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by Melinda Herrera

For many folks, moving to a new home can be a very hectic endeavor. This is especially true if you have to relocate a lot of household goods over long distances. Hauling heavy furniture, fragile breakables and other items can make moving daunting and tiring, which is why it helps to hire a residential moving company to do the heavy lifting for you.

However, proper planning is required to make the move as smooth as possible even if you have professional help. Here is a look at several packing and unpacking tips to help you make the most of your local or long-distance move. 

Packing tips

To make packing easier, you first need to have the proper packing supplies for the move. Begin by purchasing large moving boxes where you can pack clothes, beddings, curtains and other fabrics. Such boxes are also ideal for transporting books, appliances and kitchen utensils. Items such as cushions, blankets and pillows can be stuffed into single dresser drawers.

For breakables such as china glassware and cookie jars, you need to wrap them in moving paper to protect them from impact during transit and then arrange them carefully in sturdy packing boxes. You will also need to purchase packing tape to seal your moving boxes and box cutters to open up the boxes when you reach your destination.

Additionally, remember to purchase other moving supplies such as plastic wrap to protect mattresses, box springs and clothing from dust. Marker pens or sticky notes are also needed to label each moving box with the room it goes into. Finally, go through your stuff and discard any items that you no longer use so as to lessen the load you transport to your new residence. 

Unpacking tips

Once at your new home, guide the movers to place the correct boxes into the appropriate rooms so you don't have to use extra energy moving boxes from one room to the other during unpacking. Be sure to also insist that the movers set up your furniture and large appliances such as your refrigerator and washing machine. Such items are heavy, and letting the professionals handle them will lessen the physical strain of unpacking on your part and make the process faster and easier.

Next, unpack essential boxes such as the ones with beddings and curtains first followed by bathroom and kitchen items. Finally, be sure to place a few garbage bags in each room where you can easily throw in clutter such as used packing tape and wrapping paper so that you clean up as you go.