after moving, flip them over to protect them.

Remember to set aside a few books to read

Don’t pack all your books! Leave a couple of books to have something to read just before and after moving, especially if you won’t have access to your entire library for a while. Put these books in the same box where you put the other most basic items like medicines and phone chargers. To be left without a good book to read when moving is a disaster.

Try to unpack the books first…

If you live in smaller houses, trust us it will be problematic to leave 20 boxes of full books on the floor. After you arrange the furniture and eat, he starts unpacking the books. Nothing calms people down like the feeling when you see my books lined up on the shelves and like the icing on the cake, a house that becomes empty without all those boxes that bury it. If you have found a special place for your books (a surplus room or even a library), put your boxes with books there and unpack them in due course. Good luck!

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From Brooklyn, NY

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Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

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