I've never had to move from one house to another before so I know absolutely nothing about the process and the best way to go about things. But my sister sold her house and bought a new one so now within a couple weeks we'll be living at the new one.
Obviously we'll have our parents and her fiance's parents help us move, but for when they AREN'T here, does anybody have any tips and tricks for hauling things from point A to point B? When we don't have larger vehicles to help us out, these are the ones we've got to work with:
Apart from tips on how to pack standard to smaller sized cars, any tips on what we should probably pack first / middle / last? Obviously absolute necessities pack last, but I'm sure there are some things that we should pack last that won't be so obvious.
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Considering that I actually work as a mover for a day job, here are some tips:
-Rent a full-sized SUV or pick up truck. DON'T rent a U-Haul, those trucks suck.
-The things that should always go first are rugs and furniture. I don't know what you're moving, but I'm assuming there's bed frames and disassembled stuff. Here's a problem, you won't be able to fit any real furniture in short of a moving truck, so I hope there's no desks or tables going. Rugs go first because you lay them down before putting furniture. Bed frames should be disassembled and taped together and put in the trunk. Don't worry, there's a ski port that opens in the back seats that will let you slide them into the passenger space.
-For packing stuff up in boxes, you want to make sure you protect it well. The best way to protect stuff is with unprinted newsprint paper. It's the same stuff newspapers are printed on but without any ink. It's cheap ($0.02 per 3'x5' sheet) and much more environmentally friendly than using bubble wrap. Here's how you pack stuff like I do on a daily basis: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF0D5B221E2FAF853 ). These videos are old, but this is what I was trained with.
-Boxes come in all different sizes. You won't fit more than a 3.1 cu ft boxes in those cars, MAYBE a 4.5 on it's side (not recommended). You'll have to use a lot of book boxes (1.5) to pack stuff and stack it up inside. Boxes should be stacked with the heaviest and sturdiest stuff on the bottom (base), not that heavy stuff in the middle, and delicate/light stuff on top. You probably can't stack more than two levels in a trunk. Just make sure the trunk is COMPLETELY stuffed, because stuff breaks when it moves. Secure things with bungees and put blankets (thick, cushioned ones) over any non packed things to keep them from breaking. Always label EVERYTHING. Label what room it came from, what's in it, and if it needs special care like fragile things. Don't use clear packing tape. Use real packing tape (brown stuff).
-For special boxes, like wardrobes and picture boxes, you'll need a moving company to help get you those things.
-For moving furniture and really heavy stuff, you'll also probably want to hire some pros.
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