After writing so much about women equality, I thought I’d shift to another topic that’s pretty much important these days, moving. Most people are professionals, who get promoted or shift jobs for more lucrative options. This means you have to travel from one accommodation to another, one city to another, or even one state to another.
It doesn’t matter where you are shifting, all moves are the same. They all require your time and money. It’s a huge decision to make and with it comes the responsibility of properly packing and shifting your things.
Huge moving mistake
Many people make the mistake of doing their own packing to save money. It’s not surprising because movers and packers charge so much for their services.
But did you know that you will be making a wrong decision if you too do the same thing? This is because you may actually end up spending more money than you’d have spent on the movers!
You may end up poorly packing your valuable belongings which in turn leads to its probable breakage. This is because you don’t have the necessary tricks, resources, expertise and things needed to pack your belongings well.
Professional movers are always packing things. It’s their everyday job, and they gain more experience and knowledge about packing things.
You especially have to hire professionals during long distance moves
where you will travel for a long time. Your belongings have to be
properly packed and immobilized. It should also be safe from moisture and heat that may accumulate in travel.
Have time for more important work
It’s also better to hire professionals to pack your expensive and fragile ware. This way you will have time to take care of other important things like closing or shifting bank accounts while the packers safely pack your things. Time saved always saves money!
Though you may have to pay professional packers, it’s worth it because they have packing expertise. They can indirectly save you money by making maximum use of your existing things for packing.
For example, if you have bowls and containers, they will stack the smaller ones inside the bigger ones and use the top item as a container for holding small items.
Containers like buckets, pots, and jars can be used for carrying small items like candles, cosmetic products, coasters, batteries, toys and other accessories.
They also know how to protect your belongings while packing. They will perhaps pack all your hats into each other as they all fit into each other, and the same holds for slippers and chairs.
They will use all the remaining hollow spaces for holding your small items like stationery. Use some padding or protective layers like clean paper or soft fabrics in between the stacked items, especially fragile china or glass.
You may be aware that rolling, instead of folding clothes, saves about 50% space in bags and boxes. Movers and packers use the same rule to save space while shifting your belongings like rugs, curtains, and blankets.
Hair ties and rubber bands help hold the rolls together.
Rolling also keeps your fabrics neat and practically crease-free and you can easily stack a few rolls in a single container. You can reduce the space used even more by putting smaller rolls into larger ones.
Sheets and bags have other uses
Another moving tip involves using sheets to pack small items. Just place the sheet on the floor, with your belongings in the middle, and wrap around and tie securely.
Not only does the sheet protect your things, the bundle is also easy to
carry and to place on boxes or atop other furniture.
Use Ziploc bags to organize and keep small things together. They are also useful for carrying screws and bolts which you later need to reassemble your equipment and furniture.
Vacuuming seal bags helps to store things in an orderly manner. It’s because it occupies minimal space once the air is sucked out. So you see, professionals not only use packing materials and boxes to relocate.
Most of them try to reduce costs by making maximum use of existing supplies. They use your containers, sheets, and bags to tactfully and safely transport things.
Know how to lift things
Movers know the best techniques and postures to adopt while lifting and moving things. And they lift and carry things on an everyday basis so carrying your belongings won’t be difficult for them too.
On the contrary, you don’t have any habit of lifting furniture and heavy objects. You may somehow lift and shift your belongings to the moving van and into the new home.
However it’s very likely that you’ll end up with so much body pain and strain that you may not be able to work for a few days. This leads to loss of pay, medicine costs and the rest you have to take instead of getting over with the shifting.
Looking at all this, any of you who were thinking about moving on your own, without hiring movers and packers for the job, will most probably think twice now!