Moving from one home to another is often a hassle, but many homeowners actually make it harder for themselves by not planning and preparing their move as they should. A few simple tips on packing successfully can make the entire ordeal easier on you and your movers, so note a few of those tips that many homeowners often overlook or neglect.

1. Disperse weight

This means that you shouldn't pack heavy items all in one box, even if they're the same type of item. Instead, disperse their weight among the many boxes you bought from a place like Store-It-Safe so each box isn't so heavy and more likely to break. As an example, if you have a lot of books, put just a few in each box you pack rather than loading down one box with dozens of books. 

2. Put heavier items on the bottom

As boxes get moved and jostled while being loaded and unloaded or while your truck is one the road, everything in the box will settle. If you put heavier items on top, they can then easily break the items on the bottom of the box. Always pack heavy and sturdy items on the bottom of the boxes to avoid this risk.

3. Pack and stuff the boxes

This means that you should avoid leaving open space or air in boxes, as then your items might move around and get damaged or broken. They can then also shift their weight to one side of the box or another, making it more likely that the box will get dropped or fall off a stack of boxes. If you run out of packing material, use clothes, rolls of paper towels, or your linens to help pack and stuff the boxes.

4. Use the right tape

The tape you use to wrap gifts is not going to be sufficient for holding the weight of your packed boxes, even if you've only packed clothes and linens. Use heavy-duty packing tape and tape your boxes from front to back and then also from side to side so that they're as secure as possible.

5. Bring delicate items up front

If you're concerned about your laptop, a piece of art, or something else delicate, consider putting that in your car rather than the moving truck, or carrying it in the cab with you when driving the truck. This can ensure you keep it close and won't risk having it get smashed or otherwise damaged from all the other items you're packing.