Packing and moving to a new home or apartment can be overwhelming. Let us give you a checklist of our professional packing tips to make sure your move is as stress free, efficient, and your items are not damaged.
1. Give yourself extra time to pack
Give yourself at least 1-2 weeks to neatly and carefully pack. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. This is crucial especially if it’s your first time moving. You might not realize how much items you actually have. And you might need more packing supplies such as boxes. Box up your shampoo and extra toothpaste and live out of a travel cosmetic case for the last week or two.
2. Make a Special Box
When you first begin unpacking your boxes, you will probably be looking for items you need immediately after you move such as any important medications, paperwork, passports, checkbooks, car keys, etc. Make a couple of these important priority boxes and pack up anything you may need in the days immediately after your move. Be sure to label these appropriately (i.e. “Keep Accessible”, “Need Access”, etc.)
3. Boxes to Avoid
Do not use boxes smaller than 1.0 cubic foot: Otherwise you will spend a lot of time assembling boxes. It will also take us longer to stack them and to pack them on the truck.
Do not use boxes larger than 5 cubic ft: Larger boxes are far more cumbersome and difficult to move. They also have a tendency to fall apart.
Make sure the cardboard is thick enough to support the weight of the items you are packing in the box.
1.5 cubic feet (Book boxes): As the name suggests, this size should be used for packing books and heavier items (magazines, liquids, etc.)
3.0 cubic feet (Medium): These are useful for packing kitchen items, such as utensils and small appliances. You can also use them to pack properly protected delicate items such as coffee mugs, everyday plates and bowls.
4.5 cubic feet (Large): Use these for folded clothes, shoes, purses, bedding, linens, pots and pans, Tupperware, cleaning supplies, and basically any light non- fragile items.
Mini– (Dishpacks): Roughly the same size as Medium boxes, they are constructed of thicker, reinforced cardboard. You should use them for very fragile items, such as china and stemware.
Dishpacks (5.02 cubic ft): Use these for larger, very fragile items, such as vases, sculptures, and breakable lampshades.
You can use newspaper but we recommend buying packing paper (blank newsprint). It will save you hours of fumbling around opening newspapers or cutting bubble wrap. It is also inexpensive.
We strongly recommend using reinforced cardboard boxes (Dish Packs.)
Fill the bottom of your boxes with crumpled up packing paper/newspaper. You want about a 1-inch buffer when the paper is loosely crumpled. You should also do this at the top of the box before you seal it.
Wrap larger plates individually in 1- 2 sheets of paper, and pack them standing on their edge, not flat like on a table. This is a HUGE mistake people make. You should also pack framed photos and sheets of glass in the same manner.
If you wish, you can bundle smaller plates together by folding the same sheets of paper over to separate each plate. Pack cups, glasses, and bowls standing up, as you would see them on a table. You should also pack glass bottles this way. Don’t stack anything on top of very thin glass or china. If you are packing smaller items, you can fit several layers in each box by separating them with more crumpled paper.
Make sure each box is full. Fill any empty space with packing paper. This will stop items moving around and prevent the box from crushing. This is another HUGE mistake people make.
Don’t Forget to Label these boxes as “FRAGILE”
6. Sealing and Labeling boxes
Taking a few extra moments in this step will really pay off when you’re unpacking! Knowing what’s inside you boxes will make it easy to place them in the correct rooms, making unpacking more efficient! You don’t want to be moved into your new place hunting for a missing item, tearing through all your boxes making a mess.
Designate a color for each room in the new home, such as yellow for kitchen, red for living room, etc. Use a colored sticker/label for each box. Then, put a matching sticker on the door to each room. The movers will know where to put everything when they arrive at the destination.
Take a little extra care to tape the bottom of each box before you begin packing it.
Tape the top when it’s full.
If your don’t want to use colors, write the name of the room you want it to be placed in at your final destination.
You should also write a brief description of the contents of each box in case you need to find something in a hurry.
Be sure to label fragile items accordingly.
Did you wait until the last minute or have to Move Tomorrow?
A lot of people don’t get as much done as they hope before the move day.
If you find yourself in this situation, don’t panic.
Ideally, you should let us know the day before your move. We will be sure to bring enough materials and manpower to get everything done.
Our team will get the job done quickly.
Call us: (714) 654-5343