Packing Tips

Decide on packing needs. Choose which belongings you will pack and what gets left for the professional packers.

Source packing supplies. You can always discuss your needs while booking process. We also supply boxes and packaging material.

Always use Professional packing materials,such as Heavy-Duty Moving Boxes (Large and Small), Picture Boxes, Bubble-Wrap, Tape, Markers, Labels, Cutter, Small and Large zip-lock bags. Always buy more to avoid untimely shopping trips.

Use white paper sheets (like ‘butcher’s paper’) for clean packing as newspaper will leave stains.

Check our Moving Checklist for extra help.

How To Pack a Box

Always Double tape the bottom and single tape on top of boxes.

Use the right carton. Pack lighter items in bigger moving boxes and heavier items such as Books, DVD’s, office and kitchen items in smaller cartons.

Avoid overloading. Pack boxes to 10-15 kg maximum for easy lifting and low risk of ‘giving out’.

Distribute weight. Pack heavy items on the bottom of the carton and lighter items on top.

Fill the box to the top otherwise half-filled are tend to break/crash.

Fill empty space. To help limit movement, use fabric, tea towels, clothing, paper, or bubble wrap to completely fill moving cartons. This also helps prevent boxes from collapsing.

Close boxes properly. Never pack a box that doesn’t close or has items sticking out the top. All your moving boxes should be properly closed and securely taped.

Label every moving box you pack for each room. Writing contents inside will help you in long run if you’re looking for a specific item.

Do not pack dangerous goods such as corrosive, flammable, explosive, spontaneously combustible, toxic, oxidizing or water-reactive goods.

Consider your first night. Moving house can be a tiring exercise, packing a separate ‘First Night Box’ containing bed linen, towels, a change of clothes, and toiletries for all family members helps you a lot.

How to Pack Makeup

Remember these packing tips for moving house when it comes to moving cosmetics:

If possible, pack makeup in a hard cosmetics case.

Separate liquids, creams, dry items and brushes.

Use zip-lock bags to separate eye, lip and nail products.

Cover the top of open toiletries with glad wrap, then screw lids back on.

Use an extra cotton pad or ball in cosmetic cases to help prevent breakage.

Put products like self-tan (that stain) in a plastic bag.

Tips for Dismantling Furniture

Break down items which come apart easily that you won’t need to use in the lead up to moving house. Our team of professional removalists can also assist you with dismantling furniture at no extra cost.

Take a picture. Before dismantling any computer equipment or electronics, photograph the cords and connections to help you remember where all the wires go.

Secure little things. Keep zip lock bags handy for small objects like screws and nuts.

Flat pack or dismantle as much as possible.

Pack odd-shaped items in larger cartons to secure and stack them more efficiently.

Try not to leave any goods or clothes inside cupboards and drawers. Adding weight greatly increases the risk of movement damage in transit.

Never pack your treasures inside furniture, such as cupboards and drawers.

Remove accessories from sporting equipment (like bike pumps, water bottles) and pack together.

Don’t risk spills. Drain garden hoses and tighten the lids on all jars or bottles in the pantry before packing.

Look sharp. Take special care when packing sharp objects, ensuring sharp edges are well insulated.

Remove BBQ hoods, grills, hotplates and gas burners. Line a suitable carton with heavy duty plastic and place all BBQ components in a box of their own.

Where to Begin

Start by packing the belongings you use least (such as books, CDs, DVDs and items stored in the roof space or garage).

Go room by room. Pack one room at a time, keeping all the packed boxes for each room together.

You can Use vacuum seal bags for out-of-season clothing

Don’t take cloths of their Hanger, use a bin liner to wrap around clothes to easily transport. Wrapping them from the bottom will help prevent losing any clothes that might slip off the hangers.

Make use of baskets, laundry bins and suitcases by packing things inside them.

Moving Do’s And Don’ts

Plan your access. Before you start moving house, check around for safety hazards like tree branches, puddles, low walls, gates and poles.

Clear the decks. So you can move safely, clear high-traffic areas of any obstacles. Set aside heavier boxes as well as lighter, more fragile items.

Consider the weather. If you’re moving in the middle of summer, try to load up as early in the day as possible to avoid the heat, and don’t forget to apply sunscreen. If you’re moving in winter, then keep an eye on any rain clouds; wet weather can make surfaces slippery, cardboard moving boxes soggy, and damage furniture.

Back care. It might sound obvious, but always lift from your knees. If you’re prone to back problems, consider wearing a back brace on moving day. Back injury is the most common result of bending the moving house safety rules.

Plan several breaks during the day and allocate time for meals and refreshments so you can recharge. Be sure to have plenty of bottled water on hand.

Get a sitter. Organising someone else to care for little people and pets.

Hire, borrow or buy moving trolleys and have plenty of blankets on hand to protect walls and doorways from furniture scuffmarks.

Right tool for the job. One of our hottest moving house safety tips is equip yourself correctly—you’ll be surprised how much time and trouble it saves.

Good Luck with your moving and if you need any help, just call OYO MOVERS on 13000 13131 or Book Online (24x7)

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