There are are few things in life as stressful as moving. Whether it’s a residential or commercial move, each step of the process is critical. Make a mistake at any stage and you risk jeopardizing the whole process, and potentially even losing some of your valuables.
One of those crucial stages is packing. There are three categories of packing pointers that make up a successful move.
#1: When to Start
When do you begin packing? Some experts recommend that you save the packing until just before the actual moving day. Others say that you need to start packing as soon as possible.
We’ve been moving homes and businesses for close to four decades now and in our experience, the second option is usually the best. Moving takes a ton of time and effort, and it’s too easy to end up with a huge logistical problem at the end if you let things slide early on. Getting a head start is always a good idea.
Of course, it’s unwise to pack everything up right away; things you use every day, like dishes and towels, should probably stay out until the last minute. Things that have been stashed away in the garage or back closet for the last few years can be packed early, though. Seasonal items such as clothing and lawn equipment can also be packed months in advance. You can even begin to dispose of and give away things that aren’t worth taking with you to your new location.
#2: Packing Supplies
Supplies are a frequently overlooked part of packing pointers, but trust us – picking the right ones can make your move much simpler. There are many different types of moving packages that you can use, from cardboard boxes to plastic bins and even garbage bags. Which one is best depends on what you’re putting in them. Bags are great for moving soft, hard-to-damage items like clothing and blankets, while more irregular or fragile items like housewares or tools might fare better in a more sturdy container.
There are also special boxes designed for things like furniture and appliances that help maintain the shapes of these items and protect them from scratches. Even things like kitchen utensils have special boxes and packages made to hold them securely during a move. If you have any especially valuable items that you would really hate to see damaged, you might want to look into specialized packaging like this to keep them as safe as possible.
Where additional safeguards are needed to protect valuables from chipping, scratching, or scrapping, you should also plan for void filling and cushioning. Stocking up on products like bubble wrap, corner guards and packing peanuts in advance can help make sure that nothing goes in the truck without an appropriate level of protection.
Lastly, you need to know how to arrange items (both in their containers and on the actual truck) to save on both time and space. There are a few key tips to observe here:
- Disassemble all furniture. Individual pieces are much easier to lift and carry, and they are also less likely to get bumped around and broken.
- Keep box weight at a minimum. This helps to prevent injury during loading and unloading. Ideally, each box should weigh 40 pounds or less. If any boxes are heavier than that, mark them clearly.
- Label all boxes. Loading, unloading, and even arranging the new home becomes a lot easier when all boxes are clearly labeled. Labeling moving boxes also minimizes chances of losses and damages.
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