Are you preparing to move in the near future? Whether your upcoming relocation is local or long distance, the work can seem overwhelming without the right process to guide you. One of the least desirable and often most stressful aspects of moving is the packing process. Our team at Berger Allied Moving & Storage can help with the professional packing and moving you need for a successful relocation experience.
Decide What Items to Sell or Donate
To help you determine what belongings to get rid of, sort your items into three categories: donate, sell, and trash. You can throw away anything that is beyond repair or that others would not want. Place items that are still functional, but you no longer need or want, into the sell or donate categories. If the items you are letting go of include furniture, some non-profits in the area may provide pickup service. Whatever is left, you can try selling at a yard sale.
Pack Essential Items Separately
After you arrive at your new home, you are going to need some essential items before you are able to completely unpack everything. Pack these items in separate boxes marked “essentials.” Examples of these items may include hand soap, toilet paper, towels and shower curtain, personal grooming products, in addition to plates, silverware, and cooking utensils.
Set Aside “No-Pack” Items
You simply may not want some of your items packed and loaded into a moving vehicle because they are too fragile or valuable. Additionally, a professional packing and moving company will prohibit certain items from being loaded onto its vehicles, such as those which are considered hazardous. Find out from your mover what these prohibited items are in advance and set them aside, so you can transport them personally.
Use Your Suitcases to Pack Items
Your suitcases can serve as packing boxes and save you money on purchasing so many boxes. Also, suitcases with wheels are even more convenient for moving your belongings efficiently.
Hire Moving Professionals to Pack for You
If you want to skip all or most of the packing process, you can hand the work over to a highly capable professional packing and moving company. A professional mover may offer partial- or full-service options to meet your packing needs.
Pack One Room at a Time
By packing one room completely before moving onto the next room, you can avoid leaving difficult-to-pack items until the last minute. Following this process will help you gauge your progress and know how much packing is left to be done.
Use Clothes and Towels as Packing Materials
Many items placed in boxes during packing can benefit from filler material to keep them from breaking or simply to provide sufficient padding to prevent scratching, damage, and clanging. Linens and smaller pieces of clothing can serve this purpose well. Using these materials can also save money on additional packing supplies.
Carefully Pack Breakable Items
Breakable items need special protection when packed to avoid damage during the moving process. Wrap fragile items individually and use extra paper or padding as necessary. Only stack dishes vertically. Clearing marking boxes as “Fragile” can help alert the movers from a professional packing and moving company to use extra care during handling and transport. You can also mark fragile items with colored tape or use colored paper when wrapping them to signify their fragility.
If you plan in advance and implement the advice mentioned above, you can declutter your belongings and pack with greater ease. If packing is not for you, consider allowing a professional moving team to do all of the hard work for you instead.