Packing and loading are the two heavy duty jobs associated with moving. Generally a lot of elbow grease has to be used to ensure that these jobs are done well. Everyone wants the move to be done as quickly as possible, but rushing through jobs such as these is a massive recipe for disaster – accuracy should be the priority. So, without further ado, here is how to pack up and load your stuff the right way;
Before starting either of these jobs, make sure you have help. You can either hire a removal company, a man with van service, or just get the help of your family and friends. There’s a lot of heavy lifting to be done, so the work should be spread around.
First off, get all of your packing materials together, all of the boxes, tape, labels and sheets of bubble wrap. Make sure you’ve got enough boxes to go around, a few for each room, and a couple dedicated to valuables. Then, draw up a list of the important items that you can see yourself losing, and associate them with a box. That way, you can check them off as you pack them away – so your potential loseables become unforgettables.
Take care when packing each box. Use common sense when it comes to overstuffing – if a box feels too heavy, take some of the stuff out and put them elsewere. You don’t want to be carrying around a box all day that’s over its weight limit, only for it to suddenly split when you’re carrying it out to the new house. Pack smarter, not harder.
Each item should be packed with care – don’t put heavier items on top of lighter ones, they’ll end up bending, cracking or breaking in another nasty way. Just like you wouldn’t put heavy things on a top shelf, you shouldn’t do the same here. While most of your possessions should be protected by the ever useful bubble wrap, fragile items deserve more than one or two layers. Depending on the size, four or five layers will usually do the trick. Make sure you mark boxes with breakables in as ‘fragile’, even if you’re not using a moving company – it’s worth reminding yourself.
Floppy items, like clothes, blankets and towels should be packed in binbags instead of boxes, especially if you’re running short on boxes. The cardboard material should be reserved for things that can break, if you drop a bag full of clothing, it’s unlikely it’ll shatter into pieces. It’s still worth labelling them though, so clothes don’t end up in the wrong room at the other side.
The main trick to the loading process is to just be careful. Place boxes down gently, even if they don’t contain fragile items, and secure them using the elastic ropes that your van should have come with. Be sure to double, triple and quadruple check these ropes before you set off. If they come loose during the journey, there’s a lot of things that’ll get smashed.
Heavier items go in first and come out last. The reason for this is so there’s ample space to manoever them around. So couches, washing machines and fridges should be given the proper attention. As I said earlier, only move such items if you have help. Moving companies should have trolleys to make moving these goods a breeze.
That’s pretty much all there is to say on the subject. As long as you’re careful, these jobs should become relatively stress free. Sure, it’s a bit of a chore, but would you rather rush through everything to find breakages left and right at the other end? A smart packer is a happy packer.