For today’s installment of How to Sell Your House Fast!: Packing Tips, we have a guest blogger to share her tips. Courtney is back to share her expertise on hiring movers, packing, and making the overall moving experience stress free.
In a former life, I managed a call center for a nationwide moving company. I have compiled a list of packing tips to help make your move stress-free.
Donations and Yard Sales:
You will make your life so much easier if you lighten your overall load. Give away that lovely hammock to your neighbor; have a school bake sale and clothing swap for kid’s clothes and toys; or throw a neighborhood yard sale for furniture and electronics that you no longer use. For those of you who live in a gated-community, a yard sale may not be an option, in which case I recommend that you contact GoodWill, Salvation Army, or local consignment fund-raising shop for a pick-up at your home. Whether you are frugal or philanthropic, these organizations take mattresses and large items–for a good cause–that the city would otherwise charge to haul.
Boxes, boxes, boxes. Everything must go in a box – lampshades , spare pillows, the junk in your coffee table drawer. Keep in mind that if you are moving long distance, the movers might be aggregating your items with another move on a big rig, so use sturdy boxes. Fabric items should be covered or placed in a box. Your french linen lampshade will get schmutze on it if it’s unprotected or worse, crushed between boxes. That won’t come out with a hand-held steamer! Put it in a box with tissue paper or empty pillow cases. Empty out the drawers of your furniture to make them easier to move, and then wrap all your furniture in plastic wrap. Protect the corners from wear and marks that might occur around tight corners during the move. Do yourself and your friendly mover a favor, put it in a box, whatever it is and do your best to protect your belongings against minor nicks.
You can check in with your local super market for fruit boxes a month before your move to get started with packing anything you won’t be using on a regular basis such as pots and pans or tools in the shed. This is great for the environment (read: recycling) and it will help you save money since the grocery store doesn’t charge you a dime to haul away their boxes. I often request that someone put aside boxes for me during the 3rd shift restocking for pickup in the early morning hours.
Keep the boxes relatively light. If you are starting your own library, I appreciate your intellect, but use small boxes to lighten the load.
When your moving date is inching closer, invest in wardrobe boxes for clothes hanging in your closet. Don’t pack your garments too tight on the hanging rod to avoid wrinkles. This will make your life easy and will keep your clothes looking fresh when you arrive at your new home.
If you are fortunate enough to have the luxury of hiring packers for your big day, that is fantastic! Ask them to bring packing materials – boxes, un-printed newspaper, plate sleeves, etc. For items that have sentimental value or that are extremely expensive, take those with you personally or ensure that they are correctly packed to avoid damage (or dare I say theft) during loading and unloading.