So, you’ve found the perfect place, you have the timeline planned in your mind, you hired a professional Bay Area moving company, and now, it’s all about packing and actually moving.
Although having movers and packers is always a great idea but the price can sometimes be a bit over-the-top for you, there are ways to have your cake and eat it too.
In fact, by simply following basic self-packing tips for your move, you can accomplish one of the best ways to save on a move and still leave the big work for the professionals.
1. Have all Small Stuff Packed First
The thought of self-packing may seem frustrating and you may want to leave it all to the professionals but are still looking for ways to save a bit of money in the process. For this, having the small stuff packed first is a great way to save time and money and not do any of the hard work yourself.
Packing the small stuff first can be as simple as taking all of your clothes, knick-knacks, picture frames, bathroom items, or even your decorations down and packing them up on your own. This simple task can actually save you money and also help the local movers you chose to work with to get their work done in a more efficient manner.
Furthermore, for areas such as Los Angeles, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Los Altos Hills, Hollywood, or Beverly Hills, most parking for large vehicles must be done within certain timeframes limiting the amount of time your moving company will have to pack for you.
Not to mention the fact that these areas are also covered in steep slopes and hills which makes the work highly inconvenient. By helping out the packers and packing these small items beforehand, you can save them time and effort which ultimately saves you money in the long run.
2. Use Brand new Boxes
When packing, a lot of people may tell you that finding cardboard boxes on Craigslist or at a store is the best way to go. However, what many people forget is that these possessions within these boxes are highly important to you and your family. Because of this, you won’t want to put them in a subpar boxing solution just because it seems like a more cost-effective option.
In fact, because many items are damaged during moves when packed in low-quality boxes, the cost-effectiveness is actually quite null and void. Instead, look for boxes either at a retail store or at a home improvement store and purchase them new to avoid damage and to still save money on even the best moving company in the area.
3. SEAL Your Boxes Properly
Just as using low-quality boxes will lead to property damage, taping your boxes improperly will as well. Not to mention the fact that, in many cases, the best movers will recognize this and take the extra time to reseal your boxes making your work to save money not effective in the slightest.
The best way to tape a box is by first finding a quality tape option such as Scotch Heavy Duty or Grizzly Packing Tape. Once you have a good packing tape option and packing tape dispenser option, you can begin applying your tape to your boxes.
For starters, you will want the box to be completely flat on top. If the box is overfilled, your best option is to move some of the items to another box to ensure safe and secure packaging.
Next, go across the line of the two top box flaps perfectly and then repeat on either side of this tape as well. If the item is particularly heavy, you may want to reinforce the bottom of the box as well to ensure that it does not fall out of the bottom or break through the bottom in the moving truck.
4. Mark Your Boxes Effectively
After your boxes are properly taped, you will want to mark them effectively. The reason for this is that it will help the movers to know where each box goes specifically and will save you time as well when unpacking all of these items.
To do this, you will want to create a system that works best for you. For instance, you may want to use the template of ‘what room, a rough outline of items, and whether or not they are fragile’.
For instance, if you just packed a box of clothes, you may want to put ‘bedroom, clothes’ whereas if you packed a box of plates you would want to put ‘kitchen, plates, fragile’.
By doing this, you can organize your boxes and unpack with ease as well as save your movers time and effort trying to analyze where each box goes. In doing this you will save money as it will take them far less time to unpack all of these items as well as organize them in the truck.
5. Organize Your Packing for Easy of Unpacking
With all of your items being packed, you may want to organize your packing to make it far easier to unpack and keep track of. For instance, if all of your rooms have art on the walls, you could easily add them to separate boxes but it may be easier to simply remove all the art, put it in a pile and pack them together to organize your packing by type and fragility.
Another item you may want to pack all together are any kinds of decorations or knick-knacks throughout your home. The reason for this is that they play a very minor role in each room and would be unable to fill an entire box on their own.
However, if all of your decorations are combined, you can easily fill boxes and save time trying to find other items that will be good to go into these decoration boxes as well.
6. Learn to let go of Things
Just as you are shedding your old home and, in some cases, your neighborhood, job, schools, and much more, you must learn to shed your unnecessary items in your home as well.
For instance, clothing you never wear, decorations you don’t even like, pieces of furniture you never use, or books you’ll never read are great items to begin with. Pack these items up and, whether you live in Atherton or Malibu, you are sure to find a thrift store or donation center to drop these items off at.
By doing this, you can save space in your new home, shed extra weight in your life, and also save money and time moving from one home to another. After all, fewer items means less work for the movers and packers.
7. Disassemble Your Furniture
For those that are looking for a more in-depth way to save a ton of money on moving and packing, disassembling your own furniture is the answer. The reason for this is that it effectively save hours of time for moving companies and can be done any time before the moving day by you. This means you could easily disassemble your table one day and your bed the next to make the job simple but effective.
Furthermore, by disassembling your furniture, it becomes significantly easier to move as it is no longer as large and bulky. This saves movers time as well which converts to monetary savings for you and your household.
However, this should only be done if you know what you are doing. If not, you could risk destroying your quality furniture simply to save a bit of money which is far from ideal. Especially considering the fact that many moving companies including Got2Move movers and packers provide disassembling and reassembling of furniture themselves.
8. Don’t Overexert Yourself
Lastly, as all of this is happening, it is important to not forget that these boxes must also be unpacked once there. If you overexert yourself packing them, you may wind up in an empty house laying on boxes because you don’t feel like emptying them until next week.
If you begin to feel overwhelmed, tired, or simply lacking the drive to pack on your own, your best bet is to leave it to the professional moving company you hired and to focus on unpacking rather than saving a bit of money on the move.
In the end, self-packing is a great way to save time and money—if done correctly.
By following these steps and relying on the expertise of your local bay area moving company, you can have a smooth and cost-effective move that leaves you feeling accomplished and money-smart all in one.