Packing your things for a vacation can be stressful, but packing for a move from one home to another can be terrible. Hence, it is important to prepare all the things you need to survive the challenge. Here are top packing tips that you need to remember before you move.
Use the appropriate boxes
It is best to put light items such as linens and pillows in larger boxes, while place heavy items like books and plates in small boxes. Professional movers prefer to move large boxes with light items. Packing large boxes with bulkier items will not only make the moving more difficult but it can also increase the chance of breaking.
Put lighter items on top, heavier items on bottoms
If you need to load the boxes yourself, pack bulkier boxes first on the front of the truck or van to balance the weight.
Never combine items from different rooms in the same box
Making sure that your items are packed in boxes according to rooms will make your packing faster and unpacking a lot easier.
Mark each box with the room it must be placed and follow a numbering system
This will greatly assist you and your movers to determine where each box belongs in your new place. You can also number every box and keep an inventory list to monitor what you have packed. This will also help you to make certain that you have everything once you unpack. Using a number system is recommended instead of describing the contents of the boxes, especially if you have packed valuables inside.
Make sure that the boxes are taped well
It is best to use a sturdy packing tape to close the top and bottom seams. Then, make two to three wraps around the top and bottom edges because these areas are usually added with stress on the move out.
If you need to move expensive art, ask your mver to use special crates
Don’t wrap oil paintings in regular paper because it will stick. For pictures in glass frames, create an X using a mask tape on the glass to make it more durable and still hold it together if it breaks. It is also best to wrap the pictures in bubble wrap and put them in a special crates added between every framed piece for extra protection.
Put all breakables in one box
In packing your plates and dishes, add packing paper around every piece, and then wrap groups of five to six together with paper. Put the dishes on their sides and not on flat. Add bunched-up paper below and above for extra protection. For cups and bowls, place them inside each other, with paper in between then wrap three to four in one bundle. Place them inside one box for easier identification and unpacking.
Take extra care in packing your TV
It is important to take extra care in packing your TV, especially if it is LED, LCD or Plasma. You can ask your movers to wrap them in quilted pads. If you don’t have the original box, you can use special crates, and make certain not to lay them flat. If you need to pack the TV on your own, be sure to set the box containing the TV inside another box that you have added with bundled-up paper.