Even if you are hiring a full-service professional mover, like Highland, you can still choose to pack yourself to save on costs. This is a great way to get the best of both worlds. It gives you an opportunity to weed through your things as you pack and get rid of the stuff you simply do not need or want. There is only one exception to the rule. If you are moving internationally or a long distance, have your professionals at Highland pack you for your own protection. The longer the distance the greater the chances of something happening. Therefore, for insurance purposes it will be in your best interest to have professionals pack you and take the extra steps necessary to protect your goods.
However, if you are moving locally and packing yourself, here are some great tips.
Make sure to get packing supplies. You want to use boxes that are meant for moving because they can handle the transport of your goods. If you are looking for a bargain, check around town or on Craig’s List. You can often find reasonably priced packing supplies from recent transplants looking to get rid of their packing supplies. Word of caution. Take the time to inspect the supplies and make sure they have only been used once before. Like any other reuse of goods, the more worn they are, the less likely they will fulfill their purpose. Therefore, check and review and then buy. The only exceptions are wardrobe boxes. For some reason, they do not repurpose as well so consider getting new ones.
Get tape. Get more tape than you think you need. You want to buy packing tape with convenient dispensers. This will allow you to make quick work of preparing the boxes for packing. Do not be conservative with your tape. Tape the box seams several time to ensure it will hold together.
Permanent Markers. This is another must when packing yourself. Buy more than you think you will need because chances are you will pack a few in the fray.
Label well. Take the time to label your boxes well. Note the room the contents is from, your last name and a general idea of what it contains. Do not forget to label fragile if it requires it and an arrow for up. This is essential in protecting your fragile items.
Have a packing party. Bribe your friends with some wine or beer and food. Have them over and help you make quick work of your packing. Just make sure the friends you ask are not jokesters. You don’t want them using creative writing to label your boxes.
Don’t worry if you run out of time. If you simply run out of time, ask your professionals at Highland to help. They will be glad to help you out if you simply run out of time. It happens to the best of us. Just make sure to notify them as quickly as possible so that they can make plans to accommodate you.
For more great moving tips, check out this list from Highland.