Packing your books is an easy task. However, it may not be easy if you have a lot of them. Below, we tell you some problems that might happen while packing your book to storage company and how to fix them.
This way, you can carefully do the process and move your book safely.
#1 Book Chaos
Books can be stacked on top of each other in the moving box without any problems. This is because they bring a lot of weight with them. On the other hand, their pages tear apart quickly.
The books are therefore optimally stored in special book boxes. Their bottom is reinforced and so can withstand the weight. If the books in the moving boxes are backed to each other, they cannot slip into one another and wear off.
#2 Carrying junk with you
Over the years, a few possessions accumulate in your home library that is no longer needed. About a month before moving the book, it is an excellent time to look through the belongings that have been left.
Bulky waste goes straight to recycling. Books and accessories that are in good condition can still be sold at the second-hand market. Not only do a few dollars flow into the moving fund, but the number of moving boxes required is also noticeably reduced.
#3 Packing too late
A week before the moving van is parked in front of the door, the first boxes should already be packed. Otherwise, stress is inevitable.
But watch out: The first things that should go into the moving boxes must be the book that is guaranteed not to be needed urgently. This can include comic books, photo albums, or board games.
#4 Pack without a system
If everything just flies into the box that comes between your fingers, the chaos when unpacking will mostly happen. To not waste unnecessary time in the new storage place, distributing the books individually to the correct category. Frequently used books such as your daily reading should also be stowed away so that they are quickly to hand.
#5 Overfilled boxes
Moving boxes filled to the brim reduce the number of boxes required, but they can hardly be carried anymore. A box should therefore weigh a maximum of 20 kilograms. To give the boxes stability when packing, the rule of thumb is: heavy at the bottom, light at the top. It would be best to fill the upper half with light books such as small notes, etc.
#6 Blocked finger holes
No matter how cleverly packed the moving box is, the contents block the handle holes in the box, and it isn’t easy to transport. For this reason, elastic transport goods such as clothing and towels should either be stored in the upper part behind the handle holes, or the contents of the box should be packed so loosely that there is enough space for the fingers behind the handle holes.
#7 Unsuitable carton type
Sturdy cardboard boxes do not tear open so quickly and thus save a lot of trouble. For this reason, the moving boxes should be made of at least two-ply corrugated cardboard.
For heavy books, bulky files, breakable glasses or anything that crease quickly, you should use special cardboard boxes designed so that the goods to be transported safely reach the new public storage without an issue. But be careful: too many different box sizes make it difficult to load the moving van efficiently. Only cardboard boxes of the same size can be stacked on top of one another in the loading space to save space.
#8 Wrong packing material
Newsprint is usually available in large quantities. However, it is only suitable to a limited extent as a packaging material, as the printing ink of the writing rubs off under increased pressure or moisture.
To protect fragile old books from slipping back and forth during the move, we recommend packing paper, towels, socks, tea towels and duvet covers as stuffing materials.
#9 Unlabeled boxes
If the storage company helpers do not know which storage room the moving boxes are correctly stored, they scatter them around the apartment in a wild jumble. It takes a lot of time to clear this chaos later and move the boxes into suitable rooms. You can save yourself this unnecessary additional effort by noting the content and the intended space on top and the side of the box. If you want to use the boxes again, you can also use self-adhesive labels or masking tape for this purpose. They can be easily removed after moving the books.