Packing can be one of the most daunting parts of moving. Yet the key to a smooth and successful move is not just two movers and a truck (although those are essential) — it’s effective packing and attention to detail. Effective packing is cost-effective, keeps you from throwing out your back, and guarantees that your belongings won’t arrive in pieces.
Need advice on where to begin? Here at Three Men And A Truck, we’ve gathered three of our best tips and tricks to prepare you for a stress-free moving day.
Declutter Your Home
Why waste time and money moving items you’ll end up throwing out anyway? Ease up on your workload by decluttering your home before you begin packing at all.
Measure your furniture and large appliances — will they fit in your new home? If not, scrap them.
Be ruthless with unused and unnecessary belongings — consider donating them to charity or selling them, but don’t keep anything you don’t need! Leave unused but sentimental items for last. You don’t want to get bogged down with hard decisions while decluttering.
A handy tip for when you’re not sure if you should keep something is to set a time limit and stick to it. You might set a time limit of a year for clothes — if you haven’t worn it since last year, it’s unlikely you’ll ever wear it again. If it’s a brand name item, consider taking it to your local consignment store to make some extra cash, which will help offset the cost of moving.
Another key tip for decluttering is to check expiration dates. Chances are, there are products sitting in your pantry and your bathroom that have long expired. Don’t make the mistake of packing items you can no longer use.
When you’ve decluttered your home to the best of your ability, put together a box of essentials that includes everything you think you’ll need on moving day, such as a box cutter, a hammer, and nails. Take this box with you to avoid opening and digging through the rest of your boxes to find that one item.
Get the Right Moving Supplies
The last thing you want is for a worn-down grocery box carrying your valuable belongings to fall apart on the way to your new home. Moving boxes are relatively inexpensive and can end up saving you a lot of hassle. Boxes from grocery or liquor stores might not be clean and are unlikely to be durable enough to hold what you want them to hold. Your best bet is to use boxes designed for the sole purpose of moving.
When it comes to moving boxes, order a few more than you think you’ll need — and order them in a variety of different sizes. While you might think you’ll only require large boxes, you’ll probably end up wishing you’d ordered a few medium- and small-sized boxes.
Think critically when deciding what size box to use for certain items — books, for example, will need to be packed in smaller boxes because of their weight. Your goal is to avoid any dangerous physical strain for yourself or for those two men and a truck helping you move.
Boxes aren’t the only packing supplies you’ll need. To pack correctly and avoid doing damage to your belongings, materials like packing paper, tissue paper, and bubble wrap are essential. Moving requires much more than two men and a truck!
Packing paper can be used to wrap everyday items to prevent scratching. It’s a good idea to stick to packing paper and not newspaper as the latter can bleed ink, staining your valuables. Tissue paper is softer and can be used to wrap delicate items. For electronics like stereos and computers, make sure to use anti-static bubble wrap, as traditional bubble wrap can create a static electric charge, damaging an expensive electronic item.
Here at Three Men And A Truck, we offer a wide range of professional packing — and unpacking! — services. Whether it’s home goods or commercial equipment that you need to get packed and on the road, our highly trained and professional movers will use the best packing materials and the best practices to assist you. Our goal is to save you as much time and energy as possible!
Pack Intelligently (and Safely)
Just like moving requires more than two movers a truck, packing effectively involves much more than chucking your belongings into boxes at random and calling it a day.
Taking the time to pack smartly is the key to making sure your items arrive safely and are easy to find when unpacking. The more thought you put into the packing process, the easier it’ll be unpacking — and the sooner you’ll be able to relax and celebrate in your new place.
Don’t make the common mistake of overpacking large boxes. To avoid an unnecessary back injury, keep your biggest boxes to 50 pounds or under. When a box gets too heavy, top it off with lightweight items, such as clothing and towels. If there are still gaps, stuff them with packing paper or foam peanuts to avoid any shifting around of items during the move.
Packing certain items onto a moving truck can mean breaking the law. Select common household items are hazardous and need to be either transported separately or disposed of.
Navigating through the world of safe and effective packing can be an unexpectedly stressful task. To eliminate this stress altogether, consider relying on our professionally-trained staff at Three Men And A Truck to make absolutely sure that your belongings are safe and secure throughout the move.
Need Two Movers and a Truck? Why Not Three!
People often underestimate how intensive packing can be. To do it properly, you need to be careful and strategic with every move you make. How do you plan on protecting each of your belongings from damage during the move? How will you treat extremely fragile and delicate items, such as antiques and artwork, with the special care they require?
Here at Three Men And A Truck, you can leave it up to our team of packing experts to treat every one of your items with attention and care. You can trust us in making sure your belongings are safe and ready to travel. We’ll get you packed and moving as efficiently and safely as possible.
Wondering what else Three Men And A Truck can do for your move? Not only can we supply top-of-the-line packing materials, pack your belongings safely and securely using best industry practices, but we can also disassemble your furniture, take care of unpacking and setup, get your extra items into storage — and make sure that you don’t have to lift a finger throughout the entire moving process!
What you need is not two men and a truck — it’s three! Get in touch today for a free quote.