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Do It Yourself Packing



Looking to make a move soon? In our present economic climate many are choosing to do as much as they can to save money. Do it yourself packing is definitely one way to keep a little something extra in your pocket. However, keep in mind that time and a considerable amount of effort will need to be factored in to ensure your items are packed carefully.

Let's start with your packing supplies. You should purchase professional packing supplies through a local moving company for guaranteed protection of your valuables. Some individuals attempt to secure boxes and wrapping materials by scouring neighborhood grocers, and recycling outdated newspapers and more, but remember, it's your valuables you're protecting. Most moving companies will provide you with a moving kit that includes a discounted rate on packing materials. Professional packing supplies are also key because they are made to weather your transition from one place to the next and can even in most cases be stored for your next move.

Adequate wrapping of your items is required to make certain they are safe for the duration of the move. Wrapping must be done with packing paper as oppose to newsprint. Newsprint will cause ink to transfer to your valuables. Clean unprinted packing paper will keep your items clean and safe. You begin by placing a small stack of paper on a flat surface and roll each item from the corner. For larger items start in the center and bring the corners together. Before packing your items make sure you line the bottom of the moving box with a few inches of wadded paper for padding. Place your large heavy items on the bottom and lighter more fragile items on the top. All of your fragile items should include extra layers of tissue, bubble wrap or foam peanuts for maximum protection.

All of your larger, heavier and more fragile items should be crated and packed by professional movers. This includes all furniture and major appliances. Also all items requiring disassembly and reassembly including slate pool tables, chandeliers, large glass table tops and more should be handled by professional movers. Professional movers will quilt pad wrap these items after disassembly and safely store them on your moving truck.

Keep in mind that you want to pack your out of season and infrequently used items first. Only leave your daily use boxes opened until moving day. On moving day everything should be properly packed, labeled and ready to go. Do it yourself packing can be done, and save you lots of money. However, you must do it right. And in most instances you will need some help from a professional moving company for your larger items.

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