Moving? How to Avoid Common Packing Mistakes

2 Comment(s) | Posted | by Norm Kotoch, Jr. |

Moving Packing and StorageSpring is just around the corner, which means that peak moving season is also on its way in. Many people take advantage of the warmer seasons to list and buy properties because of the nice weather and extended daylight hours to pack up and move to their new locations.

If you’re planning a move in the future, you want the whole process to go as smoothly as possible. Take note of these common packing mistakes to avoid any mishaps, and set the tone for a less stressful experience.

Heavy Boxes

When moving, people often have the mentality that less overall boxes means less to move. Rarely, though, do they consider the total weight of the box after packing its contents. Keep yourself and others safe by limiting the weight of each box to ensure it is manageable; 40-50 pounds is a good target weight.

Make it a habit to check the weight of boxes with a simple lift test before taping it up. If you have difficulty picking it up or moving it around, remove some of the items to balance it out.

Packing Materials

Not all packing materials will work for every box. You’ll want to choose a few different packing materials depending on the contents of your boxes. For example, use bubble wrap to protect larger, breakable items, and newspaper or packing paper to wrap fragile, smaller pieces. In addition, each item should be wrapped separately to prevent scratches.

Proper Labeling

It is common for those moving to label boxes for easy identification later. But, one mistake to avoid is labeling your boxes with just the name of the room. While this is helpful to group boxes together when unloading, it doesn’t tell you what’s in the box. Since you likely will not unpack everything right away, it is helpful to know the contents of the box in the event you need to retrieve an item when you first move in.

Make sure to label your boxes with the name of the room they go in, as well as some of the major items contained in each box. This way, you’ll avoid having to open up all of your packed, organized boxes just to find your favorite coffee mug.

Store Excess Items

While it may seem easier to just pack up everything in your current residence, sometimes it can be helpful to discard of some items, and keep others in storage. Start planning for your move. Start planning for your move a couple months before, and think about making a list of items you plan on moving, items you wish to keep in a self-storage unit, and items you want to get rid of. For example, seasonal items and decorations, sporting equipment, additional vehicles, and other things that are not regularly used may be better kept offsite from the start.

Using a storage unit will free up space at your home, and keep your new items organized. Also, some storage facilities will offer free use of moving trucks to make the process that much easier.

Pack and Prepare

Don’t fall victim to packing mistakes that can be a waste of time and energy. By packing boxes properly and using a storage unit for excess items, you’ll stay organized from the very start at your new home.

Photo credit: Jo Bourne

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  1. Bianca's avatar
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    And also if you have highly valuable stuff or items such as jewelries, laptop, antiques and etc.. don't pack them bring it with you personally in your car.
  2. Norm Kotoch's avatar
    Norm Kotoch
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    Great tip! Thanks for sharing.

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