How to Pack and Prepare for your Move

How to Pack and Prepare for your Move

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The SOLD sign is finally pegged. Your title company has all the paperwork involved fixed up, making you the rightful owner of the house. What next?

Well, packing and moving or the second most stressful bit of the whole process—second to buying a new house.

While owning a new home can be an exciting experience in itself, let’s NOT forget that it calls for a whole lot of commitment and energy. You may hire furniture removalists to help you with the heavy lifting. But to ensure a smooth flow and that all your valuables remain valuable by the end of it all, there is a list of things to be taken into consideration.

Packing material

First, get all the packing material ready; moving boxes, padding bubble wraps X-Acto-knife, Scissors, tape, and wrapping papers (plain papers, not newspapers as they tend to leave newsprint on stuff).

For a more eco-friendly move, get biodegradable bubble wraps and recycled boxes. Some moving companies sell the boxes at a cut-price.

Prepare to pack

Before you embark on packing, take a little time to counter check the number of boxes you have to see if they are actually enough. To save yourself from uncalled for errands and desperation, it’s always good to ensure that you have more boxes than you’ll need to pack all your belongings. Speaking of which, you’ll need a minimum of 100 boxes if you’re moving from an 8-bedroom house, 50 boxes if it’s a 4-bedroom house and at least 20 boxes for a 2 or 3-bedroom house.

It’s also important that you dispose all the stuff you hardly use. Go through your stuff and donate some of things you’ve barely touched for the past one year and donate them to charities or sell them on eBay.

Any item that’s likely to cause damages to the content in transit should also be disposed with immediate effect. Dispose any propane, aerosol or propane can you have. Not forgetting barbeque tanks, fireworks, oxygen fire extinguishers and any other item requiring extra handling care.

Packing Tips

Packing is best done one room at a time. Make sure each of the boxes you use is clearly labelled, with its content and the destination room (kitchen, bedroom and so forth). It’s important that you keep the labelling more specific to make the unpacking process easier.

Secondly, try to keep the weight of the content in the boxes reasonable. If the items are a lot heavier, stack them in smaller boxes to make them easy to move around.

It’s also advisable NOT to tape painted or polished wood finishes directly, as removing them might end up ruining the surfaces.

Tip number four demands that you double-box fragile items, accompanied by lots of cushioning. If there are extra spaces between the items in the box, fill them up using wrapping papers or any other cushioning material you have.

Furniture, sheds and swings should be disassembled a day before the actual day of moving to avoid unnecessary confusion. Disassemble all the pieces, placing the nuts and bolts in clearly labelled plastic bags and put into one fitting carton.

For larger and heavier furniture, you’ll have to inform furniture removalists in advance and, if too many, arrange for them to be transported separately, preferably a day or two before the actual move.


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