Moving is stressful. You need to make decision after decision about what to take and what to give away. And of course, there is the not-sure pile, subject to future decision making.
Once you know what you are taking to your new home, you must pack it safely and securely. So many family memories are in those boxes! It is important to use the most protective methods available.
You also want to find out how to save time by packing efficiently. The process can take weeks. If you can shave even a few days off that total, your moving experience will just that much easier.
At The Cays, we are used to helping people move in. We hope that your move to your future home is a breeze. Here is a look at 10 essentials for everyone who is getting ready to move.
#1. The right type of box.
Cardboard boxes are traditional, but newer plastic containers have definite benefits too. If you are simply concerned with transporting your possessions, then cardboard is the way to go. These boxes are sturdy, cheap and get the job done.
If you are putting your goods into storage before unpacking them, consider investing in a number of plastic containers. They are easy to stack, which saves space. They are more protective, keeping out pests and moisture.
#2. The right size of box.
Get the right size box. Don’t try to pack heavy books in a huge box. You will never be able to pick it up. Find a smaller one made for books and small items. For bulky articles, get large boxes so you don’t need to cram the item into a too-small space. Storage and transport shops sell boxes in a range of sizes, including small, medium, large, extra large, and divided for multiple small items.
#3. Using the right type of tape.
You need strong tape that keeps the boxes completely closed, even when they are shifted and dropped. Your choices include the ever-popular duct tape, mailing tape, packing tape and shipping tape. As a rule plastic doesn’t need tape, unless you are trying to wrap something fragile. Be sure to use tape to wrap cumbersome rugs to keep them rolled up during transport and storage.
#4. Cutting supplies.
You need to cut tape and open boxes so be sure to have on hand scissors and box cutters.
#5. List items on boxes with markers and labels.
It is critical to put labels on every box, or write on the outside with a marker what is inside. When you get to your destination, you will be confronted with far too many boxes for you to remember what was inside each one.
Different colored markers and labels let you see at a glance the category of the items in the box, like clothing, dishware, toys, etc.
#6. Packing material.
Move-it-yourself stores have an amazing choice of specialty packing materials, much of it very handy to ensure safe transport. These include bubble wrap, blankets, clothing racks and dishware boxes and separators. You can also collect and shred newsprint or use your own linens as buffer materials.
#7. Cords for keeping items in place.
During transport, you want your goods to stay in one place, not shift from side to side. The more secure they are, the safer they are. Buy rope, twine, bungee cords and tie-downs for the trip.
#8. Felt pads for floors.
Pads made of felt work well to protect the floor when you move large pieces of furniture in and out of your old and new locations.
#9. Hand truck or dolly for transporting.
With a hand truck or a dolly at hand, you can easily transport two or three boxes at a time, taking them from the house to your car or truck. Without these handy devices, you will end up moving one box at a time, leading to aches in your back, arms, neck and shoulders.
#10. Pallets for storing and transporting.
Put your boxes on pallets when you move to keep them off wet flooring. Lifting them off the ground helps them stay safe from pests and water.
From us at The Cays, we hope your move and your future home are perfect and comfortable.