Of the bajillion things you need to do to move your belongings, how you label your moving boxes is probably pretty low on the list. Yes, of course you’ll label every box to show what’s in it, or at least what room it should go to, but who cares ‘how’ it’s labelled?
But better labeling of boxes is one of the fastest, most effective ways to make your move easier. Better labels can help you pack faster and more efficiently, it will help the movers load their truck faster and do so in a way to make unloading faster too, and it will help you unpack faster and more efficiently too.
Here are just a few tips to help you label your moving boxes like a pro.
1. Include Complete Information
The top or most visible part of where you label the box should tell you what room the box is for. Then you should have a quick list of the contents. Finally, add any special handling instructions – like “FRAGILE” – all over the box.
2. Label at Least Two Opposite Sides
More time is wasted looking for labels that are in different places on each box than you can imagine. By adding a second label, you cut that wasted time in half.
3. Write Clearly
You’re in a hurry, but the chicken scratch that haste produces only makes things worse when you or the movers have to figure out where the box should go or what’s in it. Take the time to print in large, legible letters.
4. Use Colour-Coding
One of the fastest ways to identify where a box goes is by using a colour-coding scheme on it. Label boxes from different rooms with different coloured markers or use different colours of tape. In any case, the sooner movers can identify where boxes go, the faster and better they can move them.
You really won’t fully appreciate the extra time you spend on your labelling until you’re unpacking. Only then, when you can quickly know what’s in a box, where it goes and whether you need the contents sooner than later, will you, the pro labeler, really get the benefit of your efforts. If you’d like to get more moving tips to make it just a little less stressful, call us here at Bradford Moving and Storage; we have lots of them.