A move can be very stressful, and nothing puts a damper on the excitement of moving to your new apartment. Such as opening your boxes to find precious items broken or missing.
Here are some tips to help make your move easier, faster, and less stressful.
Start Packing Early
As soon as you know you’re moving, it’s time to start packing. Your move may be months away, but start by beginning to assemble supplies and packing up things you don’t use very often.
Especially if you’re going to be collecting moving boxes rather than buying them, it can take time to get enough quality boxes for your move.
Try to get everything packed several days before your move. It’s worth an investment in disposable dishware to not be washing and packing dishes on the morning of your move.
Pack Room by Room
Pack material from each room together. Label everything with its destination room and a brief description of its contents. Number each box with a consistent system and keep a master list so you can check if anything is missing when you get to your destination.
Use the Right Size Box
Make sure that boxes aren’t going to be too heavy by using the proper size box for what you’re packing. Ideally, no box should be heavier than 50 pounds if you’re using professional movers, and probably 30 pounds if you’re moving yourself. It’s very common to get macho contests when you’re moving, with each guy trying to take a heavier box than his friends, so even if you intend something to be a team lift box, it’s possible someone will just try it on their own and get hurt.
When packing dishes and other fragile items, make sure they’re all wrapped individually. Plates and bowls should also be bundled together for stability and protection. Fragile decorative bric-a-brac should be individually wrapped in multiple layers. Make sure no part of the item protrudes from the wrapping and that fragile extensions, like the arms of figurines, are protected from torque that can break them.
Pad between items, too. Make sure there’s no room for movement in the box. When things can move around, they’re more likely to get broken.
Pack Like Items Together
Another problem that can lead to breakage is packing different types of items together. Heavy metal objects can break glass dishes if packed together. Except for towels and bedding that may be used as padding, dishes should not be packed with other types of household items.
Tape Boxes Thoroughly
Make sure you tape each box in an “H” pattern, with tape across the seam and along the sides of the flaps. Do this on the top, too. Don’t count on tape to reinforce a box that’s in poor shape—if it’s worn or damaged, don’t use it.
Keep Parts Together
Try to keep all the hardware, accessories, and attachments together with the larger items they belong to. Put furniture hardware in a small bag and tape it to a larger piece. Wrap cords around lamps and fasten them to make sure they don’t dangle.
The only exception is lamp shades, which should be packed separately, cushioned properly, and labeled appropriately.
Look Up Special Instructions for Appliances
There are many things that need special attention in a move. Appliances, framed art, statuary, barbecue grills, and more can cause special challenges. It’s best to look up instructions for these items.
At Planned Property Management, we want your move to your new Chicago apartment to be as painless as possible. If you have questions or if there’s anything we can do to make your move easier, please contact us online or call 773-435-9177 to talk to us.