15 Tips for Packing Like a Pro

By: Kris Kombrink, Fri Oct 27th, 2006

So you're getting ready to move - congratulations! There's a lot that must get done when you move into a new house. Make this transition as easy as possible by reading these handy tips on getting you and your family prepared.

First, plan ahead by organizing and budgeting. Develop a master "to do" list so you won't forget something critical. Sort and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Consider having a garage sale, donate to a charity, or recycle. But don't throw everything out! If your inclination is to just toss it, you're probably right. However, it's possible to go overboard in the heat of the moment. Ask yourself how frequently you use an item and how you'd feel if you no longer had it. That will eliminate regrets after the move.

Try your best to pack like items together. Put toys with toys, kitchen utensils with kitchen utensils. It will make your life a whole lot easier when it comes time to unpack.

Decide what, if anything, you plan on moving yourself. Precious items like family photos, valuable breakables, or must-have items during the move should probably stay with you. Don't forget to keep a "necessities" bag with tissues, snacks, and other items you'll need that day.

Remember to use the right box for the item. Loose items are prone to breakage. Put heavy items in small boxes so they're easier to lift. Try to keep the weight of each box under 50 pounds, if possible. Don't over-pack boxes. That will increase the chance that items inside the box will break. Wrap every fragile item separately and pad the bottom and sides of boxes.

Label each box on all sides. You never know how they'll be stacked and you don't want to have to move other boxes aside to find what's there. Use color-coded labels to indicate which room each item should go in. Color-code a floor plan for your new house to help movers.

Keep your moving documents together in a file. Include important phone numbers, driver's name and moving van number in this file. Also, keep your address book handy.

Remember to back up your computer filed before moving your computer.

Inspect each box and all furniture for damage as soon as it arrives.

Most movers won't take plants. If you don't want them left behind, you should plan on moving them yourself.

It's a busy time, but with the right preparation it will go a little smoother!

About the Author:

Kris Kombrink has been working in his family-owned real estate business since 1995. Specializing in Geneva, St Charles and Batavia Illinois residential real estate his team stays on top of the latest trends while maintaining superior customer. Learn more about his team at http://www.kombrink.com/ or email kris@kombrink.com