7 Packing Mistakes Most People Make and How to Avoid Them

When packing for a move, the number of potential packing mistakes is almost endless. Over the years we’ve discovered the most common ones and how to avoid them. By packing properly, you avoid breakage and save time upon arrival at your new home. Know about these seven common packing mistakes and avoid the pitfalls of them:

1.Broken Items Incorrectly Wrapped

When you are packaging breakables, it is necessary to wrap each item individually and use additional packing materials around the edge of the boxes to avoid broken items and chipped edges. Use household linens to line boxes, and invest in large amounts of packing paper to protect your household goods.

2.Items Soiled in the Move

The reality is that you are likely moving some things that are less clean than others. To avoid dirt and grease from bikes and tools transferring to sofas and mattresses, cover all upholstered items completely. Your professional movers should be able to provide the proper materials to cover them When packing dishes and other items, resist the urge to use newspaper to wrap them. Ink from newsprint transfers to dishes and will result in you needing to spend extra time cleaning them on arrival at your new home.

3.Not Properly Protecting Your Items

Invest in a variety of sizes of boxes to adequately protect large and bulky items. If you choose to use a full-service mover, they will provide all the necessary boxes.

4.Melting Items

If you are a candle lover moving during warm weather, there is a big possibility your candles will melt during the move. Pack them individually, away from linens, wood, books and anything else that could suffer damage from melted wax.

5.Leaking Items

Don't pack electronic items or anything sensitive to liquid with items that could leak. For kitchen packing, most people will pay attention to such things, but remember that there are also things in the bathroom and garage that leak. Decorative items like snowglobes can also break and leak during moving and destroy items packed with them.

6.Random Boxes

Organize what will get packed to avoid frustration when unpacking. Before movers come, ensure good organization with everything at least in the room it belongs in. This will make things easier to find when you arrive at your new home.


You can save money and time by purging before you pack. How much you have to move determines your moving rates. Getting rid of unused items and decluttering will help tremendously in the amount of effort the move takes and how much it will cost. Avoid packing mistakes completely by opting to use a full-service mover. Contact our team of professionals at Nilson Van & Storage today and get all the details of what we can do to make your move as smooth as possible.

Whether your move is big or small, our skilled movers are dedicated to helping you every step of the way, no matter where life takes you.