Monthly Archives: February 2017

HOME OFFICE AND LIBRARY

Packing up the home office is fairly simple because there are mainly bulky items and paper products.?? The more glass and breakables, the longer a room takes to pack.

 

It is important to empty the desk drawers and file cabinets.?? Some moving companies will let you leave metal file cabinets full, but lateral file cabinets must always be emptied.?? The ball bearings in the track can break loose if stressed.?? Tipping a loaded file cabinet on a moving dolly is enough to damage the track.

 

Files can easily be transferred to a file/book box and kept in order with proper notation.

 

Labeling the contents of each box will make life easier later on.?? When packing a house always consider the fact that you will be unpacking the house as well.

 

Office supplies and equipment should be rolled in packing paper: pens, paper clips, staplers, tape dispensers, etcetera.

 

If you have the original boxes for the office computers, monitors, and printers, use them.?? If not, wrapping them in bubble wrap and placing them in a size appropriate box with packing paper will work just fine.?? Label ???fragile???.

 

Computer towers are often moved as a stand alone, wrapped with a moving blanket on move day.?? Ask your moving company if this service is offered.?? All wires and cables should be packed in boxes.?? Pay special attention to your printer’s, toner, and ink cartridges, they can sometimes leak or spill out and get all over everything.?? It is recommended to remove toner and ink cartridges and wrap them in a plastic bag.

 

All bookshelves must be emptied and books packed.?? Pack books flat as not to stress the binding.

 

Plaques, awards, models, and miscellaneous knick knacks should be wrapped with packing paper.

 

The office is often the easiest room to pack due to its organized nature.?? 1.5 cu. ft. book boxes are the most common box for the library and office, because books and files make up the bulk of these rooms.

PRIORITY BOXES AND SPECIALTY ITEMS

It takes time to pack up a house.?? It sometimes takes longer to unpack.?? It is a good idea to label some ???priority boxes??? that you will need the first night in your new home.?? Second day items you will need, as well as first week items should also be noted.

 

I have seen new mothers frantically open boxes left and right looking for baby formula, and diapers.?? There are things you will need to unpack on the first night to get settled in.?? Plan ahead and save yourself some stress latter.

 

Common items are: tooth brush/paste, toilet paper, prescription medicine, personal hygiene, baby supplies, pet food, coffee maker/cups, pajamas, and a fresh change of clothing.?? Whatever you know you will need to unpack 1st-label it.?? Make your life a little easier, by planning ahead.

Specialty items sometimes require specialty packaging, and oversized boxes.?? Sometimes crating is needed when a cardboard box just will not do.

 

Note if you have anything that requires specialty box, and notify your moving company.?? The in-home estimate is the best time to go over item that require special consideration.?? Chandeliers and 8 foot sailfish, normally needs to be crated.?? Most speciality items can be packed in an over sized/triple corrugated box.?? All crafting/packaging needs to be completed before your move day.

THE ART OF PACKING BOXES

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.