Survival Guide To Your Next Big Move
February 5, 2015
Moving can be an extremely stressful time. While most people look forward to the end result, packing, loading and unpacking can be a real pain. Making sure everything is properly packed so nothing gets broken or left behind can be overwhelming to say the least.
There are some things you can do to make your next move less hectic and time consuming. First, make a checklist to organize everything you need to get done before the move, such as reserving a moving truck and forwarding your mail. Then you can start collecting boxes. If possible, buy new boxes. Boxes that have already been used can get flimsy and the last thing you want is to get a box packed and have to rip or collapse mid move. Start packing up those things you don't use on a regular basis, such as fine china.
Make sure all of your boxes are labeled properly. This will save you time with unpacking. Try to label boxes with the room they go in and whether they should be unpacked first so you aren't spending time searching for the items you need to get put away first. Boxes should also be clearly marked as fragile, if there are breakables inside the box so anyone moving those boxes will use extra care. This can also help when it comes to loading and unloading the moving truck.
Try not to overload your boxes. You should not pack boxes to weigh more than 30 pounds. Not only can it lessen the reliability of the boxes, if they are packed too heavy, but it can also be unsafe for those loading and unloading the boxes. On the flip side of that, you should try not to under pack your boxes. If the boxes are not full, things can move around and possibly get broken.
Take the time to wrap anything that might be breakable with newspaper and bubble wrap. There is nothing worse than getting to your new home or apartment and realizing some of the items most important to you have not survived the move. Make sure you clearly label these boxes as fragile and try to load them last so you can be sure they are placed safely on the truck. If fragile boxes get buried in the back, you risk them being crushed by other boxes or them getting placed on the top of a pile and falling over.
When it comes time to move furniture, use blankets under heavy items so they don't scratch the floor or potentially rip the carpet. You can also use blankets to protect things that could get scratched such as glass cabinets or televisions.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with a move, you can also contact a professional for help. They can help you get your items packed quickly and efficiently and will get them to your new home safely and in one piece and can save you a whole lot of stress and headache in the long run.