Blog 15: Want the Smoothest Possible Move? Use These Tips & Tricks

It’s time for you to prepare for your next great adventure. You’re picking up your home and your family, and you’re moving across the city, province, or country. You’ll meet new people, try new foods, and experience different cultural events. But before you can do that, you need to pack up everything and put it in the moving truck.

It’s a huge undertaking, and you may feel overwhelmed on where to begin. However, following these tips and tricks will help you keep your head above water as you pack up your property.

What Supplies Will You Need?
In addition to the moving truck and a map to the new location, you’ll need a variety of packing supplies:

  • Boxes for smaller belongings
  • Tape to seal the boxes
  • Blankets for wrapping furniture and larger valuables
  • Bubble wrap, newspaper, and/or tissue paper for fragile items
  • Gloves, long jeans, and boots to protect your body during the move

You’ll also need a team of movers (neighbors, friends, family, or experts from a moving company) to help you with the move. You may be able to move smaller items by yourself, but it’s unlikely you can move a giant armoire into the moving truck without damaging it or yourself. Hire a team of helpers, and make sure you have plenty of water on hand to keep them hydrated.

How Do You Know How Many Boxes You’ll Need?
The last thing you want to do is run around in the middle of the move looking for more supplies. Estimate your packing needs beforehand by taking these steps:

Sort your belongings into categories: The kitchen appliances should all go by the kitchen appliances, the clothing should go with the rest of the clothing, the movies with the movies, etc. Set it all out in the middle of the floor so you can look at all at the same time. It will make a mess.

Measure the relative area of the set: You can do this with your eyes, or you can get the measuring tape to see how many items you have in that category.

Choose a box size: Decide what box size is best for the type of items you’ll pack. You can pile clothing tightly into big boxes, but dishes will be more secure in small ones.

Buy boxes to fit the area you measured: Go out and purchase the number of boxes it takes to fit the area you measured. You may only need two boxes for clothes. Or perhaps, you’ll need several boxes for dishes.

As you pack everything, make sure you make an inventory of all your items. Describe each item, and include details such as the value of the item and the number of the box you put it in. It helps to have a number or label system for your boxes so that you know which room it goes in without having to open the box. It’ll save you time when you arrive at your new house.

Don’t forget to buy enough tape. You should have at least a metre of tape for each box, just to be safe. You’ll should tape the top and bottom, and you’ll want to put at least two layers of tape over each opening to seal the boxes completely.

How Should You Load the Truck?
When you’re ready to put boxes into the moving truck, start with the heaviest and sturdiest items first. This means you begin with the biggest items of furniture, like refrigerators, washers, dryers, couches, and entertainment centres. You should load the rest of your belongings in this order:

  1. Medium-sized furniture: mattresses, headboards, armoires, dressers, tables, chairs, etc.
  2. Small-sized furniture: nightstands, bookshelves, mirrors, coffee tables, etc.
  3. Bigger boxes without fragile items: books, appliances, clothing, etc.
  4. Smaller boxes without fragile items: toys, utensils, bathroom supplies, etc.
  5. Boxes with fragile items: laptops, movies, music CDs, glass dishes, etc.

As you load each piece of furniture, remember to wrap it in a blanket, taking special care to cover the areas where it could knock into other items, including the walls of the moving truck. Place each layer of items snugly and securely, pressing everything together so it does not slide.

When you load your fragile items, set them in areas where they won’t fall and where other items won’t fall on them. You should also take special care to place them where they won’t be squeezed between other items.

What If You Need Extra Help?
If you have a lot of items, especially large heavy pieces of furniture, you shouldn’t undertake this project by yourself. You need a team of helpers to help you move heavy furniture and boxes. If you can’t find any available helpers in your family or neighborhood, call a professional moving company. You’ll save a lot of time and effort if you do.

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