As you get ready for moving day, packing all of your belongings you have accumulated over the years can feel like the most daunting of tasks. Moving is an exciting time in your life and you shouldn’t let packing be what gets you down.
As expert movers and packers in Northern Virginia, here at HuberWilmot, we have compiled our best tips and tricks for packing with ease that will save you time and stress!
As soon as you know that you will be moving, you want to begin creating an action plan for how you will get all of your items packed before moving day. Take this time to sit down and make your game plan for how you will achieve everything before your move.
Starting your packing early and going in with an action plan is crucial in having a successful move.
Before you start packing, take this opportunity to evaluate what you really want to go into your new space. Decluttering your items before you pack can save you a ton of space which is highly beneficial.
Having fewer items means fewer packing materials you will need and, if you are hiring a moving company, will end up saving you money on your move as most moving quotes are determined by the weight of your items.
As we mentioned before, packing can be overwhelming. Trying to take on your entire home at once will just leave you stressed out. By giving yourself enough time in advance to pack, you can section out your packing room by room and plan each day to tackle one or two rooms leading up to moving day.
It is a good idea to keep a running inventory of your items as you pack. By having this list, you can use it as a reference after moving day once you begin to unpack to ensure all of your items made it to your new home safely.
You can also go more in-depth and write about the condition of your items or take pictures just in case any damage is done to your belongings so you can easily file a claim.
One way to save money on your move is to ask family or friends if they have any spare cardboard boxes, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, plastic bags or any other packing materials. You can also go to your local grocery store, or even retail store, to see if they have any spare boxes from a recent shipment.
Contradicting to our last tip, for your valuable and/or expensive items, you want to invest in good professional-grade packing materials. If you are working with a moving company, they will typically sell these to you, or you can have the professional packing of these items be handled by the movers in your services.
It may seem like a hassle but making sure to be detailed when labeling your boxes as you pack, saying what room it is from and what items are in the box, will greatly help you and your movers once you begin to unload your belongings into your new home.
Another way to be detailed in your labeling is to assign a color to all boxes that came from a particular room. For example, all boxes that came from your kitchen mark them blue with a marker or sticker.
This will help you stay even more organized and make it easier for you and your movers to determine which boxes go in what room.
As you pack, especially when you are packing delicate and fragile items, you want to make sure that you leave no spaces in between items in the box. Leaving spaces in your boxes can lead to damage during the move as things will tend to rattle and bump into each other if they are not packed tightly together.
This may sound like a given, but you should have all your packing done at least a day before moving day, two would be even better. When moving day finally comes, the last thing you need to be doing is last-minute packing. The moving process is already stressful, adding a time constraint will only make things worse.
A great way to save time on packing is by leaving your clothing items on the hanger when you pack clothes. By leaving them on the hanger all you have to do is wrap a garbage bag around your clothes and they are good to go.
Make the most of the space while you pack boxes by using things like your linen and towels to wrap fragile items. In most cases, this works even better than the typical newspaper wrapping that most use.
After everything has been moved in and the movers have left, the last thing you want to do is unpack. By packing a “first-night” bag of everything you will need for the first couple of nights in your new home, it will spare you from having to search through countless moving boxes trying to find your toothbrush.
Here are just a few other tips and tricks for packing:
With our packing tips in mind, you’ll be able to save yourself some time and stress to enjoy this new milestone in your life.
What should I do with my jewelry and other valuable items?
Items of extraordinary value such as jewelry, money, antiques, and stamp collections can be included in your shipment, if you notify your local moving and storage
of these items before packing and moving day. It is strongly recommended that you carry irreplaceable and expensive articles with you or make alternate arrangements for their transport.
In the moving industry, items worth more than $100 per pound are articles of "extraordinary value.” To be assured that a claim involving these articles is not limited to minimal liability, complete and sign your mover's high-value inventory form. Also, be sure to sign the "Extraordinary Value Article Declaration" box, if applicable, on your Bill of Lading.
Each mover has a slightly different procedure to follow as it relates to high-value items. Ask your Moving and Storage Advocate to provide you with an explanation of their company's process. This is a confusing (but important) task, so be sure that you clearly understand the rules prior to load day.