Most people can agree that moving can be stressful and overwhelming. Even so, relocating to a new home is an inevitable part of life for most of us. It’s also a unique experience that often leads to a very positive outcome and new opportunities to take advantage of. Among the long list of move-related tasks and arrangements to make, the one that requires the most patience and time is packing up the whole house in preparation for moving day. 

According to experts, it takes an average of eight weeks to plan and pack for a relocation. However, that amount of time is not always available—last-minute moves are common, and people may be too busy with a long list of other move-related tasks to concentrate on packing. Fortunately, there are moving companies such as Westheimer Transfer & Storage, a team of top-notch movers and packers who can help you accomplish this task in a breeze.

Although the most convenient approach is to hire professional movers and packers to do it for you, it is still important that you know the efficient way to pack in order to avoid common mistakes when the time comes that you have to do it yourself. Below is a guide on how to make packing less of a hassle. 

Get Rid of Clutter

Take the time to go through your belongings before you move so you can sort out which ones can be donated to charity or given away to relatives, sold in a garage sale, and brought with you to your new home. This will not only save you a lot of time because you won’t have to pack items that can otherwise be disposed of, but will also allow you to save on space and costs, as more items to move translates to a higher quote.

Gather Packing Materials

For fast and easy packing, it is important that you gather all required packing materials before you begin. Make sure that when you do so, you choose the good quality ones and not the cheap supplies that are easy to break. Some of the materials that you will need to prepare for moving include:

  • Heavy-duty packing tape.
  • Quality boxes of different sizes.
  • Bubble wraps and padding.
  • Old newspapers or newsprint paper.
  • Labeling supplies such as markers and stickers.
  • Scissors or a box cutting tool.

Maximize the Space Inside the Boxes

Keep in mind that maximizing the space inside boxes doesn’t mean overloading the boxes in a way that the bottom becomes easier to break. It is recommended to fill in the gaps with light items such as clothing and towels. Another good piece of advice is to fill larger boxes with lighter objects, and smaller boxes with heavier items such as books. This will make them easier for you and your local or long-distance movers and packers to lift and carry on moving day.

Pack Items Room-by-Room

Pack all items from a single room together and label the boxes accordingly. This is more convenient because you won’t have to go back many times to empty a room and unpacking will also be a lot easier. Create a moving calendar and mark down the different days you plan to take care of each area of your house.

Tape Boxes Securely

Close the bottom and top seams of your boxes securely using heavy-duty packing tape. It is also recommended to wrap them all the way around the top and on the bottom edges of the boxes, to make the parts where stress is concentrated even sturdier.

While packing is an unpleasant task, it is a necessary part of relocating to a new home. If you really don’t have the time to spare to ensure an efficient packing process, the only effective way to get on with this part of the move is to hire professional movers and packers. 

Exceptional Packing and Moving Solutions in Texas

Since 1883, Westheimer Transfer & Storage has provided full-service moving and storage services including professional packing and storage solutions for our customers in Houston. Our company has also been an agent of Allied Van Lines since its inception in 1929 and is a member of IAM (International Association of Movers), AMSA (American Moving & Storage Association), and SMA (Southwest Movers Association). 

With Westheimer Transfer & Storage being the oldest and one of the most trusted moving companies in Houston, you can be sure that your packing and moving process will go as smoothly as possible. For more information, give our team a call to start planning your next move, or fill out our online form to request a free, in-home estimate and moving consultation.