We understand that moving is stressful enough as it is, and the last thing you want to worry about is packing small appliances. But, there’s simply no way around it. You need to take special care if you want your appliances to reach your new home in one piece. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll see it’s actually not that difficult. It’ll be your job to pack them, while New York movers will get them to where they need to be. With a few tips, you’ll definitely be able to do it. So here is how to pack and move small appliances safely, in 5 easy steps.
1. Get packing supplies
The first step is rather obvious – you need packing supplies. You’ll need three basic things: moving boxes, bubble wrap, and duct tape. They’re cheap and easy to find, so this should be no issue. If you do have trouble finding the supplies, you can always contact Bronx movers for some advice. On top of the three items mentioned, you’ll need some box filling. You can get packing peanuts or simply find some newspaper clippings. In essence, any small, cushioning items that you can use to fill the excess space in the boxes. When you have the supplies in hand, it’s time to get to the next step.
2. Disassembling the appliances
Once you are ready to start packing and moving your appliances, the first step is to disassemble them. So, remove all parts that can be removed. If there are any parts that are especially fragile, separate them so you can pack them in a special box. For instance, if there any glass parts, you’ll need to take special precautions to secure them. The same goes for any parts that could damage your other items, like blender blades. Most local movers NYC charge by the size of the move, but having one separate box for especially fragile parts won’t be a problem. It’s also a good idea to give your appliances a thorough cleaning before you start packing them. But, it’s not absolutely necessary unless you plan to put them in storage. In such a case, definitely clean them before packing.
3. Securing them
After you are done with the disassembling, it’s time for making sure nothing gets damaged. First, wrap each individual piece in bubble wrap (except items made of glass, but we’ll get to that). You can use packing paper instead of bubble wrap, but then use multiple layers. The goal is to cushion the appliances against any possible impact, and one sheet of packing pepper won’t do the job. Make sure you don’t forget to wrap the power cords. Power cords can scratch your appliances during the move if they’re not wrapped properly.
Once your items are wrapped, use duct tape to secure the wrapping to the appliances. In theory, you can pack and move small appliances as is, but you’ll increase the chance of everything getting damaged. We mentioned that you shouldn’t wrap glass in bubble wrap. That’s because bubble wrap can leave impressions if it’s in direct contact with a glass surface. You can use special packing materials, like glassine, instead. Or, simply wrap the glass in a layer of packing paper before you wrap it in bubble wrap. Make sure that each individual appliance is as secure as it can be, and you’re on to the next step.
4. Packing the appliances in the box
This step may seem rather simple and not needing an explanation. After all, how do you pack and move small appliances? Put them in a box. While the principle is correct, there’s still some advice you should follow. Before placing the appliances inside the box, line the bottom of the box with a cushioning. The standard way is to use packing peanuts or newspaper clipping. But you can even use a soft blanket if you have one. Anything that will cushion the impact from the bumps in the road. Once the box is lined, start placing your items inside. Leave a bit of room between each appliance, and don’t stack them on top of each other. Once the items are inside, fill the rest of the box with your cushioning material. This will prevent the appliances from bumping into each other.
5. Labeling and double-checking
Now that you have the items safely inside the box, it’s time for the last step – labeling and making sure everything is as it should be. Make sure you label each box as fragile. That way, Westchester movers will know to take special care when they handle the boxes. Before you seal the boxes, give them a little shake. Listen if you can hear anything moving inside. A bit of movement is normal, but you shouldn’t hear the items hitting against each other. If you do, put some more filling in the box. The goal is for the items to not hit each other during transport. Once you are satisfied with the results, seal the box with duct tape, and you’re done.
A Few Ending Tips
Now that you know how to safely pack and move small appliances, here are a few additional tips you can use. Don’t forget to remove any batteries from your appliances. If your items will spend a lot of time in transit or storage the batteries could leak and cause damage. The safest option is to remove them. Then, don’t forget to drain the water from your iron before you pack it. Finally, be careful how you load the appliances in a moving truck. While they can stand a little weight, it’s best if you don’t stack other boxes on top. So, if you have the option, load the boxes with the small appliances last and place them on top. This will also make the boxes easier to unload. And that’s all there is to it! Good luck with your move!