Change is the only permanent thing. Philosophically this is absolutely true but the adage is no less true when it comes to the practicalities of life. And if a change is to be permanent in our moving lives, then it goes without saying that the happiest will be one who takes to change as fish does to water.
In life, we face all kinds of changes as changes in our own self with time, changes in relationships, changes in mood, changes in season, and the one which requires a lot of planning always ‘changing house and moving to a new location.’
Planning accounts for success here. Searching for the next place to move in is just one of your worries. To transform your new house into the home you have been used to and crave for, in an otherwise unfamiliar environment, is what you want the most. The goal is clear. What you need now is clarity about how to reach this goal.
Well, to create your much-loved home again, you need your familiar stuff around you and that needs packing and moving the stuff that you possess absolutely safely to your new abode. Now, packing light things is a cakewalk when compared to the heavy items you need to transport.
Your heavy items can be of various kinds including furniture, gardening paraphernalia, collection of books, household appliances, crockery, or even almirahs and large musical instruments. All need immense care in packing to ensure that they are delivered safely to your new location totally undamaged. Added to this, good packing will eliminate the chances of any damage to the property you are vacating as also to your new place when your stuff is delivered there.
So, let’s do it. Keep your worries aside and plunge confidently into the task of packing heavy items for moving, armed with these tips.
What You Need To Do Is Not Very Tough!! You Just Need To Focus On These 5 Points –
- Right Mental And Physical Preparation
- The Right Material For Packing
- The Right Manner Of Packing
- The Right Method Of Packing
- Right Markings On The Packed Boxes
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Right Mental And Physical Preparation-
So, it’s time to move! I am sure you have been thinking about it for quite some time. But thinking is not the same as right mental preparation. And then the physical preparation and groundwork to follow it. You need to mentally assimilate what needs to be done by acquiring the correct information about your requirements and then applying it to your situation. For instance, when you can make a list of all your requirements after thorough research, you need to list down all the material that you are likely to require, become conversant with how you will pack your heavy items, and understand how this can all be accomplished methodically making your stuff ready to be transported clearly marked and labeled.
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Right Material For Packing-
Appropriate packing material is the second step in the ladder. The right material for packing heavy items for moving ensures that the items are not damaged in the transportation process. It also ensures that these items can be stored properly while being transported saving space and trouble to all concerned.
Your requirements here will be
- Strongboxes of appropriate size
- Thick wrapping material
- Soft wrapping material
- Good cushioning material
- Excellent quality tape
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Strong Boxes Of Appropriate Size
Strongboxes of appropriate size are the first basic requirement when you begin with the journey of how to pack your heavy items for moving. The boxes you need must be heavy-duty shipping ones or double-ply cardboard ones. Also, they should never be of much bigger size than the item to be packed. If the box is too big, it will cause the item to move and shake in the box causing damage. So, make sure that your box is just a little bit bigger than your heavy item that needs moving. There should be a little space left between the item and the walls of the box. Wooden crates are also a good choice for packing heavy items that need extra protection.
Thick Wrapping Material
The thick wrapping material is the answer to tension-free transportation of your heavy items without damage. If the wrapping material is of good quality and the required thickness then your items will be safe from any unforeseen bumps or in case the item tumbles down or gets knocked over. For this, you will need bubble wrap, moving blankets, foam pads, rolls, etc. Thick clothing items and wraps, blankets, and quilts at home can also be used for this purpose.
Soft Wrapping Material
The soft wrapping material is needed to make sure that the delicate surfaces do not get scratches and marks when wrapped. A layer of soft wrapping first will ensure that your fragile and delicate surfaces reach their destination intact and in the same perfect condition.
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Good Cushioning Material
Good cushioning material is the next essential requirement. In the space between your heavy item and the box in which it is kept, good cushioning material needs to be inserted. To begin with, appropriate cushions must be packed at the base of the box, then on the four sides, and also at the top so that the item becomes immovable and fixed in its position inside the box. Make sure that there is no empty space left. You can use packing peanuts, airbags, corrugated cardboard, shredded paper, bubble wrap, foam padding, and even a mix of these.
Excellent Quality Tape
Excellent quality tape is the most basic essential because if the carton or box is not sealed with the right quality tape, all the hard work will be wasted. It is the type that will keep the box sealed and your item safe inside the box. So, you must opt for heavy-duty tape.
Right Manner Of Packing-
To go about packing in the right manner is a must. You must make sure that all the items that require cleaning or emptying are cleaned and emptied before you pack them like the refrigerator or drawers of a heavy table or even stuff in a cupboard or almirah. Also, parts of your furniture that are detachable and can be packed separately must be removed for this purpose. If you are packing books make sure that you don’t pack them spine up as this kind of packing is most likely to damage the spines of your books. Books should be stacked with their spines to the side.
Right Method of Packing-
The box for packing should not be very big. As already mentioned, the box should be appropriately strong. The heavy item should be packed tightly with thick wrapping. Soft wrapping must be used first for delicate surfaces. All spaces should be crammed with appropriate cushioning material. After this, you must check the top of the box for firmness. If the top is caving in or the item inside is not completely immobilized then more padding is required. Then seal and secure the box properly with good quality tape making certain that it extends beyond the sides of the carton.
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If more than one item is packed in a box, each item should be properly wrapped and there should be good cushioning between the items so that the items do not rub against each other loosely. Also, the heavier items should be packed at the base and the lighter ones on top.
This being done, place the packed box in another larger box and again repeat the process of cushioning. Make sure once more that the packed box inside the larger box is completely immobilized and then seal the larger box properly.
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Right Markings On The Packed Boxes-
Now the boxes need to be marked and labeled correctly. Use a permanent marker to label the boxes specifying their content. Mark them prominently with words like ‘FRAGILE’ or ‘HANDLE WITH CARE’ and also ‘HEAVY’ and ‘THIS SIDE UP.’ This informs the movers about the contents of the package and enables them to take the appropriate care in handling the package.
With these simple steps, you have reached your goal. Your much-loved possessions are with you in your new location which has been transformed into a comfortable home with their familiar feel and use. These simple tips on how to pack your heavy items for moving can help you accomplish the arduous task smoothly. You are gently guided in the right direction with the 5 M’s to transform an impersonal house into your warm haven, your space with all the things you love around you.