Take it from us, you will have plenty of things to DO during your move, so today we are focusing on what NOT to do during your move. Here are some helpful hints provided to us by Manpower Movers San Diego:
Don’t use printed newspaper when packing fine china.
Instead, use packing paper. Really, you should use packing paper for every item you pack because newspaper can bleed ink onto anything it has contact with. The last thing you want is for your mother-in-law’s china to arrive safety to your new home with the funnies plastered all over it!
Don’t use large boxes when packing books.
This goes for other heavy items as well. The reason is because books are very heavy for their size. Pack a cardboard box full of them and you suddenly have a very heavy box that could break or injure the person carrying it.
Don’t wait until the last minute to reserve a mover.
Chances are, you are not the only person in the world moving on the day you have elected to do so. You will want to make sure to give your movers 4 to 6 weeks advance notice if at all possible. That way you can make sure they will have the necessary equipment to assist you during your move.
Don’t use previously used boxes.
It may be tempting to use boxes inherited by friends and family, but it is best to use new boxes especially made for moving. Used boxes may not be structurally sound after a previous move and can collapse, leaving you with damaged or broken belongings. Alternatively, many companies offer programs that utilize large plastic bins that are reusable and better for the environment.
Don’t use boxes without tops.
Again, you may be tempted to work with what you already have, but boxes without tops aren’t stackable and therefore difficult to transport. Buying the necessary supplies when you are moving will save a lot of time and will better preserve your belongings from damage. You will want to make sure to tape boxes shut, not simply interlock them because they can easily cave in and crush the contents inside.
Don’t use duct tape.
Instead, use packing tape. Duct tape may seem like the sturdier choice, but it doesn’t stick to cardboard very well. Packing tape, on the other hand, is designed to stick to surfaces made of paper.
Don’t pack items from different rooms in the same box.