A list of hints to help your move go smoothly.
Plenty of packing materials
Get plenty of packing materials, you will probably need more than you expect. Having a surplus will ensure packing proceeds without interruptions and we will be happy to refund your unused materials.
Use adequate tape to secure the base and top of the cartons to prevent them opening during the move. Packing tape is preferable to masking or gummed tape and is available from our packing section.
Each carton should have its contents clearly identified, if the content is fragile please indicate this in larger writing. Be specific in your descriptions; “soup and salad bowls” is better than “dishes” or “kitchen”.
Key list of items
A simple record keeping system in a notebook can be very useful for quick reference. This can contain carton numbers as well as their contents. Keep the list in one location together with all of your labels, marking pens, tape, and other necessary supplies.
Heavy items to the bottom
Pack heavier items at the bottom of the carton and light items at the top.
Keep boxes the same weight
Aim to keep box weights as uniform as possible. This is not essential but will make the move quite a bit easier.
Wrap plates individually
Plates should be individually wrapped and packed vertically on end, not laid flat.
Don’t over fill
Do not pack cartons higher than the top. The carton must be closed flat on top to enable stable stacking of one carton on top of another.
Don’t under fill
Having said that it is also very important not to under pack cartons too much. A half full carton can not be stacked and may lose shape when other cartons are put on top.
Keep packing organised
Stack full cartons against walls or in corners leaving our team space to work when they come to move your goods.
Some things can stay in place
Light items can remain in drawers on local moves. Items that are breakable, likely to leak or are heavy, should be removed and packed separately. Please note that furniture is not designed to be transported with goods inside, this may result in damage.
Use your luggage
Fill luggage and duffle bags with clothing, sheets, towels, and paper goods. Even for local moves you’ll be able to quickly spot your navy suitcase holding your favourite jeans, whereas “Box #11” might remain elusive for days.
Use linen and towels as packaging
Extra linen and towels can be used throughout packing. These can be placed at the base and the top of cartons to provide extra volume and padding.
Special cartons for hanging clothes
Hanging clothes can be transferred to Port-A-Robe cartons available from our packing section.
Leave us to wrap big things
Mirrors and pictures that are too large for cartons should be left for our crews to wrap.
Bundle loose items
Bundle loose items such as brooms, garden tools or shelving together with tape or string.
Don’t pack chemicals
Do not pack toxic, flammable or corrosive items or fluids, these can’t be transported on our vehicles. If you are unsure don’t hesitate to contact us.
Keep important items with you
Keep important documents in a handbag or briefcase for quick retrieval as you may need them during the week of your move.
Allow plenty of time to pack, it always takes longer than expected.