If you’ve read our Ways to Save Money on Your Move post, you understand how packing your own items could save you a chunk of money in the moving process. However, do-it-yourself packing can be time consuming and confusing, unless done right. That is why we wanted to give you a resource to help you know and understand the basics of packing your own move!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Quality boxes – Using new, high-quality boxes designed for moving can save you a headache when both packing and unpacking your move.
Bundles of packing paper – New, unprinted paper will help protect your breakables.
Bubble wrap/tissue paper – This can protect your extremely delicate items.
Tape – Good quality packing tape holds your boxes together, so make sure you don’t skimp on this one!
Labels/Markers – These are necessary for remaining organized.
WHAT SHOULD YOU PACK
When packing your house, remember that boxes are easier to transport than miscellaneous shaped items. Any appliances that still have their original boxes, pack them (microwaves, blenders, toasters, etc.). Anything that doesn’t fit in a box, leave up to the moving professionals on move day (furniture, large appliances, etc.)! They make specific boxes for certain items and we recommend using them for what they’re designed for. Wardrobe boxes are meant to house your clothing, small boxes are for items like books, medium boxes are for kitchen appliances, pots and pans, electronic gadgets, etc., and large boxes are for blankets, linens, pillows, etc. Using these boxes for what they are designed for will help your movers when they get ready to load your items onto the truck.
HOW TO WRAP AND PACK YOUR ITEMS
Thankfully, Move & Store’s professional movers will take care of wrapping and padding your larger items, such as furniture and Televisions. However, wrapping your breakables and packing them securely is one of the most important things you can do when packing. When wrapping your items, find an open space, stack a few sheets of paper, start your items at the corner, rolling and folding the edges in when necessary. It is important to remember, the more breakable the item, the more paper/bubble wrap you need to use. When you have finished rolling the paper, secure it with a piece of tape and continue rolling!
Before placing your items in your moving box, you need to line the bottom of the box with a few inches of wadded paper for extra padding. Pack the heavier items at the bottom and lighter items on top. It is important to keep in mind that someone will have to lift these boxes, so don’t overload them. Fill any open areas with wadded paper and the seal your box with tape.