Few people look forward to packing when moving. Make it easy for yourself and start with REAL moving boxes. These are very sturdy, inexpensive and make packing easy. They are easily stackable and there are special sizes for books and clothing. Moving companies often buy them back from you afterwards at a slightly lower price! If you are from New York, and looking for NYC Moving company? It is possible to choose any moving company that offers professional, stress-free, and affordable moving services in NYC.
- Getting started and organization.
- Collect all the necessary moving boxes of different sizes to pack different items. Get ready: bubble wrap, moving cloths, special wrapping paper, packing tape, marker pens, stickers / labels.
- Make an overview list
- Removal firm reservation.
- Cash for payment.
- Pets checklist
- Important documents.
- Take a suitcase for each family member, as if you were going on a trip.
- Provide: soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, toiletries, spare clothes, … everything you need for the first days after your move is then easily accessible.
- Keep these suitcases in a separate place so that they do not mix with the rest of the move.
- Also keep your important documents here.
- Collect some old clothes that you can use to fill boxes with fragile items, such as: glassware, chandeliers, artworks, etc.
- Take photos of complicated connections such as the back of your TV / DVD / radio, special moldings, …
- Effective and efficient packing.
- Create a spacious packing station in your current home. You need a large open space where you can drag and drop, repack, label, etc.
- It is here that you use your boxes, packaging materials, pens, tape and labels.
- Seal each box and label each box: which room these things were in in the old house, which room these things go to in the new house. If necessary, sketch the old and new home and give each room a name and number, writing the numbers of the old and new rooms on the label of the box.
- Write a number, room name and contents on each box after closing it. This way, if you have X number of boxes, you will know when 1 is missing.
- Wrap each piece individually well, in enough layers, in the special paper or plastic packaging , bubble wrap or clothing. Place items in a box with utmost care in the best possible position to avoid damage. Heavier items should be placed on the bottom and lighter items should be placed at the top of the boxes. Place as many items as possible in each box to cut down on the number of boxes you need.
- Pack heavy items such as books, toys, etc. in small boxes. Special moving boxes for books prevent obesity.
- Pack fragile items with extra care and attention. If necessary, use multiple layers of sheets or bubble wrap to wrap such items.
- Also provide packaging material between fragile cosmetics. Use newspaper or paper to fill in empty spaces in crates or cardboard boxes.
- Pack everything room by room!
- This makes unpacking much easier.
- This also makes it easier for the movers. At your request, they put each box in the corresponding room.
- Larger items.
- For example, place hardware, bed parts, cupboard parts in separate bags, and this according to the content and the room. Keep all bags in a box with the proper tools – hex keys, screwdrivers, pliers, etc. This will make it easier to put everything back together after you move. Make sure to keep the toolbox in a central place where everyone can find it. This will make mounting a lot easier. Also put in there the little things like remote controls, boxes with nails and items you will need immediately after the move.
- Tidy up every room, starting with the kitchen. Only keep items that you still use. Fill the box ‘open first’ last. Here you put all the items you use until just before the move. Such as dish soap, a sponge, a roll of kitchen paper, Kleenex, a few pens, scissors, plastic / paper plates / forks, a bottle opener, towels for each family member, one loaf, kitchen utensils, etc.
- Keep in mind that everyone should be able to wash and dry their hands, eat, shower, etc. Possibly also: sweets, snacks, energy bars, drinks, … Take into account low sugar levels on the moving day! This is a good way to avoid ‘bad moods’.
- When you are done packing, stack, tape, and label the boxes. Try to keep them stacked in the affected rooms. Keep all plugs, power strips and adapters together in a specific box. That will save a lot of time later on. Put all screws or bolts back in a cabinet part (e.g. in a bag in a drawer) after it has been disassembled. This way you can quickly reinstall the bed and immediately put the lampshade back in place.
- Now count the number of boxes. Do you need extra tape? Should the moving company bring a larger truck? Are there any boxes you want to move yourself?
- During the move, look in each room and make sure everything is removed. Place ‘last minute items’ together in one room. When you are sure that every room is empty, it’s time to close the door behind you!
What to expect from professional movers?
- Professionals expect your home to be organized before they arrive. Professional movers are specialized in moving everything from one home to another efficiently and safely.
- Good Ideas include: Group all small items in boxes (books, dishes, etc.) Highlight fragile products. Remove old items in advance. Label boxes with the new location.
- Professionals organize the move in such a way that unpacking becomes easy. Good movers are methodical. They pack and move room by room.
- Professionals know how to quickly disassemble furniture, maneuver it smoothly and safely to remove it from the home, secure it in the truck and efficiently assemble it back into the new home.
- Furniture breaks when it can move in the truck. Professional movers ensure an efficient and safe stacking of all your belongings in the truck. They use blankets and special ribbons to secure everything so that all your belongings remain intact in the event of an emergency stop.
- Professionals are partly insured for any damage to your belongings. Ask for it in advance. If you want a 100% covering insurance, you can do this for a small additional cost. We always recommend this.
- Professionals can make an inventory of your belongings for you at your request. This is certainly necessary for large and complex relocations.
- A professional mover needs about five hours per 100 square feet to pack and move everything. This can vary, but it is a good starting point.