7 Packing Tips for a Long Distance Move

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packing tipsIt’s probably a safe assumption that you rarely come across anyone who enjoys moving. Even switching cubicles from one location to another can be a stressful experience for many people. With long distance moving, there’s the added stress of worrying about whether your belongings will make it to your new home safely. Fortunately, Jacksonville, Florida has no shortage of professional long distance movers who can help your move from start to finish. In any case, you shouldn’t attempt to make a cross-country move on your own.

The process of packing for moving can help you evaluate the amount of “stuff” you keep in your life. Better yet, there’s no time like packing that reunites you with lost items. If you still can’t stomach the idea of packing though, there are long distance movers in Jacksonville, Florida that specialize in just that sort of a thing. But if you’re economical, some degree of preparation can help save time and money, as well as prevent damage to your belongings. Here are some packing tips for a long distance move:

1. Start early

Unless you’re pulling a midnight move, you’ll likely know well in advance there’s a long distance move on the horizon. To avoid stress, start packing early and in small doses every day. Frantically throwing things into random boxes is guaranteed to cause you a headache once you’re moved in at the new place.

2. Create a packing routine

Start packing things you won’t need immediately, such as items in your attic, garage, basement, or old college textbooks (better yet, get rid of them!). Zone out work areas in each room and pack room-by-room.

3. Label every box

There’s a method in madness and that comes in the form of labeling. Take the time to put a label on every box with its approximate content and room destination. It’ll save so much time later on, especially when your long distance movers are also doing the unpacking.

4. Use bubble wrap liberally

Bubble wrap, contrary to popular belief, is not for entertainment purposes of endless popping. You can use bubble wrap to pack all kinds of things imaginable, from dishware, pictures, large mirrors, lightbulbs, and electronics.

5. Prep your appliances

Long distance moving is not the same as moving across town. Since your appliances are one of the most expensive things you’ll ever own, it’s important to treat them with care to ensure they survive the move. The preparation process involves cleaning out your appliances, removing and packing glass trays separately, removing grease from the oven and range, and drying out your refrigerator and freezer completely.

6. Stuff those boxes

Packing each box tightly, provided it’s secured at least once with a packing tape, means there is less space for items to move around and be damaged.

7. Delegate

As dedicated as you may be to the art of packing, some things are better off delegating to professional long distance movers. They can wrap furniture with quilt pads at no charge and have the expertise to move dressers with contents secured.