How to Pack for a move: 9 Essential Tips

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Moving can be scary as hell. But if you have proper planning ahead, it can go pretty smoothly. In this article, we are going to give you few essential moving tips which can save you huge time. Points i am making in this article is not a rocket science. You probably already know it but i’ll just emphasize on each point and make sure how important time saver it can turn out.  So let’s get started. 

1. Create a list of items move won’t accept 

Moving companies has their own systems and procedure, they don’t take certain items for one reason or the other, so you have to take care of these items yourself.  This can vary from state to state and company to company but in general, any moving company won’t take these items. 

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Ammunition
  • Batteries
  • Charcoal, kerosene, lighter fluid and propane
  • Chemicals and solvents
  • Cleaning chemicals and solvents
  • Fertilizer
  • Firearms
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Fuel/gasoline/oil
  • Matches
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Oxygen
  • Paints, varnishes and paint thinners
  • Perishable food
  • Pesticides
  • Plants
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Scuba tanks
  • Weed killer
 
If you have any item in the above list, consider putting it into your truck or car. See if it make sense to move these items?  These items aren’t that expensive so you should either just throw it off or donating it to your friends.
 
2. Packing dishes 

You have to pay very close attention to your breakable stuff which includes dishes. Use special packing equipment for dishes and make sure your mover is putting “handle with care” caution on boxes with dishes packed inside. 

If you have super expensive dishes, i’d recommend putting it into your car. Generally, moving company can give you insurance but some girl has a special emotion attachment with dishes, so if you are a couple and your wife feels the same, it would make sense to put these expensive dishes into your car.

3. Un-wanted items 

Let’s be honest, you don’t need a lot of items you are packing. Figure out which items you don’t need in the first place. You can probably save a lot of money on moving and keeping these items. Instead of throwing them out, sell them instead. 
Create a template text message and send it to your friends and family to see if they are interested in buying these items. Craigslist is also a great place to put a free add, take few pictures and you’ll get lot of potential buyers coming in. 

4. Packing inventory 

A lot of my important stuff got lost while moving. Therefore, keeping packing inventory is very very important. Create an inventory of what you have in each box and make sure to cross reference each box  and check each item individually when you reach your new house. 

It is almost impossible to remember what you have in each box and things can get very messy if you have hundreds of boxes. Having a simple inventory and recording what you have in which box can help you identify and find things easy. It can get very very handy and save you lot of hours and potentially save your items from getting lost.

 

 

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