5 Packing Tips for Moving
It’s a good idea to begin packing as soon as you know you’ll be moving. Packing can be stressful, and we often have no idea where to begin. Don’t worry! We have five helpful tips for moving that will take some of the stress out of packing your home.
Tip One: Purchase & Gather Supplies
The more care you take in gathering supplies, the less trouble you’ll have when it comes to unpacking at your new home. Secure several see-through plastic containers and an assortment of cardboard boxes.
Your first thought may be to gather a number of large boxes, thinking that the more you place in a box the less boxes you’ll need. This isn’t the best idea because larger boxes are more difficult to carry and transport.
Purchase different colored rolls of masking tape, permanent markers, transparent tape, and labels. These will come in handy for the next step in packing your things for the movie.
Tip Two: Storing Packed Boxes
You should begin packing soon, but you’re going to want to have a dedicated space for placing the boxes you’ve packed. There are several things to consider when choosing the spot to store boxes.
How long will it be before your move? If you’re cleaning out things and packing but the time for an actual move is unclear, you may want to rent a small storage space. This gets the boxes out from under foot and puts them in a secure location. Choose a storage facility with climate control to protect your items.
If you will be moving within a short time, choose one room in your home to place boxes. Clean everything else from that room, if possible. It should be the first room to be cleared and packed. Alternately, you may have a basement or garage area that will work nicely.
Tip Three: Start Packing Here
The clear containers you purchased should be used to pack essential items you’re going to need as soon as you move to your new home.
Items you may want to include in the clear containers are scissors, a box cutter, a few first aid supplies, plastic utensils, paper plates, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, and phone chargers. Label these clear containers appropriately and make sure they are placed in an easy to access location until the move.
On the day of the move, you’re going to want to take these containers with you on the first trip inside the new house. Decide on a central focus area that can be used as Move Command Central and place them there. Let everyone know about this location to keep things less chaotic.
Tip Four: Use Colors and a Bit of Planning
Choose a different color masking tape for each room in the house. Once a box is packed, wrap a line of masking tape around it and use the permanent marker to label it clearly for that room. This two point system should make unpacking a much easier process.
You may want to use labels and clear tape to write specifics of what’s included in each box. For example, you’ve packed one of the office boxes and put a line of red tape around it and written OFFICE on the tape. Attaching a label that alerts people to the fact that the box is full of books will make sure it gets placed next to the book shelves.
It’s a great idea to place a piece of the colored tape on the door to indicate which color boxes go there. This will take the guess work out of making sure boxes get to the appropriate rooms and clears any confusion for movers who will be in a hurry that day.
Tip Five: Let the Pro’s Handle It All
Of course, if it all sounds like too much hassle for you right now, you can hire a professional moving company to box your items and move them for you. Check with your real estate professional to get the name of reputable moving companies in your area or the area to which you’re moving.
Keep in mind that you’re still going to want to pack your essentials in plastic containers, and you may want to pack more fragile items yourself.
The Rock Star Group would love to help you plan for your new home. Call us today at 281-960-1900 to discuss your home buying or home selling options.