Once all the decisions have been made, there lies but one tiny obstacle to the moving process. Packing. So maybe “tiny” isn’t the right word. Maybe more like “humongous.” Though the planning process alone is enough to send most movers into fits of anxiety, the process of packing is even worse. It comes as little surprise that especially for long distance movers, pods have become a number one choice for the packing process. Instead of having to load every last item from your home onto a truck the morning of your big move, pods allow movers to gradually transfer items into a storage unit that can be picked up on the morning of the big day with much less hassle.
However, the packing of pods is an art form often neglected by many movers. Because the process is gradual, many movers do not organize their belongings in the pod in a way that maximizes space and keeps their belongings safe. Here are a few tips for packing pods that will help your belongings stay safe and will help you make sure they all fit.
First things first. Don’t even think about starting without an inventory list. Record each item in your home along with its estimated value, condition, and location. Organized packing means planning, and the inventory list will keep you from wandering around your house, dumping things all willy nilly into boxes. You want to make sure that everything is packaged in the best way possible, and to do that you’ll need all the information in front of you. Plus, you’ll need the list just in case something happens on the trip and you need to file an insurance claim. If the idea of writing a list is daunting, consider doing a photographic inventory or even a video camera inventory.
Get some boxes that are in good condition and either a bag of packing peanuts or other filler papers. As you’re packing, you’ll want to put as much as possible into boxes and you’ll want to confirm that those items are secure. Try packing up a room at a time, as this will make the unpacking process much simpler. Though it’s tempting to try and use as few boxes as possible, be sure not to overstuff them. Packing pods is sort of like playing Tetris, and you would probably not do so hot if all the bricks were bulging at the top. Similarly, don’t understuff them to the point that they will cave in if you put anything on top of them. The peanuts and paper will help here.
When the time comes for furniture to be loaded into pods, remember to distribute the weight evenly, and consider using your hollow appliances like your fridge, washer, or dryer to hold other items. It’s all about saving space. Save fragile objects like artwork and mirrors for the end. They can be loaded onto the top of your stuff mountain and slid between the beams. That way, they’re less likely to topple off and sustain damage on the journey.
The process, though long and maybe a little daunting, is much easier with a little planning. Saving space is essential, and a little creativity might come in handy in that venture. Remember to use plenty of moving pads to protect furniture, and don’t sacrifice the security of your belongings for the sake of a tight fit. The ultimate goal is to transport your belongings safely and effectively. Happy moving!