Checklist for Packing and Moving

The Ultimate Checklist for Packing and Moving

Are you packing up your belongings? Zebna Movers offers helpful packing advice and a comprehensive 13-step packing and moving guide that can save you time and money. Start your professional packing right now!

The success of your move depends on your ability to use this detailed checklist effectively.

Moving Tips: What to Pack

  1. First, remove seasonal clothing and other stuff you won’t need for a while.
  2. Remove any fragile, perishable, or restricted objects from your dresser drawers.
  3. Keep sharp objects, such as knives or skewers, out of the way of other things (and the movers) throughout the relocation.
  4. Always store items in sets of two or more. Tape plastic bags containing minor hardware components to the apparatus for safekeeping.
  5. Cords should be wound and secured so that they don’t dangle.
  6. Wrap each fine crystal, or delicate object in a separate clean, unprinted paper sheet.
  7. Crush some paper and use it to pad the bottom of each carton by at least two or three inches. Crush paper and use it to fill any gaps as you build the layers.
  8. As you pack fragile goods into smaller containers, combine them into one large box and cover any empty area with crushed paper.
  9. Avoid packing too much into each box but do your best to ensure everything stays within. The lid shouldn’t curve inward when closed and should close without exertion.
  • Tape the lids shut on all your boxes except for boxes holding products on Zebna Movers’ high-value inventory form. For the Zebna Group moving company to check them, you must leave them open.
  • Write the contents down on the side of each carton as you finish it, and maintain a master list hidden somewhere. Labeling and numbering each box is a good idea.
  • Label each container with the name of a particular room in your new house.
  • Mark the rooms at your destination with tape so the movers know where to bring your boxes.

Advice for Those New to Packing

Learn the tricks of the trade and become a packing expert by following these guidelines:

  • To begin, pack up all of the items you aren’t using and will only need again after the relocation—things like sports gear, camping gear, and furniture that aren’t used often.
  • To avoid packing your daily needs too far before moving day, consider first packing the items you use least frequently.
  • Everything in your drawers, including the soft and lightweight items, may be transported without being removed and placed in boxes. Dressers will wrap plastic and blankets around them to keep drawers shut during transport.
  • It’s a good idea to empty your drawers of anything fragile or that could cause harm to other belongings before you move.

Tips for Protectively Packing Common Shipping Containers

When packing your boxes for your next move, keep these tips in mind to ensure the safety of your belongings:

  • Line the bottom of the empty box with two to three inches of crushed newspaper or other packing material.
  • Start with the heaviest goods and work up to the lighter ones, placing them on top of the box.
  • Crumpled newspaper or other packing materials should be used to fill the empty gaps between each layer.
  • Using cardboard sheets as separators might help you further distinguish layers.
  • Paper or other cushioning must fully encase everything in the room.

Tips for Safely Boxing Fragile Items

Glass vases must be packed with extra care because they are delicate and tiny. Take care to observe these:

  • Items that are small or easily broken should be wrapped separately. More cushioning is needed if the object is fragile.
  • After that, you may put them one by one or in small groups into individual boxes.
  • Make sure there is enough packing paper or other cushioning in these boxes.
  • Then, you may stack these smaller boxes within the bigger ones, padding them with newspaper to prevent damage.

Advice for Packing Electronics and Other Often-Separate Items

  • First, classify items into sets. Securely attach any necessary hardware to their items by sealing plastic bags.
  • Wrap and secure cords to prevent them from hanging.
packing tips for moving

5 Packing Tips You Should Know Before Moving

Congratulations! You’re making a move! New beginnings and joyful memories may be made with loved ones while relocating to a new home. Nevertheless, it might be a nerve-wracking experience overall. It can be a hassle to pack up your entire home with the utmost care, especially if you have fragile items to transport.

We’ve compiled 5 packing tips for moving that are simple to implement and within everyone’s reach to make moving day a breeze:

  1. Have a plan.

Unless you thrive under pressure, moving without proper planning is not something you should do. There’s no use in procrastinating preparations. Put away the stuff you rarely use and put them in the attic or a spare bedroom if you have one. Toys and holiday decorations the kids have outgrown, but you can’t bear to part with can be stored in advance. Where are your scarves and witchy garb? Put them in a box and prepare them for shipment.

  1. Prepare your overnight bag.

Moving can be stressful if there is a lot of clutter and no food in the fridge. We recommend bringing a change of clothes and a few necessities to help you settle in on the first few nights at your new apartment. This will save you from spending your first night together fussing about who left the toothpaste on the bathroom counter.

  1. Get the big stuff ready.

Moving bulky items like sofas, cupboards, and dining tables may take much work. Knowing what to do with larger pieces of furniture might be challenging because they are typically hefty and not easily deconstructible. A removal service may ask you to minimize the weight of their load. To make things easier for yourself or the movers, empty your dressers and closets of any clothing you won’t need. Cover your mattress front and back with sheets before moving it. If these sheets get soiled, toss them in the washing machine. They can be cleaned quickly and easily, unlike a mattress.

  1. Take care with breakables.

Have you ever moved into a new home only to find that your favorite vase or mug was shattered beyond repair? This is an unfortunate story.  Use sturdy materials to cushion them from the trip’s inevitable knocks and drops. Since you’ll need to bring bedding anyhow, you could use that to protect more delicate items. If you do, you’ll save money on bubble wrap that will eventually be thrown away.

  1. Maintain order.

Will you be making the trip to your new home alone or hiring movers to do the heavy lifting? You are organizing your activities before, during, and after the relocation is recommended. It would help if you prepared for the relocation by getting enough boxes, labeling them, and telling the movers exactly where everything should go. This ensures a swift and trouble-free relocation.

Get in touch with us now!

At Zebna Movers, we pride ourselves on our team of educated specialists who are always available to answer any questions and provide helpful advice and guidance.

Are you interested in learning more about moving into a new rental home? Please get in touch with us right away. Call us at (202) 499-8449 or email us at [email protected] to speak with a representative, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.