Moving day can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be chaotic. To keep your valuables safe and your sanity intact, you might want to do a little preparation ahead of time. Where it the best place to get started? You can’t go wrong with packing preparations. Here are some useful tips that will turn you into an efficient packing pro:

Create a Moving Inventory

A moving inventory can be as simple or detailed as you want to make it. In basic terms, this involves a list of your household items. You will use this list to:

  • Organize your belongings by room.
  • Decide which items are going and which will be trashed or donated.
  • Determine moving requirements and cost.

The depth of your inventory depends on how ambitious you are about pre-move preparation. 

For example, you can take pictures documenting the condition of valuable items before the move for insurance reasons. You can also assign a number to every item that corresponds with box labels for ultra-organized packing and unpacking.

Sell or Donate Unused Items

As you create your moving inventory, look for items that you might want to get rid of. The less you have when moving, the easier and more affordable your move will be. These items might include ill-fitting clothing, duplicate appliances, old furniture, and anything that you haven’t used within a year. 

Next, decide how you will get rid of these items. If the items are in good condition, you can donate them to local organizations that help the less fortunate. Another option is to sale these items. A garage sale is a good way to make a few dollars towards your moving expenses. 

Research Packing Techniques

Unless you’re a moving professional, you probably don’t know how to pack fragile or awkwardly shaped items properly. Take a look at your moving inventory and note anything that you’re apprehensive about packing, like china, stemware, lamps, and mirrors, for example. Research packing procedures for these specific items and pay special attention to the materials used. 

Acquire Proper Packing Materials

Few things are more frustrating on moving day then discovering that you don’t have the right tools for the job. Look at your moving inventory, consider the packing techniques you have learned, and purchase the packing materials you need ahead of time. Here is a basic list of packing supplies that might help you to get start

  • Boxes in Multiple Sizes
  • Masking Tape
  • Packaging Tape
  • Bubble Wrap 
  • Packing Peanuts
  • Packaging Paper
  • Permanent Markers
  • Hand Truck or Dolly

Consider Hiring Professional Packers

This might go without saying, but the best way to ensure a safe and easy relocation is with residential packing services. Professional movers have the resources and skill to pack your entire household quickly, and they can handle every detail from creating a moving inventory to unpacking your final box. 

Are you interested in hiring professional movers and packers? For superior service and affordable pricing that rivals other moving companies in your area, contact R.C. Mason Movers. Get started today with a free moving cost estimate!