By far the worst part of any removal is the packing. It is the most labour intensive part second to the actual moving of furniture and boxes, and you are likely to get a removals company to do that for you! There is a huge amount to be said for getting the packing right, as it will protect your items in transit, as well as making the whole move a lot easier when it comes to sorting through boxes and the like. You will want to ensure that you have a set way of doing things, so that your efforts are consistent.
But knowing what those methods should be before you start will be difficult, and a few pointers in the right direction could help you make up your mind about how to do it all. Even if the following steps are not suitable for your own move, you can use them as a foundation to base your own packing ideas on, and adapt them to work for your move.
Have a think about packing materials. Whilst brand new boxes can be expensive and an unexpected drain on your funds, there is a certain degree of risk involved in using second hand ones, that may have been bent out of shape, or have become a lot weaker through use. You will no doubt want to ensure that you are protecting your items as well as your wallet, and it may well turn out that buying new boxes protects your stuff well enough to prevent you shelling out to replace broken things. However, the best of both worlds comes when you find a set of boxes for sale that have not been used, but are second hand, meaning that they are a lot cheaper at least. Packing materials can be pricey as well, so avoid using too much pricy bubble wrap, as it costs the earth, is bad for the environment, and can take up a lot of room in your boxes. Using newspaper or tissue paper will no doubt mean that you are able to save space whilst still protecting your things.
Time management.Try to reduce the amount of time that you spend packing at any one tame to a minimum, so that you remain efficient at all times. Packing for more than two hours in one go will mean that you get tired and bored, and lose interest in keeping your things safe. The reality of the situation means that you are at your best for two hours maximum, so plan well and you should be able to keep the boredom down.
Moving boxes. When packing boxes, ensure that you have loads of markers to label them with. You need to accurately label the moving boxes with the way up, and the contents, including ‘fragile’ and ‘heavy’ warnings for those lifting them. The listing of items need not be hugely in depth, but if you are too vague, then finding things can be really difficult, especially in an emergency. You don’t want to be tearing through all of your carefully packed boxes to find something on the day of the move!
Be structured: Label each box with the name of the room that you want it to go to in the new house. Give this some thought, as you may want the books from your current bedroom to go in the new living room. Also, name each room with a piece of paper on the door as you arrive, to ensure that the removals men are fine to get things put in the right place every time.
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