Moving & Packing Tips

Moving Tips

•   Clear out unwanted goods — hold a garage sale.
•   Get rid of flammables — paint, petrol, gas cylinders.
•   Empty fuel from mowers, clippers, trimmers and so on.
•   Clothes — do you need them all? Charity shops may want them.
•   Separate books — disposable, family reading, valuable.
•   Check all electrical goods — will they work in the new home?
•   Start making up your change of address list.
•   Arrange to have mail forwarded.
•   Arrange termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other main suppliers.
•   If you are taking electrical goods such as a stereo, see if you still have their original boxes.
•   Have rugs cleaned.
•   If you have children, separate cherished toys to travel with you.
•   Round up personal documentation — marriage/birth certificates, driving licenses and so on.
•   Keep passports separate so they are not packed.
•   Want to take the car? Check on import regulations and the duty payable.
•   To say nothing of family pets — make sure vaccinations and documentation are up to date.
•   Will your new home be ready? If not, you need to arrange temporary storage.
•   Shops, schools, theatre, lifestyles — it’s never too early to find out about your new home
• Start running down freezer stocks.
•   Arrange your finances — close or transfer bank accounts, savings accounts and so on, if necessary.

Packing Tips

•   Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.
•   Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack. Clothes in drawers can be placed in suitcases.
•   Use only small boxes for books. They get very heavy, very fast.
•   Never use printed newsprint to wrap fine china.
•   Always stack dishes upwards when packing.
•   Pack important and sentimental documents separately to be easily accessible including: children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information and photo albums.
•   Remember: the heavier the item, the smaller the box.
•   Don’t pack with food or supermarket boxes. You never know what little critter is hiding – or if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions.
•   Don’t use used boxes. You don’t know if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions.
•   Never use duct tape – use packing tape.
•   Clearly label all boxes on top and side.
•   As you take apart furniture and other items make sure to tape all parts to the main base.
•   Try to pack all electronic equipment, like stereos in their original boxes. Otherwise use bubble wrap when packing these items.
•   Start packing items you will not need ahead of time.
•   Always pack and unpack breakables over a padded surface.
•   Always tape boxes. Don’t interlock the tops.
•   Don’t use boxes without tops. No tops make it impossible to stack properly in the truck.
•   Use custom-designed boxes when packing fine china and clothing.

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