In a bid to save money, most people opt to pack their possessions as opposed to hiring a professional mover. Sometimes, individuals choose to use storage services to keep some of the items they don't want in the house during the move.
However, due to their inexperience, they often have difficulty estimating the amount as well as the different kinds of packing supplies they require. As a result, the moving process not only becomes disorganized but quite a daunting experience.
The importance of packing materials
Packing supplies are essential for placing numerous small household items that can't get transported independently due to the risk of getting damaged. Such items include electronic devices, pictures, Art pieces, vases, utensils, etc.
Another reason to get packing supplies is to ensure that everything gets sorted in an organized manner so as to have an easy time unpacking the items.
Determining the packing materials you require
The number and types of packing materials you need depends on the number as well as nature of the items you wish to store or take with you during your move.
If you have numerous fragile items made of glass, porcelain, or any other delicate material in the home, you will require packing materials that can protect them from damage during transit. Likewise, for large items, you will need packing materials that can hold large volumes.
Types of packing materials to get
a) Moving boxes
Cardboard boxes get preferred due to their sturdy material which is suitable for packing a wide array of items securely for transit over long distances. Cardboard boxes are available in an assortment of sizes, and hence you should purchase them per the things that will get packed.
It is advisable to reinforce the corners, bottom and top of these boxes with packing tape to prevent them from falling apart.
b) Wrapping and cushioning packing supplies
During transport, to prevent items from shifting or knocking against each other, wrapping materials are essential in ensuring the elements remain intact.
Wrapping materials include:
- Crumpled packing papers for securely wrapping items such as glass utensils
- Cushioning foam and bubble wrap to absorbing shock and vibrations for fragile items such as electronics
- Plastic wrap is efficient for storing pieces of furniture such as cabinet doors and drawers
- An assortment of bags also gets recommended for packing items such as couch cushions and mattresses.
- Packing tape and strong ropes are also essential for securing the boxes shut and fastening your belonging to the vehicle respectively.