Having a home library can be a great escape, both for yourself as well as your children. When it comes time to move to a new home, however, that collection of beloved books you’ve amassed can suddenly seem like more of a burden than a benefit. This is especially true when you’ve got books that are heavy, fragile or valuable. As expert residential movers with many years of experience, the Mesa Moving team has helped countless home owners successfully relocate their cherished library from one place to another. Here are a few tips to help make the process just as successful for you.

Purge

One of the best things about moving is that it provides the motivation and opportunity to cut down on excess stuff. Books are no exception. We recommend setting aside some time about a month or so before your scheduled move to go through your library and see if there are any books you’d feel comfortable parting with. Donating to your local library is a great way to trim your collection while also supporting the community. Win-win!

Organize

Before you begin the process of packing away your books in boxes, it’s a good idea to organize them by size and type. For instance, we suggest separating your books by hardcover and paperback. Combining both types in the same box may seem like a good way to lighten the load, doing so could end up causing damage to your more fragile items. Feel free to organize each group of books further, but try to keep like books with like books as much as possible.

Pack Strategically 

To protect your library from damage during the moving process, it can be helpful to pack them on their edges, alternating the spines up and down. Not only will this help to prevent damage to your items, but packing this way will allow you to fit more books into the box. That being said, you should also be mindful of the size of box you are using. You don’t want to fill a huge box to the brim with books, otherwise it could break or be too heavy to safely move. It’s also a good idea to keep books that are normally shelved together in the same box and label accordingly. This will make unpacking much easier.

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Use Appropriate Materials

To ensure that your collection makes it safely to its new destination, we strongly recommend that you use thick, sturdy boxes made for moving books, and other protective packing material. Once you’ve filled a box as much as you can, look for any empty spaces and then use packing paper or bubble wrap to fill those gaps. This will help to prevent shifting and keep your books secure and damage-free during transit. For delicate or valuable books, such as first editions and heirlooms, place layers of stiff cardboard in between each one to keep the spines straight and pack in a well-padded box.

Trust a Pro

Getting your book collection safely from one place to another is no easy feat – and that’s just half the battle. Working with experienced professionals, like Mesa Moving and Storage, can make the entire process fast, easy and worry-free. We’ve helped many book lovers and public libraries pack and relocate their libraries and we’d love the opportunity to do the same for you – whether it’s around the corner or across the country. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.

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