When moving to a new home the right packing choices and arrangements will help you to prevent damage to your belongings. Regardless of whether you decide to pack yourself or hire professional help you should know the best packaging materials:
• Cardboard boxes - This type of packaging is used for transportation of dishes, clothes, books, office equipment and stationery. For securing the tops, use packing tape. Depending on the transported property, there are various sizes of cardboard boxes with different wall thickness.
• Boxes with labels - take a few seconds to note on the label information that will allow you to easily remember what and from which room is in the box.
• Marking labels - if you have already packed in ordinary cardboard boxes, you can add labels that can be stuck to the boxes and mark their content.
• Packing Tape - a necessity for packaging boxes, cardboard, furniture, etc.
• Stretch film - an indispensable tool in the packaging of fragile items, household appliances and furniture.
• The air-bubble wrap will retain the integrity of fragile items, furniture, dishes and large appliances.
• Polypropylene film is a gentle, fast packing helper for dishes and other fragile items.
There may be additions to the list depending on the removal, because the current range of packaging materials and devices is quite large and limited only by imagination and financial resources. For example, polystyrene beads or pellets, which are widely used by manufacturers as a convenient filling of various soft objects: throw pillows, stuffed animals, etc., can also be successfully used for transporting luggage and to prevent damage and shifting because fragile objects, instruments and devices require very careful handling. A well proven "first aid" when changing accommodation is the ordinary newspaper, and for fragile items, toilet paper (the softer and more multi-layered, the better). The use of a particular type of packaging depends on what exactly is to be packed, and most importantly, for what purpose - to avoid scratches, chips and other damages, rigid fixing during transportation and protection against adverse weather conditions, etc., as determined by the object's characteristics and properties.
Now that you've chosen the best packing solution for you, you should consider having a moving and packing plan. If you follow one, it will help protect the interior from damage and ensure an easy to follow process.
Here are some stages of preparation you could follow:
• Preparation of schemes for loading and unloading;
• Furniture disassembly, when its size prevents the item from easily passing through doors and onto elevators;
• Removing cabinet shelves, and when possible other parts and packing them in stretch film;
• Carefully packaging household goods made of glass and other fragile belongings in bubble wrap;
• Pack pens and small objects, to avoid damage and loss of little parts; pack everything in individual boxes or wrap them separately;
• Seal with tape all the decorative elements, and painted surfaces in order to avoid scratches;
• Seal with stretch film all modules of upholstered furniture;
The marking of all items and small packages with utensils such as screws, bolts and rivets will be of great help. When moving disassembled furniture you first have to check whether the doors or windows are big enough and, if necessary, remove them from their frames for easier passing and preventing damages. If you have to transport valuable belongings like antiques, it is important to find a trustworthy specialized moving company.
When packing clothes, a very useful item is the mobile wardrobe, a cardboard box designed for easy transportation. The box dimensions and construction allow you to place your items directly on hangers, so when you arrive at your new home you'll just have to hang the items in your wardrobe without having to iron them, as they'll be without creases.