Ultimate Guide on How to Pack Everything You Own For a Move


Worrying about how to pack everything for your impending move? 

If you have moving anxiety, (and perhaps a teensy bit of procrastination), calm your nerves and use these top packing tips that won’t leave you:

  • Stressed out
  • Dealing with broken/missing items
  • Forced to make (and pay for) multiple round-trips

We’re dishing on everything we’ve learned in over 30 years of packing & moving millions of Texas households.

Here’s how to pack everything you own and have a no-sweat move—no matter where you live or how many items you own!

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NOT SURE HOW TO START PACKING? TRY OUR POP METHOD!

For most people, figuring out when and how to start packing is the biggest hurdle. 

Following what we call the P.O.P method will help you conquer the packing process without getting overwhelmed!

Here's how it works:

1. Prioritize

The first step in the P.O.P process is to prioritize what you have to pack and when. 

Do certain items have to be delivered to your second destination or a storage unit? 

Are some pieces heavier or more delicate than others? 

Does something have more intricate parts to disassemble?

Will you need it urgently at your new place (like dishes, towels, or bedsheets)? 

Specialty items (looking at you, Peloton) may need to be dismantled or uninstalled by an experienced representative. This may or may not be someone from the manufacturing company. 

Since these types of pieces will take more time and attention, it’s a good idea to rank them in one of two ways: 

  • Number each item in order of importance
  • Or, add a note indicating either HIGH, MEDIUM, or LOW priority.

Use these tips to create a prioritized home inventory list before you pack:

  1. Do a 5-to-10-minute brainstorm session and list everything you need to pack that’s extra heavy, delicate, valuable, or complicated. 
  2. Then, go room by room and list the rest of your belongings. These remaining items will typically be easier and faster to disassemble and pack.  
  3. Add a HIGH, MEDIUM, or LOW priority note for each item.
  4. Now you’ll know where to start and which pieces will take more or less time to pack!

Note: If you expect to hire professional packers or need help packing anything that’s high-priority, add this in your notes. This serves as a reminder to notify your movers before your move day arrives so you both know what to expect.

2. Organize

Packing without first getting organized is a stressful disaster waiting to happen.

Avoid it by:

  • Determining what supplies you’ll need, and making sure they’re good quality and that you have enough. (TIP: if you’re using old boxes, make sure they’re sturdy before packing them!)
  • Knowing when and where to get the supplies. You don’t want to wait on this, especially if you’re moving during a busy season!
  • Having everything you need to move into your new place before moving day (e.g., a working payment card, keys, paperwork, elevator/equipment reservations, apartment or storage hours, etc.). This way, a moving company won’t have to charge you to hold items overnight. (Yes, this is legal and it’s very awkward for everyone involved).
  • Contacting your movers early about any specialty items. Some pieces movers can’t disassemble at all, or without you signing a waiver.  Other items—like Peloton bikes—may need a specialist to uninstall or dismantle them, so do this early.

3. Prepare

This is where things get down to business… You know, the part where you actually pack

Take a look at your home inventory list. Now it’s simply a matter of executing on parts 1 and 2 of the POP Method—Prioritize and Organize—that you’ve already done!

  • Start disassembling and wrapping your highest-priority items.
  • To stay organized, put similar items with each other based on the room (e.g. all dishes in the same box).
  • Mark the sides and top of each box. Include its contents, whether it’s fragile, and which side is up. Labeling helps immensely when you need to figure out which boxes to load without crushing something. (Example: “Kitchen Dishes | FRAGILE | This Side Up” or “Bedroom Canvas Prints | This Side Up”).
  • Continue down the list until you’ve wrapped and packed everything.
  • Clothing can be packed on hangers if they’re in wardrobe boxes/covers, or folded and boxed or packed in suitcases.
  • For anything you need help with, make a note and save it for move day.

WHICH PACKING SUPPLIES DO YOU REALLY NEED?

If you’re moving in a hurry or trying to stick to a budget, there’s little time to waste on finding the right packing supplies for your move.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what supplies you absolutely need for proper packing, as well as the optional nice-to-haves.

Must-Have Supplies for Packing

How else are you going to dismantle your furniture?

P.S. It’s best to have a case for your tools so you don’t have to put them in a moving box. 

Good boxes will have handle slots; make sure these are sturdy enough for any heavier items!

 

Bubble wrap and packing paper are crucial for padding your fragile items and filling in spaces to keep them stable.

A good suitcase or non-plastic bag is necessary for storing your essentials (as in, whatever you’ll need immediately in your new home—like toilet paper, toothbrush, medicine, snacks, towels, clothes, etc.)

You’ll definitely need this handy to open packed boxes or zip ties as you unpack.

Optional Packing Supplies

You’ll be using lots of tape and will need to apply it without struggling to peel off the end.

This is good for wrapping appliances or tables that could get scuffed or have smooth surfaces that are difficult to grip.

These are perfect for wrapping around electronics and other heavy but delicate items.

This helps you efficiently move heavy, packed boxes alone or stacked—and in fewer trips.

This wheeled & square-shaped sister tool of the classic dolly is excellent for easily lifting heavy, dense objects to wrap or load them.

Help protect your items with an extra cushion.

These boxes are great for anyone who wants to keep their clothes on hangers while packing.

You’ll really need this for securing larger items inside of a truck. So, unless you’re renting a moving truck on your own, you can skip these.

Nobody wants a dirty mattress, and it’s easier to bag it in a ready-made cover than trying to wrap it with something flimsy.

Sure, you can always use towels or packing paper, but glass/dish packs are a much-sturdier option if you have expensive wine glasses, antique china, or if you really love your dishes.

Why write on your boxes when you can use labels? Labels are terrific for clearly marking fragile items or categorizing contents by room.

While it’s not necessary, chipboard works wonders for reinforcing the tops and bottoms of boxes so your contents arrive at their destination in one piece.

Where To Get Free & Low-Cost Packing Supplies & Moving Boxes

You can find packing supplies that won’t break—or break the bank—at certain stores, like:

  • Your moving company. Tell your movers what you need, and they’ll bring it along!
  • Liquor stores, Bars, or Wineries
  • Furniture stores
  • Dollar stores

Why You Shouldn’t Use Grocery Store Boxes to Pack Furniture

Not only could the boxes have mold or mites, but previously-spilled food or certain allergens could get on your personal belongings and into your new space. You certainly don’t want to deal with bugs or a sticky, stinky, mess on your furniture…

Grocery store boxes are intended only for food. And, since food usually weighs less than standard household objects, grocery boxes are made lighter for one-time use.

They’re also too weak for heavier items and don’t hold up well for packing into a moving truck full of furniture.

The tops aren’t reinforced either.

That means the bottoms could easily fall out or the tops could be crushed with even slight pressure, damaging whatever you pack inside.

So, do yourself a favor and get real moving boxes instead of grocery store boxes!

How to Pack Efficiently & Avoid Move Day Headaches

Want to move quickly and be as efficient as possible? Use these tips on how to pack to avoid move-day headaches:

  • Clean and put away dishes and laundry. You definitely don’t want to forget to pack these. 
  • Get a lot more moving boxes than you probably think you’ll need. It never hurts to have more, but not having enough can put you in a last-minute bind.
  • Declutter, donate, & discard whatever you don’t need or haven’t used in at least a year. The less you have to pack, the better.
  • Avoid overloading boxes. If you can’t easily lift it, it’s too heavy. 
  • Seal and label all your packed boxes before movers arrive 
  • Do one last walkthrough to make sure no packed boxes are hidden away in closets or behind doors.  

FAQs: How to Pack Certain Items for Moving

Below is a breakdown of everything you wanted to know about how to prep and pack certain items for moving.

How Do I Pack My Garage & Lawn Equipment?

Garages are notorious for clutter, so try to clean out and discard as much as you can while packing this area.

Your garage is also where your heaviest and sharpest items usually are. 

That’s why having sturdy, high-quality supplies—like reinforced boxes or chipboard, moving blankets, tarps, and packing tape—is essential to pack your lawn and garage equipment the right way.

Here are some tips for packing items found in your garage:

  • Movers can’t transport fuel, like gasoline or propane tanks. Since it’s dangerous to transport that on your own, try draining or using up any fuel before you move, especially fuel in lawnmovers.
  • Double-bag any liquids or soil that could leak. Line a moving box with a contractor’s bag, then reinforce the top with a chipboard so nothing smashes it from above and causes more spillage.
  • Triple- or double-wrap any sharp, exposed edges with bubble wrap and/or stretch wrap.
  • Use zip ties or packing tape to bind long handles of rakes, brooms, and garden tools together, then cover the ends with garbage bags.
  • To keep cords organized, tie them together using a zip tie. You can also put them in a zipped bag or box with a label.
  • Keep tools in their toolbox. This is the best method for ensuring your tools are secure and won’t knock around against other items. Don’t have a toolbox? Wrap them individually with packing paper, fill empty spaces with padding, and reinforce the box with a chipboard. Don’t overpack the box because it could be too difficult to carry and cause the bottom to fall out.

Can I Keep My Clothes Inside Drawers When Moving?

No, it’s not a good idea to move your clothes inside drawers instead of removing and packing them.
Whenever you can, remove your clothes from drawers as you pack.

Sure, it may seem inconvenient, but it’s not nearly as bad as hauling an unnecessarily heavy dresser… Or having to find/replace clothing that ripped or got stuck behind shifting drawers.

There are alternatives, however, like:

  • Using wardrobe boxes or bags to keep them on hangers.
  • Folding your clothes and packing them in moving boxes
  • Vacuum-sealing your clothes and stuffing them in suitcases.

Why you should empty your dresser drawers before moving:

  • Removing & packing items separately gives you a chance to declutter.
  • It relieves unnecessary weight.
  • Lighter furniture is less problematic to maneuver and load.
  • This makes your move easier and faster.
  • Reduces the chance of breaking or scratching furniture, floors, or walls.
  • It is much safer to transport without you or your movers getting an injury.
  • There’s zero chance of your items being damaged or ripped inside shifting drawers.

How Do I Pack Shoes?

You can pack shoes in one of the following ways:

  • Reuse their original shoeboxes (if you kept them)
  • Place them individually in cloth or plastic bags and pack in moving boxes
  • For boots, wrap and place them longways at the top or bottom of your boxes so they fit without being smushed or folded

Another plus to using wardrobe boxes: extra packing space for your shoes!

Shoes can also be packed in the bottom of wardrobe boxes to ensure they’re transported without damage. It’s also great for keeping all your clothing together and organized for your new closet.

Not sure how to wrap shoes for packing? Use the burrito method!

Supplies you’ll need: packing paper, tape, & large boxes.

  1. Take one shoe, fold it over once in packing paper
  2. Add the second shoe on top, & fold it over in packing paper once.
  3. Bring the sides in, continue rolling until there’s no more excess paper.
  4. Pack them flat and tightly in your box to avoid shifting.
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How to pack shoes using the burrito method

How Do I Pack Lamps?

To pack lamps well, try dismantling them down to their smallest parts first. 

Wrap them tightly, then pad extra space within boxes to prevent damage. After all, you’ll need working lights in your new place, right?

Here are some enlightening tips on how to pack lamps for moving:

  • Disassemble lamps into smaller pieces. Keep the small parts together in a labeled zip bag. If they’re fragile pieces, wrap and cushion them with packing paper first
  • Pack light bulbs inside something hard. Wrap them—socks work great—and place into a sturdy plastic box (like a thick food storage container). Even if they somehow do get crushed, the thin glass won’t cut through and make a mess.
  • Top off the packed box with chipboard under the lid, before sealing. Fill in any extra spaces with foam inserts or lots of packing paper.  If you’re placing a delicate lamp body in a moving box, this will prevent it from being crushed from above.

How Do I Pack Jewelry & Valuables?

Legitimate moving companies will have policies in place to avoid potential theft or accusations of theft.

This means they’ll always ask you to move your own valuables

Such movers won’t even touch items that are expensive or that could easily be damaged/lost, so be prepared to pack these yourself. 

There are special containers designed for transporting jewelry. You can invest in them, or you can get crafty and use any number of items you probably already have lying around:

  • Put smaller jewelry pieces into heavy, solid cups (the metal kind that would be near impossible to break). Then, top the cups with packing paper. Finally, secure them with tape.
  • Try wrapping individual pieces in plastic, then putting them into a sturdy, lined box or a sealed, waterproof bag.
  • Thread an open necklace through a paper straw, clasping the ends together to secure it and prevent tangles.
  • Use pill organizers or egg cartons stuffed generously with packing paper, then taped together to secure it. Jewelry packed in this way should go into a sturdy box so it’s not crushed.
  • Get a portable lockbox or lockable filing cabinet to transport important documents.

Note: No matter how you pack your valuables, it’s imperative that you put them in the locked trunk of your car.  If you can’t lock your trunk during move day, do not leave your vehicle unattended.

How Do I Pack Dishes & Glassware?

With all the wrapping involved, you may need more time to pack fragile items like dishes and glassware. 

But, if you’re using these items on a daily basis, you may want to wait until the night before or morning of your move to pack them. 

Consider spending a little extra on dish or glass partitions if you have particularly expensive or sentimental pieces.

Or simply follow the steps in the video below!

[VIDEO] How to Pack Wine Glasses for Moving

How Do I Prepare & Pack Appliances to Move?

At least 24 hours prior to your move, unplug and drain/defrost major appliances (i.e., laundry machines, refrigerators, freezers)

If you aren’t hiring movers, wrap items with thin blankets or stretch wrap to prevent scuffing or dents.

As far as your laundry dryer, it’s a good idea to clean the dryer vent while you’re preparing appliances to move. 

Cleaning it doesn’t take long, but letting debris build up is actually a fire hazard, so why not do it anyway?

Do I Have to Pack Plants for Moving?

Due to state regulations movers legally cannot transport live plants in the back of their trucks. 

You’ll have to pack and transport plants yourself. However, this doesn’t mean that movers won’t assist you.

To help you pack potted plants, movers will typically do one or both of the following:

  • Movers may help you wrap potted plants so that soil doesn’t spill out and tendrils aren’t damaged. 
  • Movers may offer to load your potted plants into your vehicle. 
  1. A hardy floor tarp for your backseat and floor
  2. 2 garbage bags per plant.
  3. Some zip ties
  1. Make sure there is no standing water in the basin of the pot that could spill out. The soil should be relatively dry.
  2. *If you have a wheel dolly (if not, skip to step 3): Lift the potted plant from the base onto the wheel dolly. 
  3. Place 1 garbage bag over the top of the plant, wrapping it lightly so it’s not damaged.
  4. Put another garbage bag around the base where the potted soil is located. Wrap the bottom tightly so the soil won’t fall out. 
  5. Use zip ties to secure both garbage bags at the base or narrowest part of the plant.

What Should I Not Pack?

Imagine settling into your new place after a long, tiring day of moving.

Do you really want to rummage through boxes to find towels for a much-needed shower at the end of the day?!

What about your pillows and bedsheets?

Didn’t think so. 

Do’s and don’ts on what you shouldn’t pack up when moving:

  • Don’t box up anything that you’ll absolutely need immediately after your move or the next day. 
  • Make a grab bag or suitcase that’s easily accessible and full of your essentials for at least the next day. Pack things like toilet paper, medicines, glasses, children’s supplies, snacks, bed linens, towels, cosmetics/toiletries, clothing and underwear. 
  • Don’t pack them in a box. They’ll blend in with other boxes and be harder to find, and you’ll want to move quickly when preparing to rest.

Follow this advice, and you’ll be able to comfortably relax as soon as you arrive!

Will Movers Pack Things for Me?

The short answer is, YES! 

Movers will pack your belongings.

At 3 Men Movers, and with other companies, the professional team of packers may be distinct from the moving crew. For others or in certain locations, they may be one and the same. 

Either way, we highly recommend you call and notify your moving company first. 

Discuss your home inventory with them to determine which of your belongings they will or (possibly) will not be able to pack and move. 

What Won’t Movers Pack?

While movers love to help, there are certain things movers can’t pack and transport due to state guidelines. 

In Texas, these items include:

  • Cash, jewelry 
  • Chemicals
  • Live Plants 
  • Living animals
  • Anything infested by insects or mold
  • Items soiled by human/animal bodily fluids
  • Live ammunition
  • Fuel or gases
  • Loaded, unsecured weapons
  • Very large equipment (our limit is 600 lbs.)

You should plan on transporting items like cash/valuables, live plants or pets in your own vehicle, so load up wisely!

How Do I Pack & Load a Moving Truck?

Packing a rented truck? 

The most important thing you’ll need to keep in mind is to load the heaviest items on the bottom first.

Similar to packing your boxes, you’ll want to fill all available space when loading your moving truck, too. 

When you’re packing, try not to leave gaps between, around, or above your items (especially the fragile ones). 

Even if your things are well-wrapped, space gaps make items unstable and lead to shifting. Shifting leads to damages, and that’s the last thing you want to deal with when settling in your new space.

Wrapping Up

If you’ve made it this far, congrats! 

You’ve now learned everything you need to know to start packing for your move like a pro. 

Follow these tips for using the POP method, pack efficiently, and make sure you’re packing specific items the right way.

Now you’re well on your way to the smoothest packing experience ever.

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Easy, Expert Advice on How to Pack For A Move


Need to pack for your next move but don’t know where to start? 

We get it. 

Just thinking about how to pack for a move is enough to become overwhelmed.  

Packing up your things efficiently can make an enormous difference in the quality of your move.

And yes, your stress levels, too. 

Check out these top tips on how to make packing much easier.

 

Tip #1: Pack With the End in Mind

Our in-house moving expert, Norma, has seen it all when it comes to her long career in resolving claims from moving companies. 

She recommends deliberately thinking about your move and your destination as you pack. This helps avoid frustrations with broken items, misunderstandings, or generally feeling worn out on your move day.

Before you start, ask yourself these questions to efficiently guide your packing process:

  • Are these items packed to limit any possible damage from transportation?
  • Can the top of this box be reinforced with chipboard so items inside won’t get crushed?
  • Will I need extra supplies to pack this correctly without empty spaces (e.g. bubble wrap, packing paper, blankets)?
  • Will I need this item up until the day of my move date? Or, can it be boxed now?
  • Do I value or need this item? Can it be donated/recycled/discarded instead?
  • What is the easiest way to make this item smaller and fit into a box?
  • What is thick but flexible enough to protect this item in a box or during transportation?
  • Where will I put these items in my new space?
  • Where can this packed box be placed so it’s easily accessible at my destination?
  • Do I have a supply bag ready for snacks, minor first aid, water, etc. for moving day?
  • Can movers handling the box look and instantly know what’s inside and where it goes?
  • Is each box filled with similar items of the rooms they’re intended for (e.g. toiletries in a box for the bathroom)?

Tip #2: Organize Before & While You Pack

We get it… You prefer to pack for your move by yourself because you’re simply more comfortable that way.

There are still some best practices you may want to keep in mind so your items (and your movers) don’t get mixed up. That will only be more of a headache when you have to unpack at your new place!

Here’s how to stay organized while packing so that moving and unpacking are easier:

  • Create (or download) a packing checklist. This will help you keep track of what & how to pack, how many boxes you have, and any supplies that you need.
  • Pack things room-by-room. Start with your least-used room first, and stick with it.
  • Declutter while you decide what to pack. Now is the perfect time to sift through those unworn clothes or that kitchen junk drawer. Pack only what you want to keep; for the things you don’t want: donate them or have a garage sale!
  • Keep track of smaller parts. As you disassemble certain items, put the small pieces into a sturdy zipper bag and label it (e.g. “For office TV mount”).
  • Make a grab bag of essential items for a long moving day. Even if you don’t anticipate a long day, it helps to be prepared. Having things like snacks, water, toilet paper, and soap are crucial when you still haven’t unpacked everything a day after moving!

Tip #3: Deep-Clean Your Pet Supplies 

Pet supplies—like kennels, doghouses, pet beds, litter boxes, etc— should be thoroughly cleaned

Sure, cleaning pet items sounds like common courtesy (no one wants to move a scratch post splotched with hairballs) but it’s more than that. 

Imagine that your movers arrive, ready to go. 

But wait!

One sneeze after another, followed by a fit of coughing suddenly overtakes one of your 3-4 person crew, until the poor soul is scrambling for his allergy medication. 

Now, not only are you now concerned for the guy, but you’re wondering how his reaction will ultimately impact your move schedule.

You may think it sounds melodramatic, but movers are people too…  

And, medical studies show that 10-20% of people have some kind of allergy to dogs or cats1.

Ironically, for us dog-lovers, allergies to man’s best friend tend to be more severe, more often. That's all the more reason to intensively clean pet supplies before your movers arrive!

While we personally do our best to not match moving crew members with pet allergies to homes with pets, there’s no guarantee who will show up if you go with another company. 

Tip #4: Prepare Childrens’ Furniture

Furniture and equipment for kids is usually simple to move if it’s also foldable. 

Check the instruction manual and see if it can be folded for easier transportation and loading onto a truck. 

Don’t have the original guide?

Look at the manufacturer’s website. They’ll typically have a downloadable copy or, even better: tutorial videos!

Even if a piece can’t be folded, most child equipment is easily dismantled with a few basic house tools. 

You definitely don’t want to wait until the day before moving to find out you need something specific to dismantle, prepare, and transport your child’s things. 

So if you can prepare and pack your kid’s items before the day of your move, it will be much easier for movers to haul it quickly. 

Note about packing kids’ equipment: 

You’re probably wondering if movers can just handle this for you.

Well, it depends. 

A preteen’s bedroom furniture isn’t a problem for most movers to break down and pack up.

However, other pieces, like infant cribs or playground sets, are high-risk to disassemble and reassemble.

Because such items can vary so widely in their manufacturing and parts—and everyone wants kids to be safe—many reputable companies won’t even risk it. 

Moving companies that do agree will often have you sign a waiver releasing them of responsibility in case something goes wrong. 

For this reason, we recommend that you do one of the following to dismantle and pack kiddie equipment:

  1. Do it yourself with guidance from the manual; or
  2. Have a representative of the equipment manufacturer handle it

You and your family’s safety is the highest priority of any movers worth their salt.

And of course, you want your children's furniture to be as secure as possible for them. So, unless everyone in the moving crew is highly experienced and specifically trained to assemble a wide range of kid’s equipment, this is the best method to guarantee a safe move

Tip #5: To Move Faster, Pack Certain Items Yourself

Naturally, the more you have to move, the longer movers will take. (The same goes for when you’re moving without professionals.) 

Whether or not you’re paying for moving assistance, you want your move to be fairly quick, and definitely painless. 

If you have restrictions on when to move into an apartment or condominium, timing is even more crucial. 

Specialty or fragile items will take more time to pack up. So it’s a good idea to start with those before your move day if you want to pace yourself.

Check out these tips on how to pack and prepare things that need a little TLC:

  • Pack valuables—like jewelry, money, passports—by yourself. Trustworthy movers have policies to not move such items that could easily be damaged or lost. You can easily handle these by wrapping individual pieces in plastic, then putting them into a sturdy, lined box or a sealed, waterproof bag.
  • Put cosmetics and toiletries into a plastic zip bag or case. If powder or liquid spills out, it won’t make a horrible mess as long as the bag is sealed. 
  • Disassemble lamps & items with multiple pieces. More complicated items with smaller, removable parts take longer to pack. Get a head start and keep the small parts together in a labeled zip bag. 
  • Pack light bulbs inside something hard- Wrap them—socks work great—and place into a sturdy plastic box (like a thick food storage container). Even if they somehow do get crushed, the thin glass won’t cut through and make a mess. 
  • Keep power cords and other adapters together. You’ll definitely need them at the new place, so why not just put them in the same box for each room?

Tip #6: Hire Professional Packers For Extra Help

If you are in a serious time crunch, consider reaching out to a local moving company that also offers packing services.

Moving companies, like ours, for example, may even offer partial packing services

So if you’ve made some headway, but your move date is getting closer, hiring professionals to do your remaining packing can still keep your move on schedule. 

Here are some advantages to hiring movers to pack for you:

  • Your packing service can be personalized. Hence, the partial packing services. Yes, you can ask movers to pack as little or as much as you desire, or only certain rooms!
  • Professional packers are experienced with a variety of items. So unless they’re rookies, they’ll intuitively know how to pack and move faster than the average person.
  • Packers bring their own supplies. While you’ll probably have an upcharge for using a company’s supplies, your things will be protected in moving boxes and wrap of higher quality than a flimsy grocery store box or trash bag. It's also a bonus if you don’t have the original box for a big TV or appliance!

Read More: What to Expect From Professional Packers

Tried-and-True Packing Tips for Moving

No matter what kind of move you’re having, some things never change. 

In general, these packing tips will make your move easier no matter what:

  • Schedule your move at least 30 days in advance. This gives you more time to plan, pack, and clean so you're less overwhelmed.
  • Get your packing supplies in advance. If you're moving during peak season (a.k.a, summertime) it may be harder to find enough packing tape and moving boxes. You also want to ensure you have the right amount of blankets or bubble wrap for more fragile items.
  • Do one room at a time. Focus on your least-used items in your least-used rooms first.
  • Pack a little each day. This only works if you actually schedule your move well in advance. Otherwise, you’ll have to scramble to pack or hire help. 
  • Do laundry before move day. You’ll certainly want clean clothes and towels after hours of moving into your new place. Besides, clean towels will come in handy for packing...
  • Use clean towels to pack fragile items. Wrap and stuff empty spaces using towels. Avoid using newspaper, which is too thin to keep delicates from breaking. Plus, ink can and will stain
  • Pack your cleaning supplies and snacks last. You’ll probably want to eat or spruce up your new space a bit while you unpack. That’s why we highly recommend having dish and hand soap, paper towels, snacks, and a box cutter or scissors in your own vehicle.
  • Mark the top and all sides of fragile boxes. It helps to quickly and easily spot delicate packages so they’re not compromised when loading up the truck.
  • Color-code & number the boxes for intended rooms. This helps those packing and unloading the truck know where your boxes go—which also helps them move faster (e.g. red for fragile, blue for kid’s things, boxes labeled #4 are for the kitchen.) 
  • Fold or vacuum-seal clothes in luggage. You’ll save space and use fewer boxes—and a suitcase helps protect your clothing. Don’t forget to remove any luggage tags that could get snagged during transport!
  • Use wardrobe boxes or garment bags. Don’t like the idea of folding or vacuum-sealing clothes into a suitcase? Try wardrobe boxes or bags to keep your clothes on hangers. You’ll still need to put them inside moving boxes, but this makes it easier to pack and unpack!
  • Prepare your major appliances 24 hours before moving. Taking your refrigerator and laundry units along? They’ll need to be disconnected at least 24 hours before your move day. Wrap them in shrink-wrap then moving blankets to prevent scuffing or slipping.
  • Take inventory of your packed boxes. It’s not enough to make a mental note if anything goes wrong. Write down the number of packed boxes you have (a sticky note or app on your smartphone helps).
  • Do a final walkthrough of your old space. Before taping up your last few boxes, make sure that nothing gets left behind. Open all closets and drawers, check the yard, attic, and above cabinets in case any last-minute things need packing.
  • Set aside a space for packed boxes that are ready to go. Yes, it’s for safety. But it also helps if movers don't have to do an obstacle course to load your packed boxes into the truck. It also saves you time, and in the end, money.

Packing Doesn’t Have to Be a Headache…  

Much of the advice around packing for a move hinges on a simple concept:

Easy for movers = less money and time for you!

Doing it right can save you loads of time and cash. 

So, if you haven’t started or simply feel like it’s too daunting a task, just follow these tips!

Even if you decide you don’t have time to use all of this advice and properly pack, that's no reason to worry. Remember, you still have the option to hire professionals

Will you use these tips to pack like an expert? Or, will you hire movers to deal with how to pack your things?

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Need Movers Who Pack for You? Know This First


 

Yes, there really are movers who pack for you. You can hire them, and not break a sweat with a box.

Packing is one of the worst parts of moving. Since packing can take a lot of time and effort, lots of people hate that part. Luckily, you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to!

Read on to learn more about what to expect from movers who pack your things, what movers won’t pack, how to know if you should hire movers to pack, and how much the service typically costs. 

 

Will a Moving Company Pack All My Stuff?

This is a question we hear a lot. As difficult as it may be to believe, it’s true! You can absolutely find movers who will pack everything you didn’t get a chance to do on your own. 

Virtually all full-service moving companies will be glad to carefully wrap, secure, and box up your items before loading them on their own truck or your rental. 

Read More: What to Know (& Do) Before Hiring Professional Packers

Are There Movers Who Unpack, Too?!

Absolutely!

After all, what’s better than having someone unpack all the things you’re too tired to do after a long day of moving?

Unpacking at your final destination may not be as common a service option as packing, but it does exist. 

For example, not only do we offer unpacking services, but we also throw in free organizing for those who want a completely hands-off, no-hassle moving experience.

(Yes, it’s as nice as it sounds.) 

What Movers Will Not Pack For You

Hiring movers to pack and unpack is not an all-or-nothing type of service. So, if there are pieces you feel particularly sentimental about and would rather handle yourself, just let them know.  

However, there are some things that most moving companies either won’t or [legally] cannot pack.

Things that movers won’t pack:

  • Cash, jewelry (transport this in your own vehicle)
  • Chemicals
  • Live Plants 
  • Living animals (taxidermy is OK)
  • Anything that shows signs of insect infestation or mold
  • Items soiled by human/animal bodily fluids
  • Live ammunition
  • Loaded, unsecured weapons
  • Very large equipment (often limited to 600 lbs.)

Some of these are items that no moving company will touch (think: chemical barrels or furniture containing roaches or bedbugs).

But some companies train personnel and specialize in moving certain things—like a vehicle, for instance.  Be sure to seek out a specialty moving company if you do need help moving such an item. 

Read More: Things Our Movers Cannot Move

 

How Much Does a Packing Service Cost?

Packing services from moving companies are usually based on an hourly rate. This rate is often separate from your move since it’s considered a separate service. 

Why an hourly rate?

Not everyone needs or even wants packing services, so they’re always priced separately. 

Additionally, most people own many more items than they realize. A 2-bedroom home may take longer than a 3-bedroom home or apartment depending on how much stuff is inside.  

The time it takes to fully pack will dramatically influence your moving time, and ultimately, the cost

This is even more true if you’re not packing everything on your own.

Having movers who pack completely handle your stuff means you’re less likely to realize how much time it really takes.

Costs of packing and unpacking services will vary by the moving company, which is why you should be 100% clear on what you’re getting before committing. 

Here at 3 Men Movers, packing is based on our hourly moving rate, which can vary by the day of the week.  

What to Do Before Packers Arrive

After booking your packing (or unpacking) services with your chosen movers, here are the best things to do before your packers arrive:

  1. Set out any moving supplies & boxes you already have
  2. Open all closets & drawers so packers can see everything
  3. Clean & declutter as much as you can

How Soon Should I Book Movers to Pack For Me?

Depending on what you need, it’s ideal to book packers to help you 1-2 days before your intended move day.

If you have a few things or need last-minute assistance that you didn’t anticipate, ask if the packers can come in the morning and schedule your move for the afternoon. 

However, if you only have a few things, ask yourself if you should even hire packers or just find the time to do it yourself.

Before hiring professional packers, stop and consider whether the service is really worth it for the amount of items and free time you have. What else is included? Are there any extra charges?

If you’re in a bind, reach out to us and we’ll accommodate you however we can!

Try to plan your packing in advance so your crew has more time to move you on the day you desire (or need to be out). Planning is a good idea no matter if you’re packing on your own or hiring help. 

Movers may not be experienced in packing, and many won’t move loose and/or breakable items. That’s why it’s important that everything you want to move is prepared and ready to go at the time of your appointment. 

Happy moving!

 

Read Next: Want an Efficient Move? Avoid These Packing Mistakes


The Ultimate, No-Panic Guide to Moving in 2 Weeks


Are you moving in 2 weeks and still not ready?

Yes, you’ve got a lot to do in a less-than-ideal amount of time—but it is doable.

And, yes, you can still move. 

Below we cover exactly how to move from anywhere—house or apartment. You’ll know exactly what to do in advance, each week, and the day of your move, plus a free checklist and tips to make the entire process much easier!

 

Top Things to Do 2 Weeks Ahead (No Matter Where You’re Moving)

“Two weeks will fly by fast, and spots fill up quickly.”

Erin. 3 Men Movers Market Manager, Austin

You probably thought you had more time. After all, two weeks can seem like enough. 

But, it really isn’t… Especially considering everything you have to do, like: 

  • Find a moving company
  • Donate or get rid of anything you don’t want to take with you
  • Packing everything you own (including the supplies, closing/taping and labeling boxes) 
  • Handle other move-related errands (like changing your address, vehicle, or voter registration, setting up new utilities, etc)
  • And finally, the actual move day

Not to mention unpacking and setting up your new place, or shopping around for anything you need to get settled.

Remember, you’re also competing with hundreds of other people who need to move due to expiring leases!

So, if you’ve done absolutely none of the above, take a deep breath, read on, and download the FREE two-week moving checklist below.

Download Your Free 2-Week Moving Checklist 

Whether you’re moving from a house or apartment, this free, 3-page guide will help you prepare in under two weeks.

Click below to download the freebie!

checklist to move in 2 weeks

 

How to Prepare to Move in 2 Weeks:

In the third episode of our Master Your Move series, Erin, our Austin Market Manager, even gives her best advice for moving out in a time crunch

Here are Erin’s top tips on how to prepare for a moving company within two weeks—whether you live in an apartment or a house!

Erin highly recommends some key steps to prepare for moving company in just 2 weeks… no matter where you’re moving to or from:

1. Book a mover as fast as possible.

This is extremely important during peak moving seasons (like summer) when tons of people are moving. Not sure what to look for? We’ve got just the right questions to ask—especially if you want to move quickly—and how to find a legitimate company.  

2. Clearly label all boxes & items

Mark the contents and indicate anything fragile inside (especially glassware!)

3. Check on parking or truck access from the street.

Speak to your landlord or neighbors first to avoid any conflicts.

4. Schedule any necessary appointments as far in advance as possible

Think of anything that could be impacted by your move being longer or shorter than expected (e.g. reserving an elevator, hiring an electrician, locating cleaners or specialty disposal, finding contractors to disassemble/install certain items like playground or workout equipment).

You’ll also want to note the times so your movers can hustle prior to any contractor or vendor visits to your new home.

5. Prepare packing supplies.

Take stock of the easily damaged things you have to move. These could be TVs, mirrors, glasses, artwork, jewelry, or more. This will help you know the types and quantities of moving supplies you need to get prior to your move.

If you’re packing alone, use supplies that will make packing easier: strong boxes, packing tape, permanent markers, blankets for wrapping, bubble wrap, leg casters, box dividers (or clean towels) for glasses and dishes, and plastic wrap or tarp for transporting live, potted plants.  

MASTER TIP: Use the boxes or cases that your devices came in to pack them up (e.g. TVs, jewelry, lamps, cookware). 

6. Call your moving company and check your appointment.

If movers haven’t already done a virtual or in-person walkthrough, take photos or video and send it to them yourself.

This is critical if you’re using the company’s packing services

MASTER TIP: Open all closets, cabinets, doors, and drawers so your movers can accurately gauge how much they’ll be packing and/or moving. Review your quote with them and ask about any additional fees not outlined that could be tacked on if they need to pack your items.

7. Get a good night’s rest 1-2 nights before moving.

Sleep deprivation adds up and can leave you less than alert.

Trust us, you don’t want to be grumpy, groggy, or forgetful on your move day!

8. Pack up the last things you’ll use in the morning.

Toiletries, cosmetics, medication/vitamins, snacks, dog food, kid’s supplies—think of everything you know you’ll need to use on move day that won’t go on the truck.

Keep them easily accessible in a grab bag to toss in your vehicle.

The same goes for live, potted plants. Movers can’t legally transport these in a moving truck, so make room in your vehicle while protecting your floors and upholstery.

MASTER TIP:  Wrap plants and tarp your floor so the soil doesn’t spill.

9. Have your payment ready.

When you first book and sign, all scheduled charges should be explained and documented upfront. You definitely don’t want your move day to arrive and you’re unable to pay. Legally, moving companies can retain your items on their trucks until you can pay as agreed in your contract. No one likes being in that situation, so make sure you have enough money to cover your move (you can always call the mover later if there’s an issue!)  MASTER TIP: If payment is a problem, save yourself and your moving company some awkwardness and cancel or reschedule for when you’re ready. 

10. Check labels & move boxes out of the way.

The best way to make your move faster? Clear a path for your movers to get to and from your apartment door/garage.

It also helps to have fragile boxes in a separate section from heavier items.

Finally, double-check that any descriptions on fragile or important boxes haven’t been mislabeled or misplaced.

MASTER TIP:  Make sure any fragile items are clearly marked on all sides of the box with an arrow facing upwards. 

11. Do one last sweep with movers before leaving.

The worst feeling is leaving something behind.

(It’s also a nightmare if you’re moving long-distance!)

Avoid this by doing one final sweep of your entire apartment or home when before you and the movers head to your new place.

 

Preparing to Move From an Apartment in 2 Weeks:

If you’re making the move from an apartment to a house, you’ll have some specific things to consider. Most likely, you’ll have more time constraints moving out than moving into a neighborhood.

According to Erin, here’s how to prep two weeks before moving out of your apartment

As soon as you know you’re moving out of an apartment:

  • Repair any & all damages. This is a big one because apartments will charge you for damages after you’ve moved out (even if they were already there). While you still live in your apartment, it’s 100% free to notify your leasing office about existing damages and have them repaired!
  • RSVP at your apartment complex. You might be required to reserve an elevator, parking spots, or do certain things before you move. The complex may also need to adhere to certain procedures or do things like install hangers in your reserved elevator for the movers. Talk to the leasing office in advance and give them ample details. 
  • Clean your apartment thoroughly. Tackle the biggest, dirtiest jobs first (do a bit every day). Lighter cleaning can wait until move day so you’re not overwhelmed or in the way. You could even get your deposit back if it’s clean enough! MASTER TIP: Schedule your move so you have an extra day to intensively clean your apartment after all the furniture is gone. 

5-7 days before moving from your apartment:  

  • Start packing everything. Being overwhelmed is a major factor of stress during move day. Packing early eliminates that. Moving companies often offer packing and/or unpacking if you don’t want to do it all on your own. At 3 Men Movers, we not only offer both services, but our unpackers will organize everything so you’re prepared to start living.
  • Declutter & see what you can sell/give away. This is a great time not only to pack, but to go through any junk or things you no longer want that can be donated. Certain clothing consignments may be able to give you extra cash for your unwanted attire, or you can drop them off at nonprofit centers.  

2-4 days before moving from your apartment:  

  • Revisit your apartment office & recap your move day. Is there anything you forgot to tell the leasing office? Perhaps there’s something your movers told you that changes your plans a bit? Either way, let your office know. On the flip side, inform your leasing office how your move day will generally go and ensure all your reservations still stand, uninterrupted. Review parking options and the permitted loading areas, then relay this info to your moving company. (You don’t want movers wasting any time trying to determine where to park or load). 
  • Wrap up any major cleaning and repairs. Even if you’ve booked your move so that you have an extra day to clean your empty apartment, you should still have most of it done. Repairs should definitely be done at least a day before movers set foot in your apartment. 

The same day you’re moving out of an apartment:  

  • Communicate with your movers. While they should have all the important information before they arrive, it never hurts to check twice. Call the company when they open and ask if everything is on schedule
  • When movers arrive, show them everything. Like where certain things are, (e.g., stairs, parking and loading dock, elevators, etc.) Also, during peak seasons, some highly-requested crews may be busier than normal. If you’re not the first appointment of the day, this could push back your move start time a bit—especially if the previous job had more items than expected or if they weren’t totally prepared. 

Preparing to Move From a House in 2 Weeks:

If you’re moving from a house, you do have more flexibility as far as time and parking availability. But there are still some ways you can specifically prepare if you’re two weeks away from moving and not ready. 

As soon as you know you’re moving out of a house:

  • Start packing right away. You might have fewer time constraints than an apartment-dweller, but none of that matters if you’re not packed before move day. Start cleaning and clearing out old junk, too. You’ll likely have more unwanted stuff if you live in a house rather than an apartment. 
  • Talk to your neighbors. Communicate with your neighbors in advance so there will be a spot for your movers’ truck. You don’t want your movers to have to compete with other contractors or personal vehicles if your neighbors are using services or hosting gatherings on the same day. Your move will definitely take longer if crew members have to walk from down the street to move items out of your home.
  • Book your move at the appropriate time. While you don’t have to worry about handing over the keys to a leasing agent right away, you still should be considerate. So when you’re scheduling your move, keep in mind any conflicting information you uncovered while speaking with neighbors. 

7-10 days before moving from a house:  

  • Get repairs and contracting services done. If you’re renting, ask your landlord about repairs. 
  • Thoroughly label and number your boxes. As listed under the General tips, you should already have gotten moving boxes and supplies and started packing. Besides simply writing ‘fragile’ on your boxes, number them to match the rooms they will go into at the new place. (More on that below).

5-10 days before moving out of a house:

  • Schedule contractors to dismantle any special or expensive items. Certain furniture and equipment must be dismantled before moving (like grandfather clocks, light fixtures, Peloton bikes, gun safes that are bolted into the floor or need doors removed). 
  • Get the proper equipment, casing, boxes, wraps, etc. for any instruments, jewelry, ammunition).

1-2 days before your move from a house:

  • Communicate any obstacles getting to your home. When your moving company opens, give them a call to let them know if there’s anything out of the ordinary. Is your street clear? Are your neighbors doing construction or expecting lots of cars on the street? Will there be any hills that movers have to traverse while hauling your stuff to the truck? What about low-hanging trees or cables?
  • Assist with a virtual walkthrough. Send your moving company photos of how much stuff you need to move. A simple cell phone photo of each room will do, but remember to snap your closets, cabinets, dressers with clothing, and outdoor furniture. Knowing how much and what you have to move will help the moving company send you the right crew and inform you of any fee changes. No one likes surprise charges after moving!
  • Check on any storage facility restrictions.  On move day, the clock will be ticking and most movers charge hourly. So waiting on any mishaps at a storage facility could end up being expensive. If you’re moving things into or out of storage, make sure a facility manager is there in case you have issues. It’s also vital to know whether the storage company restricts moves after a certain time
  • Do your laundry. This goes without saying, but no one wants to transport dirty clothing. Plus, you may be able to use clean linens to help you pack delicate items
  • Set up utilities in your new space. Set up or transfer your cable, internet, water, gas, and electricity before your move. In some areas of Texas, like DFW and Houston, you can choose your electricity provider and shop for the cheapest electricity rate.
  • Clean & disconnect appliances. Any appliances like washers, dryers, and refrigerators should be disconnected at least 24 hours in advance of your move. Some movers will assist you with this, but many others won’t (movers generally aren’t trained to do that kind of thing).  Moving companies will often ask you to waive liability so they aren’t responsible if anything goes wrong. If you need help with disconnecting and reconnecting a washer or dryer, ask your chosen moving company during booking.  
  • MASTER TIP: For dryers, make sure the vent is thoroughly cleaned before installing it in your new home. 

The same day you’re moving out of your home:

  • Charge your cell phone. Before—or even during—your move, the moving company or crew may need to get in touch with you. Keep your cell phone on you and charged at all times so you and your movers don’t miss any important news.  Don’t forget to turn up your ringer volume!
  • Prepare everything you need to use that day. If there are things you know you’ll need (like snacks, medications, or your toothbrush) keep them separate in a backpack or tote bag.
  • Do a walkthrough before & after moving furniture. It seems repetitive, but we can’t stress this enough: open every closet, cabinet, and drawer before your movers start and after everything is moved out. Before you head off to your destination, don’t forget to do one final walkthrough with your movers to ensure nothing’s left behind. It’s also crucial to clear out any drawers with clothing or drawers before dressers get lifted and shifted on a dolly, so items and inner parts don’t rip or break. Make sure the movers do a final check of the truck after you move into the new space. 
  • Label the doors of each room to match your boxes.  Using a sticky note, copy the numbers you put on the boxes to denote where each box will go at your new place. This will prevent movers from constantly having to ask where you want every box placed, and will generally speed up your move.  

*Special Note on When to Pack a House: 

We typically recommend that you start packing a house one month in advance. But if you have a house to pack and haven’t done anything at all, start now

How much time you dedicate to packing and how much you have to pack are huge factors in how long your move takes. 

Will you spend 8 hours a day packing over the course of one or two weekends? 

Do you work such long hours that packing by yourself for 12 hours isn’t possible? 

If either of these scenarios describe your situation, we recommend either packing 60-30 days in advance, or hiring professional packers to help ease the workload.

More on what to expect from packers, here

Wrapping Up

If you’re worried about having a last-minute move and have only two weeks to plan—relax

The best thing you can do now is to pack, find a mover, and follow this guide to moving in 2 weeks

 

Here Are the Best & Worst Ways to Pack Ahead for a Move


Trying to pack ahead for a move can be overwhelming. Depending on how many things you own, you may even feel tempted to procrastinate. 

But, packing all your stuff definitely isn’t something you want to do the day before you move—especially if you don’t know what to do!

If you’re wondering where to start, read this guide for advice on right and wrong ways to pack before a move. You can also check out Episode 1 of our new video series, Master Your Move

As the first interview guest, Norma, one of our Moving Experts has a unique background in claims.

She’s passionate about helping people simplify their moves and keep them claim-free by knowing what to expect and what to do before their move day.

And, the best way to prevent damage is by packing items correctly.

So, read on to learn what and how to pack before your movers arrive.

(After all, who wants to deal with broken furniture?) 

 

Packing Do’s: Best Ways to Pack Ahead for a Move 

No matter how you plan on moving, if you’re not hiring packers, it’s a great idea to do some packing yourself.

It’s equally important to pack correctly. This will reduce the chance that any accidents or injuries occur during your move. 

Here are the best tips for packing ahead of your move—and how to do it right so you don’t waste time or damage your stuff. 

1. Fold or Vacuum-Seal Clothes in Luggage

Movers will move practically anything (anything that’s not illegal or a safety liability). Lucky for you, that includes luggage and suitcases!

Instead of worrying about what you’re going to do with your wardrobe, break out your travel luggage and use it to pack clean clothes before your move. 

This is a great way to protect any fabric that is thin, beaded, fringed, delicate, or otherwise expensive, since your suitcase is much safer than a box. 

If you have a vacuum-sealer bag system, you can get even more clothing into your suitcase.

Remember to remove any luggage tags or attachments that could get snagged during your move. 

2. Use Towels to Perfectly Wrap Dishes for Moving

Contrary to what YouTubers may tell you, if you’re wondering how to move bowls and dishes, simply stacking them in a box is not a good idea.

Newspapers are often way too thin to keep dishes from rattling around, then chipping or breaking. So, Norma recommends wrapping dishes in bath towels and marking the box FRAGILE as much as possible: 

“Definitely mark the box as much as possible. Usually, the top and the side of the box are best to mark… Again, the movers are going to move very quickly. They’re used to [our] packers labeling the box all the way around, right. So they just look at it and see what’s fragile…It’s good to make it very legible: easy to read, quick to read.”

—Norma 

3. Color-Code Boxes & Number New Rooms 

Whether it’s a bright permanent marker, colorful tape, or your kid’s school paint, color-coding your boxes can speed up your move.

Movers find it helpful to know where boxes go based on their color labels, which helps them move faster (example: red for fragile items, blue for baby toys, etc.) 

Take it up a notch and also write numbers on boxes based on the rooms you want them in at your new destination.

Then, use a sticky note or wall-safe tape to mark the rooms with the matching box numbers.

4. How to Pack Plants for Moving

Legally, movers aren’t allowed to move any potted plants in the back of the truck.

“It’s under the Texas Department of Transportation Rules and Regulations,” Norma explains.

“We do help customers move them, but we just put them into their vehicles so they can safely get them moved.”  

If you have to move a potted plant, invest in a good floor tarp for your backseat because you’ll probably have to move it in your vehicle. 

5. Disassemble & Pack Your Lamps Early

Lamps might not seem like a big deal until you’re paying movers by the hour and they have to stop and take them all apart. 

For more complicated items like lamps with removable or small parts, your move will go much faster if you break it down and wrap any pieces long before your movers arrive. 

6. Prepare Child and Pet Equipment 

Kiddie equipment is simple to move if it’s foldable, and disassembling child furniture before your move will make it easier for movers to stow it on the truck

However, there are some things no reputable, professional crew will move, (like cribs or playgrounds).

Items like these are too high-risk to disassemble and reassemble, mostly because they vary so widely in their manufacturing, parts, etc. Improperly reassembled cribs or play equipment can seriously injure children, so it’s not a good idea to let just anyone do it.  If you can’t do it on your own, we highly suggest getting a representative or contractor from the manufacturing company to reassemble child beds, playgrounds, dressers, and more.

Movers are people too, and lots of people are allergic to pets.

To make your move go faster, make sure pet supplies—like kennels, doghouses, scratch posts, litterboxes, etc—are clean and disassembled/ folded if possible.

The cleaning part is especially important. 

Even so-called hypoallergenic pet breeds carry allergens that can cause an attack in people who are allergic. 

You don’t want a mover to have an allergic reaction or have to pause your move while you pay by the hour.  

7. Clear a Walking Path For Your Movers

So you already packed and have everything ready to go except the larger stuff? Great! The last thing to do before your movers arrive to clear a path so they can get to work. Besides being a safety hazard, having boxes in the way won’t make your move as efficient.

Moving crews tend to load the heaviest items into their trucks first, so it’s essential for them to have access to these and to the exits. Transfer packed boxes off to the side or against the walls of a bare area. 

The clock is ticking! So if movers have to remove obstacles that are in the way of your larger furniture, it will take longer and cost more. 

 

Packing Don’ts: Mistakes May Cost You Time, Money (or both)

Packing the wrong way can end up causing your move to move slower than normal.

Poor packing can alsoresult in damages that would be prevented with good planning, materials, or techniques. 

1. Keeping Boxes Open 

Having open boxes is a big no-no.

Why?

Movers are coming into your home to work quickly

If you haven’t reserved packing services—which is best done before movers arrive—it will take longer to seal and stack open boxes.

Professional movers don’t stow open boxes in their trucks where items could fall out and get lost, become damaged, or cause damages.

Additionally, not all professional movers are also trained in proper packing techniques.

(At 3 Men Movers, we train all of our crews to pack the right way, but you’ll need to ask your preferred company about their procedures.)

Movers also may think you’re not finished and will be storing these items in your personal vehicle, which can lead to issues with how they load the truck. 

Either way, having unsealed or open boxes lying around will only slow down your move.

Try to disassemble anything that is oddly shaped and won’t fit in a box. If you need help disassembling or wrapping an item, ask your movers!

2. Keeping Clothing In Drawers 

This is a huge ‘don’t’…. But, unfortunately, many people do this a lot: Avoid leaving clothing or other items in drawers.

Norma sums up the problem simply:

“When the movers are tilting the dollies back and maneuvering this item—to where they have to turn it on its side—all the weight of it falls to the bottom or toward the tilt, and it causes a high risk for damages. Not just to walls and the floors that we’re traveling through, but also to the actual items that are in the drawers. They could fall to the back, and depending on how delicate it is… It could break; jewelry could tangle and bust in the rails of the drawers… Clothing could tangle and get damaged, as well.” 

—Norma

You might think it’s easier than taking all your clothes out and folding them again later, but that’s only true if your clothes or furniture aren’t damaged in the moving process! 

3. Leaving Jewelry or Fragile Items Loose

At 3 Men Movers, our policy is that movers don’t touch things like jewelry which can easily be moved by a client. It’s very easy for jewelry to shift, tangle, or get damaged when moving, so it doesn’t belong in the back of a truck with other heavier items. 

So we recommend that you move jewelry on your own and as delicately as possible. 

Movers will certainly tote jewelry cabinets, but on certain conditions:

  • Cabinets or chests should be emptied to avoid any damage to the jewelry inside
  • Remove jewelry or watches and place them in a lined or wrapped box with a hard exterior that can protect it from heavy pressure or bumps
  • Make sure your jewelry is packed tightly but gently, and that box is sturdy enough to hold up if it gets banged around in your backseat or trunk from driving over a pothole or braking abruptly

4. Using Shrinkwrap or Bubble Wrap For Everything

Shrinkwrap and bubble wrap might be fun to play with, but they’re important supplies for packing your items. 

Norma advises that shrinkwrap should be reserved for:

  1. Movers to tighten their grip on smooth items like furniture and appliances
  2. It’s also good for keeping items protected from dust that often builds up in storage

Bubble wrap should be for ornaments, figurines, thin glass items, or anything prone to chipping, shattering, or breaking. 

5. Packing With Boxes That Are Cheap, Flimsy or Missing Lids

Cheap packing materials are harder for movers to work with and can slow down your move.

If you’re packing by yourself, make sure you have the right type of boxes

Grocery store boxes might be fine for food, but they won’t stand up to the tough job of moving heavier items.

And, flimsy boxes shouldn’t be used for the big (or expensive) stuff!

Most of the time, the items will end up falling out of the bottom when the box is lifted or getting crushed from above by something heavy.

Your moving job will also take longer if movers have to wrap weak boxes or boxes without proper lids. 

6. Using Bags to Pack Instead of Boxes

Substituting bags for moving boxes definitely won’t protect your items when being transported.

Putting pillows in bags is an exception, but anything that can go in a bag should go in a box. 

Bags also can’t be stacked like moving boxes.

Stacking boxes properly is a best loading practice for movers, partly because it maximizes space and ensures your items don’t bump or fall around in the truck. 

Think your cool compartment bag is an easy fix to transport your wine bottles?

Let’s just say, you don’t want to bump over a pothole and find out what happens to that Pinot. 

Pack Ahead of Time for an Easy, Fast Move 

Packing before your move can save tons of time and headache, but only if you do it right! 

Follow these tips and you’ll have the smoothest move ever (not to mention your movers will adore you).

Why pack yourself when you can hire someone to do it for you? 

Our professional packers are skilled at not only packing and wrapping everything you need.

They’ll even throw in free organizing at your new spot!

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