Packing Tips

1, Use correct strong 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.

2, Also, it’s important to use packing tape when sealing your boxes. Most other tapes won’t either stretch to much or won’t adhere properly to your cartons.

3, 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.

4, 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.

5, Packing your moving cartons can take a great deal of time. Constant kneeling, 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.

6, 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.

7, With regard to your fragile items, such as glassware and crockery, it is best to wrap each piece individually and pack them upright in the cartons so they are like an egg. They are far less susceptible to crushing this way.

8, Make sure you line all cartons containing fragile items with crushed paper on the top, bottom and sides.

9, 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 blankets by us at the time of your removal.

10, 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 jewellery and other goods which are irreplaceable. These items are best carried with you for your peace of mind.

11, You are going to be doing a lot of carrying therefore it’s important to use smaller boxes for heavier items and larger boxes for lighter items.

12, Marking your boxes up with the contents and room destination can save a lot of time and effort when unpacking. Having to search through all your boxes to find that one essential item will be the last thing you need.

13, Instead of taking in all this information why not just let us pack for you

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