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Packing and Unpacking

Packing and Unpacking

Packing and unpacking are two of the biggest things that you need to work out as you’re looking at your move and what it is that you need to do during it. There’s a lot to be taken care of and, as you explore what it is that you need to work out, you may find it easier and more time-efficient to go ahead and hire movers that can take care of your packing and unpacking services easily.

 

But, what is included in packing and unpacking services? What are you going to have to pay for and what can you expect from your movers if they take care of this for you? Let’s unpack that a bit, so to speak.

 

What Services Are Included in Packing and Unpacking?

 

When you hire moving companies to take care of your packing and unpacking as well, you will get exactly what it sounds like you will get – they will pack up your entire home (except what you’ve already packed) and they will unpack it when you get to your new home.

They will do this under your direction, of course, but they take care of the hard work. They will also inventory all of your items as they are packed so that you can be sure that they all make it to your destination as well.

 

Some companies will also include the cost of any packing supplies in their quotes for packing and unpacking services. These can include boxes, packing tape, labels, and any items needed for packing large or fragile items (blankets, packing peanuts, etc.).

 

In other instances, you may have to pay an additional fee to ensure that you get that covered. Your moving company will talk with you about that when you work out the details of your contract.

 

When Should You Pack on Your Own As Opposed to Having Your Movers Pack for You?

 

One of the main reasons that you may want to pack on your own is if you know you’ll be getting rid of a lot of items when you’re packing your home up. Since your movers will pack up pretty much anything that is left out at your home, you will want to do any sort of purge on your own.

 

No matter what, you need to know that, if you’ve packed items yourself, the moving company (usually) will not accept any sort of liability if they arrive broken or if they are missing. You’re much better off having them pack items because the insurance and the company will cover it if anything goes wrong.

 

What Should You Include When Packing?

 

Everything that you want to take with you should be packed properly. That includes every piece of furniture, every little knick-knack and keepsake, and all of your clothing. There is likely a lot that you’re going to need to take with you, so you want to be sure that you don’t need to pack items that would usually be considered temporary use. For example, it’s a good idea to go ahead and get rid of items like your plunger, your toilet bowl cleaner, and anything else that is low cost that you may use for cleaning. It’s always good to start from scratch with sponges and rags as well.

 

You also want to be sure that, as mentioned above, you purge any items that you don’t need. If you have clothing that doesn’t fit or you have items that you just don’t use at all, you want to be sure that you either throw them away or donate them to charity.

 

How to Pack Your Most Important Items?

 

One of the best pieces of advice related to packing your most important items is to keep them with you. More often than not, you will find that you feel a lot less stressed if you know where things like the social security cards and birth certificates of your family may be located. If you keep your items in a small lockbox, just keep that with you in the vehicle that you’re traveling in.

 

Your other important items should be packed together in a place where they are clearly marked. This allows you to find them quickly and ensures that you know where they are, allowing you to relax a bit and not be too concerned about where they’ve ended up during the move.

 

Your moving day is going to be busy, so you want to have a toiletry bag packed before your move too – yes, even if you’re only moving down the street. You’ll likely be too tired to try and find the items that you need so that you can go to bed, so having a toiletry bag that you can just get into so that you can find your pajamas and toothbrush can be a really good way to make sure that you can relax at the end of the day. Put these sorts of things in a bag that will come with you in your vehicle as well.

 

How Professionals Pack Your Items?

 

Many times, cross country moving companies will have their own specialized cartons and boxes that they use in order to pack your items. Depending on which company that you go with, they will have a specific method in which they will pack your items. They will pack room by room and make sure that any and all fragile items are dealt with properly.

 

Also, if you have appliances that are moving with you, they may have to be serviced before they are moved, and the moving company can help you to schedule that as well.

 

At iMoving, we can help you to find movers that offer the best rates for your packing and unpacking services – just include it when you get a quote from our site and schedule a company that can do packing and unpacking for you as well.

 

Let us help you to find your best options so that you can work out what you need to do and how.

How to Choose the Best Packing Material for Your Move | iMoving

How to Choose the Best Packing Material for Your Move

You’ve been trying to work out all of the details of your move – planning for movers, finding a house, sorting out work. And now, it’s time to start getting your stuff ready to go out the door on moving day.

 

The next thing on the moving checklist is packing up your items. But, to do that, you’re going to need some supplies. Let’s take a look at the different types of packing material that you can consider when you’re sorting out your packing supply needs.

 

Packing Paper

 

Nowadays, a lot of people are making the choice to go ahead and just use basic paper in order to keep things safe during their move. Packing paper is not very thick, it’s often made from recyclable materials, and it’s biodegradable, so it’s not going to just go and sit in a landfill when it gets thrown away.

 

You could also use newspaper instead, but there is the risk of the ink coming off and onto the things that you wrap in it. Be aware of that possibility and you can prevent problems. You may want to put another layer of paper between the newspaper and the items that you’re concerned about, just to ensure that you don’t have that problem.

 

Either option is fairly reliable and can prevent about the same amount of damage. It won’t be able to protect quite as well as some of the other options that we’re going to discuss in this article. But, if you’re not moving far, you don’t have a lot of fragile items, or you just need something that takes up a little bit of space, you’ll find that paper is a pretty solid choice.

 

Bubble Wrap

 

The tried and true bubble wrap is always an option to consider when you’re getting ready to pack up your home. It’s one of the most versatile options out there and, if you use it correctly, you’ll find that it’s that much easier to protect everything that is being packed.

 

Bubble wrap is, probably, the most expensive material listed here. You actually get bubble wrap in a roll, like you would if you were buying wrapping paper or something similar. This allows you to get several yards of it at the same time, and then you can cut the pieces apart so that they fit whatever it is that you’re doing.

 

It comes in various sizes, too. You can get small, medium, and large bubbles, each of which can provide a different level of protection to the items that you have. There are also these options called “air sacks,” which are similar to bubble wrap, but it’s just a plastic pillow of air instead of having a lot of little bubbles around the outside.

 

Styrofoam Peanuts and Corners

 

Many people don’t like Styrofoam peanuts because they are considered to be messy and not that great for the environment. But, if you use them strategically, you’ll find that they can be pretty handy for what you need. They can fit into spaces that you may not be able to fit some of the bulkier options that we’ve listed here.

 

On top of that, if you’re packing up something like a desktop computer or a television, then you need to be sure that you take a little bit of time to see if you can find Styrofoam corners. You can put these around sharp corners so that they don’t end up protruding out of the box while you’re transporting them. It protects you from the corners, and it protects the corners from becoming damaged, as well.

 

Soft Home Items and Clothing

 

Don’t want to spend a lot of cash on packing material? You may just want to use the items that you’re already packing. Clothing, towels, and other soft home items are actually a great option if you want to be certain that things stay safe.

 

While you may need to do a little bit of adjusting to ensure that you’re able to fit the clothing or home item around the fragile items in your boxes, it can definitely work. Socks and washcloths can go into hollow items, for example, to protect their integrity.

 

One important tip, however – you want to be certain that all of the items that you use in your packing are going to be as clean as possible. All clothing that is used for packing must be washed thoroughly – otherwise, you’re likely going to have some problems when you’re unpacking those items later on.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. Why use packing materials?

 

No matter how careful you and your movers are, your items are going to get jostled around, which makes it easier for them to break. Packing materials are a pretty solid way to ensure that the items you own are not going to be broken when they get to your destination – instead, they’ll be protected and ready to go.

 

  1. How can I save money on packing supplies?

 

There are a lot of ways to save money on supplies. You can buy a kit, which will often have everything that you need, together, at a discounted price. You can also go to local businesses in order to grab free boxes or ask around to see what people have on hand. Get creative with what you have, as well, and you’ll save some cash.

 

  1. Wait, doesn’t my moving company provide packing supplies?

 

It depends on the company. If you have made the choice to get packing and unpacking services as a part of your move, then they may have the supplies that you need, or may include them as part of that service. Other moving companies will sell packing supplies and/or packing kits, but it’s often an additional cost.

 

Get Packing!

 

Now that you know what packing materials that you can use, it’s time for you to go ahead and start the packing process. Get the items that you need and start planning it out. Soon, you’ll be all packed up and ready for moving day before you know it.

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