1. An Important Key to a Successful Move

    November 4, 2011 by Editor

    Moving to Alaska or moving to Zanzibar and all other points A to Z can have a good deal in common when it comes to preparation for the move and the quality of the moving service you secure as you move your life from one place to another.  It’s all about minimizing your risk.  Undoubtedly, as you have either been through many relocations in your life or if this is a completely new experience, the fundamentals of a good, professional experience do not change.  Here are the things you need to be watching for remembering all the while from the beginning of this transition to the very end, proper preparation is absolutely key.

    In this article, we will address proper packing of your belongings into boxes.  Whether you do this yourself or hire your moving service to do this, good packing practices will assure trouble-free delivery.  Boxes, which are the size of a box of copier paper, are considered to be small boxes.  Anything smaller than that should be packed into a larger box which will provide better protection because it will load on to the moving van more effectively.  Very small boxes, for the most part, offer little protection and create a goodly amount of unnecessary handling.  Larger boxes offer more strength and stability in the load and can withstand more stress.  This helps to eliminate crushing and minimizes shifting as it travels down the road.

    It may seem natural or acceptable, when packing fragile items such as dishes, to lay them flat in a box as you would when setting them in a kitchen cupboard.  On the contrary, wrapping each individual item in 2 or 3 sheets of unprinted newsprint paper and setting them on edge is standard practice.  A plate on its edge will take a lot more stress than laying it flat.  The extra paper acts as a cushion between pieces especially as you pack more pieces in an extra-sturdy box called a dish pack (sometimes referred to as dish barrels).  Packing the dish pack so that each piece is snugly in place will prevent pieces from knocking against each other.  The walls of a dish pack are extra thick (triple-wall construction) and offer great protection from external forces and are well worth the extra investment over standard boxes.

    Other standard box sizes are the medium box – about the same size of 2 small boxes as described earlier, large boxes – about the size of 3 small boxes, and extra-large boxes that are the size of 4 small boxes or an artificial Christmas tree box.  The main factors for determining which box to use depends a lot on the bulk of the items to be packed and how much the items weigh.  It is important that the boxes are not too heavy so that you can handle them when fully packed.  Also, you don’t want the box to “blow-out” from excessive weight when handling the box.  Blown-out boxes are typically caused by books.  Small boxes are called book boxes for a reason.

    Crushed boxes come in all sizes and are caused most often by not properly filling a box.  If you have a box that still has a void at the top, use linens, towels, clothing, or even wadded up paper to fill it.  Keep in mind that someone that picks up the box for loading is assuming the box is full and is making a judgment of where to load the box depending on its contents and how hefty it feels.

    “What about unusually shaped items…” you might ask.  There is nothing to prevent you from modifying a couple of boxes and constructing a box by taping them together.  A good moving company will always be available to make suggestions when such cases arise.

    So what about crates, you may ask, particularly with regard to shipments moving to Alaska, which happens to be a specialized service which we offer.  It is commonplace for some moving companies to load shipments into large crates called lift vans for Alaska shipping.  We are able to provide that service because we will do whatever the customer desires.  We do maintain, however, that using lift vans only increases the handling of each item and can influence a strong sense of security when handling it during loading on or unloading off the transport vehicle; after all it’s all in a crate, right?  Lift vans can weigh in excess of 1000 pounds and when swinging that much weight around on a forklift or setting it down on the dock or on the deck of a truck or ship, it ALWAYS requires a gentle touch.  When you know your shipment is being placed into storage for a period of time before being delivered to the final destination, lift vans certainly are worth considering but there is little to no cost advantage.  This largely boils down to a personal preference in many cases, especially when moving to Alaska.  You have the option ship your belongings, as we provide, over-the-road as opposed to over water in a ship or barge.  When shipping must be done over water to places like Hawaii or to other countries, containers or lift vans are unavoidable.  When moving to Alaska, you do have options to consider.

    Hi-Line Moving Services has been shipping household goods moving to Anchorage or moving to Fairbanks and many other points throughout Alaska for about 15 years now.  We have come to know this area extremely well and moving your household goods over the ALCAN highway offers many advantages over other forms of shipping to Alaska.  The greatest advantage is a very competitive price tag.  We invite you to check us out.