It is common knowledge that most people do not enjoy packing, particularly if the house being packed up is large. Nobody however likes ones household goods to be damaged on route due to poor packing. It is critical to the success of the move that the contents of your home be packed correctly and protected whilst in transit. Good packing will reduce the chance of your household goods from being damaged.
If your budget does not allow you the privilege of a packing service, doing your own packing can save you a considerable amount of money. If you wish to pack up the contents of your home yourself you will need to know what materials you will need and also how to pack up each item safely and securely to prevent damage. This guide contains useful tips and information on what to pack, what not to pack and how to pack up many different items. For example, how you pack up your pots and pans will be very different from how you pack up your heirloom china. Keep in mind that you can purchase all moving supplies from Aussie Moving.
If you do not have the time to devote to packing and can afford a packing service, Aussie Moving will be able to pack your household goods along with your furniture. It is critical to book this service in advance and not on moving day. Aussie Moving will provide the packing materials and the content of your home will be professionally packed up usually on the day of moving or the day before. Remember, this is what we do for a living and we have enormous knowledge of packing and know all the best techniques to protect your household contents.
You may also request that Aussie Moving do partial packing. Consider having Aussie Moving pack delicate items such as dishes, crystal, and other fragile pieces. You can reduce the risk of damage by letting us do the packing for these items while reducing your costs by doing the bulk of the packing job yourself.
9 tips to make sure your valuables come out of their boxes in good shape.
1: Use the right size boxes.
Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, in bigger ones. (Large boxes packed with heavy items are a common complaint of professional movers. They not only make the job harder but also have a better chance of breaking.)
2: Put heavier items on the bottoms of boxes, lighter items on top.
And if you’re loading the truck yourself, pack heavier boxes first, toward the front of the truck, for balance.
3: Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes.
Fill in gaps with clothing, towels, or packing paper. Movers often won’t move boxes that feel loosely packed or unbalanced.
4: Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.
It will make your packing quicker and your unpacking a lot easier, too.
5: Label each box with the room it’s from and a description of its contents.
This will help you and your movers know where every box belongs in your new place. Numbering each box and keeping an inventory list in a small notebook is a good way to keep track of what you’ve packed―and to make sure you still have everything when you unpack.
6: Tape boxes well.
Use a couple of pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams, then use one of the movers’ techniques―making a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where stress is concentrated.
7: If you’re moving expensive art, ask your mover about special crating.
Never wrap oil paintings in regular paper; it will stick. For pictures framed behind glass, make an X with masking tape across the glass to strengthen it and to hold it together if it shatters. Then wrap the pictures in paper or bubble wrap and put them in a frame box, with a piece of cardboard between each framed piece for protection.
8: Bundle breakables.
As you pack your dishes, put packing paper around each one, then wrap bundles of five or six together with more paper. Pack dishes on their sides, never flat. And use plenty of bunched-up paper as padding above and below. Cups and bowls can be placed inside one another, with paper in between, and wrapped three or four in a bundle. Pack them all in dish-barrel boxes.
9: Consider other items that will need special treatment.
Movers treat TVs like any other piece of furniture, wrapping them in quilted furniture pads. However, that plasma TVs may require special wooden crates for shipping if you don’t have the original box and can be ruined if you lay them flat. If you’re packing yourself, double-box your TV, setting the box containing the TV into another box that you’ve padded with packing paper.
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