Advice to Declutter and Pack a Home in Preparation for Sale

Summer is a busy time to move and sell your home. With the housing market remaining strong, it is as important as ever to get as much return as possible from one of your largest assets; your home. As moving professionals, our advice is to de-clutter and clear the space as much as possible prior to selling. One motivator that is not often thought about is the price of moving.

To break it down into local and long-distance moving – local moves are charged based on the size crew, and the amount of hours worked, plus packing. Long distance moves are charged based on the miles driven and weight of the shipment, plus packing. In both scenarios, the less weight and less packing, the less the move will cost. With the cost of moving rising due to shortage of drivers, and cost of fuel and operation, this can be a large amount of savings.

Once the process of de-cluttering, or more properly referred to, rightsizing, has occurred, packing of the home can begin. First, plan to pack items that are not being used, and will not be needed. Often times, this can be closets, spare bedrooms, basements, and garage areas. Soft and lightweight items can stay in dressers and chests. The furniture will be either shrink wrapped or pad-wrapped and secured closed.

Group like items together. For example, you do not want to pack fragile china cabinet items with pots and pans or tools. Prior to loading the box, add a layer of 2 to 3” packing material on the bottom of the box. This can be newspaper, towels, etc. Use caution with newspaper; it should not be used on packing individual items. The print can rub off, and it makes for a very messy unpack. Fragile items should be individually wrapped, and the more fragile, the more packing around. Once the fragile item is fully wrapped in paper, its edges should not be felt. Plates, serving platters, mirrors and pictures should be placed vertically in the box. Heaviest items should be placed in the bottom-most layer. Once an entire row is completed, another 2-3” of packing material should be added before starting the next layer. This next layer should be lighter items than those below.

Packaging Materials

Once the box is completed make sure to label it with the contents and where you want the box to end up in the new place (kitchen, master bedroom, living room, garage, etc). If there are liquids in the box, mark an upward arrow to warn the mover not to tip the box. For extremely fragile items or lampshades, mark the box as ‘top load,’ so that it is protected in the move. For those items you need when the truck first arrives, mark the box or item ‘last load,’ so it is the first off the truck. For more helpful packing and moving tips visit www.mayflower.com/tips!

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