Packing tips for your residential move

Whether you’re planning to do all your packing yourself or planning on enlisting some expert assistance, packing is a critically important part of your relocation.

Your packing process should start long before the first item gets put in a box.

It’s more than likely you’ve got some items that you won’t need or don’t want to move to your new home. There’s no sense in packing, moving and then unpacking unnecessary stuff. Pick a room to start in, and begin sorting through for things you can donate, sell or throw away. Working your way through the house like this, a little bit at a time, will seem far less overwhelming and you’ll thank yourself coming moving day.

Make sure you have more boxes than you’ve figured you’ll need.

Many movers discover that they have WAY more stuff than they thought! By the time you get to the end of the packing process, the last thing you’ll want to have to do is scrounge up more packing materials. Do a favor for future you and get some extra tape and newspapers or bubble wrap.

Keep a detailed inventory and stay organized.

While you’re boxing your possessions, make sure you’re taking stock of what’s going in the boxes. Compile a list as you go so you know which items are where and what rooms they belong in at your new place. Clearly mark the boxes for their destination room. At the end of the day, you’ll be exhausted and won’t want to scramble to find items you need in a bunch of unmarked boxes.

Find out the loading/unloading locations ahead of time.

This is especially important if any part of your move is taking place in a city, apartment building or any areas with locally congested traffic. Planning ahead for the actual logistics of your move is essential for success. Don’t burn precious daylight hours driving around looking for a place to put the moving van.

Don’t forget your pets!

If you think moving day is stressful for you, imagine how scary and confusing it can be for your four-footed friends. There’s going to be a lot of commotion going on, so you may want to consider taking your pets to a friend’s home or board them temporarily if possible. If your move is a long-distance one, consider checking out pet traveling services that will handle the details for you.

We hope you find these tips helpful and that your move is a painless one! And if packing isn’t your thing, remember that Astro/Law’s offers affordable and insured packing services. As an National Van Lines agent, we have everything you need to make your move easy.

Packing tips for your residential move
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