Did you know the more you pack the more you save? But doing so can create a lot of stress and when you think about it, who needs more of that? That’s why we put together this list of things for you to consider so you don’t miss a single thing.
Sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and packing peanuts can all be purchased Apex Moving and Storage.
It’s more efficient and less stressful if you pack one room at a time. Be sure to label each box appropriately (on the top and the side) with a description and perhaps more importantly, a destination. Whose room or what room does it belong to? Boxes containing breakable or sentimental items should always be labeled as “Fragile”. Keep a detailed list of what items are packed in each box to make unpacking easier.
If you have the space, you’ll start to feel better if you can empty each room. It helps to make you feel like you’re making progress and speeds up the moving day considerably. If you can, put the contents of your rooms in a central staging area. This assures that rooms are empty and clean and ready for the next family. A large rec room or garage are great places to store things temporarily. The more you have in the garage, the better. It’s faster, less stressful and can save you a lot of time and money. Empty all drawers of breakable items or anything that might spill. It can also be a good idea to put all furniture knobs, feet, screws, etc. in one container so they won’t get lost or damaged.
NOTE: It’s the little things that aren’t packed that are found behind furniture, etc. that collect and take up precious time to gather and clean up after.
Do not pack flammable goods or heat-sensitive items like candles, records, audio and video tapes, computer disks, propane tanks, aerosol cans, oil based paints and certain cleaning fluids.
Wrap each item individually and always place a layer of crushed paper in the bottom of the box or carton for cushioning. Fill empty spaces with additional crushed paper. When wrapping glasses, carefully put paper in the glass as well.
If so, make sure your boxes are firmly packed with the heavier items on bottom. It’s a smart idea to pack according to the season (e.g. Summer) which your things will be in storage and mark the boxes appropriately.
Put heavy items in small boxes so they’re easier to carry and remember to lift with your legs and not your back.
Make sure the items you need first are loaded last (e.g., kitchen items, telephone and radio). Use common sense, keep in mind the size, sturdiness and weight of your boxes.
Pack a separate bag with toiletries, a change of clothes, etc., for the first couple of days after your move.
Here is a partial list of common household items Apex will NOT ship: