If you are about tho move soon one of your biggest concerns is probably how to safely transport your belongings. And for people with big libraries, this is an even tougher experience as they need figuring a way to relocate their paper items while keeping them safe from the elements. One dropped box and your valuable copy of “Pride and Prejudice” can end up soaking wet tanks to the constant London rains. We sympathise with all book lovers and decided to create a complete guide on how to properly pack and preserve your books during the home move.
The most important thing is to pick the right materials. There are many different options of course but based on our extensive moving experience our London professionals suggest the following:
Depending on the distance you are planning to move you can choose between sturdy cardboard boxes and plastic crates. However, keep in mind that regardless of how its made cardboard is essentially paper and if you are relocating in the rain or snow you might want to rent yourself some plastic carriers.
Another important thing when picking a box is its size. Professional house moving companies often offer packing services and their teams use primarily medium-sized boxes, preferably with handles. The heavier the load the harder it is to carry and if you can’t have a comfortable grip on it you can easily drop it while loading or unloading.
Usually, the majority of your books are not hardcovered, so you need to spend a little more time prepping them for the road.
Packing hardcover books is way easier than paperbacks. Just arrange them with their spines against the side of the box. You can put a piece of cardboard separating the paper edges this way you can have two rows side by side. The danger with hardcover books hides in their wight. It is better to use more medium-sized boxes than one big one. Depending on the covers of your books, you might want to wrap each one individually in paper to prevent scratches, ink transfer or other damages.
Here are a couple of more professional tips from our London experts. Follow them, and you will have a safe and smooth house moving:
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