how to pack for a move
When it comes to moving, a little common sense goes a long way in transporting your belongings to your destination so that they arrive in good shape and on time. Considering the importance our “stuff” has in making us feel comfortable in our surroundings, these items deserve special thought and care. Thinking ahead is the best thing you can do when it comes to making arrangements, packing, etc. Organization should be your mantra, efficiency your goal.
If you are doing the packing, look ahead to lifting, stacking and unpacking the boxes during your move. People often run to the grocery or liquor store to pick up cartons, and then use newspaper as cushioning. Although this approach can save you a few dollars, in the long run, you may pay for it in stress, time and broken items.
Instead, think about purchasing cartons and packing paper from the professional mover you’ve chosen. The boxes come in uniform small, medium and large sizes, which are easy to stack in a moving truck or van. Trust me, this convenience is huge on moving day. Unlike newspaper, packing paper does not leave behind ink that then has to be cleaned during an already hectic time in your life.
During the packing itself, be generous with wthatever you are using to cushion your things, especially fragile items. People often cram too much in each box in an attempt to keep the number of cartons down. As good as that sounds, it can backfire, as too many items with not enough cushioning may shift during transportation and damage each other. In addition, someone will have to lift each box and place it into the moving vehicle.
Packing too many heavy items into one container can result in no one being able to pick it up, or worse yet, the box breaking from the weight. Common sense will tell you that heavier items should be packed in smaller boxes, and vice versa.
Did I mention labeling?
Again, a little common sense goes a long way to success at the other end. When you pack the moving vehicle, remember to place the boxes you’ll need first, last—and label accordingly with the contents and which room it goes into. Even better, if you are driving to your next residence, place things such as garbage bags, tissues, dish liquid, etc. into the car. You should also carry valuables such as jewelry, your laptop, important papers and the like separately from the bulk of your items.
Another way to apply common sense to packing is to look at each item with the thought, do I really need and/or use this? Especially if you are moving from a house into a condominium suite or apartment, paring down possessions is important. The fewer things you move, the less your move will cost in terms of time and money. And speaking of money, if your budget allows, hire movers to do your packing and transporting. We do this every day, and we have it all down to an efficient system. Professional movers want our moves to go smoothly as much as our clients do.
Everyone is born with common sense, but few use it. If you are planning a move, I encourage you to be one of those savvy few! Visit twomen.ca for a location near you. ■
Chuck Resnick is vice-president, marketing and operations at Two Men and A Truck – Canada®.