Packing up the house is a substantial portion of the cost of a typical home move.?? Many people opt to pack boxes themselves to save money.?? Packing yourself makes sense, because the tools normally needed for a professional move are not required to pack a home, i.e. moving truck, dollies, and strong men.
Packing boxes is a skill set, the same as moving furniture, but no heavy lifting is required.?? Moving the house is normally set in a tight time frame, (between House Closing).?? Whereas, packing the house can be started early and done at your convenience.
If you do decide to pack yourself there are techniques and methods to insure success.?? Make sure to use the right size box for the job.?? Use plenty of packing paper and bubble wrap for breakable items.?? Always seal your boxes with tape.?? Never fold the flaps or leave boxes open.?? Boxes sealed with tape are structurally stronger, and less likely to collapse in on themselves.
Packing is an art form.?? When you purchase a new items it comes in its own box with custom packaging made just for it.?? When you are packing your house, everything is packed in standard boxes with multipurpose packing paper and bubble wrap.?? Most people do not save all the original boxes and custom packaging from all their purchases.
People ask, ???what all needs to be packed?????? A rule of thumb: if it can fit in a box, pack it in a box.?? If the items is less than 24 inches it needs to be packed.?? On move day there should only be furniture and sealed boxes for the moving crew to take care of.?? It should be noted that most moving companies will not move open, unsealed boxes.
Do not over fill a box.?? Pack books and heavy items in smaller boxes (1.5 cu. ft.).?? Pack lighter items like clothes and toys in larger boxes (3.1 cu. ft.).?? Try to keep packed boxes under 40 lbs.?? Over size/weight boxes cost more to move.
There are some items you must pack and move yourself: guns, ammunition, chemicals, propane tanks, drugs, jewelry, cash, gold, pets and kids.?? If it exceptionally valuable, move it yourself.?? If it is dangerous or could damage items in the truck, move it yourself.?? If it could start a fire, move it yourself.?? If you have prescription drugs, insulin, et cetera, move it yourself.
Make sure to label your packed boxes; both the contents, as well as, where you want it placed in the new home.
The right supplies will make the job easier.?? Make sure all packing is done before move date.?? Nothing causes more confusion than trying to pack a house while it???s being moved.