The Only Packing Guide You Will Need For Your Move

When it comes to moving, we like to say – work smarter, not harder. It doesn’t matter if you have decided to hire professional packers and movers or to handle the move on your own, one thing is necessary – organization. Having everything under control will make your life during the move easier. So, grab your pen and paper and create your checklist. Packing list for professionals! 


You don’t have to go through all the planning alone. We are here to help you out with the most complex task – packing. Hiring professional packers and movers will make your life easier for sure, but it’s possible to handle packing on your own too. The fact is – a lot can go wrong during a move. With so many details and moving parts, you will have to be extra careful. Different people have different concerns – such as how to pack china for moving, how to safely pack dishes, or what professional packers and movers to hire. Thankfully, you can relax, because this is the only packing guide you will need. 

How and where to start packing for your move

Moving takes time and if you are not hiring professional packers and movers, make sure you leave enough time for yourself. 

Where to Start

There are some decisions you have to make. And the first one is what you will move and what you’re leaving behind. You should do this regardless of whether you’re hiring professional packers and movers or not. With time, we tend to keep items that we don’t need anymore or that aren’t worth moving, but you want to store them somewhere. 


Start as early as possible 

Hiring professional packers and movers will save you a lot of time because they can perform the service in just a day. When you have to pack everything on your own, you should dedicate a few weeks of your time to planning and executing this task. It’s important to know, packing can make it or break it when it comes to your relocation. Imagine having local movers helping you with the move and everything is done flawlessly. But you already broke a lot of items while packing. You will start the relocation frustrated. That’s why you should start as early as possible. 


Take inventory 

Before you pack up everything, you should take the inventory. That’s how you will know if your professional movers have moved everything or some boxes are missing. Even if you are hiring professional packers and movers, you might want to create a list of the items you are moving. 


Let’s talk about packing boxes

Another step is to determine and get packing boxes. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to stop halfway through a packing session to get more supplies. When hiring professional packers and movers, you can always ask them to bring their packing supplies and pay for them on spot. Most of the professional movers charge for the packing supplies per box used. 

Ask professional packers and movers for advice

The number of packing boxes can be determined by many factors – the number of rooms, how packed your home is, by the room, etc. It’s best if you ask your local movers to give you advice when it comes to the number of boxes. 


Get various size boxes

Safely packed items are always packed in various size boxes. That’s the tip that professional packers and movers are using, so you should too. 


Don’t use standard garbage bags

The tip we got from professional packers and movers is not to use these because they rip and tear too easily. Instead, you can use suitcases and packing bags. And in those, you should pack only items that are not fragile, such as clothes. Learn more about packing shoes and clothes. 

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You will need more than boxes

Professional packers and movers are using more than packing boxes. You will need to get enough packing paper and tape too. All of this is used to secure your items inside. Nothing should be able to move once you tape the box. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on packing paper, there’s another solution. Clothes, towels, linens, and pillows can be used to keep fragile items safe. Just make sure you mark this on the box for when the box is unpacked. If the person who is unpacking the box is unaware that a crystal vase is wrapped in a fleece blanket, they could easily unfurl the blanket sending the vase crashing to the floor.


Label boxes

The number one tip local movers have for you is keeping a complete list of the contents outside the box. You won’t have to dig through 10 boxes to find coffee cups. Make sure you label the top and sides of boxes so your professional packers and movers can handle them without any risk that something fragile will get damaged. Also, your local movers will place the labeled boxes in the appropriate rooms.


Recipe for a successful relocation 

There are a few tips that are known to professional packers and movers only, but they were generous enough to share them with you.

Pack an overnight bag

Once your local movers arrive, you won’t be able to access your items whenever you want because they will be in transport. That’s why you should pack an overnight bag. Pack an overnight bag like you’re going on a weekend getaway. Include pajamas, a change of clothes, and all your toiletries, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant. This is the bag you should keep close to you, don’t let local movers take it with the rest of the boxes.


Kids items 

If you have kids, not only should you pack an overnight bag for them, but also their favorite toys and stuffed animals. That will offer them comfort and your little ones will be occupied while you are organizing professional packers and movers. 

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Bathroom essentials

When your professional movers leave, the first thing you will want to do is the shower. Put all the items you will need for a relaxing bath here. Don’t forget a couple of towels too. 

Kitchen necessities 

Pack a mug, plate, knife, fork, and spoon for each member of the family. Sometimes professional packers and movers might need more time than expected, and when you get to your new home, you will want to have a cup of warm coffee or order some food. That’s why you should pack some protein bars too, in case you become too hungry during the move. You are not obligated, but it is always a nice thing to do – you can offer your professional packers and movers to have a quick bite with you and your family. 


Other packing tips

When you see professional packers and movers, packing might seem like a piece of cake. But since you are a beginner, you will definitely need some more time and to learn more about our tips. 

Be careful with overpacking the boxes

Professional packers and movers know how to identify when the box is packed enough. The general rule is not to overpack the box, so keep it under 50 pounds. 


Put heavier items on the bottom

A golden rule professional movers are using is putting the heaviest items on the bottom and then packing the rest until reaching the limit. 

Stuff boxes 

Stuff the boxes with socks, scarves, pillowcases, and other fabrics to fill out the holes and crevices inside the boxes. When you run out of these, time to use packing paper. No empty space should be left. 

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Pack small items in small boxes

Another tip professional packers and movers shared with us is to pack small items in the small boxes and then in the bigger ones. This way, you will keep the small items safe and avoid losing them during the move.


Keep valuables with you 

And to say it straight away – this has nothing to do with the reputation of your professional packers and movers. It’s simple, professional movers won’t be held responsible if some irreplaceable documents get lost. Also, you might want to pack and move your jewelry on your own too. Taking extra precautions is the best way to perform the move. 


Keep the items where they belong

If you follow this tip, it will be much easier to unpack. For example, when packing the silverware, keep it in its tray then tape bubble wrap around it to secure the contents. It is easier than sorting out all those pieces after your move. If you have ever seen professional packers and movers in action you might notice they are packing room by room. You should follow these steps too. 


Tape screws, bolts, and other loose items to the underside of furniture.

There’s no chance these will get lost if you tape them where they belong.

What not to pack

Professional packers and movers have some rules when it comes to moving and packing certain items. Not everything is allowed. Make sure to double-check this before you pack up your entire home. Most of the local movers are not going to move any liquids, alcohol, toxic chemicals, or anything that can jeopardize the safety of the rest of your items.


All hands on deck

Get everyone involved in packing! You will need extra pair of hands, that’s for sure. So, call everyone who can help and divide the jobs for each person. Packing with family and friends can be fun! You will get the help you need, and your whole family will feel like they are a useful part of this adventure. Which they are. You will never see one packer when you hire professional packers and movers, it’s always a team. 


Are you looking for the best professional packers and movers in Chicago? You are at the right address! Legit Movers Chicago is one of the oldest moving companies in the area. Thanks to our expertise, we can assure you that your relocation will be handled in a flawless manner. You can completely put your trust in our team of professional packers and movers to do the job right and in time. Reach out and get your free moving quote! We are always happy to help our neighbors. 

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