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PACKAGING MATERIALS

 

No doubt but moving house is a hassle.  A wide variety of packing materials is in the market.  But how to know which materials suit your need and among which reliable supplier can help you ply the materials.

 

As an expat whose life is to travel a lot, I have made quite a lot of shifting, both international and local. In fact I had experienced minor to major moves even itemized moves and storage.  And as I do moving I have learned a lot of things to consider from highly expensive articles down to my shoe shifting.   I have enlisted below some tips that will surely help to minimize hassle.

 

Let’s start with your packing materials.  Here is the list of materials which you can use prior doing your packing:

 

* Labels and markers for easy identification

* Inventory list for identification log

* Newspaper or newsprint to protect your delicate items

* Masking tape or OPP tape for sealing

* Bubble pack to secure your fragile items

* Pen knife or scissor

 

WHAT QUALITY OF MATERIALS YOU MUST CHOOSE?

 

The moment you start sorting the things, you’ll definitely think of putting the stuffs, especially the smaller items, into boxes that will help you carry them out without worries that they won’t be messed out in the end.  Of course, the quality of materials of the boxes speaks for the durability.

As for my experience, I prefer boxes which are double ply, firstly because they give me assurance that the boxes can hold my things more securely. Secondly, I can pack things which are slightly heavier. Various companies offer customized design cartons that will cater your different demands. You can check with them which suit your needs.

 

PLAN AHEAD.

 

HOW TO START YOUR PACKING?

 

Before packing, it’s good that you do planning first.  You may start packing few boxes ahead of the move to avoid hasting your self during the grand day.

 

Remember to tape the bottom part of your cartons first before filling them up. You can pack one room at a time.  All boxes used for each room can be easily identified since you are packing each carton according to the content of the room. Label must indicate the box number, content, original room and destination room.  For offices, you can indicate the cubicle number also the department with the name of the staff.   You will realize this will help you on the unloading and unpacking day.   As you do the labeling, prepare an inventory list for each room and total boxes packed.  This for sure will help you in counterchecking the total number of boxes delivered to the new place.  When you do the labeling, be sure that you have a standard labeling system meaning if you want the box to be kept in an upright position always indicate a symbol, perhaps an arrow.  This is useful especially for the fragile items.  Labeling also must be on the side part of the box for easy identification of stacked boxes. Forget not to label your fragile items. 

 

WISE FILL UP OF BOXES

 

As you do the packing be sure to maximize the carton but not to overweigh.  Preferably 20 kilos is allowed for a standard box. Maximizing means each box content is stacked properly, preferably with lesser or no space at all but not to overweigh it. Under filled boxes tend to crush easily hence you can use paper, old towels/clothes to fill up the space   Pack heavier items at the bottom and lighter items toward the top. 

    

If you decide to do your own packing, you can purchase the boxes and other wrapping materials ahead of time.  You can pack things properly as this gives you more lead time to pack your belongings.  If you are not used to pack things, well I suggest that you hire the professional packers just to be sure that nothing is broken at the end of the move.   You may as well discuss this to your removalist whether you want to take packing or merely moving. One tip while doing your packing, as much as you can use cushion try do so, but of course be practical in using the materials as it occupies space inside the boxes. A lot of cushioning effect materials is sold by suppliers at a cheaper cost.  A bubble wrap for example provides great protection for your fragile items. This material is also used to protect your LCD, plasma or projector TV.  I know one company who does not only provide 2-layered protection for these items but three-layered.  First they’ll string wrap followed by the bubble pack, and lastly corrugated paper/board, a thick layered paper or board that is a rigid shipping and packaging medium. This is another strategy that must be adopted by moving companies to avoid damages.  More so, we must demand from our movers’ specialized handling as we bought these items with serious amount of money. Alternatively, to minimize your cost of the materials you can use some old clothes, tissues or newspapers for wrapping.

 

You can still use the original boxes of your audio-video equipments. For your clothes, most companies have this wardrobe carton specially designed to put your clothes.  You can move your gowns and expensive suits without worries as this custom made box keeps your dresses hanging while traveling.

 

INVENTORY SYSTEM

 

For your inventory log, you can place a column beside the item to indicate the condition of each item.  You may as well highlight this to your removalist. 

 

PACKING YOUR KITCHEN / KITCHEN ITEMS

 

Perishable goods such as food and plants are not allowed for international move.  You might consider consuming your food before the move or give them away to charity.

 

And for your local move, clear up everything in your fridge.  Put them in a plastic box so just in case there’s a spillage the liquid remains inside without affecting the boxes.  Don’t overload and pack upright.  All bottled items must be packed in smaller cartons.

Any item with odd shapes or which cannot be put inside the box, the corrugated paper is useful as you can cut and fold it in various shapes depending on the item.  Apart from the environment contribution of this material due to its recyclable and recovery nature, it can be used to almost all of your items as its strength withstands pressure, is crush resistant and supports strong weights. 

 

FLAMMABLES AND OTHER HIGHLY COMBUSTIBLE ITEMS

 

These items must not be packed.  Don’t ever try to hide them in big boxes or mixed them up with other stuffs.  For your own protection and to avoid any future liability better leave them at your old house.

 

VALUABLE PAINTINGS/COLLECTIONS/STATUES/CRSYTALS AND THE LIKE

 

For these items, I suggest that you get an experienced packer to handle these expensive items.  They can move them for you since they undergo training to handle these valuables.

 

As there are endless list of items to pack, you may enquire to your shipment/moving company to give you tips on how you can handle each item.  Bear in mind that once your things reached your new place have your mover sign in the list of your inventory all matched and tallied, condition all checked.  In short, value all your things as if everything is valuable and expensive.
 
 
The above information was contributed by Shalom Movers – professional and reliable mover that provides moving services in Singapore.
 
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