Packing & unpacking are very important parts of the moving process, and it is essential that they are done right. Many may wonder where to even start, how to stay organized and how to pack appropriately to ensure nothing gets broken on the journey to its final destination. If you decide you need help with just a little of the packing or even the entire packing process (whether it be your house, office or apartment) Sarge’s professional team of packers are here to help! Located in the Bryan / College Station area, Sarge’s Moving Services provides all the possible moving services one might need. In the meantime, here are a few packing & unpacking basics provided by our Sarge’s Moving team to help get you started.
Where to Start
Purchasing the right packing materials always pays off-whether it simply saves your possessions themselves or saves your mover time loading. Boxes of uniform size are more easily stacked and transferred by dolly. Such items as sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts and magic markers can be purchased at moving companies and truck-rental firms such as Home Depot and U-haul. Supplement with copious amounts of crumpled paper, blankets and pillows; even clothing can serve as a great buffer between breakable objects. EcoBox not only has great boxes but also has packing paper in bulk.
Pack one room at a time, labeling each box with a description of its contents and its destination (e.g., kitchen, bathroom). It is important to be as specific as you can because they will make unpacking much easier.
Keep the weight of your boxes reasonable. If possible, put heavy items in small boxes to make them easier to carry.
Don’t apply tape directly to polished or painted wood finishes, because removing the tape could ruin the surface.
Packing & Unpacking Tips
- Start packing in advance.
- Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break this way.
- Color-code boxes and other items with stickers or labels.
- It doesn’t hurt to number your boxes.
- Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack. Clothes in drawers can stay in the drawers if the mover blankets and wraps the furniture.
- Remember: the heavier the item, the smaller the box. When packing books, use small boxes only.
- Never use printed newsprint to wrap dishes. The ink may transfer to the dishes.
- Don’t pack with food or supermarket boxes, because you never know if there are pests or if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions. Boxes of uniform size will also stack better on the truck and save time and space.
- Label all boxes on top and side clearly.
- Try to pack all electronic equipment (like stereos) in their original boxes. Otherwise use bubble wrap when packing these items.
- Always tape boxes. Don’t interlock the tops.
- Don’t use boxes without tops. Boxes without tops make it impossible to stack properly in the truck.
- Pack important and sentimental documents separately to ensure they will be easily accessible including: children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information and photo albums.
- If you take apart furniture and other items, make sure to tape all parts to the main base or place parts in zip lock bags and tape to base.
- Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
- Pack the items you will need immediately upon arrival in a clearly marked box or container- especially things like medications, a set of sheets, etc!
Sarge’s Moving Services is a licensed moving company that specializes in all aspects of moving, whether it be loading/unloading, packing & unpacking or even providing storage for a future move. We also have moving insurance in two basic forms—RELEASED VALUE and ADDITIONAL COVERAGE—in which we assume liability for the value of the goods we transport. Sarge’s offers free estimates for our clients as requested on site.
For more information or if you are planning a move, contact Sarge’s Moving with the link below.