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Top 10 packing tips

When it comes to moving, the most stressful part can definitely be packing up all your stuff and making sure you don’t forget anything. That’s why a lot of people hate packing and most people just straight up hire packers and movers to do it for them. But there isn’t really a need to hate packing when you have all the tips and tricks you need at your disposal, so before you actually start packing up or calling some packers and movers, consider this list first and look through it yourself. Maybe it’ll come in handy and save you a couple of bucks, or maybe it will just make your life a lot easier and stress free when you know everything you’ll ever need to know about packing itself. Sit tight and read on since your moving days are about to get a lot easier.

1. Start planning

Most planning starts before you actually call or schedule anything, so the same goes here. Before actually packing up even the first box, you should do a couple of things. Start calling utility companies, that way you won’t forget to do it later, and you can set up a cut off date instead of suddenly calling and cancelling everything. Check every site and local mover you can, get a quote from multiple to find out which ones are the most affordable movers but still professional, check to see if they offer both packers and movers and check what prices they offer and if there are any additional costs. Set up a rough estimate of everything you could pay for and mark up a budget. Many sites have a kind of packing calculator which will give you an estimate of boxes you will need, obviously this won’t be the correct count but it’s an approximate that will certainly help.

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2. Recycling and selling

Every list has to have this tip, and it’s for a good reason. Decluttering or just straight up recycling and selling stuff you don’t need is the easiest way to start off your moving or packing journey. Packers and movers can’t really know what you need and what you don’t need without asking you, so before actually deciding if you’ll want to do packing yourself or calling some packers and movers, make a list of everything that you’ll want to get rid of. The list will be helpful later on down the line especially if some of the furniture you have isn’t coming with you in the move, more importantly selling things you don’t need both cuts down on the amount of time and packaging material as well as gives you more starting money to have leeway in your budget.

3. Save some money on packing

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Saving some money should always be on your mind no matter what budget you have, since you don’t want to overpay for a service you can easily do yourself. Look at options most packers and movers offer, do they charge additionally for renting a truck or van, do you really need all new boxes for your items? Most of the time you don’t, so in that case just look online from site to site, as well as go to some local shops that will maybe just give out boxes for free if they want to clear some space. However, when it comes to valuable stuff you wouldn’t want breaking, maybe do consider getting all new boxes and good packing material since that amount of money can be small compared to if a valuable item is lost or broken. Even consider picking the days in which to move if you have the option to, since a lot of the time mid-week moves are usually cheaper than the end of the week.

4. How to pack effectively

Packing is the most important part of moving and the most time consuming, so you should use your time effectively even if you booked packers and movers. Considering that a lot of the time most packers and movers won’t know where to put down boxes, you should mark every box so that when you get to your new home you can easily tell where each box belongs, another way of doing this is to color code a certain room with the boxes that go into said room. An additional form of efficient packing is to set an hour or two aside for every day and in that period all you’ll be doing is packing stuff up, that way you won’t get overwhelmed with packing huge amounts of things in a single day and you won’t be as tired.

5. Use of other carrying items

Most of the time packers and movers have a defined list of items that they won’t move, so before you actually pack things in suitcases and bags, ask your local movers and packers if they allow such things. After you’ve confirmed what they allow and don’t allow, start packing accordingly. Start with your closets or dressers, don’t empty out the drawers and leave them in there wrapped with plastic wrap. If that makes the dresser or closet too heavy to carry or move, remove the whole drawer and just wrap the top of it in plastic wrap so things don’t fall out. Use your suitcases and pots as a way to eliminate the need for more boxes, pots can hold many smaller items as long as you cover the top with something, and suitcases can be filled with items that are heavier since wheels alleviate any need of carrying it around. 

6. Clothes and spills

Spills can happen regularly even when you’re certain a bottle or jar is closed all the way, to eliminate this accident you should put plastic wrap on the lids of everything that could spill, this way you save a lot of time and money if it accidentally leaks and ruins any clothes. On the other hand if you have clothes on hangers and don’t have any wardrobe boxes, group them together and put garbage bags over them instead of using up more space from packing them in a normal box. Most packers and movers decline moving liquids or containers with gases in them, since they are more accident prone than the common stuff, so you should probably pack a whole box of only liquids and things that are on the ban list of most packers and movers and carry them yourself in your own car or transport.

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7. Softening the blow

Using your household items as a way of packaging glass and other breakable stuff never came across  your mind but now that you’ve read it, you really can’t imagine not doing it. It saves both packing room as well as money since you won’t need to spend as much on packing materials. Use cloths and towels as a way to separate plates and keep everything neatly packed in boxes where there is a lot of breakable stuff. Also use some of your softer clothes, like socks, t-shirts and hoodies to cover some glasses and mugs as well as provide a good padding for some more complicated and fragile items like lamps or vases. Going over kitchen utensils you should really cover them in some kitchen rags and maybe even tie them up with rubber bands so they don’t fly around everywhere. Also make sure that your hired packers and movers have insurance covering any damages to your goods, and if not the general advice is to look for better and more professional packers and movers.

8. Don’t rely on memory

Let’s be honest, remembering what you ate last week for breakfast is a tough one for a lot of people, but even more harder than that is to remember which box contains what, obviously having marked things you have the general idea of the items in the box but snapping a quick photo before closing it up can really prove to be useful since you’ll get a view of the items on top and your memory can do the rest. That way if you want to unpack things in a certain order you can always look at the photos and have general ideas of where everything is. The same goes for electronics if you aren’t tech-savvy, considering a lot of people aren’t, you should also take photos of the ports and connections on the back of all your appliances and devices, most of the time the packers and movers you’ve hired won’t go out of their way to connect everything up again so this ensures that you won’t need to spend time surfing the internet looking for tutorials as well as save you a visit from an angry relative that thinks you should know this kind of stuff.

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9. Essentials

The essentials box or suitcase is the most important thing you can have, other than the valuables box, and this is where a lot of people go wrong. Most of the time people just put everything in boxes without second thought and at the end, when everything is packed and you’re just waiting for your packers and movers to come around, you get the urge for a quick snack or need to go to the bathroom, but that’s where you’re out of luck since those things are somewhere lost in the sea of boxes that are waiting to be moved. To escape that, you should really look into leaving everything essential for the last day of packing, even going out of your way to mark an essentials box that you’ll keep on top of everything else for easy access. Just as the name suggests you should pack the bare essentials in this box, from medications to chargers, some basic toiletries and a change of clean clothes. This also ensures that when the packers and movers are leaving your new home and you’re about ready to go to sleep, you won’t need to look through all those unopened boxes since you can easily access your essentials box or bag.

10. The last day

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Moving can be a tiresome task, but the last day finally came and your packers and movers are coming tomorrow to help you move into your new home. But you forgot something, your fridge and pantry is still full of food that will go to waste from all the heat of a truck container. To avoid this type of situation you should definitely put off buying excess food during the period of preparing to move, and try to use up every last bit of food you have in both your fridge and pantry. However, when it comes to frozen food and food that will go bad being out of the fridge for longer periods of time, you should look into donating them to a local charity or homeless shelter, that way the food you have doesn’t go to waste and helps a good cause. Some food on the other hand can’t go bad and you should remember to pack it up a day or two before moving day, just keep in mind some packers and movers don’t allow liquids so you will probably have to carry it yourself.

Conclusion

In conclusion, be prepared for any kind of hurdle you can face, and don’t let it stress you too much, as long as you planned ahead of time you won’t need to bother with last minute packing. Packers and movers of Movers Long Beach will help you achieve that task with minimal effort and stress. Our packers and movers are professional, experienced and have a long track record of being in this industry, our trucks are the best of the best and are completely safe and clean for all your belongings. The customer support we offer is top of the notch and will offer a free estimate as well as a moving quote that will help you decide if you want to book our packers and movers, on that note booking is really simple and easy and only requires a phone call or two. Our business is done fully transparent with no additional or extra charges and to top it off, it all comes at an affordable price that fits most people’s budgets. Accidents happen all the time, but don’t worry our packers and movers are fully licensed and insured, so you don’t need to worry about any damage. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to send over our packers and movers to help you move into your new home without any issues.