You never realize how much stuff you’ve accumulated until it’s time to move. Another thing is amount and different packing supplies you need to properly store everything for the big move. When you’ve filled your first few boxes, though, you’ll see there are a lot of items stuffed in one place. And you’d hate to see any of them damaged in the move.
That’s why we’ve created this post about packing supplies. We’ll go through the packing and moving supplies you’ll need and how best to pack your boxes. We also provide expert packing services if you would like us to handle the work for you.
Packing Supplies and Moving Equipment
Packing up your home or corporate location means that you’ll need the following on hand:
- Crates or moving boxes
- Pads and blankets to protect exposed furniture from scratches
- Filler material for the box, like packing peanuts or packing foam made of thicker, stronger cardboard to protect your items better.
You also don’t have to worry about these boxes tearing easily, or the bottoms falling out during a move. Buying your boxes adds a little to the price of the move. But, when you weigh that up against the costs of replacing goods broken during a move, it’s minimal.
And, of course, if we’re talking about family valuables, you really can’t afford to take a chance.
Learn to Pack the Right Way
How you pack the boxes is as important as the boxes that you use to do so. Here are some tips for getting this right:
- Choose a logical plan of attack for the packing. Will you pack room by room, or group like items together? Where will you start?
- Give yourself plenty of time. If you’re rushing to get boxes packed because you left everything to the last minute, you’ll take shortcuts to save time. It’s better to start packing a few weeks beforehand. Pack away items you won’t need in the interim.
- Closer to the moving date, create a personal box for each family member. Here you’ll pack in essentials like toiletries, washcloths, toothbrushes, and so on. Take these with you in the car or mark them very clearly.
- With the packing materials, you can get creative. Wrap glassware in clothing, tablecloths, and so on. Use more clothes to make sure that the box is tightly packed. This will keep some of the plastic out of the landfill.
- Take photos of the electrical setup of your stereo and TV systems. That way you’ve got a reference for when you have to set up on the other side.
- When packing, be sure to place the heavier items at the bottom of the box. Then fill it up from there. Also, consider the weight of the box as you’re filling it. Spread the load between boxes if necessary.
- As you pack one box, label it with the contents and a number. That way, you’ll know how many boxes there are in total and will be able to see what’s in them at a glance. Here is a great reference on how to pack your boxes properly for your move.
- When packing delicate items, it’s best to err on the side of caution. Rather overwrap in these cases. Make sure that packed items don’t clink together by covering them. Finally, pack the boxes neatly so that there is less space around each item.
- Bubble wrap or newspaper
- Tape – lots of tape
If you have these items on hand, good for you. If not, give us a call, we can arrange any of the packing supplies that you need. We’re here to make your moving experience easier. And, we get these items at a much lower price than you can, so you get a great deal too.
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