In case you want to do the packing by yourself, take a look at the useful advice of Northeast Movers.
- Start packing long before the moving date. We recommend 6-3 weeks before the relocation for domestic moves, and 8-4 weeks for office moves.
- In order to ease the packing make your own inventory list.
- Pack your items room by room, number and label the boxes, in this way everything will be well-organized.
- First pack the items that you don’t use often.
- Consider the fact that the boxes are very important. Don’t hesitate to use various size boxes for the different items. Also there are specially designed boxes, such as dishpacks, mirror cartons, upright boxes, etc., using them will guarantee the maximum protection of the fragile items.
- When packing choose a strong and large area – it will be easier.
- Separate the breakable items from the non-breakable ones.
- If you want your items to be placed into the desired rooms of your new property then consider its floor plan.
- Perform the packing precisely, as the standard procedure is the carrier to inspect all the items before loading them.
- If the carrier finds out that the items are improperly packed, you will have to repack, or the carrier may repack everything for you (upon an extra fee). You always have the possibility to repack on your own again but you should follow all the regulations.
- Our advice for all your valuable items is to have them packed by the mover. An extra fee is required, but you can be sure that these items will be properly protected. In case you decide to pack these items by yourself, do it in the presence of the carrier. This is necessary in order to make such items identifiable.
THE ART OF PACKING – HOW TO USE THE BOXES
- A basic rule is to use the smallest boxes for the heaviest items.
- In order to maintain the balance you should put the heavier items on the bottom of the box, and the lighter – on top.
- The boxes must be easy to handle and load, so be careful not to overload them. The overloaded boxes increase the risk of damaged items.
- Use packing tape to enforce the boxes. For the better protection of your items remember to use packing tape instead of duct tape or masking tape.
- We don’t recommend you to use old boxes as they don’t guarantee maximum protection. But in case you decide to use old boxes make sure that they are clean of insects.
- Use boxes with tops or flaps, you can handle them easier.
- For your fragile items – glassware, crystalware, figurines, mirrors, etc., you should better use boxes with additional protection.
- Precious and valuable items - wrap them well in soft tissue and bubble wrap before placing them into the boxes.
- Number all of your boxes, label the contents.
- If the boxes contain fragile and precious items, or other items that need special care, you should place the labels “This Side Up” and “Fragile”. In this way you are indicating the movers that these boxes should be treated with an extra care.
- Mark your boxes with permanent marker.
The materials are very important. Using high-quality materials ensure the integrity of your belongings. Follow our basic tips:
- There is a variety of packing supplies available on the market. Use only new and high-quality materials.
- Always use new and strong boxes.
- Use plastic packing tape. The best for packing is the so called Sealing tape or Duck tape.
- Use bubble wrap – it is perfect for larger fragile items like lamps, as well as for the better protection of the wrapped in tissue paper small fragile items.
- For your electronics – use pink/anti-static bubble wrap, as it does not cause static electricity and won’t damage your items.
- Packing paper/plain newsprint - The paper should be unprinted and is used to wrap and pad everyday items. Prevents from scratching.
- Tissue paper - It is a soft paper that you should use for the wrapping of delicate items like glass figurines. Prevents from scratching and provides cushioning.
- Permanent markers - Use markers that are permanent to label the contents and the destination of your boxes.
BOXES – PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL WHEN PACKING
There are different types of boxes. See our Boxes Dictionary to find out their description and proper use.
Northeast Movers offers you a simple guide that will help you figure out how many boxes you need to pack up your items: