The 5 Most Critical Packing Tips When Moving Houses

Written by  //  November 2, 2012  //  Home Moving  //  Comments Off on The 5 Most Critical Packing Tips When Moving Houses

There’s far too many things that can go wrong when moving houses. It’s easy to lose or break belongs, and it’s even easier to slow down the entire moving process with an inefficient strategy. When moving from house to house, it’s important to keep these details in mind, and fortunately, there are a few simple tips that’ll make the process much faster, easier and successful. 

1. Essentials In First

All living essentials need to be ready before the rest of the move is done. This makes planning much easier and allows functional living to begin as quickly as possible. The power and water should be turned on immediately, but functional structures like food storage, phone, internet and any other day-to-day utilities must be the priority of the move. This allows all other belongings to fit in an already-functional house, giving movers the luxury of access to essential, modern resources. 

2. Organize by Weight

All belongings should be relatively organized by weight. The motive behind this is that the strength required to move the heaviest belongings is often provided by tools and multiple people. This allows the entire process to be streamlined by creating an orderly chain of events for loading and unloading belongings. Changing between light and heavy objects creates a disorderly flow of movement. If someone is moving a few light objects and has to stop to assist others, the heavy objects have become an interruption to efficient and focused progress. Ideally, everyone moving should be focused on the lightest and easiest-to-move items first. This concentrates the efforts of the movers and allows everyone to be ready for the heaviest belongings last. It also cuts any distractions or interruptions that can cause a chaotic move that is volatile to teamwork and focus. 

3. Separate All Fragile Belongings

In addition to categorizing items by weight, fragile items should all be grouped into a single set of items. This allows for a focused approach to fragility. It’s very easy for someone to break a fragile object because they didn’t realize that it was sensitive. By assigning fragile items to their own individual category and grouping them together, the proper level of care will be taken over all of them, and the risk of them breaking will be minimized. 

4. Use Proper Moving Tools

Proper moving tools are crucial to the process. There’s no reason to try to do everything by hand. Choosing to do everything by hand might seem financially superior, but there is a reason that all professional move teams have ample tools ready. Remember to properly pack and tape all boxes, use dollies and hand trucks for heavier items and consider lifting cables for large objects. It’s easy to break bones, smash limbs or rip off a toenail. The medical costs and physical disability caused by improper moving simply is not worth the risk; get the proper tools. Be sure to take your time too, using self storage units to split the process up if need be.

5. Get Rid of the Unnecessary

If something is unnecessary and doesn’t present any sentimental value, let it go. There’s no reason to burden the moving trip with items that do not offer any true value or have extremely limited utility. Any unused clothes and old furniture can easily be donated, and often, companies will pick up donated belongings free of charge.

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