Most of these tips are just common sense and we are sure you are well aware of most of them, however these tips maybe something you have not considered and may help you with yourmove.
When packing into boxes please bear in mind the following
Do not put too much weight in a box
The heavier the items (Tins Books etc) the smaller the box should be
Aim for a box you can lift comfortably, usually no more than 25kg
Do not put too little volume or weight in a box you end up carrying more boxes
A part full box is not as strong so is more likely to get crushed and items more likely to move and get damaged
If your box is heavy but not full consider packing into a smaller box or filling the space with something light. (Towels, crunched newspaper etc)
Do not overfill a box, as it will not stack well
On the subject of stacking, you will get the best use of space, and the best security for your goods if the boxes are Strong double walled cardboard for anything but the lightest /strongest items so that they can be stacked and carried with confidence.
Choose boxes the same size in at least one dimension, preferably two dimensions, so they can be packed with minimal gaps, between them. You will see the benefit of this as you pack and need to move full boxes out of your own way.
We therefore recommend that unless you have access to a large quantity of strong and similar boxes
(e.g. stacking fruit boxes from a local supermarket are useful for some items), you consider purchasing our specially designed packing boxes for the job. Packing materials are readily available with next day delivery.
Each box should ideally be Labelled, Contents, Destination room, Fragile and marked if first or last to unpack, e.g. kettle.
Labelling also applies to bags which are a more effective way of packing soft/bulky/soft items such as bedding and clothing. These items can then be used to fill spaces that boxes would not thereby further protecting your fragile items, whilst saving space.
Some of your storage items (suitcases, drawers, etc) can be filled with other lightweight items
such as clothes and linen.
Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap or packing paper and stack tightly, filling any remaining space
around them with newspaper or similar, so they cannot move within the box. Do not forget to put some packing material below and above such items.
Large Mirrors, Pictures etc cover both sides with bubble wrap and heavy cardboard then wrap with strong tape
Garage and Garden items, tape long garden tools together in bundles keeping them manageable. Remove Fuel from mowers, chainsaws etc. Pack power tools in strong boxes with plenty of padding material, and ensure no sharp edges could be exposed.
TV, Hi-Fi, Computer etc. Ideally pack in the original boxes. For loose items be sure to fasten trailing power cords to the back. Sometimes items such as Printers, scanners, turntables etc have a facility to lock moving parts for transport. Also remove any loose media, e.g. CDs DVDs as these may jam in your machine.
Un-plumb, fasten up the power cords and drain in advance. For these bulky items there is no need to wrap them. Once on the truck we will protect them once on the truck with heavy moving blankets.
Mattresses, Sofas, and Chairs we would suggest they be wrapped so they do not pickup dirt, particularly mattresses, consider wrapping fabric chairs and sofas for similar reasons.
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