While the prospect of moving to your dream house or neighbourhood can be exciting, the actual work that goes into packing your items needs proper planning. In this post we’re putting down useful tips for packing your stuff to ensure everything goes smoothly on the big day.
#1. Start early
First of all, you need to start preparing for the move at least a few days before the actual moving day. There are several things you will be needing and it’s important that you have everything ready before you can start packing. It’s also good to start early because packing can take longer than you expect as you find old items and ponder over which ones you want to keep.
#2. Get rid of items you don’t need
Start by making a list of items you want to get rid of before you move. This can include your dated television set, a broken refrigerator or the old couch you’re stuck with. Now is the right time to either give these items away or sell them at a used items store for extra cash. If the list is big enough you can actually get decent money which can be invested in new items or your new home’s decoration.
#3. Shop for packing items
Once the useless items are out of the way, you need to assess how many boxes you will need to pack the remaining stuff. Look for boxes in various sizes so you can fit in larger and smaller items easily. While you’re out shopping for the boxes, you also need to pick up other necessary items like wrapping tape, a permanent marker, bubble wrap and zip lock bags.
#4. Sort and group your items for packing
Now you need to sort your items and group them according to their use and/or fragility. The most fragile items will need to be boxed separately and you might want to line their boxes with bubble wrap for added protection. The permanent marker will also come in handy for marking these boxes so they aren’t placed under other heavy items.
#5. Separately pack items you’ll need overnight
When you move to your new property you will need some items initially (especially if you intend to do most of the unpacking the day after you move), such as your bedding, mattresses, blankets, clothes, medicines, toiletries, tea/coffee/snacks and utensils – make a list of these items and pack them in separate, marked boxes for easy access.
#6. Start from the top and work your way down
You should start from the top floor or the attic and work your way down as you pack items and dismantle furniture. Furniture boxes or boxes with wooden and glass items should be marked and kept away from items and materials that can damage them. Avoid over loading boxes because it’s safer to carry a couple of light boxes as compared to one really heavy box.
#7. Label all boxes clearly
As you pack items in each room, mark their boxes so you know which items from which room went into which box. You should also place heavy items at the bottom of a box and lighter items on top of them to prevent damaging them during transport.
#8. Seal the boxes properly using wrapping tape
Once all items are packed in boxes you should seal the seams with the wrapping tape. Make sure you cover both the top and the bottom of the boxes because heavy items can cause cardboard boxes to collapse when lifted.
#9. Co-ordinate with movers for transporting your items
Finally, when your moving truck arrives, co-ordinate with the movers and let them know which boxes have the heaviest stuff, which of them have fragile items and which ones need to be placed at the top for easy access.
If you follow the steps here, you won’t run into much trouble when you finally move everything to your new home and start unpacking. Let us know how your moving experience goes and feel free to share any tips of your own as well.