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Packing Yourself vs Hiring a Professional

clock April 25, 2013 22:27 by author Janet Corniel


Depending on your budget, you may be evaluating whether to pack yourself or hire a professional to do it.  Having the professionals pack is a great option if you can afford it.  However, there may be alternatives that may suit you and your budget better.  Be honest with yourself and evaluate what you can and can not do.  Consider packing the things that you can handle, like your clothing, christmas decorations, kitchen and linens.  For the more difficult items or high valued items, hire the professionals.  This way you can enjoy the best of both worlds.  You can save some money, protect your high-valued items and still save your back.  

If you are going to pack yourself, make sure to get the right materials to transport your things.  Unless you are a college student packing your stuff in garbage bags, you really want to find the right packing materials to protect your things.  There are ways to save money on get what you need.

Here are few tips that can help:


Take inventory.  

Take inventory of all of your things.  Identify what you can pack easily and what you will need the professionals to do for you.  Get rid of the things that you don’t need and itemize your things that are expensive or have sentimental value.  This is important to make sure you give them the attention they need.


Go online.

Once you have identified what you can pack, go online to find packing materials.  There are various resources at your disposal.  Keep in mind that some moving companies will sell used and new packing materials to you.  You can also find some great supplies on Craig’s list.  Be sure to review any used materials carefully.  Packing materials can only be used so many times before they will no longer hold up.  Take the time to inspect what you are getting.


Go shopping.

You will need to visit your neighborhood store to get permanent markers and tape.  The best tape is shipping or packing tape.  You may want to consider getting a tape gun.  These are very useful and will make quick work of preparing your boxes.  They are relatively reasonable and are a huge time saver.  Most tape guns will allow you to replace the tape when you are out.  Keep in mind you can never have enough tape and markers so be generous.


Have a party.

Host a packing party.  When you take inventory, identify a room in the house where you will need extra help and hold a packing party for that room.  Get some beer, wine and food and whatever you can to coerce your friends into helping you pack.  This works especially well for the kitchen and garage.  Just make sure that the friends you invite are not practical jokers and label your contents something ridiculous or limit the ‘beverages’ until most everything is packed.


The garage is always a royal pain to pack.  If you can’t get your friends to help you with this task, you may want to give to this to the professionals.  Remember that anything flammable for obvious reasons can’t be packed.  These include what you may expect like gasoline and propane.  However, it also includes items you may not expect like fertilizer, paint and pressurized contents like aerosol containers.  Therefore, you will want to have these items sold, donated or given away before the day of your move. Make sure your propane tanks are included.  Your mower should not have gasoline and your barbecue should have an empty propane tank.  Leave all of your left over paint to the new owners because you will not be able to move those items, plus you really don’t need that at your new place.   

Time to plan will help you tremendously.  Therefore, start as early as possible.  It will offer you more time to address all of your needs.



Moving? Take Care.

clock September 10, 2012 19:58 by author Janet Corniel


Moving is a physical activity and requires some stamina.  Therefore, you want to evaluate what you can handle physically when you plan your move.  If you have any physical limitations or injuries, you need to be honest with yourself.  Even though you may hire someone to move your goods, packing can be strenuous.  Therefore, when you go around and do your household inventory, think about where you may need help and note it.  This way you will not only catalog your household items but also areas where you may need some extra help.

Once you have that identified, take the time to think about who can best help you.  Organize and schedule a day where all of your friends and family can help you pack.  The more help you get, the faster it will go.  Think about your needs you identified earlier and make sure that you have them help with those tasks first.

Several days before you have everyone come to help, make sure that you have all of the materials you need to pack.  You will need permanent ink markers, packing tape, moving boxes of different sizes, packing paper and trash bags.  Make sure to have ample water or drinks at hand for everyone and seriously consider feeding your crew of helpers.

If it is in your budget to have your movers pack you, you may want to seriously consider it.  Your professionals at ClickandMove have a variety of services on offer and are happy to help you with all the facets of your move.  

Even if you have someone pack you, you will have to do some prep work ahead of time.  This will include weeding through your items and setting aside the items that you will be donating or giving away.  If you have non-perishable food items that you do not plan on moving, consider taking it to your local food bank.  

The key to a successful move is evaluating your needs early on to assure that you have enough time to address them.


Top 5 Packing Supplies

clock December 12, 2011 15:57 by author Janet Corniel


As you plan for your move, getting the right packing supplies are critical to ensure a successful move.  The investment and time in obtaining the right supplies is worth it in the long run.  Here are top five packing supplies that can make the most of your efforts.


Sturdy Boxes

Getting the right boxes for your move is essential.  In order for your things to be protected, you want to have durable boxes that are made to carry the weight of your goods.  For example, you don’t want to recycle a flimsy box to hold your grandmother’s china.  Look online for moving boxes.  You can find them at home improvement stores as well.  Do your research to help you find the best deals.  Keep in mind there are special boxes for all kinds of goods.  If your budget is tight, make sure you invest in the right boxes for your special and fragile items.



Just as getting the right boxes for your move is important, so is getting the right tape.  Get packing tape.  It is worth the time to find.  It will ensure that your boxes with stay intact and allow you to tape up your boxes quickly.  When you are packing, time is of the essence.  Therefore, you don’t want to waste your time with tape that doesn’t work well.


Permanent Ink Marker

Permanent ink markers are a must.  You will use them continuously.  If you want, you could purchase a variety pack with various colors.  You could then color code the boxes by room.  Get a good supply because you will use them throughout the move.


Garbage Bags

As you pack, you will inevitably find things you don’t want or need.  Therefore, having garbage bags to hand will help immensely.  If you are donating some of your things, consider using white garbage bags for those items so they do not get mixed up with the trash.  Use lawn or a different color garbage bag for the trash.  


Packing Paper

Packing paper is very important to ensure that your things arrive safely.  Investing in this will save you tremendously.  Although you will use it throughout the house, you will use the most for your kitchen.  


For more great packing ideas, please Starline’s Packing Tips.


Packing Fragile Items

clock November 28, 2011 19:16 by author Janet Corniel


Packing fragile items is an art and getting it right will make all the difference in a successful move.  If you have chosen to pack yourself, make the investment in good packing materials.  This is worth it in the end.  Prior to packing take pictures of your goods and identify those items that will need special handling and care.  Any glass, china, art, pictures and curios will all need extra care when packing.  Purchase moving boxes and packing paper or bubble wrap.  Packing paper is preferred because you can pack more in a box with it.  Make sure that when you do pack, you wrap each item up individually.  This will help to protect the item from chipping, cracking or breaking entirely.  

Think about the weight of the items and make sure your moving box is strong enough to take the weight.  When you are assembling your box, make sure you have adequately taped the bottom to hold the weight of the load.  Before you fill your box, line a sheet of packing paper on the bottom to cushion the load.  Load your items in carefully.  Try to make sure you have packed the items tight to prevent them from moving or shifting during transport.  Once you have filled the box, add an additional sheet of packing paper on the top and then close the box and tape it.  Don’t forget to label the box and write fragile all over it.  This way your team of movers will recognize that that box will need extra care.