Safe and secured packing can be the key to hassle-free home relocation. But, packing the entire household goods can easily be overwhelming, especially when you decide to pack all the goods yourself. Proper packing requires adequate packing supplies, tools, a little bit of expertise and a lot of efforts, and that’s where the professional packer mover service adds a lot of value.
But, that does not mean you have to hire a moving service and that you can’t pack and move everything safely. After all, proper packing is not a rocket science, and all it takes is good quality and right kind of packing materials, a few packing tips, a little planning and some patience. And if you have these, you will be able to pack everything safely for your house move.
If you are gearing up for an upcoming house move, and wondering about where to start and how to get the packing right, then here’s the post worth checking. Today in this post, I am sharing a few of the best and easy to follow packing tips and hacks that’ll make packing easier and safer for you.
So are you ready, to explore these packing tips?
I heard you saying yes, so let’s dive in.
Easy tips to make packing easier for you
Packing is an integral part of house moving and you can’t really afford to compromise with the quality of packing. Whether you have professional movers and packers on board or you do it yourself, if the packing is substandard, then the goods could easily get damaged during the move, especially while in transit.
I have worked with several moving companies and I am happy to share a few of the best packing tips and hacks used by professional moving services. And when you apply these tips while packing your goods, you will be able to pack all your household goods safely and easily.
So, let’s get started.
1. Start packing early
When it comes to packing and moving, procrastination can be disastrous. You can’t really wait till the last moment and then rush to pack everything in a hurry. Since you already know it’s going to take time and effort, starting early on gives you added advantage in packing and getting things organized.
Avoid postponing thing for the next week or the next day; rather do what you can do today. You don’t need to pack everything, weeks before the actual planned move date. But, you can start packing loose and smaller items, especially those that you don’t use in your day to day life. Arrange packing materials, pack one box, or just one item, but do it when you have time, so that you don’t have to put in a lot of efforts in packing at the last moment.
2. Don’t pick and pack randomly
Not sure if you have seen professional movers do the packing, but they don’t pick and pack items randomly. They get in to a room and pack one room at a time, and don’t even mix the items and that helps them do it in a much more organized manner.
If you start picking and packing items randomly from all rooms, you are going to have a very difficult time at the time of unpacking. You may not even find items that you need just after reaching your new home.
So, get in to a room, choose an area and then pack it. Once you are done, move to another area of the room and do the same. The idea is to get organized when packing, instead of trying to pack items from all rooms, randomly and without any order.
3. Label correctly
Even if you are very organized and you are packing one room or area of a room at a time, it is important to label the boxes correctly. Proper labeling may look like not so important to you, but remember that it’s going to be very useful at the time of unpacking.
For instance all the cartons and moving boxes or the packed items of your master bedroom should have the label “master bedroom” and then possibly the name of a few of the items or area of the rooms.
So the right label for master bedroom may look like “Master bedroom: Cupboard 1, bed linens, pillow cover,” – this way it will be easier for you to locate any item when the moving boxes are delivered to your new home.
4. Use proper cushioning
What we have discussed so far is actually to improve your efficiency while packing and unpacking. But as I said, the packing have to be super safe and secured, and there is no science here. All that you have to do is to ensure adequate good quality cushioning.
Usually we people use old newspaper for cushioning, but I would not recommend that, because the ink may bleed if it come in contact of any kind of moisture. Instead white packing papers instead, which is easily available in the market. You can also use old clothes for wrapping and cushioning, especially for valuable fragile items.
Whatever be the case, the idea is to use adequate cushioning at the time of packing. If you are wondering about the number of layers of cushioning then that has to be decided by you, based on the nature of items you are packing, and also based at the availability of the packing materials.
5. Use moving boxes
Professional packer mover uses industry grade moving boxes, which is much more sturdy and strong and can sustain a lot of weight. Moving boxes are easily available in the market, and you should use these boxes, especially for delicate or heavy weight items.
People often arrange used card board boxes from the local grocery store, but these boxes are not mean to hold a lot of weight, and may not be suitable for long distance moving.
However, if you are unable to get moving boxes, then you may use these boxes as well, but with a lot of precautions. To make these boxes sustainable, use packing grade tape, and tape it from all sides as that will provide additional strength to these boxes.
And another important safety tips to remember while packing using normal cardboard box is to ensure that you are not overstuffing the box. Because when you overstuff, then the box may get damaged, and it will also be difficult for you to lift these boxes because of extra weight.
6. Pack valuables separately
Normal household articles like furniture, kitchen utensils, crockery and other home appliances should be packed with a lot of caution as it will be sent through the truck. But, when it comes to valuable items like the jewellery items, ornaments and property documents and other such valuable, you should not pack these in the moving boxes.
You should rather keep these items with yourself and pack them suitably in the briefcase or do other arrangements. Such valuable items can’t really be sent along with household goods through the moving truck.
7. Know what can’t be transported
There are certain items that can be packed and transported easily through the normal cargo truck. But, there are certain household goods which cannot really be packed and transported like cooking gas cylinder with gas, pets, other inflammable items etc. so check with the transporter about what is allowed and what not, and prepare accordingly.
If there are any items which can’t be moved, then you may consider selling household items before moving. It will help you downsize the move and even cover some of the moving expenses.
Packing can be daunting, especially when you decide to do it all yourself, and when you are running out of time. But, if you want your household goods to reach your new home safely, you can’t really compromise with the quality of packing.
Thankfully, there are ways to get packing right, and I have already discussed a few of these packing tips that can make packing easier and safer for you, when changing home.
Try these packing tips and let me know how it worked for you.
And if you know of any other do it yourself packing tips and hacks that can make it safer, please feel free to share by commenting below.
Happy packing and home moving!