When moving to a new home, packing is one the biggest things about it. It can also be the most troublesome. Not only is it a lot of work and can be time consuming, but it can be fairly complicated and surprisingly aggravating. Here we will give you six helpful tips to help you with your packing when you have to move.
1. Make Sure You Have Everything you’ll Need.
Not only will you need a number boxes, crates, and bins, but you’ll need to make sure they’re the right size for what you need. It’s very annoying to find out the box you’re using doesn’t have enough room, especially when you only have a few items or even just one item left to go in it. Always get something a little bigger than what you think you’ll need. Not only will you be sure to get everything in it, but you might be able to fit a little something else in the extra space.
2. Protect Your Stuff.
That is, make sure you stock up on packing materials. Like bubble wrap, Styrofoam peanuts, inflated bags, and cushioned padding. You can even get boxes and cases with the material built in. After all, you don’t want to risk a beloved or valuable item being somehow damaged in transit, now do you? Also, make sure you use strong, durable tape and cover every opening and crack in the box to make good and sure the package doesn’t come open for any reason and something fall out.
3. A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place.
Make sure you pack items by group like clothes, appliances, kitchen utensils, etc. Likewise, try to pack them in an organized manner for maximum capacity and to make it easier to find what you’re looking for when you unpack.
4. Label the Boxes.
We hope that doesn’t sound condescending, but it’s still a rather important tip. You’ll need to know what is in which container so that you’ll know where each item is by category or group and be able to quickly put it where it needs to go when it’s unpacked. Thus writing what types of items are going in the containers can be a bigger help than some might think.
5. Keep the Best Stuff Close at Hand.
The more valuable or important the item, the better the container you’ll need. Like a lockbox, metal briefcase with a lock or small safe. You may also want to keep said valuable close at hand as you travel, mainly hidden somewhere in your vehicle like, oh, under a seat or under your other luggage.
6. Use a Good Moving Company.
Be sure you hire movers who will handle your packages in an efficient, timely and careful manner. Look into your local moving companies and hire the one that sounds best to you. Though it should be noted that price and quality don’t always go hand in hand. Even if a mover cost a little more than his rivals, it may very well be worth it.
So there you have it. We hope these tips will be very helpful to you when and if you should have to move away.