Moving Hacks: Packing Tips and Tricks
There are different reasons behind apartment moving. For some, it’s because they got promoted and changing zip codes is part of the requirements. In some cases, one of the kids had to transfer to a new school, and for others, they feel the need to transfer because there’s something in their former location that they want to forget. Regardless of the reason, moving to a new place always takes a lot of work.
There’s the apartment search that usually takes weeks to finish because you have to personally visit the new location since posts online are not 100% reliable these days. When you finally find the apartment that suits your taste, the next thing you need to do is look for an apartment mover to assist you. You can actually DIY the whole packing and moving process but the thing is, you might end up spending more and saving less. If the new place is not ready to accommodate you on the day that you decide to make the “big move”, you’ll need to avail of storage services to secure your items.
Plenty of things to consider, yes, but fret not for we listed some tips and tricks for you. Read on:
Save Money by Using Free Moving Boxes
Moving entails plenty of costs, both expected and unexpected. Sometimes, the costs seem unnecessary but you’ll be required to comply just to get things done. One way to cut down the costs is by using free moving boxes. You can visit the grocery store or the department store in your neighborhood to ask they if they can give you boxes at zero cost.
Use Hangers to Pack Your Clothes
Anyone who has tried moving will definitely agree that the plastic wrap is the perfect partner. Hangers also play a big role in moving especially when it comes to packing your clothes. Sometimes, people opt to fold their cloths, pack them, unfold and rehang them once they arrived at the new house but the whole process wastes a lot of time. The more efficient thing to do is hang the clothes, zip-tie the hangers and use a plastic wrap.
Secure the Furniture
Drawers that come with handles that stick out have warning signs written all over them. To prevent the handles from scratching other items, unscrew them and place them inside the drawer. You can also save time and space by placing small to medium-sized items inside the drawer.
Apply a Color-Coding System
Organizing items can be a bit tricky since there are so many things in your head and keeping the boxes organized is the least of your concerns. This presents a problem when you arrive at your new apartment because you will have to open every single box to find items that you need. One thing you can do to make things easier is by making use of a color-coding system. The colors can represent the rooms (bedroom, living room, kitchen, etc.), category (appliances, furniture, books, equipment, etc.), or ownership (father, mother, sister, or brother) that the items belong to.
Vertical vs. Horizontal
Pack dishes and other fragile items vertically to keep them from breaking. If you stack them on top of each other, there’s a high chance that they will break during transit.
Secure Mirrors and Pictures in a Bubble Wrap
Unlike plates that you can pack vertically to keep them from breaking, the only way to secure mirrors and picture frames is by wrapping them individually with bubble wrap. It’s also important that you write “fragile” so movers will know that the contents are breakable.
Use Those Sheets and Towels
You can hit two birds with one stone by using sheets and towels to pack your fragile items. By doing this, you get to save storage space and you get to keep the fragile items from breaking while in transit. You save money on bubble wrap too!
Scrub Some Soap On Those Holes
Tiny holes on the walls of your new apartment may not seem alarming at first, but wait until you see how much the repair man will charge you for filling them up. To avoid unneccessary costs, grab a bar of soap and rub it on the hole until it’s filled.
Packing the Television
Another item that can be a bit tricky to pack is the television. It’s bulky, heavy, and it takes up a lot of storage space. Fortunately, you can secure it by wrapping a towel around it and making a custom box specifically designed for it. If it’s a flat screen, make sure it’s sitting upright and make sure that you keep the original box so you can use it if you decide to move again in the future.
Moving can actually be a pleasant experience for as long as you know how to deal with the tricky parts of the process. To avoid unnecessary costs, just look at the items that you’ll be moving and be strategic when packing them. Some can be used to secure items, while others can be used as storage. It’s really a matter of moving things around and grouping them together so you don’t need to worry about a lot of things when packing. Asking for people help you removes a huge load off your back too, so don’t hesitate to tell them when you need an extra pair of hands.