Prepare for Your Upcoming Move with This Week-by-Week Timeline

moving checklist - PHOTO (ABC)When preparing for something as big as moving house, it is important to be as organized as possible. One way is by creating a week-by-week moving checklist and sticking to it. Check out the following guide for help creating your own personal moving timeline – from eight weeks to one week prior to moving day.

Weeks Prior to Moving Day: 8

  • Decision time! Eight weeks prior to moving day is the optimal time to make that important decision – opt for a self-move or hire movers.
  • If you are currently renting, inform your landlord that you will soon be leaving the property, and begin your search for a new place in the city you are moving to.
  • Confirm with your current employer that you will be moving, and arrange your first day of work at your new job. Or, if you do not yet have a job in your new area, begin your search as soon as possible.
  • Create a moving budget so you will know roughly how much money you will need to organize and execute your upcoming move.
  • If you decide to use professional movers, being your search for a top-rated moving company that is affordable and professional.
  • Contact several moving companies and request an in-house estimation of your future relocation costs.
  • Inventory your home by making a detailed room-by-room list of all your possessions.
  • Review your home inventory list and decide which items you will take with you and which ones will be left behind.
  • Create a special binder to keep all of your moving-related paperwork.
  • Begin thinking about how you are going to pack your belongings.

Weeks Prior to Moving Day: 6

  • If you have opted for a self-move, begin strategizing your plans for renting a moving truck. Contact truck rental companies and compare prices and conditions.
  • Collect all medical records from your doctor and also from your pet’s vet. If you have school-aged children, now is the time to also obtain their school records. This is also a good time to take your pet(s) to the vet for a complete check-up, required vaccinations, and advice on the upcoming relocation.
  • Start looking for a new healthcare provider and a new school for your kid(s) in your future city. Be sure to ask around for suggestions and recommendations before the move takes place.
  • If your move is local, visit your soon-to-be home, and measure the dimensions of rooms and doorways. This will eliminate potential problems come moving day.

Weeks Prior to Moving Day: 4

  • If you will be having a self-move, four weeks prior to moving day is a good time to go ahead and contact your friends and family to ask them if they can help you move.
  • Begin collecting moving boxes of various sizes. Also, gather packing supplies, such as:
    • Bubble wrap
    • Tape
    • Markers
    • Packing paper
  • Learn what items your moving company forbids being transported due to their hazardous nature.
  • Cancel any subscriptions for delivery services and memberships to clubs/organizations.
  • Driving to your new home? Now is the optimal time to have your car serviced so your upcoming road trip goes smoothly.
  • If you are flying to your new home, you will need to find a trustworthy auto transporter to ship your car.
  • Arrange travel plans – book flights and hotels, collect important documents, etc.
  • Begin packing, being sure to label all of your boxes. This will make unpacking much faster and more efficient.
  • While packing, prepare one or two boxes/containers with all of the absolute essentials you will need during the time when you won’t have easy access to your belongings.

Weeks Prior to Moving Day: 2

  • Contact your chosen professional mover to ensure all plans are still in order.
  • If moving with kids, make a point to talk with them about the upcoming move. Discuss with them what is expected from them, and also use this time to calm down any fears they may have of the unknown ahead.
  • Contact your current utility companies to inform them of the date your services will need to be disconnected. Also, contact service providers in your new area, and arrange a connection date.
  • Consider how you will pack and ship any fragile or valuable items – artwork, paintings, antique furniture, and jewelry. For optimal protection, use appropriate packing techniques with materials that provide good cushion and padding, like bubble wrap and packing paper.

Weeks Prior to Moving Day: 1

  • Pay any remaining bills before your scheduled move-out date.
  • Begin disassembling large furniture – dressers, beds, desks, etc. Keep in mind, you may need help handling these tasks, so you will need to have enough time to find helpers.
  • If you have fallen behind in your moving schedule, seek aid from friends or professional movers.
  • Make a move-out cleaning checklist, and prepare all cleaning materials in advance.
  • Finish any last-minute organizing, packing and preparing for the big day ahead.

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Self-Packing Verses Professional Packing: The Pros and Cons

Preparing for a move? If so, you have one very important question to ask yourself: Should I opt for self-packing or hire professional packers? To help you decide, here is some important information to consider.

Self-Packing Pros and Cons

Self-packing is the logical choice for many reasons. You’ll have control over what, where and when to pack. Plus, you won’t have to deal with the stress and worry of strangers meddling with your personal belongings. If you’re someone who wants to pack all of your belongings in a safe and systematic manner at your own pace, then self-packing may be the best choice for you. Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons.

Pros

Lower Costs. When choosing between self-packing and hiring professional packers, there’s no doubt that self-packing is the cheapest route. Instead of paying for the experienced services of professional packers, you can opt for free help from yourself, family and friends. It’s even possible to find free moving supplies, like moving boxes from local businesses or various containers you already own, like laundry baskets, suitcases, etc.

Convenience. When it comes to reducing stress and ensuring a smooth relocation process, flexibility is key. This being said, self-packing allows you to pack your belongings when it is convenient for you. Not only will packing at your own convenient pace lower your stress level, it will also allow you to sort and group your belongings in a way that makes sense to you. Not only that, but if you are packing your own things, you will take much more care than a stranger, who has no attachment to the item, might.

Organization. Opting for self-packing means you will have control over how your belongings are organized and packed. By grouping items according to their type, purpose and destination room, unpacking is made incredibly easy – as long as you label your boxes accordingly, that is!

Cons

Lost time. Packing is a majorly time-consuming event – and there’s no way around it. Underestimating the amount of time required to pack an entire house is one of the worst mistakes you can make, leading to you frantically throwing your possessions into boxes at the last minute – a situation that leads to catastrophic results. In order to pack your items properly, you will need plenty of time. Unfortunately, time is something you won’t have much of when you have many other important moving-related things to handle at the same time.

Poor packing. You will obviously pack your belongings with care, but unfortunately, you may lack the experience required for an efficient and speedy process. This means many of your possessions are at risk for becoming damaged during the moving process, like fragile artwork, electronics and glassware.

No liability. A large con of self-packing is that you are responsible for everything you pack. This means your movers will not be liable for any damaged items that you packed yourself.

Professional Packing Services Pros and Cons

If your move is local, you will most likely be able to pack your belongings well enough so they’ll survive the short trip across town. But longer moves, like those across the country, may require the help of a professional packing service. Here are the pros and cons.

Pros

Speed. No matter how large your home is, professional packers have the ultimate packing strategy to pack all of your belongings at impressive speed. A job that may take you weeks can take professional movers just a few hours.

Quality packing materials. The quality of the packing materials you use is directly proportionate to the safety level of your moving shipment. Professional packers will use quality packing materials, like brand new boxes, plenty of bubble wrap and packing paper, plus strong tape to provide your items with maximum protection.

Liability coverage. When hiring professional packers, they will typically accept liability for any personal possession that are damaged or lost while in their custody. So, if something bad happens, you’ll be covered.

Minimal efforts. The biggest pro to hiring a professional packing service is that they do everything for you, so you don’t have to put in any major efforts into this part of the moving process. Professional packers will handle everything, from disconnecting to reassembling wired devices, furniture and more.

Cons

Increased final moving cost. Depending on the number of items you need to have packed and the time required to pack them, full packing services can cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to several thousand. If you’re on a tight budget and have time to pack yourself, hiring professionals may not be the best choice.

Poor organization and control. Full packing services mean competent packing and a decreased risk of damages and problems. But, if you like to be in control and have things done a certain way, you may want to avoid professional packers. Professional packers have no clue how you want your items organized. And since their primary concern is speed and safety, they will not spend time sorting and grouping your possessions. This can lead to a headache later when it’s time to unpack and you can’t find anything you’re looking for.

Untrustworthy packers and movers. If you have possessions of value, you may want to set these items apart from the rest of your shipment to avoid any potential problems. While many companies are honest and ethical, some are not, so always take precautions before leaving strangers alone with your stuff.

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Packing Blunders to Avoid

Moving to a new home involves a never-ending list of jobs to complete before moving day comes banging on the door. One moving task, in particular, that can put anyone’s patience and resourcefulness at stake is – you guessed it – packing! But before you recoil in horror at the mere thought of packing, we are here to help you efficiently tackle this much-dreaded job. Continue reading to learn the most common packing blunders and how to avoid them.

I can pack everything by myself

The biggest moving blunder you can make is believing that you can pack your entire home by yourself. While this would be an incredible achievement, it is an extremely difficult one to accomplish. Adding to this blunder is not reaching out and asking for assistance – or worse – refusing help that is generously offered to you.

A good way to avoid an overwhelming situation as moving day approaches is to ask friends and family to lend a hand. If you can afford it, we strongly suggest hiring professional movers who are trained for the task. This is by far the ultimate option for quick and efficient packing.

I can procrastinate because I’m a fast packer

Packing a backpack for school or a few bags of luggage for a weekend getaway may be something you pride yourself in doing quickly, but don’t let this lead you into the false belief that you can pack your home as fast. Packing for vacation and packing an entire home are two entirely different things. This is because speed alone is usually not enough to efficiently pack your home. You’ll also need adequate supplies and good organization.

When moving, time is the essential factor when packing for a move and will determine the speed at which you must pack. The more time you manage to squeeze in before the moving truck arrives, the better your packing efficiency will be, as well as the lower your stress level.

I’ll pack now and sort later

If you are planning to put off your sorting until you have already moved to your new home, we strongly encourage yo
u to avoid this at all costs. This plan is one of the worst packing mistakes you can make when preparing to move to another home. The main reason being that it is very costly. Not only will it cost you more money to pack and haul unnecessary items along with you, but it will also prove costly in time and space. Failure to optimize the number of household goods you intend to take with you before initiating the packing process will prove detrimental. Here’s a closer look at how:

  • Time. In order to finish packing all of your belongings on time for your move, you need to go through each item carefully, getting rid of those things you no longer want or need. Skipping this important step will waste hours upon hours of wrapping and packing possessions you have no intention of keeping. When time matters, use it wisely.
  • Space. Even if you are moving to a larger home, it’s never a good idea to start your new life there by filling it up with unwanted and unneeded items. This will only cause a bigger mess when it comes time to unpack.
  • Money. Packing your home for a move without first sorting through your possessions will put a hefty strain on your wallet. How so? Every box you add to your moving truck increases the final price your moving company will be forced to charge you. More content means your movers will need extra time to load/unload your belongings. More content also means a greater weight, which increases transportation costs.

I can’t get free packing supplies

Are you someone who believes there’s no such thing as free packing supplies? We are here to tell you that this is definitely a false belief. You just have to know where to find them. And trust us – moving is a very expensive affair, and as you see those prices continue to increase, you will be happy you were able to save some money o/n supplies. Here are some free alternatives to lessen moving costs:

  • Boxes. As you already know, moving boxes are an essential packing tool. Before you can even begin packing, you’ll need to collect boxes in many sizes and shapes. You will also need tons of them! Check local supermarkets, bookstores, liquor stores, etc. for free boxes. These places have a continuous supply of boxes – more than they’ll ever need. To get your hands on their abundant supply, all you have to do is ask! Be sure to only take boxes that are strong, clean and in good condition overall.
  • Bubble wrap. Bubble wrap and other protective packing supplies are great, but don’t dismiss items that are already lying around your house just waiting to serve a purpose. Old clothing, thick socks, hand towels … all of these things can do an excellent job of protecting fragile items during a move. Plus, they’re free!
  • Packing paper. Soft, clean packing paper is hard to beat, as it provides numerous advantages. However, it can be quite costly. Newspapers are a cheaper alternative and work as a great protective packing supply. Just watch out for ink stains!

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Move Your Couch with These Professional Tips

When relocating, there is always an unbelievable amount of obstacles you will face. Where to live. How to afford it. Packing. The list is never ending. Another challenge you will also run into is deciding which belongings you should take with you and which you should leave behind. One item, in particular, is your couch. Whether you are a couch potato or not … whether you spent a lot of money on it or got it fairly cheap from a thrift store … a couch is one piece of furniture that becomes very well loved. The very idea of getting rid of it may even feel like disowning and old, dependable friend. In order to figure out if you should take your couch on your moving adventure, here are some things to consider:

  • Is it valuable? Was your couch made by a famous manufacturer, or was it a meaningful gift from someone important to you? Is it a priceless family heirloom or considered an antique? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your couch holds value, and you should definitely take it with you.
  • What is its current condition? Your couch may be worn in just the way you like it, but the older and more worn out it is, chances are leaving it behind is your best choice. This way you can start fresh and purchase a new couch to go in your new home.

If after lengthy consideration you’ve decided your couch is worth relocating with you, there are several things to consider. This article will provide you with knowledge on:

  • How to disassemble a couch for moving;
  • How to properly wrap a couch for moving; and
  • What equipment is needed to move a couch.

How to Disassemble a Couch

Unless your couch consists of stationary cushions, you will need to disassemble it. Not only will detaching certain elements of your couch make it easier and safer to transport, it will also prevent unexpected property damage like if a protruding part accidentally hits a doorway or corner. Here
are some tips on how to take your couch apart.

The goal of disassembling your couch before relocating is to strip it as much as possible. The first step is to remove its legs. This will eliminate a number of difficulties during the moving process. Couch legs are typically screwed to the frame structure, so simply use the correct screwdriver to remove them. Along with disengaging the legs of your couch, remove all other parts that can be done so safely, like armrests, cushions, covers, etc.

As you remove screws and other hardware pieces, be sure to place them directly into a plastic bag or small container with a tight lid. Staying organized is the best way to avoid losing important parts, as well as eliminate frustration down the road.

If you are at a loss for how to disassemble your couch, don’t fret. Call a friend or contact professional movers who can provide you with expert help.

How to Properly Wrap a Couch

After your couch has been disassembled, your next step is properly wrapping it so it will remain in perfect condition until it reaches its final post-move destination.

  • The first step is to gather a sufficient amount of bubble wrap (bigger bubbles will prove more protective). Check to ensure bubble wrap is clean, otherwise you risk dirtying up your couch. Then, wrap all parts you have removed from your couch and place them inside of a cardboard moving box. Label the box accordingly to make post-move unpacking easier.
  • Does your couch have protruding parts that are unable to be removed? If so, be sure to handle these areas with extra care because they are especially prone to damage. To protect these fragile components, cover them well with bubble wrap and secure it with packing tape. *Avoid damage by never placing packing tape directly over upholstery or polished wood surfaces.
  • If your couch reclines or folds out into a bed, you will need to take extra precautions so no damage or bodily injuries occur while moving. The best way to do this is by securing it closed with a furniture strap or strong piece of rope to prevent it from opening during transportation.
  • If your couch is valuable – whether an antique piece of furniture or cost you a fortune to purchase – provide it with extra protection by covering it from top to side to bottom in shrink wrap. This will help ensure it remains fully protected against moisture, dirt and dust.
  • The last step to wrapping your couch is to cover it in thick, protective coverings. Try renting or purchasing furniture blankets from a local moving company, or if all else fails, opt for household blankets. Be sure to secure coverings with strong packing tape.

What Equipment is Needed to Move a Couch?

Your couch may now be ready to be hauled to the moving truck, but before you can carry it onboard, you will need to obtain the proper equipment. There are two items that you will be very grateful to have: furniture sliders and furniture dollies.

  • Furniture sliders: Is your couch really heavy? If it is, you may intend to slide your couch across the floor in order to move it. To avoid scratches on the floor or damage to your couch, furniture sliders will be of great help. This equipment is made up of a piece of sturdy plastic with one side made of hard rubber in order to minimize friction between your furniture and the floor. Simply place the slider under each leg of your couch – or corners, if legs have been removed – and push it toward the door.
  • Furniture dollies: You’ve probably heard of – or even seen – a moving dolly/hand truck before (L-shaped and best meant for stacking boxes or heavy appliances, like washing machines). But there are also dollies designed specifically for furniture. Furniture dollies are one of the greatest inventions to ever hit the moving world – so take advantage of this must-use tool. Furniture dollies are made up of a four-wheel square platform that sits low to the ground for easy loading/unloading. It allows your couch, or other furniture items, to be easily rolled, saving you from the stress of lifting and carrying.

For more information on how to relocate your couch, contact ABC Movers.

Bubble Wrap: The Ultimate Accessory When Moving

The most practical packing material available is… you guessed it, bubble wrap. It provides the perfect cushion for any item, fits any shape, and can easily be secured with packing tape. Along with being used to protect delicate items and awkwardly shaped pieces during shipping, there are many other reasons why bubble wrap is such a widely used packing tool.

Safety. Bubble wrap is made by sealing together two sheets of plastic with air trapped between them in order to create rows of bubbles. The evenly distributed air-filled pockets provide excellent protection against shocks and vibrations, and can also prevent items from breaking if accidentally dropped. Bubble wrap also protects items from scratches and chipping.

Convenience. Considering all of the hassles that go along with moving, one thing that makes the packing process easier is bubble wrap. These handy bubbles are simple to use. Just wrap an item of your choosing and seal it securely with packing tape. Bubble wrap has the ability to snugly fit the surface of whatever object is inside – no matter the shape or size.

Bubble wrap also offers moving convenience because it comes in various forms (sheets, bags, envelopes) and sizes (large or small bubbles). This way, you can easily pick the type that best suits your specific needs and requirements.

Environmentally Friendly. Another positive aspect of bubble wrap is that it is environmentally friendly. Not only can it be reused several times – a great way to save money and help the environment – but you can even opt for bio-degradable, which degrades easily when discarded and causes no harm to nature.

Financially Friendly. There’s no question that packing materials quickly add up in price, so to help lower the cost of your move, opt for bubble wrap. Due to bubble wrap’s perfect cushioning, you won’t require many more packing supplies to ensure the safety of your belongings. Not to mention, bubble wrap is lightweight (it is basically just air, after all), so it doesn’t add to the overall weight of any items that require shipping.


Fun.
Pop. Pop. Pop, pop, pop! If there’s one thing these fantastic bubbles provide, it is entertainment – and we all know a little fun goes a long way when doused in the stress and mayhem of a move. So go ahead, give in and give it a squeeze.

Which Type of Bubble Wrap Should You Use?

As previously mentioned, you can choose from many different types of bubble wrap. So which one should you choose? Here’s a guide to help you decide which type will work best for your particular needs.

Large. Large bubble wrap features air pockets as big as 1” (26 mm) in diameter. Large bubble wrap is typically used for packing large household items, like furniture pieces. It is also good for providing a significant amount of cushion inside large moving boxes.

Small. Small bubble wrap ranges in bubble size from 1/8” (3mm) to 3/8” (10mm) in diameter. Smaller bubble size provides less protection against shock or impact, but greatly aids in protecting items from scratches and other superficial damage. Use small bubble wrap for electronics, glassware and other sensitive/delicate items.

Bubble Wrap Envelopes. Bubble wrap envelopes are a good choice for protecting things like CDs, books,small framed pictures and other flat items. These handy envelopes feature bubbles along the inside, which equals to maximum protection for breakables. They also provide easy-seal protection.

Anti-Static Bubble Wrap. Anti-static bubble wrap is designed to protect electronic items, like cell phones, computers and TVs. It works by dissipating static charge. This is good for protecting sensitive electronic chips inside cell phones, etc.

What Should You Pack with Bubble Wrap?

Honestly, there isn’t a single thing that can’t be wrapped in bubble wrap. That’s part of its amazingness! However, certain items require better protection than others and will benefit more from the superior protective qualities of bubble wrap.

If you need to pack fragile items, the more protection the better. The more securely you wrap these items, the greater the chance they will remain intact during your move. Do not use bubble wrap sparingly for the following items:

China. China sets include many pieces. To protect every plate, saucer and cup, wrap them first in packing paper, followed by a secure layer of bubble wrap. Also place some bubble wrap inside all cups, and between its body and handle, to provide extra support and eliminate the risk of breaking.

Glasses. Consider how many glasses you have broken in your lifetime. Now imagine what happens to glasses when poorly packed inside of a moving box. Yikes! Glasses top the list of the most easily damaged items during a move, so be sure to wrap them carefully when packing. Each glass – whether a wine glass or a valuable piece of crystal – should be individually wrapped with bubble wrap. Also, place an extra layer of bubble wrap on top of the wrapped glasses before sealing the box.

Artwork. If moving with figurines, paintings and other valuable pieces of art, don’t forget these items need maximum protection too. First, wrap in packing paper to better protect any delicate surfaces. Then follow with several layers of bubble wrap. Secure with packing tape.

Mirrors. Mirrors are another item that is easily cracked and broken during a relocation. To provide the mirror’s surface with optimum protection, it is a good idea to cover it with packing paper. Then, using bubble wrap with large air pockets, wrap the mirror in several layers of protection. To secure all packing paper and bubble wrap, encircle the entire mirror with packing tape.

*Framed paintings and mirrors should be placed in specialty picture/mirror boxes for maximum protection.

Vases. Due to their awkward shape and delicate material, vases are highly susceptible to damage – so grab the bubble wrap to provide the best protection possible. To wrap, set your vase on its side on a sheet of bubble wrap. Then, roll it until it’s completely covered, and secure it in place with packing tape. Be sure the top and bottom of the base is safely wrapped and taped.

For all moving supplies, including bubble wrap, packing paper, boxes and more, ABC Movers has everything you need to make your move a success.

Essential Supplies for a Successful Move

 

essential moving supplies - blog PHOTOThe moving process is long and tedious. Even after making the official decision to move, you still have to pack all of your belongings and tackle moving day. To get everything done smoothly, efficiently and safely, it’s vital to gather the correct and necessary supplies. For everything you’ll need, check out our essential supply guide.

Small Toolssmall tools - PHOTO

To prepare for the moving process, start by collecting the small, but totally necessary supplies first.

  • Tape Gun/Dispenser. A roll of tape and scissors. If you’ve ever gone this route when using tape, you know just how slow and irritating it is. Using a tape gun/dispenser is the optimal way to tape boxes quickly and efficiently.
  • Utility Knife. Yes, you probably have a kitchen drawer full of knives, but avoid using them as a moving supply – it’s dangerous and just not a good idea. A utility knife is your best bet for opening boxes, cutting cords and ropes, and so on.
  • Hammer. A hammer will come in very handy when packing. Use it when taking artwork off the walls, and make sure to remove all nails as you go!
  • Screwdriver. Screwdrivers are important tools to always have in your toolbox. For all of the furniture that needs to be disassembled and reassembled, a screwdriver will be your go-to tool.
  • Gloves. Just as you want to protect your belongings during your move, you should also protect your hands from cuts, scrapes, pinches and blisters. While gloves are an often-overlooked moving supply, believe us when we say that they’re a very important one.

Equipment

dolly - PHOTOMoving involves handling many heavy objects, from boxes to furniture to major household appliances. To avoid body strain and serious injury, it’s important to rent (or buy) certain moving equipment. Here are some items that will greatly assist you on the day of your move.

  • Dolly. Moving a washer and dryer or something else just as heavy? Then a dolly should be at the top of your moving-supply list. Dollies are designed to help move items weighing up to 1,000 pounds. A sturdy dolly will help protect your back and muscles from injury; it will also make the moving process much faster.
  • Lifting Straps. As handy as a dolly is, lifting straps are another moving supply that prove very effective. With the help of a friend, these straps make lifting large items, like furniture, less straining and much easier.
  • Hand Truck. While similar to a dolly, a hand truck is typically designed to carry up to 600 pounds. They are a great help if you want to transport smaller items, like a stack of boxes.

Packing Supplies

packing paperIn order to prepare for the day of your move, you have to pack. This means you will need to gather all of the must-have packing supplies. The following will be the most useful.

  • Bubble Wrap. For all of the awkward and breakable items in your home, bubble wrap is the perfect way to keep them all safe and secure. Not to mention, popping all those bubbles post-move will be a fun treat.
  • Packing Paper. Sure, newspaper can be used for packing, but it’s quite messy, leaving your hands and whatever you pack covered in black ink. Packing paper is designed specifically for moving, providing excellent protection and no mess!
  • Trash bags. Trash bags may be used to contain some pretty gross – and smelly – things. But, they can be used for so much more! Trash bags are a very handy packing supply for items, such as towels, clothes and soft toys.
  • Rubber Bands. During a move, furniture doors, jewelry box lids, etc. can easily pop open. Avoid this by securing all doors and lids with rubber bands. You can also use rubber bands to secure electrical cords and any other items you want to keep together, like pens and pencils or silverware.

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Simple Steps to Pack Framed Photos

simple steps to pack framed photos - blog PHOTOWhen packing your home for a move, you will run into many breakable items. These types of things can be difficult to pack – especially framed photos. To make this task easier, follow this step-by-step guide.

Materials Required. First, and foremost, before you begin packing, you must acquire all the necessary materials. You’ll need:

  • moving boxes
  • wrapping paper / bubble wrap
  • strong packing tape
  • permanent marker

Boxes can be purchased through a moving company or salvaged via friends and local shops. You can also opt for moving boxes designed specifically for framed photos and art – these boxes can be divided into two or four sections.

Also, be sure to get boxes that are larger than the objects you intend to place inside. This way, there will be enough empty space at the top of the box to fill with packing paper or bubble wrap for extra protection.

Once you have obtained all of the necessary materials, follow these steps to ensure all fragile items are properly packed.

1. Clear a space. There’s nothing worse than trying to do something in the middle of a mess, so clear a work space and spread packing paper and bubble wrap flat. Position your framed photo directly onto the packing paper, then wrap it well by covering all areas. If only using packing paper, wrap your picture in several layers. Otherwise, wrap bubble wrap around the first layer of packing paper to ensure it’s well protected.

2. Tape around the photo. Once wrapped, using strong packing tape, wrap around the entire paper-protected frame. This will provide the glass with extra protection so it is less likely to break.

3. Mark it. To make future unpacking easier, use a permanent marker to mark the glass side of the wrapped frame.

4. Fill the bottom of the box. Before placing any wrapped items into a box, first fill the bottom of the box with crumpled paper to provide a protective layer. Then, place your wrapped frame into the box. If adding more to the box, be sure to add a layer of crumpled paper between each frame.

5. Finish off with paper. Before closing the box, finish off the last bit with more crumpled paper to prevent items inside from shaking while being transported.

6. Tape and secure. Once your box is complete, tape your box closed. Secure it further by taping around all edges of the box. Ensure tape it pulled tight with no risk of coming loose.

7. Label. Using a permanent marker, clearly label your box – on top and on all sides. Use words like “fragile” or “breakable” so movers will know to be careful.

8. Load it. When loading any boxes filled with framed photos, it’s a good idea to position these boxes vertically. This will evenly distribute pressure throughout the surface of the box and breaking will be prevented.

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Must-Have Packing Supplies For A Successful Move

When you have a big move coming up, it’s common to feel overwhelmed. There is a lot to do after all. Hiring movers, organizing, and deciding what items to keep, donate or throw away. And don’t forget packing – the never-ending task that everyone hates. In order to make your move a success, the first thing you need to do is gather all of the supplies you will need. Must-Have Packing Supplies - blog PHOTOHere are the top five must-have packing supplies you’ll need to pack efficiently.

Boxes, Boxes … did we mention boxes? Packing and boxes go hand-in-hand during the moving process. So a few months before your move, begin gathering as many boxes as you can. Then go out and gather some more because the amount you will require far exceeds what you will ever imagine needing.

To save money, first try collecting boxes from family, friends and co-workers; also check liquor stores and big warehouses that have continuous access to boxes. If you still need more, you can purchase them from package stores, the post office, and so on. Just be sure that whatever boxes you collect are strong and durable.

Resealable Plastic Bags. For every moving box you need, you will also want just as many resealable plastic bags – if not more. These bags will be your best friend pre-move and post-move because they keep everything organized. Use them for keeping all hardware and instruction manuals together, or for storing wires and plugs, which can become a tangled mess when simply thrown into a box.

Tape Gun. Have you ever tried to wrap a present or seal up a box without a tape gun? The mere thought probably drives you nuts as you recall the time and hassle it took to tear off a million individual pieces of tape. Enter, the tape gun. Using a tape gun is the optimal tool for packing, saving you time and hassle.

Bubble Wrap. Bubble wrap or packing peanuts? Ya gotta pick the bubble wrap! After all, who can resist the incredible urge to pop those alluringly squeezable bubbles? Bubble wrap can of course be a fun toy, but it is also very helpful when packing. All of those little bubbles of air make the perfect protective cushion so your breakables stay in tact during your move. So stock up pre-move and when your move is over, pop, pop, pop away!

Markers and Labels. Whether you opt for markers, labels, or both, be sure to get them in bright colors and have them handy when packing. Use them to color code boxes for each individual room for easier organization on the day of the big move.

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Top Five Tips To Efficient Packing

You’ve found a new place to live. You’ve collected more boxes than you know what to do with. Now all you have to do is pack. Easier said than done, right? As everyone knows, packing is one of the worstTop Five Tips To Efficient Packing - PHOTO parts of moving. But, it must be done. While packing probably seems like a mindless task – it is just throwing things into boxes after all – there is actually a right way and a wrong way to do it. Here are some must-know packing tips to help your move go smoothly.

1. Set Aside Your Essentials: Before you pack up everything you own, be sure to put essential items aside. After moving all of your belongings to your new place, there’s a good chance it will take several days – even a of couple weeks – to unpack everything. This is why it is a good idea to consider what items you may need easy access to while everything gets unpacked – think clothes, toiletries, etc.

2. Be A Proactive Packer: You probably think packing ultimately makes you proactive in the moving process. But to be a proactive packer, you must pack boxes in an organized manner. This means sorting items before you pack them. For example, all toiletries in one box, all plates in another, and so on. With every box presorted, you can easily direct each box to a specific location in your new place, and in turn, unpacking will be much more organized.

3. Don’t Overpack Boxes: When packing, you want to be aware of how much weight you are putting inside each box. Overpacking leads to boxes that are far too heavy to lift; it can also cause injuries. When packing, always place heavy items in small boxes, and light objects in large boxes.

4. Pack Breakable Items Properly: Fragile items, such as dishes, mirrors, etc. can be easily broken – especially inside a large moving truck. One way to avoid breaking items is to add plenty of protective bubble wrap or recyclable paper to boxes with fragile items. A good tip for packing items, such as plates, is to wrap each plate separately then stand them vertically on their sides inside a box. This will make any plate-on-plate impact less likely to cause damage.

5. Do A Final Sweep: You may think you have everything hauled away from your soon-to-be past home, but more often than not, a few things always get left behind. Before you say that final goodbye, be sure to do one last house sweep to check for anything you may have missed. Most forgotten places include inside the oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine.

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