Even though you are only moving locally, there are still
many important tasks to complete before your relocation. Packing is one of the
most dreaded and stressful aspects of moving--whether you are moving a thousand
miles or a mere block away. If you are planning a local move, read on for some
tips on how to pack your belongings quickly and effectively.
Get your supplies
The most important part of packing is having the appropriate supplies
. To properly wrap
and protect your belongings, you'll require sturdy, durable
- High-quality moving boxes. You can either purchase professional
moving boxes for a moving supplies retailer, or hunt for freebies on your own.
Just beware--free boxes will not have the same strength and integrity as
new ones. If you do opt to go the free route, check out your local grocery,
liquor or book store--these establishments have the strongest boxes and are
usually willing to let you take your pick.
- Packing paper. Professional packing paper or unprinted newsprint is
used to wrap your belongings and protect them from damage or scratches.
- Bubble wrap. For your most fragile items, the protective air pockets
in bubble wrap will keep your breakables enveloped in cushioning.
- Packing tape. Strong packing tape is important to keep your boxes
securely closed and prevents collapse or lost items.
- Markers. You will need dark, clearly readable markers to label your
boxes by room and indicate which ones contain fragile items.
Even though local movers don't charge you by
the volume of your goods, you'll still end up paying more if it takes longer to
load and unload the truck. Before a move, it's always cost-effective to get rid
of old junk and unwanted items to decrease your moving bill. Have a garage sale
, sell items online
, donate to charity
or simply pass them on to friends and
family. Not only will you save some money on your move, but you will have less
useless junk cluttering up your new home.
Pack least important to most important
To keep your life as
undisturbed as possible, always remember to first pack the items
least crucial to everyday life. If you
begin by stuffing your pots and pans into a box and taping it up, you'll realize
that cooking will become extremely difficult. Begin by packing things you don't
use every day, such out-of-season clothing, books, DVDs and CDs, collectibles,
knickknacks and decorations that have no utility or serve no purpose other than
ornamental. As moving day draws nearer, you can start packing your bedding,
cookware, toiletries, and other daily essentials.
Have everything ready
Local movers charge by the hour, so the
less time they spend loading your belongings into the truck, the less money you
spend. If you have opted to pack your own belongings (rather than pay extra for packing services
) make sure everything is boxed,
taped, labeled and ready to go when the movers arrive. Consolidate all of your
boxes in one room to further streamline the process. If you have a lot of
furniture to move, you can speed things up by handling some disassembly on your
own. However, unless you are confident in your ability to successfully take
apart your furniture without damaging the piece or sustaining injury, it's best
to leave the task to professionals.
Pack valuables with care
You may not be going far, but all it takes is one bump to
send your delicate wine glasses crashing to the floor of the moving truck. Packing fragile items properly
is important to protect them
from cracking, shattering, or sustaining scratches.
- Use quality materials. Don't skimp on the packing materials for
fragile items--make sure boxes are sturdy and strong, and use plenty of
protective wrapping (like bubble wrap)
- Don't rush. Moving is stressful--you will be juggling numerous tasks
in the days leading up to your move. However, packing your fragile items
requires care and diligence. Get your breakables packed up first to avoid
hastily rushing through the process the day before your move.
- Use sufficient padding. When your crystal wine glasses or china
plates are wrapped and placed in their boxes, there should be no negative space
allowing them to shift during transit. Be sure to fill any empty space with
crumpled packing paper or foam peanuts to keep your items stationary on the
moving truck. Test your padding's effectiveness by (very carefully) closing the
box and shaking it. If you can hear your items moving inside, you need to add
- Label properly. Always label any box containing delicate items
"fragile" and "this side up". This will ensure the movers are careful when
handling these boxes and always carry and set them down in the proper
Pack your car
If you are moving locally, you will likely be
driving your vehicle to your destination. This means you can pack your car with
belongings you want to (or have to) leave off of the moving truck. There are
some items that are prohibited or discouraged from transport
movers, either because they are dangerous or irreplaceable.
pack in your own vehicle include:
- Hazardous materials (gasoline, aerosol cans, nail polish remover,
solvents, paint, cleaning supplies, liquor)
- Perishable food (frozen and refrigerated foods, fresh foods, opened
containers of non-perishable foods)
- Pets and plants
- Irreplaceable items (important personal documents, cash, valuable
jewelry, photographs, medical records, keys, medications, financial/bank
Get quotes from local moving services
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local move, the most important task on your list is finding a reputable and
efficient moving company. To begin comparing quotes from professional local
movers in your area, simply fill out our fast and easy quote form
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