Monday, January 5, 2015

Packing Tips for Household Moving

Looking for tips on packing your boxes? Many can agree that moving your livelihood isn't something to look forward to. Your "To-Do" list is growing more than you would have expected. As a former mover and sales representative, I can say that disorganization is one of the leading causes of just not having enough time to pack. I've appeared to many homes with the client still packing up boxes, hoping we won't be done by the time they are done packing. This, of course, leads to timing issues and also an increase of price since it's easier to have the movers charge you to finish up the job. All of this could be easily avoided with the right discipline. I've put together some tips to help keep you stress-free and clear minded for your upcoming adventure.

Tip #1

A little a day will keep the stress away.

We all may have heard the good old "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" line some time in life. When it comes to packing, the best thing to do is to start NOW. The average move consist of 75 boxes. If you were to pack just 5 boxes a day, you will be done in about 2 weeks. Doesn't sound hard does it? With this method, you will not obtain much stress and your quality of packing will never diminish.

Tip #2

Box quality is important.

Dumpster diving may sound like a jump into free boxes, but don't get your gloves on just as yet. Used boxes are great if they are stable, clean and was used for very light items. The last thing you want is a box in your hands with the contents on the floor. I suggest to buy the best boxes you can find and also assure that they are crush proof.

Purchasing boxes from the mover or a supply store helps you in the following ways:

                  - The boxes are brand new
                  - You will know the size and dimensions of the box 
                  - Most likely there is a buy back program for your unused boxes
                  - The quality of box will be known. 
                  - You will have access to other moving supplies

Tip #3

Always expect more.

No matter how many homes I've moved in my career, I still can't tell you how many boxes you will end up with. Furniture is easily seen, but your life's accumulation can hide in the most oddest of places. The best thing to do is go with an over estimation of boxes for 2 reasons:
    1. You can help the movers assure they have enough space just in case you go over
    2. You will be able to know what it will cost IF your box count does exceed tremendously.

With some companies, you can get a price per box to help you determine how much extra could come out of your pocket.

Tip #4

The heavier the item, the closer the box to its size.

One of the most common mistakes in packing will be the box size you choose. We've all unloaded groceries once to find that the bagger put the eggs with the half gallon of milk just to save a bag. In moving, this will surely hinder more than help. When deciding which box to use for what, it's best to determine what's light, heavy, fragile and non-fragile. The heavier the item, the closer the box must be to its size. Imagine carrying a box just slightly larger than the bowling ball its holding. You could feel the bowling ball as if it's in your hands alone. Now, take that same bowling ball and put it in a very large box. You may want to watch your foot.  Yes, you may end up with more boxes than you could, but at least all your contents will be safe for the upcoming trip.

Tip #5

Bubble wrap  isn't a song. Peanuts aren't just for elephants.

Many clients tend to look at that large roll of bubble wrap in the store as unnecessary. When moving fragile items, bubble wrap and peanuts are the keys to keeping everything safe. Always use more bubble wrap on your items just to make sure that there's no clinging or chance of damages. Peanuts are great fillers for oddly shaped items. If you can't find peanuts, plain popcorn also works as well. Just don't offer it as a snack to the movers at the destination.

Tip #6

Mark wisely.

Once you've packed a box, don't move it from the room it's in. I've seen many clients make things harder for themselves by moving all boxes into one room. Your mover will move all of your boxes no matter where they are in the home so save your back. Clearly mark the room and the box number on all sides and also the top. This will make it easier for your movers to place your boxes in the correct room for an easy unpack. A brief description of the contents can really help also.

Tip #7

Try not to convince yourself that you are a professional packer.

I know you are looking at your 60'' flat screen television saying "This is easy, I can do this". But if you're like most people, the original box has already made a home at your local dump. When it comes to packing, saving money always sound great, but are you really saving? The cost to replace a fragile item usually exceeds the price to pack it correctly. Yes, packing could be costly, but you are placing your items in a professionals hand with the right packing material.


  1. I really love tip six with marking your boxes and bags wisely with what room they should go into instead of dumping all the boxes into one room. I've never heard of that small, but helpful detail of marking each and every side of the box for the movers to easily see where the box goes. Overall, these are massively essential tips for a successful, easy move into your new house. Thanks so much, Nationwide Van Lines!

  2. Wrap each glass and crockery very carefully. When packing plates for moving, then you should wrap each plate and place them vertically in packing boxes .

  3. Make sure you get a reputable mover. Many are scam artists. I also did not get a no site inventory, I filled out a form and listed items. I strongly recommend demenagement commercial