Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Careful Packing Tips When You're Relocating

So, you've decided to relocate and settle at a new place. Although relocating can be exciting, the necessary packing of things, on the other hand, can be pretty distressing and frustrating at times.

It demands a lot of time and effort to pack things carefully. After all, you'll need to unpack the things that you pack, and would surely wish the procedure to be swift. However, incorrect planning may put you through undue stress after relocating, especially while unpacking your items.

Nevertheless, in this article, you'll come across some of the most helpful tips to consider while relocating. Notably, these tips concern packing and shipping tasks necessary when moving to a new place.

Read on to learn about these helpful packing tips.

Declutter Unnecessary Items
The very first thing that you can do to alleviate your stress is to list out the things that matter and that don't. For instance, there may be old clothes that you may no longer need. Packing and bringing these unnecessary items along, will only demand more effort and put you through stress.

The best thing is to trash such items. Or you can donate these items to thrift stores or maybe someone who needs it more than you do. Alternatively, you can also sell most of the useless items. Remember the old saying, 'someone's trash is another person's treasure.'

Pack Large Items First
Most often, people miss out on small items only to realize they are unpacked in the end. You can avoid missing these small items by packing the large ones first. For instance, the vase in the corner of your living room. Packing it before packing photo frames can bring the hidden and tiny items such as your paintbrush into plain sight.

Moreover, packing large items can clear the space to ease the packing procedure. After all, you'll need space to store the things that you pack. Additionally, it can also help plan your packing for small items, so that you don't have to keep cross-checking every time you tape a box.

Sweep Room To Room
When packing your items, it is advisable to have a sweeping plan. In other words, consider which room you'll wish to pack first before you move on to the next one. For instance, starting with your kitchen items can be a good idea. Later you can sweep items in your living room and then move further to bedrooms and so on.

Most importantly, you need to keep track of the items that you are packing. And to assist you with easy tracking, it is wise to start packing early and that too for specific hours every day. For instance, you can plan to pack your belongings every evening for an hour after you return home from work. This would not just simplify the process, but keep you stress-free at the same time.

Label Items & Keep Note
Most importantly, you'll wish to be able to find the boxes for different rooms. Or maybe, you need to take out a particular item before you open the rest of the boxes. Fiddling through the boxes to find a single item is surely a wasting task and possibly frustrating as well. But, you can avoid the hassle.

The easiest way is to label the boxes with the rooms. For instance, label the box that contains your apparel as ‘wardrobe’, and kitchen cutlery as ‘pantry items’. This would not just help you find the items easily but also save you from stressing over lost or misplaced items. Additionally, you can maintain a list of things that you put into these boxes. After all, your whole room can’t fit into just one box!

Reduce Packages Smartly
Another stress while packing is the increasing number of luggage that you need to move. Even though you try packing only the important ones, you can still not avoid the number of boxes from increasing as you pack. And it gets pretty tough to carry all your boxes in one go.

However, there's a smart excuse for these increasing pieces of luggage- you can use your clothing and other soft items as packing materials. For instance, when packing your glassware, you can use your towel to provide extra support while transportation. Additionally, you may also need to look for storage that can accommodate your luggage satisfactorily. Travis Burns from says that when choosing a storage unit, it is smart to pick one a bit bigger than you think you need. This could save you from the hassle of handling the unnecessary luggage at the time of the move, and you can collect them at some time later after you’ve moved.

Disassemble Furniture In The End
Your furniture should be the last thing to be packed. Usually, your movers will prefer to disassemble your furniture before loading. And when you receive your belongings at your new location, they'll readily assemble the pieces back for you.

However, it is best to have a word with your moving service provider beforehand. Just to avoid any disputes later. For instance, movers usually prefer disassembling furniture to save space in the truck. Therefore, increasing the space for loading up more of your items in the back of the truck. And in case they bring a bigger truck, they may skip taking apart your furniture.

Fragile Items Need Extra Care
Just the way you need to make sure of your vehicle's safety during transportation, other fragile items demand extra care as well. For instance, the mirrors, jewelry, and wine glasses need to be packed with packing peanuts.

Since during transportation your luggage is sure to move within the limits, the items inside the packets are sure to bump into each other. And the fragile items can even break due to impact forces. So, it is best to stuff your fragile belongings, including your electronics, with as many soft materials as possible. This would help protect these items against breaking even if they clink.

Confirm Receipt While Loading & Unloading
During all of your packing and moving process, it is quite easy to miss out on minor but important details. And one such detail is the receipt of items loaded and unloaded from the truck.

So, when you hire someone to move your belongings, ask for an explicit note of the items that have been loaded into the truck. Also, the distance to be traveled by trailer, contact details of the driver, and the final items they deliver should be included in the receipt.

By now, you must have had the idea of what practices you can follow for safe and fuss-free relocation. But, what if even after taking all these precautions, some of your belongings are damaged while transportation. Do not worry, there's a solution to this as well. Usually, packers and movers offer complimentary insurance cover on the items they move. So, if there's anything that is damaged during the transit, you can ask your moving partner to either get it repaired or replace it. But, make sure you confirm the insurance policy with your transporter before hiring them.

Hopefully, by now you can relax knowing that packing and moving are not as tough as it is believed to be. All that's needed is careful planning and diligent execution. And once you have a clear plan, there's nothing that can stop you.

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