A Handy Guide to Packing If You Plan to Move

residential-packingIf one fails to plan, they plans to fail. If moving to a new place is on the horizon you must put a proper plan into place. Without proper planning, you may make some costly mistakes. many people choose to do the move themselves, instead on investing in the help of movers. The only issue with that is the chance of making errors will significantly increase without any professional help.  Below we will identify some of the best moving practices the professionals use to make the whole process easier.

One of the key elements to a successful move is organization. In order to have the move go smoothly, it is ideal to start the planning process a few weeks before the actual move. First  make a list of what needs to go with you, what you can trash and what you will give away.   Once you know what you are taking with you, take a look at your belongings to determine what items you can temporarily live without and pack them away.

Batching the similar items into similar boxes helps your moving services deliver at your new place with no hassle. Otherwise, if you do it on your own, while opening the boxes at your new place, you don’t need to go over and find out each item for arranging. You can just go by batch and find out all the packing items handy while adorning your new place.

The next step is to properly label your boxes. This will make it easier for the movers to place the boxes where they belong  It is a good idea to use color coding or stickers  in addition to traditional labels.  By labeling your boxes in easy to identify what box has what inside, making unpacking a much easier process.

If you are using any moving services to help you transport the items to the new place, you need to be very careful about the fragile things that can be easily broken. But if you are moving by your own, you need to take responsibility for all the packing and moving. Use proper wrappers and tapes to bind the boxes properly so that the chance of perishing comes down to almost none. You also need to take care of furniture, minute screws, bolts, tables, chairs while packing and unpacking.

Finally try to reduce the weight of the boxes so that one box doesn’t need to take too much burden. Make several small boxes instead of few bigger boxes to make it easy to carry, pack and unpack. If you take care of the above steps, the packing and moving to a new place either temporarily or permanently would be much easier and hassle free.

 

How To Get Your Appliances Ready For Professional Moving Services

antique-moversWhen preparing for a major move, many consumers fail to consider their appliances. There are a number of things that companies and homeowners can do to ensure that their major appliances are safe, secure and ready to be transported, even before professional moving services arrive. Properly preparing these items will preserve their functionality and give people access to a number of effective, storage areas for their personal goods.

Refrigerators And Freezers

Refrigerators and freezers should be unplugged and cleaned at least 24 hours from the day of an actual move. Units that have ice makers should be disconnected at the water line. It is also important to make sure that the connecting line and the ice maker are fully drained. Racks, shelves and other removable components should be taken out or secured in place. Produce bins should be thoroughly cleaned and dried in order to ensure that these are fresh-smelling. You can also tape these securely in place or remove them. The refrigerator cord should be folded and taped to the back of the unit with sturdy packing tape.

Once refrigerators and freezers have been defrosted, cleaned and prepared for the move, the interior spaces of these appliances can be filled with soft, non-breakable items. Clothing, plush toys and other, similar articles can be stored here in plastic bags. This will limit paper waste by reducing the amount of packing boxes that people must secure.

Preparing Washing And Dryers

There are often special steps that homeowners must take to protect their washers and dryers before moving them. For instance, it is usually necessary to secure the washer drum before transporting this appliance. Prior to these efforts, it is always best to consult the owner’s manual or to direct any questions that you might have to the actual product manufacturer. In most cases, you will need to remove all hoses and pack these up in a secure box that is filled with packing peanuts or some other cushioning material. Like the refrigerator, the cords for these units should be looped or folded and taped to the back of the machine with a piece of strong packing tape.

Getting Your Stove Ready For Your Moving Services

Preparing this appliance will likely take the most effort. Interior racks should be removed or secured to prevent movement. The oven should be thoroughly cleaned and dried as should the stove top. The gas should be turned off before the gas line is disconnected. Local utility companies can assist with these efforts. This same is also true if you have an older, gas dryer that you wish to disconnect. Temperature knobs can be taped down or removed in order to prevent loss.

General Tips For All Appliances

Whenever you have doubts about how an appliance should be disconnected or prepared for moving services, take some time to read through your owner’s manual or contact the product manufacturer. All appliance doors and lids should be securely taped closed and appliance cords should never be allowed to dangle loose at the back of these units. Taping appliance doors shut is especially important for appliances like the refrigerator or freezer that are being used to temporarily store soft, non-breakable items like stuffed animals and clothes.