Pack Items Properly to Make Moving a Breeze
Moving to a new home is a large undertaking for anyone and something that most people dread. What is an even bigger headache than moving? Arriving at your new place and finding that your belongs were damaged, destroyed or lost in the process. Packing items safely and conveniently for the movers is the most important part of making your move go as smoothly as possible. Follow these tips to ensure that your belongings make it from your old home to your new home in one piece.
Use Plastic Containers Instead of Cardboard Boxes
The last thing you want to do in your new home is open up a box and find that the contents have been damaged by water or completely ruined because the bottom of the box fell out. Prevent such disasters by investing in plastic containers with lids. They only cost a few dollars each and can be re-used as storage containers or ice chests. Long distance movers recommend these containers for moves greater than 200 miles.
Label Boxes by Room
You can make the task of unpacking a breeze if you pack items that go in the same room together and label the boxes by room. For example, pack your cookware and utensils together and write “kitchen” on the box. Ask the movers to place each box in the appropriate room for you to save even more time.
Save Factory Boxes for Electronics and Fragile Items
Expensive and fragile items, such as televisions, computers and small kitchen appliances travel best in the boxes they came in. When you buy these items, save the boxes to re-pack your items for safe moving. If you have already discarded the box, you can buy specially made boxes from shipping companies or purchase a used box online.
Avoid Packing Perishable Food Items
No moving company wants to transport food items that may leak or go bad during the move. Long distance movers may charge a fee if rotten food leaves a smell or a mess in the moving truck. Plan to use up your perishable food items and avoid purchasing groceries that you will not eat before the move.
If you have any perishable food left on moving day, discard it or give it away to a neighbor. Non-perishable items like canned goods, boxed pasta and spices are less risky, but it is still a better idea to transport any food items in your own vehicle rather than the moving truck.
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