Tips and Tricks to pack your things well before a move
To succeed in a movie alone or with professionals, you need a good organization, starting with the preparation of boxes. Here are 10 steps and tips to pack everything up and get ready on the day of the move! If you go through professional movers, according to the chosen formula (economic, standard, Premium), they will provide the boxes and packaging materials. They can also fill certain boxes, dismantle/reassemble your furniture, pack fragile items and dishes, take/put clothes back on hangers in wardrobes.
• The list of necessary equipment
• Choose the right box (packaging)
• Wrap some delicate and fragile items
• Do not neglect “surprise” objects
• Identify your boxes and organize yourself
• Evaluate all the costs of your move
• Be eco-responsible
List of necessary moving equipment
• big and small boxes
• wardrobe boxes, so as not to damage trouser coats, shirts
• adhesive tape: wide by 5 cm on average: to collect objects, immobilize doors/drawers, ensure the closing of boxes
• old newspapers, bubble wrap, blankets/towels
• stickers/stickers to mark the pieces of dismantled furniture
• scissors, cutter, tool kit, cough care kit (you never know)
• markers and markers (see several colors)
• straps, ropes/tensioners, a devil
Packaging and storage solutions for your business
Remember to dismantle the bulkiest furniture. You will gain in volume to move, so in the price of the move. Above all, this minimizes the risk of breakage, sometimes with stairs or angles that will interfere with large furniture, with knocks against the walls, which can damage the furniture but also the housing.
On the other hand, the dismantling of the most imposing pieces of furniture must be meticulous. Indicate with stickers/stickers what the different parts correspond to, to be able to reassemble them easily. Make a plan and take photos with your smartphone during the various stages of disassembly! Store the screws, dowels, bolts together, in small bags, possibly taped in a drawer or on an element.
Dismantle the furniture, it will be lighter, therefore less tiring to move, with less risk of injury or getting tired.
Gather your belongings by type (dishes, clothes, DVD, books), room by room, with the most suitable equipment:
- small boxes for heavy and fragile items. Tape the cross bottom to strengthen its
- large boxes for bulky items, with reinforced boxes if they are heavy
- large bags for soft items, such as textiles, children’s stuffed animals’
- suitable boxes with racks/cells: for bottles, dishes, glasses
- old covers to secure, pack fragile material.
- rigid plastic cases: always practical, especially if you have to move canned goods, jars, tools
If you are going through a professional mover, it is not essential to dismantle the furniture – contact it for further details on the handling of assembly/disassembly in the removal package you have chosen.
On the other hand, if you move alone, to save space and if your furniture allows it, it is recommended to dismantle them. If you do not have the necessary space to store your furniture/boxes during the period between moving and moving in, we advise you to read our guide on the storage of furniture.
Pack the fragile
Fragile objects include everything that is bottle-bottles containing liquids, valuables and fragile materials (glasses), trinkets
Liquids. It is essential to prevent a liquid from flowing, it could significantly weaken the carton and damage the contents of the cartons. To do this: pack them in airtight bags and indicate “top-bottom” on different sides of the box. Think of household products, laundry, also the bottles in your pharmacy (Betadine, disinfectant, cough syrup).
Glass, porcelain, etc. In the form of bottles, dishes, decoration use newspapers and bubble wrap to secure them. Also, choose suitable boxes. In the case of bottles of wine, alcohol remember to put them in the same direction and indicate on the cardboard “high-low” or the presence of glass and liquid.
"Surprise" objects to move
Some objects in your daily life are well known to movers because they require more attention if you want to avoid unpleasant surprises:
- deep fryer: remember to empty it!
- microwave oven: block/tape or remove the glass tray, otherwise put in a garment or blanket to block everything.
- traditional oven: same note, also remember to remove the racks and protect the glass of the oven with cardboard taped.
- washing machine: block the drum, empty the hoses.
- fridge/freezer: empty or defrost/defrost 24 hours before, then place vertically if possible. It often contains a coolant which could damage the refrigeration unit if it does not return to its place. Wait 4 to 5 hours upon arrival in the new accommodation before reconnecting it. If it is not reconnected when you arrive, remember to leave the door (s) ajar to prevent mold from settling there.
- television, computer screen: if possible use its original packaging if you still have it, if not, wrap it with a thick blanket and make sure to place it in the truck or car, so that no weight is supported on it (if it is a professional who carries out your move, he will be equipped and competent to guarantee the safety of your fragile equipment).
We recommend that you attach any cables linked to these elements with adhesive tape.
Tip: the adhesive tape should not be in direct contact with furniture whose varnish could flake
Identify your boxes and organize yourself
To make it easier, write clearly with a thick marker on 2, even 4 sides, on the top too, so that it is more visible, regardless of how you store it.
- Indicate the room (a system of colored stickers per room is also very practical), detail the content, and especially the fragile and “up-down” mentions if necessary, there too, on several sides.
- Also, use a numbering system and avoid boxes of type “Miscellaneous 1”, “Miscellaneous 2”
Do not pile up your boxes anyway, with the heavier ones at the bottom so as not to crush the ones below, leaving passages to wander and reach them easily.
Remember to keep or recycle the boxes of a move. You can always fold and store them for other occasions. Otherwise, consider tearing them into small pieces before taking them to the recycling center or donate them to organizations that will take care of recycling them.