Whether you decide to use the services of a professional moving company to do your packing or choose to do it yourself, it is vitally important to make sure that your possessions are ultimately packed in the correct manner. Proper packing makes certain that your goods can be transported both efficiently and safely to their destination. If you are looking to cut down on the costs involved with making a move then you may well decide to pack your possessions yourself, in which case there are a few basic tricks and techniques that can be made use of in order to make the whole packing process a lot easier. The very first thing that you should do before you start packing your things for the move is to collect or buy all the boxes and packing supplies that you are going to need for this task. Make sure that you have lots of supplies for packing and boxes of different sizes before you commence, and that the supplies are of high quality and the boxes sturdy.
Necessary supplies could include dish-pack boxes, wooden containers, blank newsprint markers, packing peanuts, scissors, a notepad, labeling stickers, packaging tape, wardrobe boxes, bubble wrap, old newspapers, padding supplies, a knife, and permanent markers. Making use of the right sort of packing materials is highly recommended, as it will certainly prove to be worth it in the long term.
Packing tape, packing peanuts, sturdy boxes and bubble wrap can all be bought from local shipping or moving companies, as can wardrobe boxes and similar specialty boxes. Wholesale companies also tend to be happy to give away sturdy boxes at no charge following a shipment.
There are lots of examples of reasonably priced items that can be used as padding for boxes, including old pillows, blankets, and wadded-up newspapers. It is a good move to pack your possessions on a room by room basis, as this helps you to stay organized. Pack the contents of one room at a time and label every carton with the appropriate tag and description of the contents, as well as noting down the room in which the box belongs. Cartons that contain highly breakable or fragile and sentimental items should also be labeled with a ‘FRAGILE’ tag. Make sure that you maintain a detailed checklist of the items that have been packed in each carton, as this will make the process of unpacking a good deal simpler and easier later on when you have made the move to your new home.
All items should be carefully wrapped before being placed inside the carton. Heavier items should be placed first, with lighter items following after, and boxes should be firmly padded. Make sure that you do not leave any empty space in the carton and if necessary fill such space with lightly crushed or wadded papers. Heavier items should be packed in small boxes and lighter items inside bigger ones.