Moving House – Packing Tips

David Jones Removal & Storage's top tips for packing, wrapping and unpacking your house move

Ask a selection of people for their least favourite part of a house move, and one of their top answers is likely to be the process and time required for packing and then unpacking when moving house! You may also be wondering:
  • Can you give me some general house packing tips?
  • What is the best way to pack for moving?
  • How long will I need to pack for my move?
  • Can you deliver moving boxes?
  • Do you offer a full packing service?

You would also not be alone if you’ve underestimated the amount of boxes you need, lost items, had possessions damaged or indeed watched on in horror as the bottom falls out of an overpacked box!

If your budget does not permit a full service valet move, or you simply prefer to do the packing yourself, read on by scrolling down to see our top tips to make the packing, wrapping and unpacking process a little easier.

Create an inventory and define your schedule

It is incredibly easy to underestimate just how many possessions you and your family may have accrued over the years, and as such it’s also very easy to underestimate just how much time you need to pack.

Take the time, at least 2-3 weeks out from moving day – or longer if possible – to walk round your house, garage, shed and any other outbuildings and create an inventory of your possessions. Take this time to also consider what you can sell, donate or even dispose of to reduce your packing time remembering that every little helps.

Decluttering your house prior to move can be incredibly cathartic and also has the added benefits of presenting a blank (or at least uncluttered) canvas to prospective sellers, and it may also – significantly in some cases – reduce your removal costs.

You might also want to consider placing some items in temporary storage if you just aren’t sure where or how they will fit in your new home.

Also consider how you will handle any hazardous items that cannot be moved such as old chemicals, paints, gas cylinders, fuel etc. If in doubt contact your local council for advice and always follow local rules and regulations for disposal of these items.

If you do think that you’ll be overwhelmed by the packing process, or would prefer somebody take on the job for you, we offer a full service valet move, and at a more competitive price then you might think.

Use suitable boxes and packing materials

You might think that this tip is obvious, but too many people either use unsuitable boxes or cartons, or simply don’t wrap their valuable and fragile items well enough.

We recommend you use purpose-designed removal boxes (you can view our range of boxes here) and ensure that the bottoms are at least double-taped with good quality removal or packing tape. Consider investing in a tape-dispenser or two as these really speed up the process of taping your boxes.

Ensure that all fragile items are bubble-wrapped and sealed, and kitchen china and ceramics are well wrapped in paper and or bubble wrapped too. Label any boxes containing fragile items, or use a “this way up” label for any items that can’t be moved upside down.

Keep in mind also that David Jones Removals & Storage offers free box delivery in the Sydney metro area making it more convenient for you to order (and not have to transport yourself) sufficient boxes from the outset.

Don’t overpack your boxes!

When packing books or heavier items, don’t under-estimate just how heavy the box may be when full. You and your removalist need to be able to lift the box on the day of the move, and the last thing you want is for the bottom of an overpacked box to collapse with the risk of damage to your valuable possessions.

Label your boxes & list contents

Don’t forget to label your box with both the originating and destination room (if moving to another area of the house) and write at least both a basic list of contents both on the box and your inventory.

Disassemble what you can in advance

Whilst our removalists teams can assist with basic disassembly of some items, you can benefit from a reduction of removal time and cost by disassembling items in advance if you have the necessary knowledge and tools and where safe to do so.

You will be surprised just how much space can be save by disassembling flat pack type furniture. Don’t forget also to group all components safely together, and seal and tape any screws, nuts, bolts, dowels and caps into a strong plastic bag which can then be affixed to the disassembled furniture.

Prepare a new home essentials or conveniece kit

There is nothing worse that coming to the end of a hectic moving day, and wanting to finally relax and enjoy your new home, only to discover that you have no idea where the can-opener, cork screw, cups, plates or even your toothbrush and toileteries are!

Consider creating one box of kitchen essentials, and another of toileteries and bathroom essentials which will see you through at least the first night and next day until you’ve had time to start the unpacking process in earnest.

Don’t forget to transport any essential medicines separately and again ensure you have easy access to any essential items for at least your first night and then for the period you will need to unpack.

Now that you’ve read our top packing and unpacking tips, why not check out our wider range of moving tips?!

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