Whether packing for your move to a new city or home is an art or a science; doing it poorly is not an option. This is because the results can be disastrous and costly. When done properly, you can unpack without a hitch and complete your move with all your material possessions intact. Do it Yourself Packing If you are doing your packing, give yourself plenty of time. Plan carefully, be organised and be methodical in packing. This will allow you to save time, money and a lot of stress. One thing you can do to make sure you remain in control is by keeping a diary where you can write down the allotted time or days for packing each room. Follow the schedule in your dairy and don’t allow yourself to stray from the task of the moment, which is packing! Be ready with the supplies you will need for your packing. Use a brightly coloured tub as your ‘Packing Stuff’ kit, where you will find a tape gun, extra rolls of tape, black and red marking pens, sticky labels and bubble-wrap. Also buy boxes, tissue paper, newspaper and corrugated cardboard boxes. Start your packing with the things that you haven’t used or looked at in years. The move can also be a time for you to shed a few material possessions from your life. You can dispose of them or donate them to charity, if still useful. Labelling boxes will make the unpacking in your new home easier and more efficient. Label the boxes with the room and general description, like ‘Kitchen-plates and cutlery’. For boxes with fragile items, label them as ‘Fragile’ or ‘Top Load Only’, using a red marking pen. Do not use tempting labels such as ‘Gold Jewellery’, to avoid the theft of your valuables. Follow the step by step guide in packing major appliances, electronics, pictures, frames and mirrors, as well as flatware and plates. This will ensure that these items arrive safely in your home. If the packing is not done correctly, the items may end up broken or unusable. Hire a Professional to Pack for you Handing over the task of packing for your move to professional movers will save you time, stress and physical effort. Moving companies will lend you the boxes and other supplies needed for your packing, so you don’t need to buy items that you will not need after your move. They will also provide the truck that will transport your belongings to your new home. You can have peace of mind knowing your items are being handled by experts and that they will be transported to your new home. Professional removalists have the training and experience to pack, load, unload and unpack your items efficiently and in a timely manner.
Many of our clients can tell us in hindsight the importance of using good quality packing materials. Many a time our No Damage Removals** **moving staff have been greeted with the very real issue of dealing with boxes that are not strong enough to cope with the weight that has been packed into them. There are different strengths and densities to cardboard that do not become apparent to some until you are packing up your home. Cardboard boxes are generally manufactured from corrugated fibre board. This is when you see the flutes or waves between the outer layers of two flat fibre boards. The flute thickness can vary from 0.8 mm to 4.8 mm. Depending on the strength required you can also graduate into a single wall or double walled product. It is the flute combined with the wall that makes the strength of the box itself. You don’t need to pack toilet paper and packets of chips into a box that is strong enough to hold the books from your bookshelf. Alternatively, you do not want to pack your heavy books into the box the toilet paper was shipped in! Not if you value your books, that is. Another thought for you to consider is do not fill large boxes with books or heavy items. This massively increases the weight to be lifted. Better to pack heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in bigger boxes. The Use of Quality Tape The new age of the open market has allowed for lesser quality or imported products to become available in just about any range you care you shop in. The arena that is all things tape is no different. You will find that you can buy what looks like the exact same tape for two very different prices. One product may be $6 or more whilst the other may only be $1. We all have a budget and it could be easy to be seduced by the savings when you consider you will use up to eight or more rolls of tape to move a 4-bedroom home. Just be aware that some tapes on the market do not seem to stick properly to cardboard. Whether this is due to dust or perhaps humidity we cannot say but we can tell you that cheap tape often lifts off the box which can lead to possible spills or breakages.