Moving Tips

February 2016

DIY Packing? Do It the Right Way – Part 2

Last week we introduced you to the proper way of approaching packing, when you are doing it yourself. We’ve explained that it can save you some money, but you have to do it properly, otherwise broken stuff and quite a lot of time will be ruin the whole experience for you. We want to remind you that if you feel overwhelmed at any step of the process you can always go for our professional services and have everything packed for you neatly and safe. After all this is why professional services exist.

We’ve already mentioned that you have to set aside some time to plan the packing. Sorting everything out helps and knowing what you can pack yourself and what is better left to professionals is key. So when it finally comes to packing, you have two options – you can find yourself some old carton boxes, even plastic ones if you have. However, there is a better way to do this – go ahead and buy or rent new boxes, specifically designed for moving. You want to know why? Because they are sturdier and they are meant to be tightly packed. You can even go for some other interesting containers – barrels are good and if you have some laying around in the backyard you can most definitely use them. You have to remember that high quality equipment is more expensive for a reason, but it will save you time and worries.

You’d also want to go ahead and buy other packing supplies, like packing paper, for example. You can use newspapers, but they tend to be bad due to the print – it often times “leaks” and can color your items pretty badly. Bubble wrap is always a must – it is probably the most essential packing supply you can go for. Paper towels are good, but you can go without them, however, do stock up on PVC tape. However, keep in mind that there are different types of adhesives on these tapes and you may want to go for insulating tape, rather than masking tape. Duct tape is good as well, some would even say it is the best choice.

You’d also want to label your boxes, and there are different ways to do it. You can color-code them by sticking colored sticky notes on the boxes, or you can buy different colors of markers and just right straight on the boxes. For plastic boxes it is best to use whiteboard markers, as they can easily be cleaned after. While we are still on paper, make sure to buy yourself a notepad and make a list. We cannot stress this enough – you need a list! You would want to double and triple check everything, and having a list will help you get rid of the feeling of forgetting something.

This concludes our second part of the series. Visit our blog next week for more advice on the topic of DIY moving.

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