Moving Tips

February 2016

DIY Packing? Do It the Right Way – Part 4

For three weeks now we’ve been presenting our series on packing like a professional. Our articles have proven to be quite beneficial for people, who want to know better how to pack their stuff by themselves. We have acquainted our readers with the importance of proper packing, which should include carefully separating items into groups, labeling properly, cushioning and wrapping neatly. The nature of our advice, however, is not as easy as it sounds. All the careful consideration you have to put in and all the hard work (because let’s be honest – it is hard work) have made some people nervous about doing it themselves. We don’t want to scare you, mind that, but you have to be aware of the difficulties which these things present. In any case, our services are always available, so you can rest assured that your stuff is handled with care and is properly packed, labeled, transported and unpacked. We believe in the value of the items of our clients and we handle them properly.

Today maybe the last part in the series, but it surely is not the least important one. It is crucial to keep the steps, because if you don’t follow them, you risk damaging your items and equipment.

First, let’s take a final care of the labeling side – write in big letters, three to four words per side of the box. You have to be able to understand what a box contains without too much scrabbling. You can write the room the things have to go to, but it is not crucial if you are doing the move by yourself. It can still be beneficial if you ask friends for help, but still – not extremely important.

Now we can talk about the final touches. Steer clear of sharp object – don’t put them in carton boxes. The same applies to things you can spill. If possible, pack them separately, properly positioned, so there isn’t too big of a risk for a mishap to occur.

All your electrical cords and cables should be wrapped properly. Label them using masking tape, for example. It is really important to write the device they belong to, because you don’t want to deal with figuring that out later. Besides, if you somehow happen to improperly switch two power cords, which are not necessarily compatible, bad thing may occur.

Finally, pay close attention to how heavy a box (especially carton ones) gets. Sadly, things are not made to last eternally, and if you overestimated their “capabilities”, you are in for a bad time. People say 50 pounds per box is the proper weigh, but we would vouch for less than 40, even 35 if possible.

There are other small things you have to consider, like proper cushioning, carefully grouping things together. You can even write a list of items on the side of each box, just so you know everything that is contained there. But aside from that, you are pretty much done. If you have followed our blog through this endeavor of a series, then you are now ready to pack things yourself. Believe in yourself, be careful and pay attention to detail.

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