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4 Tips for Moving Your Book Collection When You Change Houses

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When people think of tough things to pack and transport during a home removal, they typically picture items such as delicate vases and large pieces of furniture. However, a large book collection can actually be one of the trickiest items. A couple of books might be nothing to worry about, but a collection can add some real weight, and books are vulnerable to damage from moisture as well as quite easy to rip.

Of course, there are plenty of tips you can use to make moving your book collection that little bit easier, and here are just four.

1. Sort Out Your Collection by Size and Weight

Firstly, it's a good idea to sort your book collection by size and weight. You don't have to be exact, especially when it comes to weight, but sorting your collection in this manner will make it easier to fit books together in each box, and you'll also be able to distribute weight more evenly between all boxes.

2. Pick Up the Right Boxes

Speaking of boxes, make sure you pick the right kind. Firstly, it's best to use several smaller boxes instead or one or two larger ones. It's easy to underestimate just how heavy those larger boxes will become when they are filled with books; even if you're fine moving such hefty items, they might break as you carry them due to the excessive weight. Look for a stronger material instead of plain old cardboard, and see if you can find some plastic boxes – these will prevent any moisture intruding.

3. Pack Them Right

Now you have your books sorted and your boxes ready to go, it's time to actually start packing them up. To make carrying each box easier, you want to reserve the heavier books for the bottom of each box. It's best to stack books with the spines up, just as if you were stacking them on a shelf. Make sure they don't have much room to move around to prevent them moving and getting caught in conditions that could bend them. It's also a good ideal to use a small amount of bubble-wrap or packaging paper around the books in each box to prevent bumps and scrapes to the covers of those on the outside.

4. Load Them Properly

Loading books in a moving van can be a little tricky. You don't want them right on the floor since moisture can affect the pages and the pressure of other items can cause damage. However, you don't want them right at the top of a large pile of other items since this can make things a little top-heavy. Try placing boxes on larger pieces of furniture, then stack lighter items on top of them. 

For more information, contact a business such as Atkins Removals & Storage Pty Ltd.

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16 May 2017