Moving to a new home or office can be daunting if you don’t involve a professional mover. After all, you must pack all your items, lift heavy furniture, and secure your valuables without external help.
Your family or neighbors might help, but you risk damaging some fragile items or losing your treasured jewelry or documents during the moving process.
Fortunately, we have a few packing tips you can apply to make your move as smooth and as seamless as ever:
Declutter your home or office
Most of the time, we end up packing items we no longer need. Decluttering can help you pack less for a smooth moving process. Get rid of possessions you don’t need by selling, donating to charity, or giving them away to your friends and loved ones.
Prepare a moving checklist
If you have many items that you want to pack, consider preparing a moving checklist. This list will ensure you don’t forget important stuff and documents. It will also help you to customize your plan and ensure you stay organized before, during, and after the move.
Start packing in advance
Consider packing weeks or months before the move to avoid the last-minute rush. You can set one hour aside per day for packing. Procrastinating can be costly as you may leave essential items behind or select the wrong moving company.
Use the right size boxes and containers
Purchase quality, durable moving boxes to protect your items from damage during the move. Moreover, use the right size boxes and containers for different things. Smaller, lighter stuff should go into large boxes, while heavy ones should go into small packages to reduce the chance of breaking or falling apart.
Pack similar items in the same box
Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box, as this action will leave you disorganized and cause confusion when unpacking in your new home or office. Load similar goods in the same package for quicker packing and unpacking.
Put heavier items on the bottom
Arrange your items according to their weight. Start by packing heavier goods on the bottom and lighter ones on top to avoid damaging fragile items. Also, do not leave empty spaces in the package to prevent your stuff from moving from side to side inside the box.
Color code or label each box by room
Color code or label your boxes after packing so you don’t lose track when unpacking items. Ideally, you should use a permanent marker or colored masking tape to label each box by room.
Seal your boxes properly
Do not leave anything to chance. No matter how many items you pack, seal your boxes properly with high-quality tape. Cover the bottom and top seams to prevent breakages, and wrap them using various techniques for added safety.
Insure your valuable items
In most cases, you should find a professional mover that offers full value protection at an extra cost or minimum liability insurance at no additional cost. However, consider insuring your valuable items with a third-party insurer for added security, especially when moving to a different state.
Find the right mover
Find the right mover based on experience, reputation, registration details, and safety practices. Obtain and compare estimates from at least three potential movers before settling for one based on your budget and the above factors. You can check a mover by visiting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.
Contact Winter Moving & Storage
Packing and moving to a new home or office can be overwhelming for anyone. Fortunately, Winter Moving and Storage is here to help. We provide professional moving services within Arkansas and its environs. Contact us today for all your packing, moving, and storage needs! Our customer reps are ready to provide you with an estimate.