1. Start preparing for your move early
Easier said than done, we know, but it will give you enough time to sort through your belongings and determine what to bring with you and what to sell, donate or dispose of. Save time for later by sorting items you do not use often or that are out of season early on!
Tip: In Shanghai? 飞蚂蚁 (Flying Ant) provides clothing pickup services free of charge for anyone looking to rid of old clothes. All you need to do is to schedule an appointment.
2. Use the right supplies
Make sure you have plenty of sturdy boxes in various sizes, as well as packing tape, bubble wrap, and packing paper.
Remember to consider the climate as well.
Depending on the season and your destination, your belongings may be exposed to different temperatures and humidity levels while being stored and during transit. Use appropriate packing materials to protect sensitive items like electronics, artwork, and musical instruments. Hermetic bags and moister absorbers are other items you can prepare to ensure your belongings stay good as new!
Tip: If you choose to pack your belongings yourself, ASI Movers can deliver you the adapted packing materials you need in advance. Contact our relocation agent for more details.
3. Sorting, categorizing, labeling
The best practice when moving is to label each box with the room it belongs in and a brief description of its content. Your moving partner will issue a packing list, and we recommend you keep a room-by-room inventory of your items with you during your move.
Tip: When using ASI Movers’ packing and unpacking services, we take care of this step on your behalf and follow your indication for the placement of your belongings in your new home.
4. Filling the boxes
Packing is an art; trust us! Here are some of our best tips to pack like a pro if you choose to do it yourself or to take care of selected items yourself:
Pack heavy items first, and work your way up lighter ones.
Use bubble wrap for fragile items such as dishes, glasses, vases, etc., and do not hesitate to be generous in protecting your items.
Fill empty spaces with packing paper or bubble wrap to prevent items from shifting during the move.
Avoid overpacking boxes: we know it can be tempting to try to fit as much as possible in one box, but we recommend you be careful to avoid overpacking them as heavy or overstuffed boxes break easier and can become difficult to move.
Tip: Make sure you prepare a separate box for items you will need right after the move is completed to avoid having to open several the moment you arrive in your new home!
Tip: Ensure you carry essential documents with you during your move, like passports, birth certificates, financial records, etc.