- Begin packing well ahead of the move.
- Start by packing non essential items.
- Use good, strong boxes, and always fully secure the bottoms.
- Concentrate on one room at a time, clearly labelling by item and room.
- Designate an area close to the front door to place all of the filled boxes.
- Pack your one of a kind items (wills, certificates, jewellery, etc) separately so that they can be carried with you on moving day.
- Pack non-breakables tightly in smaller boxes, keeping them a comfortable carrying weight.
- Pack books flat and alternate the bindings so they stack evenly.
- Make sure you have enough wardrobe boxes it’ll save you ironing later
- Use bubble wrap, wrapping paper, or tissue paper to wrap all breakables.
- Newspaper will leave ink smudges and should only be used to cushion items that are already protected.
- Use towels, old linen, and blankets to wrap and cushion fragile items.
- Make sure the boxes are clearly labeled FRAGILE, and stack them towards the top of the piles.
- When you take your bed apart, bind the frames together with tape or rope.
- Fill drawers with clothes or wrapped items. Cover them with old linen or a blanket.
- Cover tables with old linen or a blanket. If you can, remove the legs. Wrap the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag and tie them to a leg.
- For white goods, appliances, and other electronic equipment, check owner’s manual for any special instructions for moving.
- Fill washing machines with stuffed toys, towels, old linen, and blankets to keep the tub from moving around during the move.
- Secure all drawers, ice containers, and other loose parts in the refrigerator. For protection, pad any exposed coils.
- Loosen handlebars on bikes and turn them sideways.
- Cover chains and pedals to keep oil and grease off other items.
- Wrap small mirrors and pack them in boxes.
- Cover wall mirrors, large paintings and other artwork, and if they fit, slide into wardrobe boxes.
- If outdoor furniture is too heavy or bulky, disassemble what you can and place the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag to be taped to one part.
- Roll up carpets and rugs and secure with rope or tape.
- Make sure all sharp edges on tools or attachments are wrapped to prevent injury.
- Pack power tools with plenty of cushioning, and tape or tie tool chests securely.
- Carefully dispose of the petrol and oil from lawnmower and other machinery, as well as any flammable or poisonous household products.