Planning a long-distance move across the nation? These pro packing tips can come in handy to help your belongings stay secure and intact when they reach your new home. Read on to learn how to avoid common pitfalls of moving anything from breakables and heirlooms to heavy pieces of furniture across state lines.
Prep for Moving Success!
Good preparation is the key to success with any great venture, and moving is no exception. While it does take some time to look for a new home and find a good moving company, these are often considered to be part of the excitement of moving. However, there are two time-consuming moving tasks that many people mistakingly put off till the last minute.
- Removing Unwanted or Unused Items - Let's face it. Taking the time each week to declutter all the rooms in your current home is likely not high on your list of thrilling adventures in life. However, this task has a major role to play in the packing process as the number of items leftover after the decluttering process will directly impact the amount of space needed in a truck or storage facility for the move. Therefore, it is important to set aside a designated time in advance of the move to remove these unused items in each room. If possible, tackling one room in your home per week can be a helpful and attainable goal. The good news is there are many hidden perks of this less popular task such as re-discovering things long forgotten, renting a smaller moving truck for a lower fee, using fewer hours to move your lightened household load and selling those items that are no longer needed for extra moving or holiday gift buying cash. With rewards like that, maybe it should be on the list of life's thrilling adventures!
- Packing and Unpacking Belongings - Now, this is a chore that does not have many added benefits other than the satisfaction of knowing your valuables are safe from harm. But, don't underestimate the advantage that peace-of-mind offers during this transitional time. By using the correct size and shape of box for the items and wrapping all fragile belongings individually, a good portion of your fears can be put to rest long before the moving day arrives. Add wrapping paper and a large bow for increased unwrapping fun, especially when moving near the holidays! Our pro planning tip is to pack and declutter at the same time. Move the unused items into a pile to donate or sell as you go through the items for packing. This way, you go through the drawers, bins, closets, and cabinets once, and this process may be completed well in advance of the move. After all, buyers only expect to see a few staged decorative pieces on display when they walk through your home.
Spring for Sturdier Boxes
One trick the pros use is purchasing small to medium heavy-duty boxes for such items as books and plates. These items may not be heavy on their own. However, in collections, they can weigh more than one person can carry. By distributing the weight across a few of the sturdier boxes that are designed to hold heavier items, moving these belongings into the moving truck will be a breeze thereby reducing both the move time and the risk of dropping your fine china.
Photograph and Label Everything
As you pack your boxes, take note of what is going in them. A label with the room the box in which should be placed at the new home along with a general description of the contents should be clearly visible. Also, by numbering your boxes, and keeping a list with the general contents beside each box number, you will be able to sort through the boxes quickly to find those top priority items you need to open first at the next home. Photographing your box contents as well as each of your furniture pieces is another great way to stay organized while helping with any insurance claims should any damage occur during the move.
Closing the Gap
On moving day, it is always best to add bubble wrap, foam inserts, newspaper, or other appropriate padding materials to any open spaces in boxes containing fragile items. With boxed paintings, boxed televisions, and wrapped furniture, you may think your work is done as they have been properly prepared for their long-distance move. However, adding a layer of protection with cardboard and padded blankets in between the items will further protect them from harm should shifting occur along the route across the country.
Let the Professionals do the Heavy Lifting
While a DIY move is often less expensive upfront than hiring a professional moving crew, the risk of injury may not be worth the cost savings. Some things are worth paying more for, and hiring pros to lift your heavier items may be one of them. Before trying to lift your furniture on your own, consider the time and financial costs should you get injured. The good news for those trying to save money is most moving companies have a variety of services enabling you to be in charge of how much or how little of the move you want them to manage.
Although moving across the country can seem overwhelming, these packing tips can help you breathe easier knowing your belongings will be properly secured and safely delivered because you used the proper packing materials. Plus, because you thought ahead to take pictures and label each box, you will have the documentation you need should there be any unexpected damage during transport and the helpful information you want to have handy when you are searching for the box with your child's favorite toys. Lastly, by using a professional moving crew, the risk of damage further decreases along with your risk of injury leaving you to enjoy your new home and surrounding area worry-free! So, go ahead, bring on the long-distance moving tasks. This one move you are ready to tackle!