How to Pack for Moving House
Packing up your house for your furniture removal can seem overwhelming at times and it is vital that your goods are packed properly for the big move, so we've prepared these 'ten top packing tips' to help you get started.
Removal Packing Tip #1: Start Early
Start organising and preparing for your furniture removal early. Packing your cartons can take time and the last thing you want is to get stressed by leaving all your packing to the last minute, when there are so many other things that you need to do before the move.
Pack everything you can in advance, whilst leaving out a few necessities until the last minute eg. Plates, cutlery and some cleaning stuff.
Removal Packing Tip #2: Label Everything
It is very possible that your goods will not be the only goods on the truck, and sometimes, depending on where you are moving from and to, your furniture might be delivered in a different removalist's truck to the one which picks up your goods. Therefore it is important that you clearly label every box that will be moved. Write your name, job number, and delivery suburb on the boxes, and also mark if the goods are fragile.
Removal Packing Tip #3: Sturdy Boxes Are Best
Use proper removalist cartons where possible. Supermarket boxes or flimsy cartons with no lids are far more susceptible to damage during your move. Plastic storage boxes may appear sturdy but they often weaken or get cracked due to the weight inside them.
Your friendly local storage facility will stock furniture cartons, and generally they will sell second-hand removal cartons which will save you some money as well.
Also, its important to use packing tape when sealing your boxes. Most other tapes wont either stretch to much or won't adhere properly to your cartons.
The last thing you want is for all your hard work packing goes to waste when your box breaks or contents fall out the bottom!
Removal Packing Tip #4: Box Everything
Smaller, loose items can be lost of broken in transit. A general rule of thumb is, that if it can be boxed, then it probably should be.
Ensure that you fill all empty spaces inside your cartons with crushed paper or other appropriate materials so your items will have less room to move about and break.
Packing your moving cartons can take a great deal of time. Constant knealing, crouching and bending over can cause injury and soreness. Clear tables, desks and counters and try to pack at waist level, wherever possible. This will also make the process a faster one.
Removal Packing Tip #5: Back Breakers
If you are packing heavy items such as books, it is better to pack these in smaller book cartons”Book/Wine Cartons (30 x 40 x 40cm). If you pack books at the bottom of larger cartons they are likely to fall out or become difficulty to carry. If you find it difficult to judge the weight of boxes, keep your bathroom scales handy. Try not to exceed a total weight of 15-20kg for any box.
To prevent injury, always remember to 'lift with your knees and not with your back'.
Removal Packing Tip #6: Don't Trust Newspapers
Newspapers may seem like a good idea when it comes to filling empty space in boxes, or wrapping items, however this is a very messy way of packing. Newspapers will leave grubby marks on all your precious goods once unpacked. So, we recommend you use butchers paper. This can be bought from craft stores or storage companies (or ask for some at your local fish and chip shop if you don't need much.
Removal Packing Tip #7: Packing Your Bags
Clothes and manchester are fine to pack in bags. Suitcases or large “Striped” bags are ideal. Plastic bags are okay to pack, but you must “double bag”, as they can tear in transit.
Removal Packing Tip #8: Kitchen Cartons & Fragile Items
With regard to your fragile items, such as glassware and crockery, it is best to wrap each piece individually and pack them upside-down in the cartons. They are far less susceptible to crushing this way.
Wrap your plates in bundles of 5, with paper separating each plate and overhanging paper wrapped around the sides. Then you should pack each bundle on its side in the carton.
Make sure you line all cartons containing fragile items with crushed paper on the top, bottom and sides.
Voids (empty spaces) within fragile items (like drinking glasses and vases) should be stuffed with paper, socks or similar materials. By making your items more 'solid' in this way, you'll reduce the likelihood of crushing and there will be less room for other small items to find their way in and rattle around.
Electronic devices and appliances are particularly sensitive when it comes to transport. We've devoted an entire article to packing such items: Packing Electronic Devices and Appliances.
Removal Packing Tip #9: Bigger Bits
Larger Items, such as tables, chairs and couches, and other items that are too large to put in a box will be wrapped in furniture removal pads by the furniture removalist when they are loading your job.
Removal Packing Tip #10: What not to Do!!!
One very important bit of advice - make sure you don't pack important documents (passports, airline tickets, travel visa's, birth certificates, property deeds etc), expensive jewelery and other goods which are irreplaceable. These items are best carried with you for your peace of mind.
Refer to our article on what shouldn't be packed when moving house for more examples of what you should leave behind.