The time it will take you to pack all your items depends mainly on their number. For a large house, two months should be enough if you pack one box a day. For smaller homes, one month should be just fine.
- Start with rooms you least need. Makes sense to pack the items you don’t use on a daily basis first. Seasonal items you’re currently not using such as garden tools, coats and Christmas lights are perfect examples.
- Pack one room at a time. This is one of the most important packing tips which for some reason often gets neglected. Doing this will help you stay organised and will later tell the movers, or anyone unloading, which box goes where.
- Declutter. Decluttering your belongings is essential now and then, but it’s even more important before moving house. Before even attempting to pack, you should decide what to sell, donate or throw out. You’ll be glad of it come moving day and your removal guys will be glad that they don’t need to shift your lava lamp, inflatable chair and broken down computers. We have a list of people and charities who will take your unwanted or preloved items which we are happy to send to you.
- Take Photos of the wires at the back of your television or any other electronic set ups. This is a great way to keep track of what goes where when you’re putting everything back together in your new house.
- Do not exceed the limit of 30 pounds (13 kilos) for a box. You might get a back injury or one of the boxes might not be able to withstand the weight. Pack light items in large boxes and heavy items is small boxes. This packing tip alone will save you a great deal of pain… literally.
- Fill empty gaps. Use old newspapers, packing papers, or just old rags to fill gaps in the boxes. This should secure the items for the ride.
- Label your boxes. Write the contents of each box with a marker. Write on the sides of the boxes and not on top, as this will make it easier to recognise them if they’re are stacked. It’s also advisable to use a different colour for every room. Ask your children, if you have any to help you. Kids love drawing and colouring, so what better way to reduce the stress of moving.
- Put heavier boxes on the bottom. By putting your heavy boxes underneath the lighter boxes, you ensure no breakable items will get crushed during the move. This comes of great use when packing books in boxes or when loading furniture in solid containers and inside vehicles.
- Prepare a box of essentials such as tea, coffee, mugs, toilet roll and toiletries, phone charges etc and bedding for moving day. Keep these in a clearly marked bag so they don’t get packed.