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Packing yourself for a move is a big job. However it’s one of the easiest ways to save you money when you relocate. Proper packing not only keeps you organized, but it reduces damage while saving you valuable time during the unpack. We surveyed hundreds of our professional moving partners to help compile this list of effective tips to give you the perfect packing experience. Enjoy!
Give Yourself Plenty of Time:
We recommend starting to pack at least a week before your move. Proper packing takes time. If you rush, you’re much more likely to lose or damage your belongings during the move. If you finish packing early – Great! Moving day is going to be a bit crazy, so you might as well cut out any unwanted stress by getting your packing done ahead of time.
Use The Right Materials:
Picking up the following materials before you start packing will make your life soooo much easier! The last thing you want to be running to the store once you’re in your packing groove. Here are a few things that will make for a hassle-free packing experience:
- – Packing Paper – Fun Fact:
Newspaper works just as well!
- – 2” Packing Tape
- – Masking Tape
- – Permanent Markers
- – Utility Knife
- – Boxes – Quite possibly the most
obvious item on the list
As you start to go through your things, you’re probably going to find a number of old toys, photo albums, family heirlooms, and anything else you can pull out of the attic. Don’t get distracted! You’ve got a job to do! Additionally, you’ll find a number of things you just don’t need anymore. Throw them away! Or better yet – Donate them! More stuff equals more boxes which equals more weight, time, and cost (if you’re using a professional moving company). Take that old furniture to your local Habitat Re-Store. And don’t forget to check your kitchen cabinets for any unopened, non-perishable food. If you choose to move with one of our moving partners, they’ll be happy to deliver your food items to the local food bank – free of charge!
Everyday I’m Crumpling:
If you’re moving with children, this is the perfect task for them! Lightly crumple up some newspaper and line the bottom of your boxes with them. After packing your objects, add some additional paper at the top. Crumpled up newspaper provides a surprisingly strong cushion for your belongings and will greatly reduce damage on the move!>
Heavy Objects At The Bottom:
While this may seem obvious, we see people make this mistake time and again. Please pack your heavy items at the bottom of your boxes with the lighter items on top. Fill in any empty space in your boxes with packing paper. Bonus tip: If you’re stacking these boxes in a truck, keep the heavier boxes at the bottom. You’d be surprised how many people end up with crushed belongings because they don’t follow this simple tip!
Caution: Do Not Overstuff:
When you go out to purchase your boxes, buy extra. I promise you it’s worth the extra five bucks. You’re instinct might be to stuff each box to the brim. Ignore that instinct! Use sturdy boxes, and pack them as to fit not only your belongings but a cushion of paper on the top and bottom. Make sure your boxes are able to close completely, and tape each one shut. Don’t skimp out on tape either – especially on the bottom. For heavier boxes, we recommend adding a second layer of tape on the bottom of your boxes.
Label. Label. Label:
The more detailed you label, the easier it will be to unpack. Also, we recommend keeping like labels together when packing the truck, so that they come out together as well. If you’re using a numeric labeling system, make sure you label all rooms at your final destination so it’ll be very clear which boxes go where. It’s also wise to mark your boxes in a few places. The top and at least 2 sides would be great, as labels get covered up once you stack the boxes. A few good label examples:
- – Master Bedroom – Emily’s Closet
- – Kids Bathroom
- – Basement – Kids Toys
- – Kitchen – Pots/Pans
- – Living Room – TV – FRAGILE
No Loose Screws:
For anything that you need to take apart, keeps all parts together. Loose screws should be put into a small bag and securely taped to the object you are moving. Make sure you disconnect, rubber band, and label any cables or wires so you know what connects to what at your final destination.
Don’t Scratch That:
Moving pads are a simple way to prevent your furniture from getting scratched up. Blankets and towels also work if you don’t have a pad. If you have a sturdy piece of furniture, wrap it in a pad and secure the pad in place with packing tape. put the tape on upside down to prevent it from sticking to the pads or ruining your blankets. Pads not only help protect your items, but they make it easier to slide objects across flat surfaces if you don’t have a dollie available.