Most people think that they know all there is to know about packing. After all, how hard can be it be? You take your items and you put them in boxes. Easy, peasy. Well, this kind of thinking is bound to ruin your items and probably your entire relocation. So, before you start clumsily putting plates next to each other in an improper box, read our packing guide. By doing so you will do yourself and anyone helping you a huge favor.
Why you need to follow a packing guide
The most common cause of moving accidents and one of the biggest moving mistakes is improper packing. What happens is that some smart guy doesn’t want to spend 15 minutes reading one and ends up ruining their relocation and putting everyone involved in danger. They use improper tools and forget to count in the weight of the items. This leads to ripped boxes and broken items. So, in order to have a safe relocation, keep on reading.
Getting packing supplies
The first thing you need to do is to get some packing supplies. The best time to start doing so is around a month before moving. How many packing supplies will you need? You don’t know, do you? So, what you need to do is to make an inventory list. Try to go over all the items that you want to be transported and figure out how much packing supplies you will need for them. You will also have to factor in fragile items and items that need special packing.
Plus, you will probably need to get rid of certain items as the fewer items you have the cheaper your move will be. Overall, there is a lot to do, so you better start early.
Free moving boxes
There is no packing guide out there that doesn’t mention free moving boxes. This is especially true when people look for ways to move on a tight budget. Well, all you need to do is to visit your local warehouses and stores and ask them to save you some. Try to think of places that deal with heavy items on a weekly or daily basis. Those places usually use good quality boxes that will be excellent for your relocation.
But, there are two things that you need to keep in mind when looking for free moving boxes. First, do not expect them to be top quality. Most stores use the cheapest possible boxes for their shipment, so don’t the ones that they give you to be any better. Second, you need to start looking a month before packing. That way you will have enough time to get proper ones and discard the bad ones.
Cardboard or plastic
People often think of plastic containers as not being eco-friendly. This is actually far from true. In some cases, plastic containers can be more green then their cardboard counterparts. Especially if you opt for renting them. Not to mention the fact that plastic is sturdier and resilient than cardboard could ever be. So, for your next relocation, consider using plastic containers as a safer alternative to cardboard boxes.
Padding and wrapping
When it comes to padding and wrapping materials, you probably won’t have to buy much. This is because you probably don’t have a lot of fragile items that require special padding and wrapping. And because you have padding materials right at your home. Clothes make for excellent padding and wrapping. Softer thinner clothes made out of cotton make for excellent wrapping as they can be wrapped neatly around fragile items. Thicker clothes like woolen sweaters, on the other hand, are perfectly suited for padding. Use them before you start wasting money on professional padding supplies, even if you can reuse them later on.
Once you have figure out which items you want to pack and have gotten the necessary packing equipment, it is time to deal with the final part of our packing guide. While the packing procedure is pretty straightforward, you need to follow it to the letter. Safe packing is paramount, and if you don’t want to deal with it, hire professional packing services. Do not risk your relocation needlessly.
In essence, there are only a couple of steps that you have to follow for every item:
- Take the items and figure out which box is best suited for them. Remember, you need to fit both the item and the required padding material into the box.
- Not all items require padding, and it is up to you to determine which ones do.
- Wrap the wrapping material around the item.
- Place the padding material into the box, and then put the item.
- Pad the surrounding area carefully so that there is no direct contact between the box and the fragile item.
- Carefully close the box and tape it up.
Have friends help you
Packing may not be complicated, but it can definitely get boring. Especially if you have a lot of stuff to pack. Therefore, it is usually a good idea to invite a friend to help you out. A hardworking, fun friend will halve the time necessary to pack and they will make the whole ordeal much more fun. Just remember to make them read our packing guide so that they have a good idea of how important packing is. You don’t want to invite someone that will simply slack off and do a poor job of packing you. So, be very careful when picking who is going to help you out.
If you don’t have a lot of friends to help you out, consider hiring Brooklyn movers to pack your home professionally. This will save you a lot of time.
Finally, you need to label your boxes. Make sure that you use a marker that is clearly visible on your boxes and writes in big letters. Markdown if the content of the box is fragile and/or heavy. That way you will help make handling the boxes and unpacking them much easier.