Packing for a move is a massive undertaking. There are lots of moving tasks to think about. But if you divide the process into manageable steps, it will be a lot less overwhelming and stressful. Let’s take things one step at a time.
Before you decide to do your packing yourself, consider and share the responsibilities. No doubt, it takes time and energy to get the job done right, but doing it yourself can save you money, even if you’re paying a mover to load the truck. For example, if you’ve hired a professional mover, you can still pack all or some of the goods yourself, thus decreasing the price. To find out just how much you can cut down ask your moving coordinator.
If you decide to do some of the packings yourself, you’ll need to have everything properly packed and ready for loading the evening before moving day. Only the things you’ll need that last night, the next morning should be left for last-minute packing. Moving company representatives will inspect your boxes, and if they think items are improperly packed or cartons are susceptible to damage, they may reject loading the things until they are repacked.
Naturally, not everything will fit the boxes. As a general rule, furniture and major appliances should be wrapped and padded by your moving professionals.
Use new, high-quality packing materials specifically designed to ensure your items will safely arrive. Professional moving cartons are represented in a variety of shapes and sizes that are specifically suited to fit a variety of household goods.
Before packing containers, you’ll need to wrap most items to protect them from scratching and damage. There is plenty of packing materials available, including bubble pack, foam peanuts, and tissue. However, most professionals use bundles of clean, unprinted newsprint. Before packing each carton, line the bottom with a few inches of wadded paper for padding. Then place large, bulky items on the bottom and lighter, more fragile items on the top. Plates, books and things of a similar shape, should be loaded vertically to utilize their maximum structural strength. Keep cartons to a manageable weight. Fill in any voids and top offloaded boxes with wadded paper. Then tape cartons securely to predict shifting while relocating.
Imagine packing away a truckload of boxes and then having them delivered to your new residence. How can you tell what box goes where? Because you’ve marked them. Follow these tips to avoid confusion.
Most experienced movers suggest you start with out-of-season items. Next, pack things used infrequently. Leave until the last minute things you’ll need until moving day. Here are some more helpful tips.
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