When it comes time to move, people are so caught up in the whole overwhelming process that they often fail to pay attention to the details. One of these critical details is packing smart.
If you follow some simple tricks and tips of the trade, you can make life a whole lot easier on you and your movers. It is also very possible that not only will it help to save your sanity, but it can also save you money in the long-run.
- Use correctly sized boxes: Heavy items, such as books, should be place in smaller boxes, while lighter items, like clothing, can be placed in larger boxes. Not only is a large AND heavy box much more difficult to move, but it is also much more likely to break in transit, which makes for a catastrophe for all parties involved. This also holds true of heavy pots and pans which run the risk of being ruined if the box breaks and they hit the ground.
- Heavier on bottom, lighter on top: This may sound like common sense, but professional movers name it as a chief complaint. If you reverse the order of items, boxes can end up top-heavy, making them likely to fall in transit. They are also much more difficult to hold if they are off-balance.
- Label, label, label: Not only will this step make unpacking a breeze, but if your movers are able to clearly see what room the box should end up in, they are much more likely to get it correctly positioned upon unloading. Avoid mixing items from different rooms, again, because this can be confusing for the movers, but it will also make your job of unpacking that much more difficult when the time comes.
PRO TIP: Number each box and make a corresponding entry notating contents into your phone notes or on a physical note pad. This will allow you to easily check off the arrival of each box, so you can be sure that everything arrives safely.
- Expertly bundle breakables: When it comes to wrapping glass or other breakable items, you can never be too careful. Make sure you have thoroughly covered each item with paper, and then stack no more than five or six before wrapping more paper around the larger bundle. Use small boxes for these items as well, since they tend to be heavier and you don’t want to risk the entire box being dropped.
- Take special consideration for certain valuables: Precious art and high-end TVs require very specific packing and transportation instructions. If you don’t feel comfortable making the call on how to properly prepare these items, ask for help from your moving company. This will most likely incur an additional fee, but that is a small price to pay to guarantee safe arrival of your valuables.
- Fill boxes completely: Make sure that all gaps in the boxes have extra padding, packing materials, or paper. Keeping the items tightly compacted evens out the weight distribution and keeps everything balanced. It also allows for less wiggle room inside, so there is less of a chance that items will incur damage during transport.