Packing is a substantial part of the whole moving – right from planning it, making the lists with things to take, supplying the packing materials, packing your belongings and loading the truck. This process takes a long time to arrange so as soon as you know you are moving get ready to start packing. In order to save time and money try to be consecutive, practical, efficient and timely. This guide will give you a checklist as to how to do it.
Checklist on How to Pack for Moving
- In the first place your packing starts with deciding what’s for packing. Take a look at every room and other premises in your home like attic, garden, basement and etc. Set aside everything you are not going to pack and move. It will go into other directions like donations or a moving sale. Remember: the less you take, the less you will have to pack, the lower the expenses for your moving will be. Remember when you pack for moving that it can be fun too. Try to stay positive during the process. Involving your kids can make it fun for them too.
- Include the rest of your items into a list. Make a section in it for every room in your house like kitchen, living room, kids’ room and so on. This is going to be your inventory list that you will use further on not only for a packing checklist but also to inform the movers what you are moving so this is an important step. What really matters is will you be transporting glasses, cups, dishes, china, electronics and other breakable items. They will need to be handled with care and you do need to pack them carefully and have enough packing materials at your disposal, too.
- Now that you are ready with the inventory list take care of the packing supplies. Take your list and following the items in it plan how many boxes you will need to supply, tape, scissors, packing paper, bubble wrap and markers for the boxes. How many boxes and what size do you need for the packing? How much tape and packing paper? You need to be clear on which packing materials you will need so that you can make a list of them, too, and go to the store to pick them up. If you supply all you need to pack your belongings at once you will save a lot of time wondering around stores back and forth. This is one of the most important steps and it is also considered the best way to pack for moving.
- If you don’t want to engage yourself with the packing materials you can ask your mover to do it. Supplying the packing materials may be free and whatever you don’t use you can give back and the movers won’t charge you for that. Movers offer to do the packing itself, too. But before you ask the moving company to give you the things to pack with ask them about this service – how does it take place, what is the moving company policy, what is the cost, when do the packing materials get delivered, when are they taken back, when do you pay for the packing materials, etc. Every mover has a different list with services that they offer and their corresponding prices of course so just ask before you sign or agree to anything. Fill in the free cost estimator and receive feedback from moving experts and discuss packing with them. They will give you all the particular information that you need which refers to their moving company.
- An extra tip: larger items, delicate things and electronics like a sofa or a collectors’ painting for example better be packed by the mover since you don’t want to damage it. Moving experts know how to pack – they have experience and have had the special training in order to do that well. Furthermore for some of these items you may have hard time finding the proper way to pack it – how do you wrap up a large painting for example? Just a blanket won’t do. The packing for these is especially made so consult your mover in advance – they will tell you what is the safest packing.
- Now that the packing materials are available you can begin to pack. Begin room by room. Place at the bottom of the box heavier items and lighter ones on top. After you pack a box label it with the marker by writing on the sides and on top the room to which the box belongs and the content, for example “Bedroom. Clothes”. This will give you a direction how to pack the truck and later where to place the boxes in your next home so that the unpacking will be faster. Do not make the boxes too heavy when you pack them because they may break. After a box is packed well, seal it well and tight with packing tape. If you want to be more specific and add extra information about the content of each box during packing place inside a sheet with information like “Kids’ clothes, shoes and toys”.
- Don’t forget for an “Open me first” box. Pack in it the things you will need for your first few days at your new home until you are done unpacking. Place in this box hand towels, soap and shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, hairbrushes, a bath towel for each person, a knife, spoons, forks, some cups and dishes, a pot, a pan and may be some sweets like a chocolate bar in case someone gets really hungry. Think about what else you are going to be using in the last few days at your current home and pack it in this box.
- When you are ready and everything is packed a good idea is to think about how to load the moving truck. The best way would be to place the large furniture at the bottom and on it begin to arrange boxes with heavier items. On top of them put lighter things like clothes or towels so you don’t break anything.
- You can use your own blankets and sheets in the truck to cushion the items carried and for extra protection.
- Clean after yourself. Collect the garbage and throw it away.
- Take a look in all rooms in your home before locking it up to make sure you ave taken everything.
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Posted on May 7, 2012; Last updated: Sep 4, 2012