Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The idiot-proof guide to packing, moving and storage

A house or office move can perhaps be rated as one of the most stressful times for anyone. There are tons of things to look out for and sooner or later it does have one feeling overwhelmed. The secret lies in knowing that one is not alone in this. Even the most seasoned veterans of the pack up shop and move game acknowledge feeling this way at some point of time or the other. Some recommend giving their DIY spirits a rest and seeking out the help of professional packers and movers, who have the expertise and training necessary for the job.

Considering that not everyone has easy access to specially trained help, we’ve decided to go ahead and compile an idiot-proof guide to packing, moving and storage. Mind you that this guide is to be used more as a reference, rather than a replacement for professional help.

Start with assembling your packing arsenal. Arm yourself with essential items such as:

  • Boxes in the commonly used sizes

  • Brightly coloured markers

  • Identification labels

  • A pair of scissors

  • A couple of rolls of packing tape

  • A stack of old newspapers

  • Tissue papers

  • A nice thick roll of bubble wrap

  • A sturdy tape measure

Packing boxes are commonly found in single walled and double walled construction types. While the former may be cheaper, the double walled boxes are significantly sturdier. They are therefore preferred over the single walled counterparts as they tend to withstand the stresses of a home or office move better. Mirrors, clothing etc. can be packed in their own specialized boxes that are designed to keep them safe from damage during transit.

Similarly, electronic equipment such as audio-video accessories, consumer durables etc. all are best packed in their original boxing. Do remember to tape the screws and assorted accompaniments on the inside of the boxing to prevent them from disappearing during the move.

Labelling goes a long way in minimizing the hassles of a move. Brightly coloured labelling, when used in an effective manner provides at-a-glance identification as to the contents of a particular box. Besides the contents of the box, labels must also feature information such as if the contents are fragile by nature, the location of where the contents were originally packed from and the packing/unloading sequence.


Bubble wrap is said to be a packer’s best friend for the cushioning powers it possesses. Besides it however, thick towels, newspapers, bed sheets, curtains, etc. can also be used to soften the blows during transit. Do remember to be careful with newsprint though, as it is prone to suffer from ink transfers that can damage the article it is supposed to be protecting in the first place.

One of the techniques that come highly recommended by veterans is the practice of packing room by room. This way, one minimizes the risk of missing out valuable items, packs efficiently and injects a certain degree of order that goes a long way when unpacking at the new location.

Now, some may argue that having hired the services of a professional removals and relocation company, they really shouldn’t need any such guide. While this may be true to a certain extent, it still is your stuff that being handled in the end. And who better to know about their belongings than the owners themselves.

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