Moving tips

Find out how to get organised, what supplies you’ll require and how to pack all of your valuables.
By following our suggestions, you’ll find packing isn’t as hard as you first imagined.


Get Packing

  • 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

Fragile Items

  • 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.

Bulky Items

  • 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.

Tricky Items

  • 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.