Packing Tips from Professional House Movers
Do you know there’s a wrong way and a right way to pack? The wrong way is for those who like to live in the fast lane. It consists of throwing everything into boxes and hoping for the best … quick and easy, to be sure, but awfully hard on your precious collection of vintage vinyl records or hand painted china. The right way, well, it does take a little more time and trouble, but surely the safety of your personal stuff is worth the extra effort. Here are some tips from the pros on how to pack – the right way.
Get yourself organized
Organize in advance for the smoothest move. Make a “to-do” list, itemizing all the tasks you need to do and giving yourself a realistic time frame. At the top of the page should be this: Go through your home and set aside anything you don’t think is worth the trouble of carting along to your new address. These rejects can be sold at a pre-moving garage sale, donated to charity or just plain tossed, depending on their condition. Next make a packing plan. Decide what can be boxed up well ahead of time (or put into storage) and what you will need to have close at hand for the last few weeks and days in your old place.
Use the right packing materials
Boxes and crates need not be new but they must be clean and dry. You can buy sturdy moving boxes of assorted sizes from house movers or major home improvement stores. Usually these come in two strengths: regular (to pack clothing, for example) and heavy duty (good for books), and may be available in sets of several dozen, at a discount. Other packing supplies that will come in very handy are bubble wrap, stretch wrap, packing paper and packaging tape. Don’t forget a waterproof felt pen to write on your packages with.
Now it’s time to start the actual packing. Protect fragile things like ceramic dishes with bubble wrap. Try to balance the weight of your boxes. If you’re loading up books, for instance, fill cartons half way, and then pack lighter weight objects in the upper half. Label each box as you pack it, before sealing with tape, and keep a master list for cross reference. In addition to detailing what’s inside, you might want to make up a code to indicate the contents’ priority in terms of when you will need to unpack it. Especially valuable possessions should be carried with you, and most house movers will spell out other things they refuse to transport, like flammables, perishable food and pets. Last but not least, empty the drawers of any furniture you are moving, as well as the shelves of your fridge.