How to Pack for a Move the Right Way
When it comes to moving to a new home, one of the most stressful and time-consuming tasks is packing up your belongings. It may seem overwhelming, if not downright impossible at first. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. There are many simple ways to make packing for a move a pleasant experience.
Have the Right Supplies
Before you start packing, you’re going to need a few supplies. You can purchase boxes from a moving company or home improvement store, but you can also get them for free from grocery stores and other retailers. Make sure you have padding and blankets to keep your belongings safe and protected, as well as tape to seal your boxes so nothing falls out.
Donate/Sell Unwanted Items
The more stuff you have, the more you’ll have to pack up. Moving offers a great opportunity to scale down on your belongings and get rid of items you no longer need or want. You can sell these items for extra cash or donate them to a local charity.
Pack Room by Room
Focus on packing one room at a time so items don’t get mixed up and don’t move onto another room before you finish packing the first one. This will make it easier to see how much progress you’ve made and give you an idea of how much packing you have left.
Label Boxes Clearly
Make sure to label your boxes clearly by writing a general description of the contents and the room name on top of and on the side of each box.
Make an Inventory
As you pack, create an inventory of your belongings. Assign each box a number and label it, then record what’s in each box with its corresponding number. Check off each number once the boxes are loaded, and again when they’re unloaded at your new home. Making an inventory of your items will help you identify anything that may have been lost in transit, allowing you to file a claim with your moving company (if you hire professional movers).
Know What You Can’t Pack
Many common household items can’t be packed and shipped because they’re hazardous. This includes household cleaners, insecticides and weed killers, and items that could ignite or combust, such as alcohol, propane tanks, and batteries. It’s extremely important that you adhere to these rules or you could be faced with hefty fines from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Hiring a moving company may cost you money, but it can be well worth it, especially if you’re facing a tight deadline. One of the benefits of hiring a professional moving company is that they can do the job quickly and more efficiently. If you need to move a piano, safe, or valuable art that requires special handling and care, consider hiring movers who have experience working with these items.
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