Common Mistakes To Avoid When Using Packing Supplies

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Common Mistakes To Avoid When Using Packing Supplies

Common Mistakes To Avoid When Using Packing Supplies

During a moving process, packing your household and personal items is one of the toughest tasks. Considering how long it takes you to cover the entire house, making mistakes is very possible. The sooner you are aware of these hiccups, the more your preparedness. Hiring a moving company in good time, having packing supplies ready and laying down a strategy are among some of the basic things you must take care of in advance.

Without proper planning, packing can get messy and frustrating. Negativity is the last thing you want to experience at a time like this. Here are things to avoid during packing:

Insufficient supplies

Everything seems to run smoothly until you realize you have run out of boxes or the marker pen you bought the other day has dried up meaning you cannot label any more cartons. Across the corner, you cast a glance at the wrapping paper and wonder whether it will last through another room. Such an occurrence can get on your nerves and ruin a well-planned relocation. Determine the right amount of packing supplies you will need – well in advance, and then ensure you have this plus some extras.

Wrong packaging

Your possessions are not of the same size, texture or make. You therefore cannot pack them all in the same manner. Stacking dinner plates without first wrapping them in newsprint or other packing paper could result in breakage. Likewise, failure to pack electronics in their boxes is courting disaster. You need to adhere to the proper procedure for every category of household goods.


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Failure to observe safety

A little carelessness on your part could result in costly damage to your possessions. For instance, when packing heavy items, ensure that you reinforce the container at the bottom. On the other hand, mixing up boxes may compromise your safety. Put light items in big boxes and heavy ones in small or medium-sized boxes.

Unlabeled cartons

Failure to mark or stick tags on boxes can derail your efficiency. You end up with containers whose contents you do not know. When the moving crew arrives, they may be forced to spend long hours trying to decipher what is inside the packaging materials to avoid damaging your property.

Poor quality materials

Buying cheap packaging supplies to save money could end up being counterproductive. Boxes may break while being taken to the moving track and spill their contents. Someone may also get hurt if a heavy object falls on them.

The best way to approach packing when moving is by buying enough boxes and other packaging material. Be extra cautious when placing items into their respective cartons. Make it safe for anyone that will handle the boxes by having heavy stuff in small cartons and the light ones in large boxes. Label your containers and do not use cheap materials with questionable quality. You had better spend more and keep your possessions intact than to pay less and face the prospect of replacing all your household goods.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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