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Packing your Move and Storage Tips Essentials
- To eliminate frustrations, it may be better to pack your belongings
yourself. They're experienced and they use only the best moving boxes
and packing supplies. However, you can save a lot of money if you do
the bulk of the packing, though you should limit yourself only to highly
replaceable and non-fragile items such as books, linens, clothing, inexpensive
plates, dishes, and small kitchen appliances. Keep in mind that the
movers are not liable for the items they didn't pack, however, these
items will be cheaper to replace in case of damage as opposed to hiring
workers and purchasing their supplies. Let the movers pack your furniture,
mattresses, and heavy appliances.
- Purchase the appropriate moving boxes. Wardrobe boxes save you valuable
ironing time later on. Although you can pack t-shirts and jeans in suitcases
and regular boxes, you don't want to pack your fine clothing such as
suits or dresses in the same place. Mattress cartons protect your mattresses
from filth, grease, and rips and tears during the transit. Padded dish
boxes with dividers help protect your fine china. For your replaceable
and non-fragile items, you can save money by obtaining free boxes from
the supermarket and wrapping the items in old newspaper.
- Take the time to pack your items carefully, especially if you are
packing fragile items on your own. It is recommended that you purchase
the professional packing supplies for these items. However if you use
regular boxes, it is important that you buffer and separate the fragile
items with plenty of old newspaper, bubble wrap, sheets, blankets, pillows,
or towels. Fill in empty spaces to minimize movement during transit.
Wrap each item separately. Pack plates and glass objects vertically,
rather than flat and stacked. Fully secure the bottoms to prevent fallout.
- The heavier the item, the smaller the box it should occupy. Don't
toss everything into one large box. It will make the hauling much more
difficult. Keep the weight of each box under 50 pounds. Remember to
lift with your knees, not your back.
- You should never let the movers pack your jewelry, family heirlooms,
hobby collections, or other priceless items. Should they be lost or
damaged, the insurable value will not come anywhere close to the value
you would place on them. Pack these items personally and take them with
you, either in the car or as carry-on luggage if the size allows.
- Do not pack hazardous materials. These items include: paint, thinners,
solvents, oils, varnishes, firearms and ammunition, bottled gas, propane,
lamp oil, anything flammable, explosive, or corrosive, motor fuels and
oils, nail polish remover, bleach and aerosol cans. Also note that spilled
sesame oil leaves a terrible stench.
- Facilitate and organize the loading process by designating a room
in your home, preferably the one closest to the door, where you should
place all boxes. This will also help keep the area to and around your
large pieces of furniture open. Group related boxes since they'll end
up in the same room.
Follow these simple moving storage and packing guidelines and you will
have much better moving experience with Moving Finder
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