Moving house is a complicated process and there are a lot of things that can go wrong. If you are packing for yourself, it is important that you pack your boxes well to minimise risk to your goods and increase the ease of transport. To make your Canberra move go smoother, we have decided to share some important and helpful moving tips:
Pack heavy items into smaller boxes. This reduces wasted space so that you don't end up with half-filled boxes because they are too heavy to have any more put into them.
Don't put too many heavy items in one box. This makes the box difficult to handle and increases the risk of the bottom of the box giving way. We recommend a box not be heavier than 20 kilos.
Keep screws and other such small items together with it's parent item. If you have to disassemble a large item like a bed, it is much easer to assemble again if you keep all of its parts together during the move. A common way this is done is by taping the screws to the item, or if you cannot, another option is to pack them in a clearly labeled container.
Pack heavy items into the bottom of a box then pack lighter items on top. This makes the box more stable so it is much less likely to fall over while being transported.
Reinforce the bottom of the box with masking tape. When the box is heavy, there is a chance that the bottom of the box can tear or buckle and the send contents of the box spilling out onto the ground. That is why the bottom of the box should be reinforced, usually this is done through taping up the bottom of the box.
Make sure the box can be properly closed. When a box cannot be properly closed, usually because the box is over-full or there are items protruding above the level of the top of the box, then the box is much more difficult to store safely in transit and so are more likely to be damaged.
Pad the empty spaces in a box with soft items such as towels or scrunched up butcher's paper. This keeps items from crashing into each other while moving and becoming damaged.
Individually wrap fragile items before packing them. By wrapping items like plates and vases before packing them, you help protect those items for chipping and breaking while being moved. You should also pad the empty spaces inside box to further reduce the movement of, and the likelihood of damage to, any fragile items while moving house.
Keep your most important documents and small items with you during your move. Keeping important items, such as birth certificates and real estate contracts, with you during your move is very important. Keeping your documents with ensures that you have instant access to your important documents and makes sure that you don't loose them. While Pearl Transport has full transport insurance and take the upmost care will all of our clients goods, events out of our control can cause unfortunate accidents and we understand that some objects are far more sentimentally valuable than financially so. If you keep your most treasured items with you during your move, you can "keep an eye" on them and do your best to make sure they don't come to harm.
Think about arranging insurance for any large valuable items. While Pearl Transport has full transport insurance, you may want to consider organising separate insurance for any especially valuable items you may need transported. We recommend not trying to transport large, valuable items yourself as improperly transporting large items is likely to cause damage. If you have a valuable large item, such as a treasured grandfather clock or piece of artwork, you can talk to us about arranging separate insurance for your valuable items during your move.
Make a list of everything you need to do in your move. While this is a basic tactic, it is one of the most useful things you can do to keep your move organised. Make a list of items you need to keep separate from the general boxing, such as birth certificates and other important documents and objects you can't afford to lose as well as items like clothing and toiletries that you will need while you are moving and unpacking. List all of the people and organisations you need to update your address with: the phone and internet company, centrelink, your banking and superannuation organisations and so on. If you have all the things you need to do when moving down on a list, you won't forget anything and will always know what to do next.