Packing for a move can be challenging. While In and Out Movers will do its best to ensure a smooth process, it’s important for the moving party to take proper steps, as well.


Oftentimes, customers will pack their household goods themselves. It’s a worthwhile way to save money on your relocation expense. If you choose to pack items yourself, we hope the following tips will help you save money and ensure your belongings are packed properly for safe transit.


Start early

The earlier you begin packing, the less chance you’ll have to make mistakes. Starting early will also help you be more organized and methodical in your packing, and it’s a good way to reduce stress.


Organization is key

The more you separate different items into distinct categories prior to your move, the smoother the unpacking process will be. Don’t use the “miscellaneous” label too much, or you might get confused.


Label everything

Each box should list its contents and the box’s room destination. Unpacking at your new location will go much faster this way. (Also, be sure to label fragile items as such.)


Keep lists

Keeping track of everything that enters the moving van is essential. This way, you’ll realize immediately if an item is missing. If you don’t track your inventory, you’re taking a lot more risks. It’s important to keep the lists separate from the boxes, and the boxes should be numbered, along with a general description of each one’s contents.


Pack sparingly

Movers charge by weight. So if you want to save money, try limiting what you pack. Items that haven’t been used in at least a year and don’t hold any sentimental value may not be worth packing.


Use padding

Tissue paper, sheets, and blankets are all good for protecting items as you pack. Bubble-wrap comes in handy, too.


Take valuables with you

It’s wise to refrain from packing valuables, such as expensive jewelry, artwork, etc. Customers should also personally transport sensitive information, such as personal financial documents.


What NOT to pack

Dispose of all flammable, corrosive, or explosive items before the move.


Get suitable moving supplies

This is essential. Strong, sturdy boxes are a must, and should be reinforced with packing tape when carrying particularly heavy items.


Here are some tips on moving large appliances:


1.Unplug the refrigerator at least 24 hours prior to the move. Discard all perishables.

2.The stove must be thoroughly cleaned inside and out.

3.Empty the dishwasher units and remove the utensil holder/rack. Tape the door shut.

4.Washer and dryer units require special handling. Remove all hoses, pack them separately in a box, and cushion the rest of the box with towels or pillows. For the washer, make sure to secure the drum. See your washer/dryer owner’s manual for more extensive packing instructions.


When packing electronics, keep them in the original carton and packing materials, if possible. If that’s not an option, wrap equipment such as CD or DVD players, etc., in clean paper and pad them with bubble wrap.


When transferring sensitive computer information, be certain to back up all files on your computer’s hard drive and keep the backups with you. Also, make sure to disconnect any wires attached to movable hardware, such as a modem or mouse.


For more general information on preparing for a move, see our Preparing for a Move page.


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