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7 Best Ways to Pack before Moving

Packing is the most important yet one of the most difficult things to get right when you're moving. Most people pack their belongings themselves while others prefer to hire a professional moving company to pack for them. Perhaps that's because not only will they not have to deal with what may seem to be an overwhelming venture, but this also makes sure that their insurance policy will be honored in case some items are lost. 

The hardest part of packing is when you begin to pack. It may look overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. To make it easy and efficient start in one room and pack everything there before moving on to the next room. Before packing, you first have to think about what things you should take with you to the new house and what should be left. Begin with one room and check the items in that room to spot the items that you rarely use. Find clothes that don't fit you any longer or kitchen containers that do not have tops. Do not waste the space in the boxes by taking these along with you. Give them away or just discard them. 




Ways to Pack before Moving

• Plan Well 

Planning is essential when packing your belongings whether you have friends helping you or you are planning to pack on your own household goods. You would want everyone to be on the same page and know what things need to be packed, what needs to be thrown away, how it is to be packed etc. If you have this information ready with you and if you share it with everyone else, it would be easier for everyone to help. Start with the things that you would not need to use on a regular basis. Pack your CDs, keepsakes, picture frames and books to begin with. 

• Packing Checklist 

The first things you'll need are a packing book and packing materials. A packing book makes it much easier to unpack after your possessions are delivered because you will label every box you pack with a letter and a number and write a brief description of the contents in the book next to the same letter and number. This way the movers will be able to put the boxes in the apropos rooms, and you will know where to go for what when you unpack. If you want to make even easier get colored stickers and also color code the boxes. 

• Moving Boxes 

Buy strong boxes in different sizes. Some moving boxes are designed specifically designed to hold books. You'll be able to pack enough books in each box so that one person can carry it. All of your boxes should be fully packed because they will be stacked one upon another and will need to be structurally strong enough to support the weight above them. This precludes recycling old moving boxes because cardboard deteriorates. And if you're thinking about filling up trash bags - well, trash that thought. They rip easily and can cause you more grief than the money you could save. You'll want to put the heavier things on the bottom of your moving boxes. Wrap most of your items, especially your fragile items, in either packing paper or bubble wrap. 

• Get a Team 

Getting a team is really helpful because the team will help you with the packing. Ask a few family members and friends to help. Provide refreshing drinks and lunch to all, have nice music playing, and it would certainly turn out to be an enjoyable as well as productive time for all. You would find it easier to pack if you have help. 

• Labelling 

Labeling is very important if you want to keep things organized. You would need to write the name of the room where the box belongs as well as other details on the box. Mention details about the content of the box like coats, shoes, winter clothes, etc. on the moving boxes or if there are fragile items inside the moving boxes. 

• Fragile items 

When packing fragile items make sure to line the bottom of the moving boxes with bubble wrap, wadded-up or packing paper. Do not forget to write fragile in big, bold letters on the top and sides of boxes that have fragile items in them. 

• Moving Furniture 

Remember to wrap the legs of all of your furniture to prevent it from being damaged. And, as far as larger appliances are concerned, refer to your owner's manuals and follow their instructions. For example, you'll have to defrost your refrigerator and drain your dishwasher well before the move, so water doesn't leak over everything 


Once everything is packed, transported and is being unloaded to your new home, begin with the boxes that you would require first like basic kitchen items, clothes, and toiletries. Remove everything from one box and arrange it before you open another box. Otherwise, you might just end up with the new place scattered with a lot of boxes and belongings which would only confuse you. Even though it might be tiring, getting everything arranged in the new home at the earliest is the best. 

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It is has become a common trend for most families to schedule moving from their old homes to their new residence during spring. For home owners, spring cleaning comes as an opportunity to make their houses free in readiness for new occupancy. To make the homes be more habitable, it is important for the house owners to make sure that cleaning is properly done before new occupant arrive. To better manage the moving process, home owners or tenants need to treat this as a whole project that need maximum attention including assigning monetary resources to make it a success.

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Before doing spring cleaning, you need to plan on how you intend to carry out the whole exercise. A key aspect of the whole exercise is to decide who will be responsible for doing the cleaning exercise. Among the options available for this are; hiring Norfolk Va. professional movers or doing the cleaning work on your own or as family. If you choose to seek the services of a Norfolk Virginia moving company, you need to do a thorough background check about the moving company before contracting them. Some of the issues you need to look at may include; their previous work, customer review and most importantly, the cost of doing the cleaning. However, if you choose the family cleaning option, you need to evaluate if you have all the required expertise and resources to do it.

Planning ahead should be your top secret in spring cleaning. Cleaning involves some complex activities that can be better handled by professionals. However, for those doing the cleaning themselves, they need to create a checklist of their cleaning activities. This will help you avoid the risk of becoming exhausted by the cleaning workload.

Spring cleaning exercise involves a number of activities that are important to the success of the whole project. Some of these activities involve removing untidy stuff while organizing your belonging. A number of people have a tendency of developing emotional attachment to their old stuff. It is advisable to for one to be realistic about the stuff they intend to keep. To avoid keeping stuff that you may never use after moving out, just classify them accordingly. For those items that are broken and cannot be repaired or are obsolete, you have to discard them. However, if there are those that can still be used by someone who’s not yourself, you need to pack them and give them out as donations. The other category is that of less useful belonging may not be in immediate need. For this category, one requires to look for a relatively affordable storage space where to store these goods for some time until the time you may need them. Lastly, for the belonging that you don’t want to donate, store and can still be used by others, you can sell them in your local secondhand shops.

When employing the services of family members, it’s important to share the workload among family members before the cleaning day. This is important as it will minimize chances of flopping of the whole cleaning project. One main thing that people should evaluate when moving out is the cost of moving out with their old items versus the cost of selling this these stuff and acquiring new ones on arrival.

When doing spring cleaning, you need to concentrate on areas that are likely to make your spring cleaning project success. Some of the areas to target include those that you hardly touch on your normal daily cleaning. They include walls, windows and ceiling. Ensure your windows become spotless after cleaning. The other important area to visit while cleaning is the book shelves. Here, ensure the books and shelves are dusted. If the house happens to have decorations, ensure they become are clean. Flooring materials like carpets and mats should also be included in the cleaning. To reduce this workload, it’s still okay to take your carpets and mats for machine washing. The same should happen to curtains.

Kitchen is the other important area that needs to be worked on. During cleaning, one should ensure that all electrical appliances in the kitchen are cleaned thoroughly and in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Let experts do this job, where possible. Broken appliances should be fixed before moving out.

The other area that cannot be ignored is your wardrobe section. All the winter clothes need to be organized properly and be stored well in the closet to provide for some space for spring as well as winter clothes. Your bedroom also needs to form a better part of your spring cleaning. You need to remove your duvets, mattress covers and do thorough vacuum cleaning of your mattress. 


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