Packing is the most important part of a successful move. Moving Stars in Dallas offers full packing services for both residential and commercial moves. Most of the time though, homeowners choose to pack up their own belongings. To make sure your belongings stay safe and are packed as efficiently as possible, follow these packing tips.
Don’t Try to Get Rid of Everything in One Day
Moving is a good excuse to get rid of all that clutter in your home. Just don’t try to organize and get rid of everything in one day – or even one week. Sorting and getting rid of your belongings can be very emotional and you might get rid of things you should really keep if you try to do it all at once.
Plan How to Get Rid of Unwanted Items
Having a garage sale, or putting high-end items for sale on sites like eBay, can be a great way to get some extra money. However, it does require a lot of work. Make a plan for getting rid of your unwanted items and hold your garage sale at least 1 month before moving day. Also, plan for any items which don’t get sold, such as arranging for a local charity to come pick them up as a donation.
If You Are Going to Use Free Boxes…
Then you better start gathering them early on. Avoid using supermarket boxes if possible because they are often badly damaged or have mildew and grime in them. Look on websites like Craigslist for free boxes, or check with furniture companies to see if they have any boxes you can have.
You are probably going to need more boxes than you realized. As a general rule, you will need about 10 to 12 boxes per room. Get boxes of varying sizes and reserve heavy items for smaller boxes. To make unpacking easier, you may also want to get some wardrobe boxes. You will need 1 or 2 per wardrobe, depending on how full your closets are.
Plan for Difficult-to-Pack Items
About 1 month before moving day, you should walk through your home and note any items which will be difficult to pack, such as large mirrors, antiques, chandeliers, lamps, and electronics. Come up with a packing plan for these items and obtain all necessary materials, such as specialty boxes. Or, you can have the pros at Moving Stars in Dallas pack up just these difficult items for you.
Label All Boxes
Labeling all boxes is one of the best things you can do to stay organized during your move. Write the name of each room on the box or, better yet, get color-coded labels. Then the movers can unload the boxes into their rightful room in your new home.