The following will be your packing and moving guide. You’re going to need to know what supplies are best for packing, how to pack certain items, and the most efficient way to move the boxes of possessions to your new address. This packing and moving guide will help you with that as it talks about how to manage your packing time efficiently, proper and improper ways of packing and moving, and how to find everything again once you’ve moved and are ready to unpack.
You might not even need this packing and moving guide if you follow the very first suggestion. If you want your packing and moving process to go by quickly, efficiently, and with the lease chance of difficulties… hire a moving company. A full service moving company will come prepared with multiple workers, packing supplies and a moving truck. They will pack everything up for you, label it, load it onto the truck, drive it to your new address, unload the truck, and in some cases will assist in unpacking certain item. Since they do this professionally, their packing methods will be much faster and more efficient than what you yourself can do. The downside? With material fees, labor costs, truck rental, and mileage, this could become expensive pretty quickly. If you can afford it, you’d be better off hiring a moving company (especially since anything damage while they pack would be covered by their insurance… where as if you pack yourself, nothing’s covered). If not, then continue reading this packing and moving guide.
This wouldn’t be a very good packing and moving guide if it didn’t inform you of the supplies you’ll need to pack up all your possessions for the move. You’ll need boxes (these come in many shapes and sizes ranging from very small to very large and also purpose boxes including wardrobe boxes and portrait boxes), shipping tape (to seal the boxes), masking tape (to label things), scotch tape (to attach manuals and small parts to devices), markers (also for labeling), plastic sandwich bags (to put small pieces like screws into), and various cushioning materials such as inkless newsprint, bubble wrap and packing peanuts.
Now that you’re ready to get packing, here’s what this packing and moving guide suggestions on how to pack different items. For electronic devices, if possible, you should pack them in their original boxes and cushioning materials. If that’s not possible, get a box that will be roughly the same size as the item and wrap it well in bubble wrap or inkless newsprint. Place books in a relatively small box (they get heavy fast, try not to put more than 50lbs in any box) alternating the binding to keep it even. For dishes and other breakable items, be sure to wrap them in inkless newsprint to keep them safe. For further cushioning, when you place them in the moving boxes, make sure to have plenty of inkless newsprint on the bottom of the box and along the sides to keep the fragile items safe (and don’t forget to label the box “fragile”). Wardrobe boxes are perfect for clothing because they keep the clothing flat and stretched so you don’t need to iron everything after the move. Any device which uses a liquid should be emptied before being moved to the new location. That means printers should have their ink or laser cartridges removed, and lawn mowers should be emptied of all oil and gas.
Another packing and moving guide to follow is that every box should be well labeled. Write on the box what room the box belongs to, whether or not it’s fragile, and what items are inside.
And finally, the packing and moving guide advise for making the task of packing seem less daunting is to pack one room at a time. When you look at it as packing the whole house, it can seem like a huge undoable task. Make yourself do one room at a time, and stay with that room until it is finished. This will make the job seem more like a lot of little jobs rather than one monstrous task. Hopefully this packing and moving guide was useful to you, and now you’ll be ready to pack and move without all the stress.