Properly packing your belongings on the front end of your move can make the unpacking and setting up house process much easier on the back end. Of course, when you don’t pack everything in an organized, neat, well-labeled manner, just the opposite is true, you have no idea where anything is when it comes time to unpack after a move. Follow the tips below to make sure this doesn’t happen to you:
Know There is a Proper Way to Go About Packing a Box
Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to pack your belongings in a box. The following are some helpful guidelines that will ensure you do it right:
- Group items of similar weight and size, and try not to pack items from different areas of the house together.
- Before putting items in a box, pour packing peanuts into the box.
- Put the heaviest items at the bottom of the box after wrapping them in either packing paper or bubble wrap.
- Wrap lighter items in either packing paper or bubble wrap, and then separate them from heavier items at the bottom of the box with cushion foam.
- Before closing your box, make sure to cushion the entire package with either crumpled packing paper or packing peanuts, ensuring all the unfilled space is filled. This will keep the items inside the box from shifting during transport.
- Don’t overstuff boxes. No one box should weigh more than 30 pounds or be heavier than you can easily lift. If you over pack boxes, they can spill out during transport and the items inside can be damaged or damage other items in transport.
- Seal the box well with packing tape.
- Make sure you label the box, identifying what’s inside and where it goes once it reaches your new home.
Realize Not Everything Can be Packed
Not all your items can be packed into boxes. For example, major appliances, furniture and the like will probably be wrapped by the professional movers you hire. If you didn’t hire professionals, you will need to wrap these items yourself. Also, items like large glass table tops, chandeliers, pool tables, etc. will need extra protection during a move.
Get The Right Tool For The Job
There’s an adage that says the right tool makes the job easier. This is true when it comes to packing as well and your “tools” in this scenario are packing materials. It’s important to get high quality packing material to protect your possessions during transport, and this starts with the boxes. You will likely need way more boxes than you imagine. Of course, you don’t want to spend a small fortune on boxes, either. Thankfully, you can get them at a reduced rate. To order, contact Used Cardboard Boxes. Also, don’t forget you will need the following in addition to a variety of boxes:
- Sharp knife or scissors for cutting cartons.
- Markers for labeling.
- Tape Dispenser.
- Rolls of PVC tape.
- Paper towels, tissue paper, bubble wrap, packing paper or newsprint.
- Pen or pencil and a notebook to keep up with what has been packed.
- Stickers or labels to make identifying boxes easier.
The above tips will ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. Follow them for proper packing practices.