Packing up all you own for the big move can sometimes feel overwhelming. So, where do you start? We’ve compiled our top 5 Expert Tips When Packing For Your Big Move. We hope these serve as a helpful tool as you start your next adventure!
Reserve Your Vehicle
Don’t wait until moving day to reserve your rented vehicle. It’s often smart to start with recommendations from trusted reviews when selecting a company. Check ahead of time and discover the availability and rates associated with that vehicle.
Every truck is different and the size you choose matters. Here’s a quick cheat for determining what size vehicle you’ll be needing for the big move.
2-3 Rooms — 15 ft. truck
4-6 Rooms — 18 ft. truck
7-8 Rooms — 22 ft. truck
Once you’ve determined the truck/van you will be renting, make sure you have the supplies needed to execute the move.
- Loading ramps
Double Check the Little Things
Nothing is more frustrating than stopping mid-move because you realize you don’t have what you need. Whether that’s completely forgetting a crucial moving day item or not getting enough of one thing, making a list and checking it twice (or three times) will pay off in the long run. Here are a few items to get your moving day list started:
- Marking pens
- Packing tape
- Tape measure
- All size boxes
- Furniture pads or sheets
- Rope or twine
- Tool box
Label ALL boxes
One of the best ways to keep organized before, during, and after the move is to create lists and label. A common way to label boxes is by labelling numerically. Labeling all boxes, and making a list clearly indicating the contents, will be a game changer as you start unpacking in the days following.
Make sure to clearly mark fragile items! As your team of friends and family are loading and unloading, this will remind them to use extra caution around your valuables.
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Keep the Basics Handy
Don’t forget to keep the basics handy and pack essentials in separate boxes for easy access once you arrive to your new home. Identify what items your family use on a regular basis and begin to make a list. If you need help getting started, here are a few basics we recommend:
First Aid Kit
To Settle In
Garbage can & bags
Ladder or step stool Dust cloth
Mop and broom
Activities for Kids
Many don’t realize there is a system to loading the truck efficiently and effectively. Start with heavy furniture first and carefully pad the items before bringing in your labeled boxes. Once your labeled boxes have all been loaded, double check that items are secure. Boxes and items may shift in transit, so securing boxes and padding furniture will ensure the safety of your personal items. It may be best to keep the most fragile items with you in your individual car.