Beginners Guide To Packing Your Home

That time of the year is soon approaching where moving season is at its peak. We have had clients asking us for the best places where to find packing supplies and asking for basic tips about packing. For your pleasure, we will providing you with a guide offering you simple advice which can go a  long way in your move, by keeping your items safe whilst in transit.

Lets take a closer look at some tips and tricks to packing:

1. Before The Packing Process Begins

  • Its important that you purchase the basic supplies you will be needing for packing. You will be needing, packing tape (Avoid purchasing masking tape as its not as strong as packing tape is). Purchase boxes of different sizes to accommodate your items. A marker, so that you can label each box. 
  • Alot of the times when you are moving, you don’t really need to worry about having to purchase new boxes, if you visit your local shopping centers or shops. They usually have alot of boxes which aren’t being used in their storeroom, which they will gladly offer you some. Do make sure to check all the boxes, they mustn’t have visible damage.
  • Always remember that there will be items which will be needing to be put in a suitcase opposed to a box. Items such as certificates, medication, ID documents and so forth. These items you keep with you in a suitcase.
  • Before you begin packing your items, allocate boxes to each room of the house and already start marking them so that no one will get confused.
  • Have enough supplies which will last you for the entire packing process.

2. The Packing Process

  • Before you do begin packing with the boxes, make sure that you are using the correct size box, your aim when packing is to make sure that all the space is taken up of your items in each box. You are wasting space if there are many gaps in each box once you have packed your items.
  • If you are packing any electronic devices, try to pack them in the original boxes unless you have thrown them away.
  • When packing important items such as medications or documents, pack them into a leak-proof container to keep them protected during transit.
  • Whilst packing fragile items, make sure to wrap them in either bubble wrap, newspaper. Even use your clothing as a way to keep items protected in a box. If any items are disassembled, make sure to pack them in the same box as the item they came from. Use a money bag to out the screws in it, mark the bag using a marker indicating which item it came from and tape it on the inside of the box.
  • Make sure that if you have boxes which are too heavy to carry by one person, place them in a area of your home so that the removal team can have easy access to carry the boxes.
  • To indicate to the removal team which boxes are needing to stay upright or are containing fragile items, be sure to mark it clearly on the box so that whoever is carrying the item will be aware to handle it with extra precaution.
  • To follow on the previous point, once you have packed each room, mark each box with a number, word or letter and record it on a inventory. Once your items arrive at the new location, marking your boxes will make organisation alot easier. Its also a great way to monitor all your boxes coming through, if there’s a box missing you will be able to easily record it and to report it to the driver.
  • Lastly, to make the moving process go quickly, move all your boxes to a central area of your home which has easy accessibility. The garage is a great place to pack these items. Don’t forget to keep all the heavy boxes in one section, the fragile boxes in another and so on.
  • If you have to spend some extra money for this point, I strongly recommend that you do so. Make sure to have a “Emergency Box” with you which you can keep aside during the moving process. Pack a first aid kit in there and some other essentials like toilet paper, clothes and etc. Anything can happen during the move, rather be prepared.
  • In the past we have heard of people forgetting to pack a extra suitcase for the trip to your new home. Keep in mind that whilst your items are in transit, anything can happen on the road causing the removal van to be delayed by a extra day or 2. Make sure to pack a suitcase with the basic toiletries, enough clothing to cover you for a few days and most importantly any medication you will require. Do some research of the area you will be staying in. As a precaution, if you know of nobody in the new area, search for some local bed & breakfasts, lodges or even a hotel, just in case the removal van is delayed, at least you can have a back up of accomodations to stay in whilst you wait fot the removal van.

3. The Unpacking Process

  • Importantly, as we mentioned earlier, go through your inventory list and mark off all the items delivered, make sure that everything has arrived. If not, you will need to call the removal company immediately.
  • As you were packing all your items before you moved, use the same procedure. Unpack room by room and most importantly pack box by box, you don’t want your home to look all chaotic. Things will get broken or lost easily. Rather unpack one box completely, then begin on the next.
  • Set up all the major furniture around your home. Beds, couches, wardrobes and etc. Place them around your new home the way you want them.
  • If you are a parent with kids at a age where they are responsible enough to unpack their own items. Allow them to do so, first assist them placing all the big items (Bed, desk and etc), thereafter allow them to unpack their own boxes.