You’re probably reading this because you have either just purchased or sold your home or are thinking about purchasing or selling and are getting information before making a decision. Smart move. Here’s a list of some common packing tips that may help make your move easier and more efficient. If you have one that isn’t listed here, we would love to know what it is so that we can add it to our list.
- Donâ€™t Procrastinate
- Pack Room-by-Room
- Packing Labels and Packing Tape
- Use Packing Paper, Bubble Wrap, Packing Beans or Something Similar
- Use the Proper Boxes
- Know What You Canâ€™t Pack
- Get Rid of Stuff â€“ Schedule a Donation Pick Up, Throw Things Away, Have a Garage Sale
- Research Professional Moving Companies
- Place Dishware in Vertically
- Cover the Tops of Toiletry Bottles with Saran Wrap
- Pack a Clear Plastic Box with Things You Will Need Immediately
- Load Heavy Furniture into the Moving Truck First
- Donâ€™t Underestimate Ziploc Bags â€“ screws, doorknobs, keys, etc.
- Donâ€™t Leave Empty Space in Boxes
- Pack Heavy Items in Smaller Boxes
Waiting until the last minute may be one of the biggest pitfalls you can commit when moving. If you wait until the last minute, you may end up just throwing stuff in boxes and not knowing where stuff is and packing it in loosely which can cause frustration and bunch of broken goods.
This is a big one. It will be much easier to unpack when you pack this way because you will be able to get what you need to quickly and easily while being able to slowly take your time getting through the rest of your stuff.
Packing Labels and Packing Tape
Go to the store and get some packing label, tape, and a new sharpie. Label everything and know exactly what you have and where. When you get to your new home, you wonâ€™t feel dazed and confused and will be able to settle in much quicker.
Use Packing Paper, Bubble Wrap, Packing Beans or Something Similar
Please use these tools. They will help make your move so much easier and will prevent your fragile materials from breaking during the move.
Go to a moving store and get actual moving boxes. Boxes from your local liquor or grocery store usually wonâ€™t be able to hold nearly as much as these boxes, and they are unreliable and may break under the weight of whatever you put in it. It would suck to have all of your dishware break the day of moving in.
Know What You Canâ€™t Pack
There are some things that either you wonâ€™t want to pack, shouldnâ€™t pack or simply cannot pack. These may include, personal identification information such as insurance information, social security cards, and drivers licenses. You may also not want to pack sentimental items such as family photos that you want to make sure make it to your destination. There are also some things that you cannot pack
Get Rid of Stuff â€“ Schedule a Donation Pick Up, Throw Things Away, Have a Garage Sale
Take this opportunity to get rid of things you donâ€™t need. As you are packing to move, youâ€™ll realize that you have a bunch of stuff that you donâ€™t use anymore. Get rid of it and have a lot more room in your new home for ACTIVITIES!
Research Professional Moving Companies
After you have everything organized, hiring a professional moving company makes things a lot easier on moving day and takes a lot of stress off of you. Just make sure everything is packed tightly in boxes and labeled well so you and the movers know exactly where everything goes when you get to your new home.
This will end up saving a lot of space. Just make sure you use plenty of packing paper to wrap the dishware in and then use packing beans or more packing paper to fill in the empty spaces to avoid shifting and breaking plates.
Cover the Tops of Toiletry Bottles with Saran Wrap
Simply placing saran wrap over your toiletry bottles and screwing the cap back on will keep them from leaking all over the place and from you having to clean it all up. Wouldnâ€™t want all of your clothes to get ruined as youâ€™re moving, would you?
Pack a Clear Plastic Box with Things You Will Need Immediately
Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ve been there. You just moved into your new place and all of your boxes are inside and itâ€™s the end of the day. You start to look for your toothbrush, sheets, pillows and other items that you may need, yet they are nowhere to be found. This can easily be fixed by using a clear plastic container and packing these necessary items in it so that when you get to your final destination, they are easily found. P.S. Make sure you put in a fresh set of sheets and put them on the bed first so that at the end of your moving day, you are not looking frantically for the sheets so you can finally go to bed.
Load Heavy Furniture into the Moving Truck First
This helps with balance of the moving truck
Donâ€™t Underestimate Ziploc Bags â€“ screws, doorknobs, keys, etc.
As you are packing, keep a handful of plastic bags on hand along with a sharpie marker and a specific box just for these Ziploc bags. You will be able to place any loose screws, doorknobs, keys, etc in these and when you are unpacking, youâ€™ll be able to quickly locate them should you need to.
Donâ€™t Leave Empty Space in Boxes
This was kind of mentioned throughout, but it should be stressed. Use all of the empty space given. This prevents shifting and makes it to where you or the moving company will have to move fewer boxes.
Pack Heavy Items in Smaller Boxes
A bunch of heavy items in a large box is a common complaint among professional movers. Think about it, would you want to move a large box full of heavy books? Probably not. Just think about what you are putting in your boxes and how much it will weigh when you are done and if you will be able to carry it or not.