Packing Tips to Make Moving Easier

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As CEO of Parsifal Corporation, Mark Olsen has led the three-decades-old company in executing complex corporate and individual relocations across North America. With a nationwide network of offices, Parsifal Corporation’s Mark Olsen leverages the company’s experience and innovative practices to make moving easier and hassle-free for clients.

Here are a few tips for successful packing before you move:

1) Plan early 
Unless you don’t have much personal property, you’ll have to plan early. Sift through all your belongings and make a list of everything you don’t plan on taking with you. Give these things to charity or hold a garage sale. Clean your laundry so you won’t be carrying any damp clothes. Check your insurance to see if it covers any moving-related breakages.

2) Get boxes
You’ll need boxes, lots of them. Get them in various sizes. Corrugated cardboard boxes are stronger, so use these for heavier items. Remember not to fill up large boxes with too many heavy things as they may be difficult to carry. Get some newspapers to wrap fragile items in before packing, bubble wrap to layer the inside of boxes, and strong tape to close the boxes after packing. Self-sealing freezer bags are great for storing nuts and bolts, nails, and similar things.

3) Make a list
Start with a high-priority list of everything your family will need on the first day at your new home. It’s unlikely you will unpack everything immediately upon arriving. The priority list should include everyday items such as a first-aid kit, coffee, tea, cups, plates, snacks, tissue, toothbrushes, soap, and kitchen utensils. Afterward, convert your notebook into record keeping system. Assign a number to every box and list the contents of that box in a corresponding numbered page on your notebook. Be as descriptive as possible when describing the contents, to make quick and easy retrieval possible. And remember to pack hazardous materials like bleach, paint, and aerosols in their own box and mark the box clearly.


3 Important Tips to Make Your Move Easier

3 Important Tips to Make Your Move EasierMark Olsen, President at Parsifal Corporation, strongly recommends that you let the professionals pack your Home Goods. However, if you decided to pack your own Home Goods then continue reading. Olsen suggests 3 top tips to consider in the following:

Make a List:  Write everything down! You’ll thank yourself later. Before you pack even one box, create a simple record keeping system. Create a computer-printed list of numbers with a space to write the contents. Or have a spiral-bound notebook for the job. You will place a number on EVERY box you pack and list the contents on your record list. Don’t put the list down unless it’s in a place you will call Packing Central. This is where you’ll find your labels, marking pens, box tape, and other supplies. When describing the box contents, be specific — “A-D files” is better than “files”, and “Tulip dishes” rather than “misc. kitchen”.

3 Important Tips to Make Your Move EasierHave Plenty Of Supplies: Mark Olsen explains further that,Don’t make me say this twice”– you’ll need LOTS of boxes–probably more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will make your life easier! (If you buy your boxes from a moving company, you can always return unused boxes for a refund. If you got them free from the grocery, just toss any leftovers.) Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. You’ll need strong plastic packing tape to close up the boxes securely. Use unprinted newsprint (newspaper can stain your items) or packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household goods. Again, you will need more supplies than you think, so get extra materials to allow the packing to go smoothly. Return any unused supplies after the truck is packed.

Utilize Wardrobe Boxes These tall boxes are perfect for bulky, lightweight items such as comforters, pillows, and blankets, as well as clothes that need to remain hanging. Mark Olsen continues to suggest that you call your mover to ask the width of the wardrobe boxes they will be bringing. Then measure the length of clothing poles in your closets (including coat closets) to see how many wardrobe boxes you will need. You can also use them for closet storage boxes, shoe boxes, and other bulky items such fabric bolts or gift wrap tubes.

Parsifal Corporation Exhibits Technology at the Gulf Coast Symposium in Houston

hrhoustonParsifal Corporation exhibited its services and technology at the Gulf Coast Symposium (GCS2016) in Houston this past May at the NRG Center, Booth 530. The exhibition hours were from 1:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, 5/12 and 9:45 AM to 12:30 PM on Friday, 5/13.

Mark Olsen, President and CEO of Parsifal Corporation explained that the presentation will include its full array of auditing services and procurement software technologies for the relocation industry. MyReloWorks® will be in the forefront as the most current and unique technology available, including the new updated features of ReloVideo™Tour and PriceGuard™. This online solution directly provides bids to transferees automatically from pre-qualified and reputable corporate movers registered in the system.

Company-approved relocation funds, such as Self-Directed Allowances, are credited to their account, from which they can book and manage their best options for relocation services. When the move is complete, each bill is reviewed by an audit team via PAS™, or the Parsifal Audit System to ensure pricing accuracy for the services rendered.

Complications in Moving

Relocation continues to be a complicated endeavor. The undertaking includes the sale of existing property, the search for a new home, and the appraisal and inventory of possessions. Moving companies play a crucial role in the success of a relocation effort; their reliability, customer care, attention to detail, and explanation of service determines whether the experience is positive for the client.

Today’s moves tend to be incredibly complicated, especially if the move transfers a person across the country or around the world. Most people accumulate a lot of possessions; furniture, kitchenware, electronics, and other items requiring different methods of packing and storing. Moreover, professional moving companies pack items not only to protect them, but also to make the unpacking process more logical.

Before the great westward migrations in the United States in the 1800s, most families stayed in one community or even one house for generations. They cherished their belongings but often had just a few. When they outgrew a house, they added rooms to accommodate their needs. However, as the country moved west, pioneers stowed their most valuable or necessary belongings and supplies in covered wagons and headed to lands that promised fertile acreage.

In the latter half of the 19th century, railroads took over the majority of freight express for commercial enterprises. However, many people continued to travel by wagon with their household goods because of the cost of shipping. The advent of the motorized trucks and paved roads in the first decades of the 20th century inspired cross-country moving by truck. This method of moving household goods eliminated the need for crating furniture. In addition, many people felt more comfortable knowing that their belongings would be loaded on a truck at one location and rehandled only at their final destination rather than being shuffled to and from various rail cars at multiple points.

Today, with the help of Parsifal technology, the moving industry attempts to operate at maximum efficiency with complex coordination to ensure that vehicles carry loads on return trips and other measures are taken for maximum efficiency. There are also industry standards and regulations in place to protect clients.

About Parsifal Corporation:

A leader in premium international and domestic relocation technology and auditing, Parsifal Corporation provides such services as tracking, relocation auditing, consulting, and back-office solutions.