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Need basic moving packing tips to get started? In order to pack you will need the following:
- Boxes – big and small (proper furniture removal boxes preferred)
- Packing paper – also known as Butchers paper. (don’t use newspaper as the ink comes off)
- Packing tape – (don’t use any other type of tape as it will not stick properly)
- Texta – write on the sides of your boxes, not the top.
Do not pack the following:
Flammables – look for the red symbol
Unsealed liquid containers
Moving house packing tips – a Few Removalist Terms you should know
“Scrunch “ is used to describe packing paper scrunched up to use as filler or shock absorber within the box.
“Fragile” is easily defined by considering, “if I press on this item hard, will it break?” If the answer is “yes”, it is fragile and needs more attention and more scrunch! If the answer is maybe, use the same approach.
“Telescope” is defined as placing items inside other items to save on space. E.g plastic cups telescope into one another or sit inside one another.
Our packing tips for moving house are useful and will save you a tonne of time and money if done correctly.
Packing tips for moving glassware – Kitchen and Dining
The Fundamental Rules of Professionally Packing Glassware – moving house packing tips
Step-by step packing tips for moving house where glassware is involved:
Moving House Packing Tips – Stemware (Wine and Champagne Glasses)
Packing tips for moving house – The Fundamental Rules to Professionally Packing Stemware
Step-by-step procedure – packing tips for moving stemware:
Packing tips for moving miscellaneous Items – Bedrooms, Entertaining Areas, Study, Bathrooms, Laundry……
Moving house packing tips – The Fundamental Rules to Professionally Packing Miscellaneous Items
Miscellaneous Items in the KITCHEN – method for packing tips for moving house
Wrap in paper as best as possible and place in the BOTTOM of the box with a 3-4 inch layer of scrunch under it to protect against any shock, protect dials and fragile protrusions by facing them into the wall or corner of the box
Canned foods, beverages, heavy pantry food stuffs
Use small boxes, pack upright and push tightly together in an orderly fashion. Wrap wine, glass jars or glass bottles with packing paper. Use scrunch to build flat layers and plug any gaps
Remove the dish and roller! Wrap and pack them separately in the same box. Build a 3-4 inch layer of scrunch on the bottom of the box and place the microwave vertically in the box against the wall. Cover the microwave with paper once packed. Alternatively you can leave the microwave out of a box and allow us furniture removalists to take care of it with felt padding. Sometimes the best packing tips for moving house means depending on the services of us, and not doing it yourself.
These items are great for making heavy boxes lighter and they don’t need wrapping with paper. Simply place them in the box, shuffle them around so the sit firmly and telescope items together that small containers fit inside big containers. Use scrunch to make a flat layer to build on or to firmly close a box full of Tupperware.
Wrap knives, forks and spoons in their groups. Use 3 – 4 sheets of paper and place in the box. Similarly, wrap other utensils like egg flips, tongs, basting brushes etc…. in groups of about 5 – 6. Ensure sharp objects like knives don’t poke out of the paper as they can cut you, or scratch other items in the box. If you have one knife that keeps poking through, just keep wrapping it in more paper until it is concealed and safe. Paper will make you victorious eventually.
Pots and pans
Start by wrapping each item individually, placing them on their base and wrapping the paper around and stuffing down into the middle of the item. Then place your biggest frypans and cooking plates against the wall of the box. A great way to reduce the number of kitchen boxes you pack is by telescoping small pots into big pots separated by layers of paper. Build layers to minimise movement and maximise the number of items packed in each box.
Packing tips for moving miscellaneous Items
Moving house packing tips – The Fundamental Rules to Professionally Packing Miscellaneous Items in the LIVING ROOM
The best moving house packing tip is to BACK UP your data first before packing. A standard computer with a flat screen can fit in one large box. Build a 3 -4 inch layer of scrunch on the bottom of the box, place the Hard Drive in first without paper, then wrap the exposed sides once packed. Place your flat screen face down, diagonally on your packing paper, fold the paper around as best as possible and carefully place in the box vertically, facing the Hard Drive or the other wall of the box. Carefully wrap the key board and the mouse separately and pack them next to the flat screen or Hard Drive. Small speakers and the camera will fit too. Build a layer of scrunch around the packed items and firmly plug any gaps. Fill the rest of the box with a pillow or any other light and or soft items
DVD players, Stereo and electrical equipment
Build a layer of scrunch on the bottom of the box, 3 -4 inches thick as if you were packing glass (see previous packing tips for moving glassware). Place the item on a piece of packing paper and place it carefully in the box horizontally if possible, you can place it vertically against the wall of the box if it won’t fit horizontally. Chances are you will not be able to wrap it, if this is the case just wrap it once the item is in the box. As above, dials and buttons should face the wall, fragile tops like paper feed trays for printers, needs to be covered by a layer of scrunch and then light items on top. If you follow these moving house packing tips correctly, your valuable equipment will not break during the transfer.
DVD’s, Video’s, Discs etc.
These items don’t need to be separated by paper unless you have an expensive collection that is highly valuable. Keep in mind if there is dust and movement in your box, you may get scratches. Place these items vertically and then horizontally if you need to keep everything square and tight. Use scrunch to keep layers level and fill gaps.
Flat Screen TV’s
If you are concerned about our packing tips for moving your flat screen, Complete Removals can provide an extra service. Use a special Flat screen TV box which can be purchased from Complete Removals or just use a soft cotton bed sheet to wrap around. Once wrapped, tape it on so it won’t fall off. Then allow our furniture removalists to take care of the rest with our thick felt padding and professional truck packing techniques.
Lamps, Large vases or similar items
Wrap them in paper, bed sheets or blankets and place them in a box if they fit. You must make a layer of scrunch in the bottom of the box and pack the rest of the box firmly to minimise internal movement. Our moving packing tips need to be followed correctly so as to ensure that your delicate items will not break during the shipping.
There is a specific box called a “Lampshade box” that you can purchase from Complete Removals if you give us enough notice. If they fit in a standard large box, telescope them together (one inside the other to add strength) and pack them in a box lightly packed box. If they don’t fit, you can either leave them for our furniture removalists to take care of it or make your own box. If you follow our packing tips for moving lampshades, your item will be safe. Cut up two boxes with a box cutter, then make them into one large box. Tape it together to make it strong – that’s our secret professional moving house packing tip for customised storing.
Use small boxes, pack vertically and then horizontally to keep square and maximise how many you can fit in any one box. Pack the gaps with scrunch. The most common mistake people make when packing books is not filling the box right to the top. Doing this will result in the boxes collapsing when stacked, so ensure you follow our moving packing tips carefully.
Packing tips for moving miscellaneous Items
Moving house packing tips – The Fundamental Rules to Professionally Packing Miscellaneous Items in the BEDROOM and OUTSIDE
Fold Manchester, pillows, towels and tea towels. Squeeze any air out and place in a box. These items are great to use as padding or as filler for heavy boxes to make them lighter.
Most conveniently use Port-a-robes, or clothes flat packs and keep hang able clothes flat. This way they will not get creased. Call our team for more information. If you would rather save on costs, leave them on their hangers, fold them in half and carefully place them in the box, you can do this in groups of up to 5 clothes at a time to speed up the process. For non-hanging clothes, place them in an orderly fashion trying to keep the layers square, level and gap free.
Tools and shed equipment
Use small boxes with heavy items and large boxes for the bigger, lighter items. There is no need to be really strict on separating items with paper or building layers with shed items. Just stick to the fundamental principles when dealing with weight and fragile items. Be sure not to pack flammables and keep liquids containers upright and mark the box with an arrow pointing to the top. See our previous moving packing tips above for what not to pack.
Final packing tips for moving house
If our aforementioned moving house packing tips are useful, share it with your friends that are moving soon. On the other hand, if our moving packing tips seem a little too difficult, relax. Just call us for a fast quote on our professional packing service or click on the button to get a call back.
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