Now that you’ve purchased your house, it’s time to start to pack for your big move. The best piece of advice we can give you is to start early, especially if you’ve lived in your current house for many years. The more stuff you have, the more difficult your move will be.
Here are some helpful tips to make your move as easy and stress-free as possible.
- Start with the items you use least
- Be sure to identify which boxes are fragile.
- Move from room to room and write down which room and what contents are in each box.
- Pack heavier items in smaller boxes.
- Tape is your friend: there’s no such thing as too much when securing the contents of your box.
- When loading your van or stacking boxes, place lighter items on top of heavier items.
What you Shouldn’t Pack
Be cognizant of materials that are categorized as dangerous or hazardous, as movers won’t transport them. Check online to determine how to properly dispose of these items before your move.
These Items Include:
- Paint Thinner and Paint
- Bleach, Cleaning Supplies, and Aerosol Cans
- Glass Jars containing perishable goods
- Flammable Chemicals like Kerosene or Gasoline
- Loaded Weapons and Ammunition
- Pressurized Tanks
It’s important to keep a close eye on valuables during your move. This includes:
- Items stored in Safety Deposit Boxes
- Irreplaceable Family Mementos
- Legal Documents
- Stock/Bond Certificates
To start packing, you’ll need to carefully place all your items in boxes. But packing is not a one-size-fits-all process, and you’ll need a number of different materials to properly secure your possessions.
We recommend stocking the following materials:
- Tissue and Bubble Wrap: Fragile and delicate items need extra TLC. These packing materials will protect precious items from breaking during the move.
- Boxes: Splurge on new boxes from either your movers or a packing store that are completely intact and not in rough condition. Boxes come in a number of shapes and sizes.
- Packing Paper and Tape: Newspaper is a very popular substitute for packing paper, but the problem is that the ink rubs off and damages the items. Packing tape is far preferable to masking tape.