Every change, either positive or negative, is stressful. This is particularly true for moving, i.e., for packaging, which is usually the biggest problem. If you don’t have to carry your stuff with you every time you change the place of living, good for you!
But families and people moving for a long time usually bring the entire household with them. Stress and panic because of changing the residence place can be even higher when you think of all that packaging, protecting things, boxes, and containers. Here you can find some useful tips on how to deal with important changes in your life.
Prepare Everything on Time
Take a deep breath, and think about how to save you time, nerves, and energy. Timely preparing and a good plan are already half the work. When you have to organize moving, a good organization in the package of things can relieve you of stress, but also helps you save money.
One of the helpful tips that will mean a lot to you is to organize storage containers before moving. In other words, to rent them. Mediators like Shipped can help you with that. Buying these mobile storages, unless you have further plans with them, is mostly not worth it (prices go from $ 3,000 and up).
Rent is a cheaper solution than engaging a full-service migration agency. The only bad thing is packing things yourself, so some tips must be kept in mind if you don’t want to damage your stuff and make the most of your space.
Choose the Right Container Size
Portable moving containers are useful things, but only if you choose the right size. The capacity is also an item to pay attention to. Too little storage capacity is almost useless. On the other hand, a container larger than you really need can help, but it also can increase the cost of moving.
For example, if you are moving complete furniture and other stuff from a two bedroom apartment, one 20ft container will be enough for you. Its volume is over 1000 cubic feet, which is really a lot of space you can use.
Placing Things by Weight and Size
Well-placed stuff inside the container can help you to make the most of the storage space. For stability, place the bulky items and the heavier boxes at the bottom. Pack them from floor to ceiling, but if they can’t fit, don’t push them in at any cost.
When you’re done with solid things, there will probably be an interspace left. You can fill it with some smaller packing boxes or with items such as carpets, curtains, or cushions. This will additionally fasten the burden inside the container.
Pay attention to distributing the load throughout the storage space; do not overload one side with heavy items. Some containers have security straps inside so you can fasten your packets. Secure them with cross bracing for extra stability.
Order in Packing
Packing and unpacking stuff in a storage container is the toughest (and most stressful) part of the moving. If the packaging is done quickly, it can easily happen to make the mess. And when you don’t know where your things are, it will be more difficult for you. So give yourself time. If you rent a shipping container, do it a few weeks before moving the date. This way, you won’t be in trouble with time.
First for loading are things you won’t need right after moving in. Sometimes it can take weeks for unpacking. What you will need for the first time, such as clothes or dishes, pack at the end and make them accessible.
Label Your Boxes
Labeling is not a hard job, and it can make your packing and unpacking easier. If you use cartons for transferring stuff, mark them with various markers. You can label them by rooms, or by the type of thing (clothes, tools, etc). If you use plastic boxes, you can buy labels, or download and print them. Eventually, even plain self-adhesive paper will do.
Extra tip: You can also label the weight of the box. It doesn’t mean that you have to weigh each of them; just leave a note to yourself whether a box is heavy, medium weight, or light. This will further speed up the packaging process.
Protect Your Stuff from Moisture
Apart from physical breakage during transport, moist can also damage your stuff inside the shipping container. If you do not rush with packaging, but you already put some boxes in storage space, it would be desirable to protect them from moisture. Especially if you live in warm areas, where condensation may occur due to a fall in temperature during the night.
If the containers you use don’t have ventilation, you can get several de-humidifiers. These are small filter devices that collect condensation from the air. You just have to empty the tank where water is accumulating from time to time. You can use these devices later in the house, just replace the filters.
What Not to Pack into Storage Container
It is common sense that you won’t transport items such as personal documents, works of art, credit cards/checkbooks and money into storage containers. Although insurance would cover any possible loss or damage, you really don’t need more stress because of lost items. But if you want to risk, you should use special safety boxes. However, apart from value items, there are more things that you shouldn’t pack in shipping tanks.
Tips on how to transfer your valuable stuff find on this source: https://www.zumper.com/blog/2018/03/7-tips-for-moving-with-valuable-items/.
Along with the before mentioned items, don’t pack other relevant documentation, such as financial or medical reports in shipping containers. Drugs and all therapeutic agents also shouldn’t be ‘trapped’ in all that mess. You never know when you’ll need it.
Although smaller pets, such as hamsters and guinea pigs, have their own transport boxes, it’s best for them to be next to you when moving. It is not safe to transport animals in containers, and some companies do not even allow the transport of home plants.