Moving Vinyl

To be human is to love music. Great minds have waxed eloquent about the beauty of music for millennia, from Shakespeare and Plato to Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes. What nobody talks about, though, is how heavy music can be. If you’re a music lover with a collection of vinyl, you might be familiar with this. Vinyl is heavy. Like, really heavy. And delicate. That means it can be difficult to move safely. On the other hand, a well-curated vinyl collection is literally irreplaceable, and you don’t want to risk damage to your priceless records. Below we’ll list some tips for how you can safely pack up and move all your music.

Pictured: backbreaking amounts of vinyl.
Pictured: backbreaking amounts of vinyl.

Proper Storage

To maximize the safety of your vinyl, the first step is protection. Regardless of whether you’re moving, you always need to protect your records from the constants that are humidity, heat, and debris. You want to make sure you have a paper liner on the record itself, a jacket/album sleeve, and a plastic sleeve on the outside. The plastic sleeve is your outermost layer of protection, so it’s especially important to the longevity of your records.

 

Take Off The Jackets

That’s right, take the records out of the jackets when you’re storing them. Especially when your records are stacked together, pressure can cause the album jackets to become distorted and damaged along the edges, and imprint the shape of the vinyl itself onto the cardboard.

Ideally, you want to store your records vertically alongside their album jackets, so there’s no risk of that damage occurring. Of course, you’ll likely want to keep the record protected by a jacket during transit, but remember that over the long-term, all it takes is pressure to damage an album jacket.

 

Use Appropriately Sized Boxes

When it comes time to move, you’re definitely going to need boxes. You might need a lot, depending on the size of your record collection. You’ll quickly find that there are a lot of differently sized boxes available: what you want is a box that is just a little bit bigger than 12X12X12 to account for the size of your records (12 inches for LPS). You’ll want a little bit of extra space available for padding.

Make sure you are using strong, structurally sound boxes. If those boxes sitting around in your basement are moldy or wet or ragged, forget about them. You can pick up new boxes at a home improvement or truck rental store (such as Lowe’s or U-Haul), or you can conveniently pick them up from us here at College Muscle Movers. In addition to traditional cardboard, we offer eco-friendly reusable Muscle Boxes. In case you’re looking to really scrimp, you might find that a local liquor store is willing to part with their wine boxes, which fit records nicely.

 

Give Your Records Proper Protection

After you’ve packed your boxes full of records, fill up any of the remaining space with bubble wrap, pillows, packing peanuts, etc. Something to help protect against the bumps they might receive on a long road. A professional moving company will take good care of your possessions, but they still have to drive on the same roads you do. In Minnesota, that’s likely to mean potholes, especially in the early spring when the snow melts.