Incorrect packing is the main cause of damage. When you’ve done it right, the box should weigh no more than 50 pounds and shouldn’t rattle when moved. The sides shouldn’t bulge, and the top should close without caving in. Use paper to fill empty spots, and don’t hesitate to take out items if the box is too full.
The heavier the items, the smaller the box should be. Keep this in mind when your packing books and records.
There are two things you can do to protect breakable items. Firstly don’t mix them with heavy items and secondly, cushion them well.
The bottom of each box needs a layer of crumpled paper, with additional cushioning layers in the middle and top. Make up or obtain ‘FRAGILE’ stickers, to mark the outside of appropriate boxes. If a box must be kept upright indicate this on the exterior.
Seal boxes with brown tape and with a black permanent marker write the room name on the tape with a small description of the contents. Well-labeled boxes will save time and help keep your move running smooth. Also, it makes it easier and quicker for you to unpack.