When moving home, the key to making things run as smoothly as possible is packing. If you pack efficiently, you should save a great deal of time at both ends and should also avoid having any accidents along the way. However, very few of us are very efficient packers. Getting the most from packing requires an ability to choose the right combinations of objects to place in a certain box, as well as to prevent breakages which are unfortunately all too common in moves.
Step one: acquire and assemble the necessary supplies
Before you begin to pack anything, you will need to ensure that you have all the necessary packing supplies – this not only means boxes but also tape with which to reinforce and seal the boxes and protective materials such as paper and bubble wrap. Cardboard boxes should be assembled carefully and reinforced thoroughly with strong tape. Providing a strong container for your belongings is the best way to be sure of their safety.
Step two: line the boxes
In the event that a box is dropped, the objects which lie closest to the box’s edge are those which are most vulnerable. This means that you will need to create a cushioned lining before you begin to fill the boxes, paying particular attention to the corners and any weak points of the box. As you pack the box, it is also important to use protective materials to separate different articles. Wrapping fragile items with bubble wrap and filling gaps with loose material or polystyrene is highly recommended.
Step three: distribute your belongings wisely
As well as ensuring that the items which you choose to place in a box tessellate well, so as to ensure that there is little movement upon transit, you will also need to consider weight. Even if you are employing a removals team, it is important that each box can be carried easily. Try to pack different boxes with different weights to allow them to be carried by different members of your moving team.
The weight of the items you choose is also important when it comes to stacking the boxes in your car or van. Be sure not to make some boxes so heavy that they can’t be stored on top of others without causing damage. Wherever possible, it’s best to fill boxes to capacity so that they can hold their shape, rather than being crushed should they have any boxes placed on top of them during the move.
Step four: mark the boxes carefully
To make unpacking as easy as possible, it is essential that boxes are labelled carefully. This means providing an exhaustive and clear list of each box’s contents and making sure it will be visible even when the boxes have been stacked. If you plan on keeping the boxes in storage for any amount of time, you can then take these markings into account when you are planning the order in which to store them.
If packing boxes for a home move, write the name of the room in bold lettering on the box above the list of its contents. This will make it easier for boxes to be put in the correct room when arriving at your new home, thus making it quicker and easier for you to get settled.
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