Packing Tips
There are some pretty well tested packing tips to help guide you through the day of the big move without loss or breakages.

Essential materials

Careful and logical packing before you move can help prevent any nasty surprises when you get to the other end. It doesn't matter if it's just around the block or interstate, it's just as important to do a good job. The basic packaging materials you'll need are:
  • Tape and scissors.
  • Strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. You may need to buy special boxes for dishes and your wardrobe.
  • A marking pen, bubble wrap, newspaper or butcher's paper.
  • A tape measure.
  • Don't forget that if you're moving yourself you not only have to pack at this end but you have to unload at the other end as well. So be ready for a tiring day. Drink plenty of fluids and prepare for the fact that you may want to eat something during the day.

    Packing Tips

  • Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes if possible. Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from. If you can, mark cables to help you with the set up at your new home. Digital photos and diagrams help for more complex set ups.
  • Wind up electrical cords and other leads so they don't catch or become a trip hazard.
  • Avoid loading more than 15kg into any single box and always put the heaviest things at the bottom.
  • Unpack contents from draws to make the cabinets lighter and contents less likely to be lost.
Label the sides of each box so you can see the information when the boxes are stacked.

Indicate the following:
  • Which room it should go in,
  • Whether it's fragile, and
  • If it should be top-loaded.

Packing Tips

  • Use towels and blankets to wrap fragile items. Beware of using newspaper as the print can rub off.
  • Because they are heavy, pack books in small boxes.
  • Pack medicines and other liquids (cleaning chemicals) in a leak-proof container.
  • Carry all valuables with you.
  • Seal cartons tightly with tape except for those containing items that must be left open to the last moment.
  • Pack last what you'll need first.
  • Don't pack flammable goods or heat-sensitive items like candles, records, audio and video tapes, computer disks, propane tanks, aerosol cans, oil-based paints and certain cleaning fluids.