The Best Way To Pack Your HomeMay 21st, 2020
Packing your home up before a move is stressful. Here are some tips to make it easier on everyone involved.
Identify “last on, first off” items
Figure out any items that you’ll need to find easily at your new place. Load them in last when you pack the moving truck, so they’re the first to get unloaded. This will ensure essential items are easy to find when you arrive.
Create a “don’t pack zone”
There will be some items you don’t want to be packed or loaded into the moving truck. Think of things of greater importance or sentimental value like jewelry, family photos, or financial documents. Additionally, professional moving companies prohibit certain moving items that are considered perishable or hazardous. Designate an area (like a specific room) to put things you’ll want to keep with you. Ensure anyone helping you move, whether friends or professional movers, know not to pack or load stuff in that area.
Completely Pack Each Room One at a Time
Some items, such as jewelry, are difficult to pack. It’s tempting to leave those difficult items for later. Resist that urge and move ahead. By getting one room filled before you move on, you’ll avoid leaving only the most annoying things to the last minute. It will make it easier to track your progress and be able to tell how much packing you have left.
Carefully pack dishes
Your most fragile items need some special care when packing. Use extra packing paper or a soft cloth and wrap up each item individually. Stack dishes vertically instead of horizontally. Make sure to pad the top and bottom of the box with towels or cloth. Mark the box as fragile, so your movers know to take extra care of it when transporting.
Identify Small Items with Colored Paper
When you pack small and breakable items, use colored tissue paper to wrap them or put a piece of colored tape on the box. This can help prevent you from accidentally throwing away something little because you think it’s just packing paper.
Most moving companies have a full-service option, meaning they will box up all your stuff, so you don’t have to do it on your own. A pro of hiring professional movers is that they can do the job quickly and more efficient since they have the experience.
As you’re packing, assign each box a number and put a label on it. Write down what’s in each box with the corresponding number. Check off each number as the boxes are loaded into the truck and again when they’re taken off.
Common Moving Mistakes to AvoidMay 21st, 2020
Some people move a lot, but if you’re a first-timer, you may need some tips and tricks. RARE Moving wants to make your move go as smoothly as it can.
You DIY your move when you need more help
Using professional movers isn’t cheap, but it’s always worth it to have that help. Doing a move on your own, even if you have friends or family help, will be more time and labor-intensive than hiring people who are professionals. If you have items of significant value, it’s also going to be way riskier. While there are plenty of situations where moving is just fine, it’s a mistake to immediately quash the idea of using a moving company just because you want to save some money or because you think it will easy. Think about and be honest with yourself about what your move will involve and how much willpower you have to do it. A DIY move may be a perfectly acceptable option if you don’t have a ton of items that need to come with you. But if you’ve got a truck’s worth of heavy belongings, do yourself—and your friends—a favor and opt for the pros.
You give yourself too much time
On the flip side of starting too late is the equally damaging mistake of starting too early. Not only does giving yourself too much time unnecessarily prolong the moving process, but it also makes it pretty likely that you’ll pack something you end up needing and then end up having to go through already packed boxes to find it. Plus, who wants to live around moving boxes longer than they have to? Follow the same timeline as described in the previous tip. While it may be tempting to start packing as early as possible, resist the urge and only get going once your move is more imminent.
You don’t get rid of unnecessary items
One of the biggest moving tips is that there’s no better time than during a move to boil down your personal belongings. The less you have to go, the better, plus there’s no use wasting time packing and unpacking the things that you’ll have to get rid of later on. Too often, we get caught up in wanting to make it quick and throw everything into a box instead of doing some organization and getting rid of things. In addition to being a waste of time, bringing along unnecessary items can make your move cost more in labor and fuel. You’ll be better of buying new items for your new space. Leave the old stuff behind!
- The Best Way To Pack Your Home
- Common Moving Mistakes to Avoid
- Moving from an Apartment to a House
- Tips for Moving Safely During COVID-19
- What to Know When You’re Moving Across the Country
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