1. Pack Everything Yourself
You can save the most money by packing most, if not all, of your belongings by yourself. By packing non-fragile items such as books, linens, clothing, and shoes yourself, you the professional's time for packing heavier items that generally take more time to pack and load into the moving truck.
2. Weigh Your Boxes
When packing heavy items, or a lot of lighter items, you should always do your best to use a smaller box. When packing clothes, don’t put all of your shoes in one box. Place a few pairs in the bottom of each box to distribute the weight evenly. TIP: Keep the weight of each box under 50 lbs to avoid stress!
3. Pack Your Own Valuables
Don’t let a moving company pack valuables such as jewelry, family heirlooms, or other priceless items. Be sure to pack possessions like sports memorabilia and photo albums yourself to avoid issues with irreplaceable objects. It is also recommended for you to move these “Personal Boxes” on your own to ensure the safest move possible.
4. Don’t Skimp On Boxes
Use professional grade moving boxes when transferring your items to your new home. Valuables SHOULD NOT be transported using busted, repaired, or cheap cardboard. Stopping by your local supermarket, and asking politely, may prove as a large money-saving tactic. Use suitcases, sport bags, and laundry hampers to transport clothing without additional costs.
5. Pack Your Belongings Carefully
Be sure to separate your fragile and valuable items inside the boxes. Using old newspaper, bubble wrap, sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels with lower your chance of item loss. Wrap each item individually and ensure the box space is filled completely. Empty spaces allows the wrapped objects to shift, causing damage during transit. TIP: Don’t skimp on packing tape – Get quality packing tape for your move!
6. Double Check Box Strengths
For liability reasons, many moving companies are required to inspect each they load into their trucks. Moving companies will provide direction on packing or repacking boxes if you’re unsure of the procedure. If there is a question about the quality or rigidity of your boxes, inquire about sturdy cardboard from the moving company.
7. Prep Your Major Appliances
Most movers will not disconnect your appliances from electrical because of insurance reasons. You should unplug and prep your refrigerator, dishwasher, washer, dryer, and stove by wrapping the electrical cord, or taping it to the back of the appliance. Although, these large appliances shouldn’t be moved alone, try to have them ready to be moved before your movers arrive. TIP: Backup your computer’s harddrive on an external device prior to packing and moving.
8. Carry Pets & Plants With You
Always have plans to move your plants, pets, fish, & any other living things on your own. Pack a special “Keep Us Alive” suitcase for all of these things.
9. Keep Hazardous Materials to Yourself
Many movers, by law, will not transport any hazardous materials including paint, thinners, solvents, oils, varnishes, firearms and ammunition, bottled gas, propane, lamp oil, anything flammable, explosive or corrosive, motor fuels and oils, nail polish remover, bleach, and aerosol cans. Please pack these chemicals separately and move them yourself.
10. Organize Your Boxes
Loading, and unloading, the moving truck will be easier and streamlined if you organize the boxes by the rooms they will be unloaded into. By setting up a staging area close to the front door, you can make the process easier for yourself and the moving company.