You’ve done it! You’ve closed on your new home or signed your new lease. You’re already daydreaming about what life in your new neighborhood is going to be like and bookmarking all of the new restaurants that you are dying to try, but then dread hits you like a semi. You forgot about the one task that every mover loathes like a tax-debt: (shudder) packing. Don’t worry, we’ve got tips so that you can be a smart mover.
1. Pack Room by Room
There’s nothing worse than getting where you’re going and not knowing where to put everything. Make the unloading process easier on you and the movers by making sure to pack room-by-room and label each box with the room that it’s going to. Don’t forget to mark things any glassware boxes as fragile.
2. Moving Boxes: to Free-gan or not to Free-gan
If you want to save a pretty penny on moving boxes, feel free to stop in at your local grocery and hardware stores for their lightly used boxes. However, a lot of movers forget that those boxes aren’t going to have the same weight capacity as sturdy boxes designed for moving. What’s more, having a menagerie of multi-size boxes is only going to make loading the truck that much more time-consuming. If you ask us, stick with the boxes that are designed to protect your valuables from start to finish.
3. Vacuum Sealing Bags
When packing your clothes, your towel sets, and even your duvet, you’ll save more than just space by investing in some cheap vacuum bags. Your boxes may end up a bit heavier, but you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that you’re linens and things aren’t being exposed to the bugs, corrosives, dust, and elements that may or may not seep into your moving experience. And if you have a big wardrobe, PLEASE resist the temptation to overload your vacuum bags. You’ll be able to roll the bags and pack more outfits into each box. If you want to learn more, Matco has more resources available on their website.
4. Use The Right Size Boxes
There’s nothing harder on a mover than a large box filled with books. What’s next, do you want them to haul bricks up and down three flights of stairs before they handle your antique vases? Make the compassionate and smart choice by packing your heaviest items in smaller boxes and label the boxes appropriately.
This is just the tip of the iceberg on how to be a smart mover, so keep an eye out for our next tips on how being a smart packer can save you a lot of headache when you’re unloading.