Start early by packing non-essential items. Leave yourself plenty of time as there will be a lot to do!
Use boxes designed for the items you are packing - for example, dish pack for dishes, wardrobe boxes for clothing. The structural integrity of used boxes can be compromised and supermarket boxes could be infested.
Do not use boxes that have no lids. They can not be stacked easily and your items are likely to be damaged.
Try to group items from each room in the same boxes.
Use only small boxes for books as they can get heavy quickly.
Provide a cushion the bottom of boxes with crumpled paper. Do not overload boxes. They are liable to break and contents can be damaged. Boxes should not exceed 40 lbs. Put heavier items in the bottom and progress with lighter items toward the top of the box. Lift the box occasionally to make sure is not too heavy.
Fill all gaps with small items or crumpled paper so that the carton is less likely to collapse. When the box is almost full, make a top cushion with more paper so that other boxes can be stacked on top.
Use plenty of bubble wrap or packing paper for fragile items and mark these boxes as "Fragile". Do not use newspaper for fragile items as the ink can stain.
Do not seal your boxes until our movers have had an opportunity to evaluate the packing on move day. If we are to be responsible for your precious items, it is critical that we make sure that the items are packed in such a way that they are as safe as they can be.
Use packing tape rather than duct tape. Duct tape doesn't stick to corrugated cardboard boxes. Make sure boxes are securely sealed.
Mark the boxes clearly on the top and side so that we know which rooms to place the boxes in your new home.
Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack. Place clothes that were in drawers in to suitcases.
If possible, try to pack all electronic equipment in their original boxes. If you no longer have these boxes, use bubble wrap.
Stack dishes upwards when packing.
Do not pack perishables such as frozen and refrigerated foods, open or half-used products and hazardous materials such as gasoline, propane tanks, oils, cleaning supplies, guns, ammunition, paints, car batteries or chemicals. We cannot transport such items.
Most importantly, do not pack valuable items such as cash, jewellery, checkbooks, and also important documentation such as financial documents, insurance policies, medical/dental records, airline tickets, new house documents and other important items such as prescription medicines, keys, family photos and wedding albums. You should take these items with you as you travel to your new home. Set aside and mark "Do Not Move" on these items.
Pack a box of essentials that you will need as soon as you move in to your new home and make sure it's the last thing added to the truck.