Moving house can be an exciting time. It can also be a time when things reach their breaking point - quite literally. The moving process is one that, if not planned efficiently and with some careful attention to detail, can result in some unwanted breakage to your personal possessions. When it comes to packing up your belongings to move house, the quality and consideration of the boxes you use, makes a huge difference on the outcome. Before putting all your creative energy into how you’ll deck out the new pad, you want to make sure the belongings that will decorate your space, arrive in one piece.
So how do you ensure your boxes are up to scratch - to avoid a scratch? It’s all about size, shape and what you use inside the box to stop items rolling around. The process of relocating consists of not only choosing the right sized boxes, but also packing the boxes carefully and also how you load the boxes into your moving vehicle. Listed below are 5 tricks to help you ensure that you choose the right boxes for your move, and also that your packing technique creates an inner sanctuary for your valuables while in transit.
If you’re working room by room, group similar sized items together, and then choose your box size according to what you’re placing inside. Bigger items like furniture and electronics will generally require a whole box per item due to shape and dimension. Smaller items, especially breakables and ornaments, can be packed into smaller boxes lined with bubble-wrap and inner-dividers. Smaller items can really add up in weight when a whole lot are stacked together, so it can be a smart move to group them in a few smaller boxes. Keep the large-sized boxes for your big items and books, DVDs, electronics and smaller furniture pieces.
Wrapping and Stacking
Small or big, a box only acts as an outer shell for items to sit inside, and won’t ensure that items don’t smash into each other while in transit. A massively important factor when moving, is taking the time to properly wrap your breakables, individually. Imagine you’re stacking your boxes like a dishwasher, but a dishwasher that’s going to be picked up and moved somewhere else - with the dishes sitting inside. You want to make sure those dishes are as closely packed together as possible, nothing sitting loosely without fitting it into an area securely. Big items on the bottom to provide some support, smaller items placed on top, covering all surface space. Bubble-wrap is your best friend and can be the buffer between items to stop the gaps allowing for movement.
Boxing Matches - Match Them Right
Recycling is always a smart idea and it’s great to have a few odd boxes lying around in storage to pull out during the moving process. For heavier items though, or really special possessions, make sure you use boxes specifically designed for moving, and choose your box according to what you’re placing inside of it. Specially-made moving boxes are the way to go if you really want peace of mind that your belongings will travel safely. For a couple of dollars each depending on size, new, high-quality moving boxes are a great investment for a drama-free relocation. Old, used boxes can be prone to tears and collapsing, so stick to really sturdy boxes if you want to keep your items secure.
Divide and Conquer
For an added layer of protection for your breakables, take advantage of dividers that you can use inside your moving boxes. Especially important when packing your glassware and other dinnerware items. If you have a few old, used boxes lying around that you don’t entirely trust - cut these up into rectangular strips and use them as dividers within your proper packing boxes. Once items are bubble-wrapped and placed within dividers, you really don’t have to worry about them moving or breaking - they just won’t be able to!
Label and Seal - Don’t Lose and Separate
Sealing each box with a strong packing tape is a crucial element to your final packing stages. Ensure that your tape is covering all sides of the box if possible, and coming from opposite corners. Placing tape in a balanced, crossover helps prevent the box from collapsing when it’s stacked, meaning your items will remain protected and secure. Once taped in, write in a permanent marker on the top of each box, what’s contained inside. A massive timesaver on the other end is when you don’t have to open every box to check the contents before putting it inside the room it belongs to.
Then it’s Time To Move
If you’ve been game enough to take on the task of packing all your items up without any professional help, you’ve done half the job already. Why not hand over the baton, save yourself some time and potential injury, and seek some external help from one of the best in the business.
Give John Ryan Removals a bell - the expert removalists in Melbourne who will take your expert packing effort and make sure those boxes reach the new location safe and sound. It can be exhausting once you’ve finished packing up an entire house, so letting a professional service tend to the transportation of your boxes from point A to point B will save your remaining energy for where it counts - setting up the new space!
Whether you're moving your house, moving your office or moving your commercial premises, the friendly and efficient team are waiting to help you. They’ve got over 40 years of proven experience, offering a professional, hassle-free and faultless furniture moving service for their customers. Call John Ryan Removals and they’ll quickly finish the job you bravely started.