Packing Mistakes to Avoid

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Undoubtedly, the most time consuming and difficult part of a move is packing. Not only do you need to make sure that all of your possessions are wrapped up in neat little cardboard packages, but you have what seems like little to no time to get it done. When you are packing, there are some common mistakes that you should avoid, courtesy of your movers in Kamloops.

Don’t Overload your Boxes

Those large boxes aren’t for all of your books or the dumbbells in your gym. Not only is overloading boxes dangerous for anyone who is trying to pick them up, but it can actually lead to damaged items. Cardboard can only carry so much weight before failing. If you overload a box, there is a good chance that it is going to break.

Make sure that you put your heaviest items into the smallest boxes, and your lighter but bigger items into the larger boxes. That way nobody will get hurt, including the box!

Unpacking Is Not Instantaneous: Plan for the First Week

Did you remember to pack up the very necessary things for your first week in your new home? Yes, packing up your luggage with the clothes you are going to need for the week as well as your necessary toiletries is a great idea. What about your coffee maker, the Roku and your laptop? Take a couple boxes and pack the essentials, as well as things like paper towels, first aid supplies and maybe even your favourite bottle opener.

Don’t Forget to Label Your Boxes

You remember everything that is in every box, right? No? Then you should probably make sure to label your boxes. Having what room they come from is a great start, but you might also want to give yourself some little hints about what the contents of the boxes are. It will make looking for specific items much easier.

One great idea is to put a small inventory list on the top flap of your box. It doesn’t need to be a full list of everything in the box, but a partial list with a reminder where the items came from is usually enough.

If you want to be really organized, you can make a full inventory and number your boxes with the exact contents—but who has time for that?

Don’t Manhandle Your Breakables

Places that sell moving supplies sell special boxes and wrapping for plates and wine glasses for a reason. While you may have the utmost faith in your newspaper and bath towel method, odds are that you are going to end up with more than one broken breakable.

Pack your plates standing on the side and invest in glass boxes for your wine glasses. Remember to mark boxes with breakable items as fragile so that they don’t end up on the bottom of a heavy stack!

Don’t Pack Yourself—Let Professional Movers in Kamloops Do It for You!

The best way to avoid packing mistakes is to leave it up to the professionals. Click here for an estimate from Pioneer Moving and Storage!

More Information

If you would like to see other packing tips please see our Packing Tips page or stop by today. We would love to be a positive part of your moving experience.

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