General Information - Nine Moving and Packing Tips for a Better Move

Whether you are preparing for a long-distance move or simply relocating to another 55+ community in Florida, there are many mistakes people make when moving. Real Simple magazine offers some tips that can make moving and unpacking less stressful.

9 MOVING AND PACKING TIPS FOR A BETTER MOVE

Whether you are preparing for a long-distance move or simply relocating locally, there are many mistakes people make when moving. Real Simple magazine offers some tips that can make moving and unpacking less stressful.

1. USING APPROPRIATE BOXES

When packing, it is important to use the right size boxes for items being transported. The magazine suggests putting heavy items, such as books, in small boxes while light items including linens can be packed in larger boxes. Whether you are hiring movers or enlisting the help of friends and families, packing heavy items in large boxes can make the move more difficult and painful.

2. LOADING THE TRUCK

If not using the help of movers, make sure to load your items into a moving truck or other vehicle according to weight. Heavy boxes should be placed on the bottom while lighter items can be stacked on top. The source also recommends loading heavier boxes toward the front of the truck to keep the vehicle balanced.

3. DON'T LEAVE SPACE IN BOXES

Even if a box seems full, the magazine says you shouldn't leave empty spaces, as they may be unbalanced. To fill up gaps, use packing paper or towels, both of which won't damage any other items packed in boxes.

4. AVOID MIXING ROOMS

To make unpacking easier, the source suggests to avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box. This should be easy to avoid when packing, as you can simply pack each room one-by-one.

5. STAY ORGANIZED

To make sure boxes end up where they should be in the new house, make sure you label boxes according to their destination. Including a description of contents can also be helpful when unpacking to avoid opening a box you can't unload yet.

6. USE TAPE

While many boxes will stay closed throughout the move, using tape to close seams on the top and bottom of boxes can ensure no items can fall through. Professionals also often wrap tape around the edges of boxes, which can buckle under stress.

7. USE SPECIAL MATERIALS FOR EXPENSIVE ITEMS

When transporting expensive art or technology, the source recommends investing in crates and special packing that will not damage the item. When moving glass-framed pictures, make sure to use masking tape to strengthen the glass. This will also help keep the pieces together if broken during the move.

8. BUNDLING FRAGILE PIECES

According to Real Simple, packing dishes in bundles can be safer when using packing paper around each individual piece. Dishes should also be packed on their side instead of flat, while cups and bowls should be packed in dish-barrel boxes.

9. GET OTHER SPECIAL ITEMS THERE SAFELY

Some other items that may require special moving needs include furniture and electronics. If you have kept the original box for your television or DVD player, make sure to use it. Furniture should be covered using pads to avoid any damage.