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Tips for Packing your Apartment – How to Save Money on Moving

by | Dec 30, 2010 | Renting 101 | 0 comments

Apartment Packing Tips

One really good strategy to spend less money is to avoid paying movers. Based on the overall size of your apartment, movers could charge from around a couple hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars. While you probably can’t keep from renting a moving truck, you can certainly pack your stuff and load and unload yourself. In this article are a variety of strategies on how to pack any time you are moving to a new apartment.

The correct way to Pack Furniture:

Disassemble household furniture if feasible and cover
Cover table legs individually
Set down cushioning between your pieces of furniture and the bottom of the moving truck
Place tables together with legs gathered top down on flooring with legs up
Stack chairs seat to seat

Packing China:

Work with special “dishpak” packing containers
Cover dishes, saucers, and soup bowls one at a time using quite a few sheets of paper each
Begin from the corner, covering diagonally, continually tucking in ends
After covering independently, wrap 4-6 items in a pack with a double covering of newspaper
Set padding material inside bottom of carton
Set level, heavier items such as platters, dishes on bottom
Set bundled items in a carton in a line on edge.
Encircle every bundle with crushed paper, being mindful to leave no unfilled areas.
Cups and glasses must be wrapped in a double covering of newspaper and inserted upside down on rims in a line on an top layer inside the container with all the handles facing the same direction.

Packing Clothes:

Shoes can be left in their boxes and inserted into sizeable packages.
Or, cover every shoe one at a time, then in pairs.
Footwear should be cushioned to avoid harm occurring to high heals or ornaments.
You should not store weighty items on shoes.
Clothes can be left on coat hangers and packed inside clothing cartons.
Light-weight garments such as hose, underwear and sweaters can be left inside dresser drawers.

Lights:

Remove the bulb.
Cover the base, harp and bulb separately in newspaper, and place together in a carton, stuffing gaps with crushed paper.
Do not ever cover the shade in newspaper.
Carefully wrap each shade in 3-4 sheets of fresh tissue papers, a pillow case or large lightweight towel.

Pictures and Glass:

Make use of a standard picture box or protect both sides of the picture with cardboard.
Place packaging paper along the side panels and edges of the photograph to stop it from shifting inside the box.
Place not more than 3 or 4 pictures in one container.
Keep the box right side up always.

What NOT to Pack:

Heat from the sun can increase temperatures inside a closed moving van to more than 150 degrees. Even in the middle of winter, heat accumulates inside. Quite a few common items, including aerosol hairspray or cleaning solutions, can set off an explosion or fire that could damage your belongings when packed inside a van.
For your personal safety, make sure that no member of your family packs these products in a box to be moved in the back of the moving truck. Replacing a can of hairspray is much simpler than replacing all of your possessions.
We want you to have a satisfying move. For the safety of your belongings, evaluate the list below and get rid of all dangerous products before packing:

Hairspray
Cleaning products
Shaving cream
Spray starch
Deodorants
Pesticides
Spray paint
Oil-based paints
Bleach
Fuel
Muriatic acid
Kerosene
Auto batteries
Naptha
Propane in tanks*
Tar residue removers
Air in tanks
Paint thinners
Lighter fluid
Turpentine
Matches
Lacquer cleaner
Bullets
Mineral spirits
Chlorine granules or powder
Any other type of combustible

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