How to properly pack your items for a relocation

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Pack your belongings properly and you will have the peace of mind that nothing bad will happen to them during the loading, unloading and transportation stage of your relocation.

Step 1: Gather the necessary shielding products

Unlike what you may think, cardboard boxes aren’t the only packing supplies that you can use to prepare your belongings for your upcoming removal. You can use the following products to ensure the safety of your valuables:

  • Furniture blankets
  • Hardtop containers
  • Wooden crates
  • Wardrobe cartons
  • Glassware and mirror boxes
  • Packing peanuts
  • Cushioned pads
  • Bubble wrap

You can purchase all these supplies from your local removal company.

Step 2: Reduce your belongings

Trust us when we say that you don’t need to bring everything that you own with you. So, before you commence the packing stage of your move, downgrade the quantity of your possessions. You can easily do that by following this simple rule: If you haven’t used it in the last six months and it is not a piece of memorabilia, then you don’t need it. You should group all your unnecessary items into two piles, to throw and to donate. This way you will not only decrease the amount of things that you will be taking with you but you will also do a good deed along the way.

Step 3: Take photos of complicated set ups

You will most likely have to dismantle some of your furnishings and electronic devices in order to pack them properly. But before you do, make sure that you take pictures of everything, so that you can easily put everything back together once your relocation is over. If necessary use labeling stickers to mark what goes where.

Step 4: Leave all boxes half empty

Filling cardboard boxes all the way may sound like a good plan because you will have less to lift but the reality is that it is a horrible idea for a myriad of reasons. For one, the boxes will be too heavy and therefore you may injure yourself during the loading and unloading process. More so, the cartons will become compromised due to the weight that they will be carrying and their bottoms may rip which will most likely result into unwanted damages.

Step 5: Label everything

All boxes and containers should have upwards arrows which showcase to the movers which side should be at the bottom. Cartons that contain delicate objects should be marked as fragile. Even more, you can glue details lists with the content of each box. This will not only help the carriers to decide which items will be at the bottom of the van and which will be at the top but it will also help you with the unpacking as you will know in advance what is where.

Step 6: Never pack your personal documents and items with the remainder of your belongings

Your personal documents (passport, diplomas, certificates, medical records and etc.), money, medicine, bonds, jewels and more should always be with you. These are your most important and valuable possessions and you shouldn’t risk losing them by mixing them with your other objects.