Organizing a Move? It All Starts with the Packing
Published on Monday, 28 May 2012
You think that you properly sealed a box containing a stack of towels. Once you pick up the box from the floor, the bottom part gives and all your clean towels fall off. If you packed breakable glasses in there, they would have broken into bits on the floor. This just goes to show how important it is to properly pack your things when moving. Aside from making sure that the individual boxes are properly sealed, you need to make sure that the items inside will not move when the truck or van goes through a bump on the road. In the following section, we will take a look at how you can have an organized and damage-free move by dishing out professional packing tips.
What You Need to Know about Packing
The technique to properly packing your things during a move is to do it the way that a professional would. Here's a quick look at how you can do just that:
1. Doing the packing yourself will save you a lot of money.
When you first plan a move, the main task that you need to get out of the way is to get in touch with a removals company. You can take your pick from companies which offer full service moves where they can professionally pack and unpack your things. Or, you can go with the traditional moving services which only involve loading and unloading your boxes of stuff from one address to another.
If you are working with a tight budget for the move, then it definitely makes sense to do the packing yourself. Hiring full service movers do cost a lot because of the professional packing and unpacking tasks added on to the package - which is bound to cost you in the long run.
2. The material that an item is made of can give you an idea about how it should be ideally packed.
Items made from plastic are probably the easiest to pack because you can just pile them all onto a box without the possibility of them breaking. But for your grandmother's china, your kitchen gadgets, your electronic gadgets and electrical appliances, these would need to be packed with special care. Ask the removals company whether they offer professional grade boxes for these items so that they will not be scratched or broken during the move. If possible, return the electrical items in their original boxes so that they'll be easier to transport.
3. Always take along with you your jewelry items and other handy but valuable possessions.
You would not want your pricey jewelry pieces to be lost during a move, so bring them along with you instead of packing them away in boxes. The same thing holds true for other valuable pieces that you have.
4. You should not pack any flammable items - moving companies are prohibited from even loading them onto the truck.
Lastly, do not load your stock of petrol, paints, gas, thinners, oil lamps or anything flammable and stow them away in boxes. For safety purposes, the movers will not even load them onto the truck if a box contains of these items. By following these tips, you can pack your things like a pro and have a move that's as hassle-free as possible.
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