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Moving Boxes and Packaging Tips

Use book boxes for heavier items like books and crockery.

  1. Wrap crockery in butchers paper. Avoid using newspaper as the ink will rub off and leave a stain.
    Items should be wrapped individually to prevent damage.
    We recommend you use acid free tissue paper on your valuable china.
    Glasses and fragile items should be wrapped individually in bubble wrap.
    Topload only labels and glass handle with care labels are also a way of identifying that the box contains fragile items.
    Place a layer of scrunched up butchers paper on the top and bottom of each box for cushioning.
    Also fill in any voids in the box with butchers paper or bubble wrap.
  2. Boxes should be cross taped for maximum strength with good quality packing tape.
    If storing, also tape across the ends of the box to stop any insects from entering the box.
  3. Clearly mark each box with room contents e.g. bedroom, lounge etc to help identify items once you reach your destination.
  4. Boxes all look the same when stacked on top of each other.
  5. It is a good idea to place a different coloured label on the face of each box for easy identification e.g. green labels for bedrooms, orange labels for kitchen etc. Fragile tape or fragile labels are recommended to identify boxes that have fragile items in them.
  6. Do not make boxes too heavy, as this will increase the chance of any damage. It is false economy to try and place all your belongings in large boxes.
  7. Prepare for your first night, and place all your essential items like toiletries, a few mugs, tea, coffee etc in one or two book boxes and clearly label these boxes with a marker so that they are easily identifiable.
  8. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in picture boxes.
  9. If any of your picture frames do not have glass fronts, it is best to wrap these in butchers paper or Kraft bubble wrap.
  10. Kraft bubble wrap has a layer of kraft paper on one side, which helps prevent condensation.
  11. Matress covers and lounge covers are available to help protect them from dust etc during transportation and storage.
  12. Pots and pans, tupperware etc should be placed in tea chest cartons.
  13. Clothing can be placed in either a tea chest carton, linen carton or port-a-robe. A port-a-robe can also be used as a temporary wardrobe. Vacuum bags are also a good idea to reduce space used by bulky items.
  14. Toiletries and kitchen pantry items should be packed in either a book box or our handy-pak box as these items can get quite heavy.
  15. Opened bottles of perfume, after shave etc should be placed in zip-lock bags to prevent any spillage during transport.
  16. If you are storing on a concrete floor, boxes should be placed on a layer of black plastic, as the cardboard will absorb moisture from the concrete, particularly in colder months.
  17. If shipping small items overseas a secure way is to polystrap the box and then run a layer of stretchwrap to ensure its safety.
  18. Use removal blankets as protection of furniture during transit.
  19. When arriving at your new destination it is advisable to open the box by cutting through the packing tape with a knive.
  20. Using a tape dispenser is an easy way to seal each box and will save you a lot of time.

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