PackersMoversWorld.Com team has complied a list of packing tips which should help you pack your items well in a professional manner even if you don't know much about packing.
Here are some tips that you may not have thought of before.
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- Gather packing supplies before you start. There's nothing more frustrating, then having to stop half-way through a packing session in order to get more supplies.
- Packed boxes should weigh less than 50 pounds/22 kgs.
- Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. Use special boxes for dishes, for your clothes and other special items.
- Pack any audio-video equipment in their original boxes (if possible). Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.
- Avoid loading too much in a box.
- Label each box and indicate the following: (a) Which room it should go in (b) Whether it is fragile (c) If it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded first.
- Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble wrap, newspaper or tissue. Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
- Pack heavy items, such as books, in smaller boxes. If the books have a musty smell, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing. Leave stored for a couple of months to eliminate the smell.
- Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in wrappings for the move.
- Pack medicines in a leak proof container.
- Pack as much as you can into boxes. This will provide greater protection for your belongings and will make loading your hire van much easier. Unusually shaped items take up more space and make loading more difficult.
- Packing and padding your items are important to having a successful move. Don't skimp on packing supplies. They are far cheaper than broken or damaged belongings. Check for wide variety of boxes and packing material. This can be done by clicking on Packing Materials on this web page.
- Start packing several weeks before your move date, taking it one room at a time. Begin with things you use less frequently, such as books and knick knacks. Pack each room in separate boxes and label each box with its contents.
- Reinforce the bottom of all boxes with tape. Fill each box to its capacity, using paper or fillers to eliminate empty spaces. The top and sides of each box shouldn't bulge, nor should they cave in when closed.
- Pack heavy items, such as books, in smaller boxes. Keep the weight of each box down to a manageable level.
- Leave lightweight linens and clothing in their drawers. Pack extra linen, pillows and soft toy animals in large garbage bags and tape closed. Plan to use these bags as cushions or fillers in your hire van.
- Disassemble any items you can. Beware of items with sharp corners or projections and keep them from puncturing or scratching other objects.
- Pack your valuables and essentials separately and plan on keeping these items with you. You should keep all the keys for your new house with you so that you don't have to search for them when you arrive at new destination.
- If you apply above tips when packing your valuable goods, the removal will be smooth & trouble free.
- Pack heavier items on the bottom.
- Stuff socks, scarves, pillow cases and other small fabric items in holes and crevices in boxes - just make sure you keep pairs of socks together!
- Make sure all boxes can close properly and be sealed so the tops are flat. If you over-pack a box, you risk damage to the contents.
- Pack small items in small boxes and place them into a large box.
- Label all boxes, large or small.
- Small, loose items should be boxed or bagged and sealed securely before placing into a larger box.
- If moving liquids, either transfer them into a sealable container or make sure the lid is secured by taping it down, then put it into a waterproof bag, seal the bag then place it upright into a box. Clearly mark the box with arrows and "This End Up". Also, check which items should not be packed - items that your mover will not move.
- Keep an inventory list of each box and its contents. This will be necessary if a box goes missing and you need to make a claim.
- Keep clothing in dresser drawers.
- Keep a box labelled "Load last, unload first" for the essentials you'll need when you arrive. Go here to read more about what to include in your essentials box.
- Keep important records with you. Do not move them with the rest of your household goods. If you cannot take them with you in the car, then send them on ahead with a secure courier company.
- Tape down anything that moves (except for the cat)!
- Fill free spots with lighter linens. This can be done with your washer and dryer, and the vegetable crisper in the refrigerator.
- As much as possible, keep items in their proper places. For example, when packing the silverware/flatware, keep it in its' tray then tape bubble wrap around it to secure the contents. This is easier than sorting out all those pieces after your move.
- Tape screws, bolts and other loose items to underside of furniture. Make sure you bag them first.
- Keep tools you'll need to reassemble furniture in a separate box that is clearly marked. I usually keep an all-purpose screwdriver in the glove compartment of our car for just such purposes. There's nothing worse than arriving at your new home late at night, wanting to put the bed together and not knowing where the screwdriver is.
- Do not use standard garbage bags! They rip and tear too easily. If you're going to pack linens and clothing in garbage bags, purchase the thicker, heavy ones to ensure they don't burst during the move. Or double up. Some moving companies don't like you using garbage bags, so do so minimally. The great thing about garbage bags full of clothing is that they can be squished into nooks and holes that exist on the truck, thereby protecting furniture and using less space. Just limit how many you use.
- Keep items from the same room together as much as possible. This will make it easier to sort the contents after you move.
- Get everyone involved by making a task list, then dividing out the jobs that each person can do. Organizing your household will not only save you time and energy, but will make your whole family feel like part of this adventure.