Packing the entire contents of your home into boxes to be moved to your new house can be an incredibly daunting task. Almost all of the stress and problems of moving can be avoided just by following a few key tips and tricks for packing before the big move.

Plan Ahead

The earlier you start packing to move house, the better. Items go missing and breakages occur when you try to get everything done in a last minute rush. Starting around a month before the moving date, set aside a spare room in the house or some space in the garage to start storing packed materials that you won’t be needing until after the move. Mark every box with clear labels so that you don’t forget what’s in them or which room of the house they are allocated to.

Enquire About What’s Included in the Removal Costs

If you’ve made the decision to use the service of professional removalists, find out what packing materials are included in the removal price. Look into the option of hiring packing boxes for your removal so that you can return them for re-use once the move is over. That way, you know you’re getting good, sturdy and reliable boxes to transport your valuable goods. Ask whether the removalists can help you unpack and decide what is best to be packed professionally and what you can do on your own. Finally, it’s very important to check your insurance cover for any damage that may occur during the move.

Some Tips for Packing

  • Pack heavy items at the bottom of the box and the lighter items on top.
  • Fill the empty space of a packed box with fabric, like dishtowels or clothing, or use butcher’s paper or bubble wrap. This will ensure that items won’t shift during the move.
  • Use a range of box sizes for different items.
  • Don’t pack boxes heavier than 20kg. This will not only avoid the danger of back injury, but also will reduce the likelihood of the bottom of the box giving out.
  • Make sure all moving boxes can close and seal properly on the top. Don’t pack any boxes with items sticking out at the top.
  • Pack small, loose items in jewellery boxes, shoeboxes or resealable plastic bags before they are packed in a moving box so that they stay safe and organised.
  • Garbage bags will rip and tear easily and are often more trouble than they’re worth.

Leave the Tricky Stuff to the Professionals

In order to guarantee that all your belongings get to your new home in one piece, it’s best to leave the difficult items, such as mirrors, fridges and other large appliances to qualified removalists. After all, they have been professionally trained and have completed hundreds of moves throughout their careers and they know how to get the job done quickly and efficiently.