Everybody is moving, or has just moved in the last two to three months. The summer is the HOTTEST moving season. It’s the warm weather and the college kids who are moving in and out of their dormitories in the beginning and end of summer. Here at Usantini moving and storage, we are very much aware of the cost and effort that are involved with every move. If you are moving to Brooklyn, Moving to Manhattan or moving to Queens, you always need to find every way to save on your move.
If you are one of those people who is moving to a new place this summer, here are eight little known packing tips that will make your packing and unpacking easier and your move cheaper.
1. Pack a “first-night” box – It is very possible that you are not going to be able to unpack and organize your new home the day of the move. Pack a specially labeled box with all of your first-night essentials and load it last so it’s the first thing off the truck. Better yet; keep it in your personal vehicle.
What to put in your “First-night” box? Anything that you are going to need on your first night in your new apartment:
- Cleaning supplies
- Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
- Toilet paper
- Baby formula
- Pet food and pet dishes
- First aid kit
You’ll find that having these things handy will make your first night in your new place, much less stressful.
2. Take a picture of how your electronics are connected before unplugging. This way, you won’t need to try and remember what goes where, and it will be easy to see how everything connects once you’ve moved in.
3. Use wine cases for your glassware
visit your local wine or liquor shop and ask for their empty cardboard wine cases. These sturdy boxes have built in partitions that will protect your wine glasses, cups, bottles etc. Use news paper to cushion and protect your items inside these boxes
4. Leave your clothing in drawers – Think of your drawers as boxes with an open top. Clothes are mostly light an you can leave your shirts, underwear, pants, socks etc. in the drawer when you remove your drawers from the dresser. To be safe, wrap your full drawers with cling wrap before loading them on the truck. This will keep everything in place while your stuff is in transit. When you reach your new home, you just need to cut the cling wrap away and stick the full drawers into your dresser.
5. Keep your screws and bolts organized – Every move involves taking apart some furniture and than putting it back together again. Even if the movers will disassemble and reassemble it for you, you still need to make sure that all of these nuts, screws and bolts will not get lost or mixed up in the move. Most movers put these small metal parts in some tape and tape the whole thing to the disassembled furniture. We recommend that you prepare small ziploc bags and pack the screws and nuts for each furniture piece in a different, well marked ziploc bag. You can tape the bag to the corresponding piece of furniture or carry all of them with you during the move, and give them back to the movers in the destination.
6. Get some professional, convenient boxes – We all want to save. But. sometimes it makes sense to invest some money in order to save more. Fragile, sensitive and expensive items should be packed in professional boxes to limit the chance of damage. A sturdy, clean wardrobe box will protect, suits, evening gowns etc and will prevent accidental damage. Consider getting professional packing boxes for your electronic equipment, framed art pieces and expensive glassware.
7. Pack boxes by room – Label all of your boxes as you pack them. It will help the movers put the boxes in the right room on your destination and will save you time as you unpack in your new place.
8. Print brightly colored label – We all know that packing is a time consuming, tedious job! Try to save as much time as possible by preparing well. Instead of writing the room name on every box over and over again. Print out big, brightly colored labels for every room. You will just need to attach the labels to every box in order to identify it .
9. Use towels to protect breakable items in your boxes – Wrap your kitchen items, electronics and other sensitive items in towels and hand towels. It will provide extra protection for these items and will also take space in the box, making sure that you will not have loose items moving around and potentially damaging other items in the box.
10. Use storage bins for seasonal items – Storage bins are a great inventions to all of us who live in cramped apartments in New York City or other big cities, where space is premium. If you have storage bins already than use them to transport out of season clothes that you will not need upon arriving to your new destination. If you don’t have them already, than invest in some storage bins and use them to pack all of your off season wardrobe. You will save on boxes and other packing materials and will be able to continue and use these storage bins long after the move.
Whenever you are moving and whatever packing challenges you might have. You can always contact us here at U.Santini moving and storage 718-768-6778 and get the best advice on packing and moving your belongings. Don’t hesitate to ask for our Free packing kit when you call. Claim your FREE packing materials by clicking on the button below today!