Hints and Tips to Save You Time and Money
A few helpful packing tips is a good place to start, when packing up your belongings in preparation for your move,
Make a list of the things you will need to make packing a success.
Items that should be on your list are…
- Boxes (cartons) available from all good storage complexes.
- Tape (a good strong tape is advisable)
- Marking Pens (for naming the contents of each box) This makes unpacking a breeze.
- String (always handy, for a thousand and one uses)
- Bubble Wrap (to ensure the safety of your precious, breakable goods)
- Digital Camera ‘optional’ (also great for displaying the contents of some boxes) Marry the photo to the label you place on the box.
- A digital picture of the rear of your TV etc. with all of their wires and leads, is yet another excellent idea that can save you a lot of time and money.
- Plain newsprint The best packing paper of all.
Available from… Higgins Trading Pty. Ltd. 1300 Lytton Rd. Hemmant, Brisbane.
Phone 07 3890 2751
Open from Monday to Thursday 6.30am until 3.30pm and Friday from 6.30am until 1.00pm
It may pay to telephone them first in case they change their hours.
- Newspaper (for wrapping and protecting items) You will have to wash the items to clean off the old newsprint however and it is not as good as the aforementioned, plain newsprint.
- Blankets or old towels (ideal for protecting breakables)
These packing tips are not the ‘end all’ to all of your packing solutions, but they are a great place to start.
Remember there is an upside and a downside to packing your own goods.
Your removalist won’t guarantee the safe transit of goods he has not packed himself, but you are safe in the knowledge of how secure you have made each carton and a good removalist will respect your goods and handle them with care anyway.
You will also save a lot more by doing it yourself.
Empty your refrigerator
It’s amazing how many people don’t attend to this small but important detail.
Use an ‘Esky’ and get a bag of ice from your local servo to keep things refrigerated.
The fridge is usually one of the first items your removalist will want to load.
Disconnect the hoses from your washing machine and drain them (if possible.) A good removalist won’t mind doing this for you, or even waiting for you to empty your fridge, but it is time consuming and you do end up adding more time to your job.
If you have a barbeque, try to make sure it is as clean as possible and the gas bottle has been removed. (We are not allowed by law to take the gas bottles or other inflammable products with us in our vehicles.)
Either remove the clothes and other items from all cabinet/dressing table draws, or expect to pay a little extra for the time lost in removing the draws if they are full and replacing them. We don’t mind doing this, but it is still double handling and time consuming.
Mark boxes fragile, that are fragile.
Label your boxes clearly, as to their contents.
A single separate carton with important items you are likely to need and use on the day of your shift, is also an advisable step to take.
Other packing tips to consider are how you pack your cartons. Place the heavier items on the bottom and the lighter items on the top, being carefull not to overload each carton. (for some reason people still love to load a carton full of books, that often takes two people to lift)
When stacking crockery, once again put the large plates on the bottom and the smaller ones on top of them, with cups etc.on the very top along with glasses. Make sure there is packing/wrapping around and between them.
Each item should be individually wrapped, padded and the carton marked fragile.
Try not to have any open cartons with items protruding out of the top as your removalist can’t stack these and they waste valuable space.
Keep flammable items separated from the rest of your removal as they will be your responsibility.
These packing tips are designed to be a help to save your removalist time, and therefore save you money.
But don’t panic if it all seems a little daunting to you, your removalist won’t/shouldn’t mind attending to anything you haven’t done yourself.
Good luck and we wish you all the best….
Chris and Warren,
A moving experience.