Moving and Packing: How to Pack and Send Items Safely

Roughly 16 billion packages were sent in 2020 — up from 11 billion in 2018. When you’re moving home, packing and shipping your belongings is one of your prime responsibilities. However, shipping costs can get expensive quickly. It’s therefore important to pack your items carefully and efficiently in order to protect your belongings and maximize any potential savings.

If you are planning to move your household goods and you are wondering how to pack and send the belongings safely without hassles, then here’s all you need to know.

Use the right sized boxes

Using the right size of box is a key step that ensures you don’t end up overpaying. While the box has to be big enough to adequately protect your belongings, using something too big means that you have to rely on extra unnecessary packaging material to fill the empty space. Ideally, you should start out with a variety of boxes so you always have the right size on hand for your needs.

Group similar items together

You may have different types of items and they may differ in shape, size and weight. Some of the items may be highly fragile and other items may be hardy and strong. At the time of packing, you should take extra precaution and care to group such items together. When you group similar size items together, you will be able to save space, pack those items safely, and even may have less number of boxes to ship.

Don’t over-pack

Overfilling your boxes can be easy to do — particularly if you’re trying to pad your belongings well. However, using too much padding material can mean you use a bigger box than you really need to. In turn, this increases the cost and volume of your packing material, and the total price of the entire delivery. So, while it’s important to use bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or packing paper to protect your items, don’t overdo it. If you’re packing a watch, for example, just use a few layers of bubble wrap, and make sure the watch still fits in its box.

Stack the items carefully

Even though you are using the good quality moving boxes to pack the items, it’s important to stack each of the individual items carefully in the box. Stacking the belongings randomly may result in collision during the move, and that can damage the items packed inside the moving boxes. So take extra precaution while stacking the items and ensure that there is minimal gap and scope for collision during the move.

Put correct label

Now that all the items and belongings are packed in those moving boxes, the next step is to label the boxes. Adding appropriate label, marks and handling instruction on those boxes will ensure that the boxes will be handled carefully by the shipping companies. If there are fragile items, then make sure to add the label. Hope you get the point.

Use package tracking

Make sure to use a delivery company that offers a package tracking service. Whether you’re doing a large scale removal or shipping individual items, package tracking will give you peace of mind that your package is safely on the way to where it’s supposed to be heading — which is particularly valuable for expensive or time-sensitive deliveries. With tracking, there’s less risk of your package disappearing into thin air. If your parcel does encounter any problems, you’ll be immediately aware of them. Since you’re provided with more information about your parcel (it’s up-to-date location and the status of your delivery), both you and your courier will know if it’s on schedule or delayed. In turn, if you do need to make a call, customer service will be smoother and more efficient.

Conclusion

Moving and packing can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t plan everything correctly. Packaging items as carefully and efficiently as possible is essential for keeping your valuables safe and costs down. With these packing tips, you’ll be able to successfully pack your items with minimal hassle.

What else do you think one should do to get it right?

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Happy relocation!!

Interstate Home Relocation Checklist That Won’t Fail

Interstate relocation can be tedious and tiring, especially when you are moving out with plenty of household goods, appliances and with your family members. At one end, you have to look out for affordable and competent packing moving service providers, and at the other end, you have to make all the travel arrangements for your family. The entire process can be even more tiring when you are running out of time, or if you are moving in a hurry.

Sounds familiar? Thankfully, there are ways to tackle the situation much more effectively and conveniently using a quick interstate home relocation checklist. I have been around in the relocation industry for over a decade now, and I am happy to share this easily yet effective checklist that’ll help you to tackle an upcoming interstate home relocation issue much more conveniently.

First thing first, so start with a basic relocation plan.

#1 Interstate home relocation planning

Interstate relocation should be done with adequate planning, because no plan can be worse. So think through and figure out the dates and the process. Some of the important dates that you should work out are the dates of moving your goods and the family.

The second thing that you have to think and plan for is to finalize the inventory that you wish to move. Having a tentative list of major items that needs proper packing and moving can be of great help in assessing the situation as well as in negotiating the price with the moving companies.

When you have the list of major items at hand, you can simply eliminate the guess work and assumptions and therefore eliminate a lot of confusion about the cost of packing, moving and transit insurance.

The next thing to decide is to whether to do it yourself or book the packing and moving service. Do-It-Yourself packing and moving is always an option, but consider this only if you have prior moving experience and you have plenty of time at hand, and you are willing to spend time arranging and doing everything that it takes to pack and move your own.

Using professional mover packer service is always recommended for long distance household relocation needs.

#2 Screening movers for long distance move

This is one of the biggest tasks, and if you want to do it right (which I am sure you want), you got to spend some time in finding, screening and choosing a moving service company that is proficient, reliable and affordable.

Usually, removal companies are available locally these days, and therefore the best way to get started is to look out for a few of the well known local removal companies available near you.

Share the list of items including all the major and small household goods and appliances, tentative dates when you want to move and ask for a written quotation.

You may also ask the movers to do a pre-move home survey (which they do for free) and then quote a price, as that may help avoid future pricing confusion and dispute. In-home survey helps them assess the efforts and hence they are able to produce accurate moving estimates.

Once you have the moving quotations in your hand, you can quickly compare and negotiate as needed and then finally choose a mover that you like the most.

When choosing a moving company, you should always pay attention to

  • The company and its credentials
  • Packing quality and handling process
  • Policies and payment terms
  • Pre and post move support
  • Other value added services
  • Overall packing and moving charges

At the time of hiring moving services, we often fall for lower costs and cheaper services and then end up with surprises. And therefore, it is important to be double sure about the credentials of the company you are considering for your upcoming interstate home relocation.

Now that the planning is done and the movers are on board, it’s time to prepare and move, and we’ll talk about that in the next step.

#3 Preparing for interstate move

The next important task at hand is to arrange the tickets or make travel arrangements for the family members. If you don’t want to drive or there is no way to drive through, then make suitable travel arrangements for your family members.

Once that is sorted, you have to do some preparations before the movers arrive for packing everything. Usually the packing and loading is done the same day, so you should be prepared.

There are certain things that you should always keep in mind and the movers may advise you, such as:

  • Switch off all the home appliances a day before, especially fridge and washing machine
  • Stop using home and kitchen appliances one day prior to the scheduled move day
  • Mop and dry all the appliances
  • Collect and group loose items together that needs to be packed and moved
  • Pack a first aid kit and carry it with yourself
  • Keep all the medicines etc that may be required by your family members
  • Pack all the valuables and documents that you should carry with yourself
  • Print out the tickets etc and keep it at a safe place
  • Keep the quotations, bills, payment receipts etc safely

And add other tasks as per the situation and based on your needs in the list above.

Remember, the key to safe and hassle-free home relocating is detailed planning. With detailed advanced planning not only you can manage the entire relocating process easily, but it helps you get your goods relocated safely and without any hassles.

Over to you

As I always say, interstate home relocation can be overwhelming, especially if you’re moving for the first time, and you have no helping hand. The best you can do to tackle the home relocation blues is to plan and act smartly.

I have already shared a quick and simple three step checklist for interstate home relocation that will make the entire relocation safer and hassle-free for you.

Have you relocated to another state in the recent past? If yes, then feel free to share how you managed the entire relocating process by commenting below.

Happy relocating!

7 Easy Tips That Will Make Packing Easier and Safer

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.

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How to Efficiently Unpack after Moving a House

Unpacking household goods and loose items packed inside the moving crate or carton boxes after moving to a new house may sound like an easy thing to do. But trust me, it’s not. In fact, I can tell you from my personal house moving experiences that packing and moving is just the 70% of the complete relocation process, and rest 30% includes unpacking and getting settled in comfortably in your new home.

And therefore, I never consider moving as a one long task, rather I consider it like a process that includes several important tasks including unpacking and getting organized and settled after moving to a new house.

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Packing Checklist for Do-It-Yourself House Moving With Ease

In a Do-It-Yourself move, packing seems to be the most difficult part because most of the time we remain confused about what to pack and how to pack it right. And, it is actually very normal because household includes different types of items and packing in general becomes tough and tiring.

But, if you want to move safely and conveniently, without increasing the overall house moving expenses, then you have to do the sorting and packing right. You got to choose items as per their usefulness and the importance they hold in your day to day life.

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14 Household Packing Materials Needed to Pack and Move Safely

Household goods packing and moving is way more complicated than you can imagine. And if you are planning for a do-it-yourself packing and moving of your household goods, then I think you should be concerned about safety of your goods. Proper packing of your household goods is seriously important because the safety of your household belongings lies majorly on how well it is packed. And that’s the reason, why we get so many calls from users who want to take control and pack and move everything on their own. Most of the time, they fail to understand what types of packing materials they should use? Well, if you are planning to pack and move your goods safely and wondering about what types of household packing materials you will need to pack and move safely then here’s the post worth checking. Today I am sharing the list of the 14 most essential household packing materials you will need to pack and move all your household goods safely. Continue reading 14 Household Packing Materials Needed to Pack and Move Safely

11 Moving Tips for Moving House in Summer Without Hassle

People living in the colder parts of the world may find the summer to be the ideal time for moving and relocating a house. But those who live in the humid countries like in India, knows that moving house in summer is not going to be easy. Summer in many parts of the world is unbearable with the scorching rays of the sun raising the temperatures to extreme highs at times. It gets increasing difficult to go out in the summer days and if, in that weather condition, you are planning for moving a house, then trust me, it is going to be very stressing, especially if you have not planned your summer house move properly. If you are planning to move your house this summer, then you need to plan your summer house move appropriately. And today in this post, I am going to share a few of the most essential tips for moving house in summer. If the moving and relocation of house is on the card, just stay tuned and read the post till the end to pull it off successfully and without any hassle. Continue reading 11 Moving Tips for Moving House in Summer Without Hassle

Moving Household in One Week: Tips to Plan and Relocate When in Hurry

Moving household from one place to another needs advance planning, especially when you are moving out of state or to a distant city. However, when you are in hurry, and have less than a week’s time, it gets a little nerve racking. What causes the tension is that, you have to search a new home, sort your things and pack, dump or sell the ones you do not need, arrange for the moving and then finally settle down. Frankly speaking, each aspect of home shifting takes decent time especially when you are moving interstate but if you have to plan and execute in hurry like within a week, then you got to be very systematic. And if you are planning to move this week and running out of time, then here’s the post worth checking for as today i am going to share with you the list of 10 moving tips for household moving in one week. Continue reading Moving Household in One Week: Tips to Plan and Relocate When in Hurry

21 House Shifting Hacks to Save Time and Stress

Here’s the list of 21 House Shifting Hacks to save time, money and stress when you’re moving household stuff.When it comes to house shifting, overall cost, time and effort required can give you shills down your spine. Both local and interstate house shifting can be tiring and stressful, especially if you have never relocated in the past. There are so many tasks to look at and it’s not going to be easy, and hence you decide to book movers and packers services. But even if there is a mover to help you relocate, having a bit of prior knowledge or experience of house shifting can be phenomenal. And if you are planning to house shifting and wondering about the stress, time, money and everything else, then here’s the post worth checking.

House shifting can be a messy affair, because there are several uncertainties. Finding rates of movers, proper packing, loading, unloading and transit insurance are some of the important concerns. And the mantra to have a stress free house shifting is prior planning and adequate understanding of the process and people involved (read movers).

On the basis of your research, you can decide what to do and what not to do. There is no shortcut to this, planning a month before the actual move will make the home shifting hassle free, and you will have enough time in your hand to relax and enjoy some quality time with friends and family.

House shifting hacks to save time and stress

Here are the quick and simple hacks to help you save time, money and stress when shifting a house, and all household articles.

  • Start to maintain a diary or a writing pad where you can jot down all the smallest details. This way you won’t forget anything, and you will find all the things at your fingertips.
  • Start packing prior to one month, at least so that you do not run out of time.
  • Visit the local retail stores and see for the boxes and crates if they have some. If you are well acquainted with them, then you can get some of the packing supplies from them.
  • Do the packing yourself (for smaller and hardy items) using original boxes, to cut off the extra budget on packing.
  • Ask your friends and cousins to help you packing, you cannot do all the packing yourself.
  • Arrange fun foods like pizza and drinks, and then involve all your acquaintances to help you packing your items. This way, you can spend some time with them too.
  • Collect all the newspapers and bubble wraps that you can get, and use them while packing.
  • Apply lots of packing tapes; use the tapes in the box joints. Taping is not to just close the box, but it also gives strength to the box to carry appropriate weight.
  • Wrap the brittle items and glassware in towels so that you do not have to buy them again after you reach your new home. Pack them well so that they can endure the journey.
  • Use bed sheets, linens and crumpled newspapers as cushions while packing the items.
  • It is best to use the original boxes of the appliances so that they can be in good conditions.
  • Do not hire the professionals for packing and unpacking as this can save some extra money.
  • Pack the items which you use daily and frequently, which is necessary for you, do not include the items that you do not need.
  • Get rid of the unwanted items, or the items that you do not use. You can donate them, put them on sale and also throw them. If you put them on sale then you can earn some extra bucks for you too.
  • The more the number and weight of the items, the higher will be the rate of home shifting.
  • Choose a weekday for shifting, as the rates tend to go higher in the weekends.
  • Be flexible with the dates and time, have detail conversation with movers.
  • Talk to at least 3 moving companies of your city before freezing one. Comparing often gives you best of ideas and helps you bargain and get better deal.
  • Always take chance with bargaining, but don’t do too much of bargaining, else the mover may compromise with the quality of packing.
  • And last but not the least, have a post move plan in place.

Over to you

You may have many concerns when you’re moving house, and each of the concern can be addressed by adequate planning. In most of the cases, inadequate planning results in plenty of hassles and stress.

And the mantra of moving house without any stress is to plan properly, research well and know everything in detail. Figure out the date of moving, check quotations; find the detailed process of packing, packing supplies being used and terms of insurance.

Apart from that, just ensure that you have sorted your inventory well, compared and negotiated with potential house shifting companies and finalize everything well ahead of actual moving day.

Try these hacks when you’re moving house next time and share your experiences. And if you know any other hacks that may help in saving, time, money or stress when moving house, then feel free to share it by commenting below.

Wishing you a happy and peaceful relocation!