Packing & Loading Moving Tips
First and foremost, proper packing is essential for a successful move. When packing your possessions it is important to remember to plan carefully, effectively and efficiently. So give yourself plenty of time! Doing so will save you time, money and a lot of stress!
You need to have the right packing materials. You should have a number of supplies to pack, protect and organize your possessions such as:
1) Thick sturdy boxes of all sizes to pack your goods. (Boxes can be purchased from one of the Flexible Move depots across Canada near you). You can also use plastic containers with lids, which are great for keeping after your move for storage.
2) Newspaper or brown paper wrap (typically unprinted, so that any print does not rub off on your goods) to wrap things such as your dishes and/or ornaments. You should put some crushed newspaper at the bottom of each box for extra cushioning!
3) Bubble wrap to protect your valuables such as electronics and frames.
4) Tape! And lots of it. This should be used to seal boxes and hold the furniture blankets/pads in place, which are supplied in your Flexible Move container.
5) Sticker Labels are very useful to stay organized. Label all boxes, this way you know what and where everything is to be placed in your new home.
6) Set-up Box: This is a great box to keep all the small parts and kits required to assemble your furniture. Clearly labeling one box your “set-up” carton, will allow you to easily find parts needed to set up your new home.
Once you’ve packed your belongings it’s time to think about packing your container. It is a good idea to plan ahead how the container should be loaded this way you can use your time loading effectively and efficiently, while staying organized with your plan in mind.
In each Flexible Moving container we provide you with plenty of moving blankets and moving skins for your move. (Skins are a more durable type of blanket that can be used to wrap things that are sensitive to scratching -like workout equipment or garden tools). You can use these for inside your home and when packing your belongings into the container. The quilted furniture blankets can be used for wood furniture pieces and upholstered items such as chesterfields and chairs.
Now when moving your things out into the container keep in mind the following steps when loading:
1) Move the largest and heaviest items first. Longer items such as box springs, mattresses, sofas, long mirrors, headboards, wall units, etc. should be placed against the walls, which will keep them upright and save space. Loading the heavier furniture pieces on the bottom.
2) Next, start loading the biggest and heaviest boxes, placing the boxes on top of appliances and/ or furniture. (Make sure to fill any open spaces).
3) Then, transfer the lighter boxes and items; stacking them on top.
4) Finally, place fragile items on last, ensuring that they are cushioned through-out transport.
Lastly, your reserved container is equipped with straps. These straps should be used to tie off your shipment once all of the items have been loaded in the container(s). There are clips on the inside of the container walls to attach the straps. This will ensure additional safety through-out transport and help to minimize shifting in your container.
Labels: container, do-it-yourself, moving tips
posted by Flexible Move @ Monday, November 29, 2010 1:40 PM
Moving? Leave bed bugs behind!
There is a growing concern today about the number of cases involving bed bug problems. Results have shown that bed bugs appear to be on the rise all around the world. There has been a huge increase in the number of pest control reports relating specifically to bed bugs. A link to such infestation is spread through moving. For instance, if your belongings are on a truck with someone else’s that has bedbugs, then your goods can become infested.
With Flexible Move, the risk of getting bedbugs from another shipment does not exist, because you have your own container. Regardless of whether or not you use Flexible Move, protecting your goods from cross-contamination should be top of mind when selecting a mover.
Bed bugs reproduce and breed very fast. In just one day a bed bug can hatch 3 eggs and 300 through-out one year! It only takes 10 days for an egg to hatch; increasing the infestation to multiply and multiply. In addition, the lifespan of a bed bug is lengthy and can live 18 months without eating!
Bed Bugs infest and live on pets, clothing, luggage, furniture, linear, etc. Bed Bugs are carried into houses for instance through; pets, another person or house, from a hotel stay, someone’s luggage, clothing, or the previous infestation in one’s home, etc. When moving, if you have an infestation, you can carry the bed bugs with you through travel. Which is why it is very important to be aware of the increasing spread of bed bugs, take precautions to prevent bed begs and know how to treat this problem if you have one. Using a container, is the first step in protecting your household goods.
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posted by Flexible Move @ 11:21 AM