In order to save some money during a move, you might take care of the packing yourself since this is one aspect that is manageable if you can’t afford to hire professionals for this task. That doesn’t mean a DIY move isn’t possible. However, hiring a moving company means that the entire move is smooth and hassle-free since you do not have to bother about little details.
Here are some packing tips that will help you do packing like a pro:
- Stock up on moving boxes as they are the basic and most commonly used item during a move. You can buy such boxes from a local vendor or if you want to save even more get used ones. Go online and check out Craigslist for such items or you can enquire at your local department store because they often dispose moving boxes and might sell you some at a subsidized rate. Buying used boxes also mean a “green move” as you will contribute to less waste.
- Other packing supplies like bubble wrap, packing peanuts, packing or sealing tape, packing paper, labels, marker, and specialty boxes are also needed. You can use shredded paper to fill boxes for cushioning as well, which is yet another eco-friendly and affordable alternative. Old newspapers also make up excellent packing material.
- Start with one room at a time or else the process will go haywire. Chalk out a systematic approach and ask friends and family to pitch in.
- Fragile and delicate items must be packed in a newspaper first. This protects them better against breakage. Vases, showpieces, cups, glasses etc. should be filled with old newspapers and then wrapped from the outside. Antiques also need to be handled with proper care. Use shrink wrap and packing peanuts to secure them well so that they don’t break during the journey.
- Place lighter objects on top and heavier ones at the bottom or else there are chances of the items breaking.
- Electronic goods, clothes, food items, chandeliers, pieces of furniture etc. should be packed in specialized cartons. Read up well about such packing methods,
- There should be no empty space in the packing box. If there is room, use newspapers, shredded paper, or packing peanuts for proper cushioning. This will prevent the items from shifting around or bumping against each other. But you shouldn’t pack the box too tight or else it might burst open in transit.
- Labeling the boxes is an important part of packing. Write the contents of the box and which room it should be put it clearly on top and the sides. Don’t forget to label a box as Fragile or Heavy so that the people handling the box are aware of what how it should be picked up.
Going to live in Florida? Look for moving companies easily online in the place you are moving to or from. For example, search for Delray Beach movers, Hallandale Beach movers, or Fort Myers moving companies.