Packing Guide


The thought of packing up your entire house or apartment can be a bit daunting. But don’t worry, with this packing guide you will be able to get through it with ease. Packing is not an activity one would usually partake in by choice. The process can be very time consuming depending on how many belongings you possess. Which is why having a packing guide can and will help your relocation experience to be less stressful. Good planning is the key to having a successful move. Follow these helpful suggestions to make packing easier.

Start Early

It is in your best interest to get started on the packing process early. The earlier you start, the more wiggle room you will give yourself in case of any future delays. You should start packing at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to your expected move out date. Keep in mind the amount of belongings you have to pack; if you have quite a bit of things then you should start packing earlier then 3 to 4 weeks. This will ensure that your belongings are packed and ready for loading.

Evaluate

Before you start putting anything in boxes look over your belongings and evaluate them. This is to determine if you should take these items, or if you should get rid of them. Go around your home and determine which items you would like to keep, and which you would rather give away. This will clear the clutter in your home, make more space in your new home, and save you money on moving costs.

Moving costs are determined by an assortment of factors; such as by weight, amount of items, time, distance, and labor. The fewer belongings you have to move the less your total moving costs will be. Let go of items you haven’t utilized in years, the chances are that you will never use them again; so why take up precious space with them? Donate, yard sale, or give these unwanted items away.

How to Properly Pack   

If you follow the suggestions given within these paragraphs, your packing and unpacking process will be made easy. Properly packed boxes are what will help you relax. Packing using these methods will allow you to know the contents of each box, what room it is from, and the belongings inside will be secure. Utilize these tips for a more organized move.

First let’s begin with how you should pack your belongings into boxes. The best way to pack is to start with your least important items first; and as the days progress and you get closer to move out day, pack your most important items last. This is to avoid frustration over trying to figure out which box you put an item in. Packing in this order will also prevent you from having to rip open sealed boxes, which would be going a step backwards. Packing in this manner will make unpacking easy as well; you can start with the last boxes you packed, and work your way to the least important belongings. Smart packing makes for an easier moving experience.

Another important factor of properly packing is, labeling. Labeling and a list of inventory will make your moving process run much smoother than without. Get organized with your move, labels will make packing and unpacking a breeze. Many moving companies require a full list of inventory on the items being shipped. Either your movers will generate an inventory list for you, or it will be your responsibility to provide one. You can do this by taking note of all the items you are going to be shipping; write the list up on your computer or by hand, and print it out. As you make your list you can put items in categories; I suggest categorizing by room.

The reason I suggest to break down your inventory by room is because it will be easier when you are unpacking. Once you have finished your inventory, you can start packing. When you pack a box, label it with the name of the according room; such as “Kitchen,” or “Bedroom.” The sub labels will be the inventory of each box. For example, you would label your box as “Living Room,” and sub label as, “movies, and CDs.” Labels and sub labels will make for a confusion free unpacking process.

Protect Fragile Items         

When packing fragile items make sure to secure them with enough padding and cushion to ensure their safety on the road. You can do this by securing your fragile belongings with packaging wrap, packing peanuts, packing blankets, and special crating. You can also use household blankets to secure your belongings, which will save you costs on special packaging needs.

Organize Boxes

Once you have finished the process of packing, you can begin to organize your boxes. Separate the items and boxes that are not to be loaded. Put these boxes in a designated room, corner, or area; and inform your movers on move out day that they are not to be loaded on to the truck. This is to avoid any confusion and accidental loading of items.

You should also stack your boxes against designated walls to clear the walk ways. This will make it easier for your movers to maneuver around your home. Stacking boxes against walls reduces tripping hazards and will benefit the loading time. Organizing your boxes after they have been packed will ease the loading process.

Unpacking

Now that you have prepared your boxes, the unpacking process should be easy. Set aside a wall in each room where you can direct the movers to stack boxes. Because your boxes are labeled with the room in which they came from, your mover will easily be able to place your boxes in their according rooms. Stacking against designated walls prevents your home being cluttered with boxes. Do not stack boxes on counters and table tops, instead use these surfaces to unpack; this will prevent back strain from bending over. Utilize this packing guide and your packing process will be hassle free.

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