Preparing for a Move Here is Your Ultimate Packing Guide
When preparing for a move, all you need to use is your common sense in packing typical items like your books and clothes. But what about those items which are fragile and need a more 'professional' packing job?
How can you ensure that the items inside will not be damaged once the boxes are filled, stacked and transported? How do you separate the valuable from the not-so-valuable items?
To have an idea about which items need a special packing technique due to their value, take a look at the following list:
- Antiques, paintings and other art collection items
- Precious stones, crystals, gems and jewels
- Silver, silverware, fine china, glassware and precious figurines
- Electronic equipment such as home entertainment systems, computer sets
- Power tools
- Wine, canned goods and other food items stored in your refrigerator
- Valuable clothing items such as fur coats and expensive shoes
- Toiletries and perfumeries
Caution: What You Should Not Pack
If you don't want the move to end up in a disaster, make sure to not pack flammables, explosives and corrosives on one of those carton boxes. These hazardous items include paints, matches, acid, lighter fluid, batteries, pool chemicals, aerosols, propane tanks, cleaning fluid – basically any household item which may cause danger to the vehicle that will be used during the move.
You should also make sure to empty your refrigerator prior to the move – otherwise the food will be spoiled.
It is also better to take all of your valuables with you rather than allowing the removals company to take care of it. These items include finance-related papers, your passport, money, records, financial statements, letters and anything which has a personal and sentimental value for you. Most often than not, the removals company will not be held liable if these items are lost or delayed during the move.
The Pros and Cons of Packing Things Yourself
If you don't have a very limited budget for the move, it does make sense to let the removals company do the packing and unpacking for you. However, if you are on a tight budget, you will save a considerable amount of money if you will do the packing yourself.
All you need to do is organize your things prior to packing, make sure that you have all the packing materials that you need, and that all boxes are secured tightly and labeled clearly. Do your homework and research how the most valuable and fragile items should be properly packaged so that they will not be damaged during the move.
This is especially true if your personal possessions will be 'on the road' for more than 24 hours. The longer that your things are in transit, the higher the probability of damage. Ensuring that they are packed properly reduces the risks of damage on your personal possessions.
Finally, make sure that you are aware of the terms and conditions implemented by the removals company prior to the move. Ask about their insurance policies, make sure that you will not get billed for additional charges, and see to it that every aspect of moving is covered.
By keeping these things in mind, you will have a successful move from your old place to your new home.