Packing & Moving Tips
Packing a Priority Carton with items needed on arrival and a First Night Survival Carton with items needed on the first night may ensure your first few hours in your new home will be organised and considerably stress-free.
Trival things can become a major frustration, like having a mobile phone with a flat battery and not knowing where your charger is or looking for your childs special toy or looking for the tea,coffee and cups among the cartons.
We suggest when packing cartons include these and take them with you in the car or ask the removalist to load them on the truck last so they come off first:
First Night Survival Carton
Medication, pyjamas, towels, bed linen for each bed, toiletries, favourite toys, pet food, clothing, foods, kitchen items for the first night.
How to Pack a Carton
When packing yourself, understanding some of the basics the professionals use will help. if you value your small breakables, you will want to pack properly.
- Try to use proper removal boxes. It will make your task easier, your items will be safer, and your move will be completed more quickly
- Cross tape the bottom of the box with good quality tape. Write the name of the room on the tape (dont use permanent marker it as it rubs off)
- Plan what you are putting in each box. Keep breakables to the minimum number of boxes.
- Place a good layer of screwed-up paper across the bottom of the box, and up the sides as high as the first row of items or about 5cm.
- Form a layer of the heaviest items, individually wrapped in paper. If you are also using newspaper, then never let newspaper touch your goods as the ink rubs off. Make sure they fit snugly together so there will be no movement.
- On top of this layer of wrapped items, place another layer of crushed paper, and up the sides.
- Continue layering the items wrapped in plain paper between layers of crushed paper, working up from the heavier items at the bottom, to the lighter, finer items on the top.
- Finish flush to the top of the box with a final layer of crushed newspaper. All items should fit tightly to ensure there is no movement.
- Close and tape the box, marking clearly its contents and the room its going to. Eg. Glassware Kitchen.
- Dont overload cartons. Dont pack large cartons with books or heavy items they will take longer to move.
Kitchen and Laundry
- Dispose of all unsealed food, detergent and cleaning product containers as well as unsealed liquid containers, aerosol cans, flammable fluids, matches, etc
- Secure washing machine motor and drum
Around the Garage
- Dispose of all unsealed liquid containers, aerosol cans, flammable fluids, matches, paints, poisons, oils, fuels, corrosive liquids, etc.
- Drain the fuel and oil from lawnmowers, whipper snippers, edgers, chain saws etc. Clean, dry and prepare as per manufacturers instructions.
- Remove and secure bicycle accessories such as water bottles, pumps etc.
- Secure all sharp objects.
- Empty portable gas cylinders (ask your service station for help if necessary)
Hobbies and Pets
- Empty, wash and spray dog kennels, empty and clean bird cages, fish tanks, etc.
- Prepare and secure any special sporting or hobby equipment.
- Remove or secure all sharp or dangerous objects, including fish hooks, spears, arrows, knives, etc.
Small valuable items, such as keys, assembly instructions for TV, DVD, CD player, Nintendo etc, include easy-to-lose items such as remote controls, mobile phone chargers, tea, coffee, sugar etc, drinks for the children, pen and notebook, toilet paper.
That you wish to take yourself that has items such as wills, jewellery, photographs, contracts, etc
Quick Hints for Packing
The most common packing mistake is to underestimate the packing task.
It is time consuming and should be started well before the moving date and completed at least a day before your move.
- Unbreakables, especially lighter items, are quite safe in heavy-duty garbage bags, which means substantial savings.
- Use bubble wrap on large vases, bowls, etc.
- Put small items (keys etc) into bags and attach to the item. Tape cords to their appliances.
- Appliance bowls, motors, etc may need to be prepared/secured for moving. Check the manufacturers operating instructions for your washer, dryer, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher, and carry out any preparation required.
- Thoroughly clean and dry the inside of all fridges, microwaves, dishwashers and freezers.
- Empty and secure washer pumps and hoses, dry the bowl, and remove any lint from washer and dryer lint filters.
- Drain the water from room cooler or refrigerator evaporation trays.
Electrical and Other Appliances
- Computers and computer equipment, musical instruments, TV and video equipment, sound equipment, play stations etc may all need special handling or preparation. Check the manufacturers operating instructions, and carry out any preparation required.
- Thoroughly clean and dry all food containers and preparation equipment, including the toaster.
- Drain water from evaporative room coolers.
- Prepare all room heaters as per manufacturers instructions, and completely remove and clean fuel and fuel oil from combustion heaters.
- Remove the dust bag from your vacuum cleaner
- Empty, clean and dry the inside of all rubbish, garbage and waste paper bins, etc.
- Around the Garden
- Empty, clean and dry outside rubbish and composting bins, wheelbarrows, etc. disconnect, drain and secure hoses.
- Thoroughly clean grease etc from BBQ, and empty gas cylinders (ask your service station for help if necessary).
- Dismantle, carefully bundle and secure outdoor settings, sporting equipment, swing sets, trampolines, etc
Save Yourself Time and Effort
- Clean rugs, bedspreads, etc after you’ve moved into your new home.
- Don’t attempt mow the lawn or do the washing on the day you’re planning to move.Speak to us about how we can help you with your packing and preparation