How to box like a boss

Packing boxes when you move house is one of those things that seem easier than they are. Doing it well makes the whole moving and unpacking process so much easier. When a box is packed correctly, it will protect all the items inside and make sure that nothing gets damaged. Here are Trouble Free Removal’s best tips on how to pack and organise your perfect move.

#1: Pack early

Organization is key in packing to move house. Start packing early. Don’t leave it for the last minute, with all the things you already need to deal with.
Pack everything you can in advance, whilst leaving out and a few necessities until the very last second (i.e. Plates, cutlery and some cleaning stuff)

#2: Pick the perfect boxes

Use proper removalist cartons where possible. Dodgy supermarket boxes without lids are far more likely to break down during your move. Avoid garbage bags that will rip and tear easily.
Plastic boxes may look sturdy but they can crack because of the weight inside them.

#3: Pack it right

The strength of a box needs support the weight of its content. Here is how to pack it like the pros:

  • Pack heavy items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
  • Fill the empty space of the box with bubble wrap.
  • Don’t pack boxes heavier than 20 kilograms. Not only will they be difficult to lift, but an overly heavy box is more likely to tear or give out at the bottom.
  • Make sure that all packing boxes for moving can close properly on top. Never pack a box that can’t close or that has items sticking out.
  • Clearly label every box that will be moved with the room they are destined to.
  • Clothes and linens are fine to pack in backpacks or suitcases.
#4: Watch out for the big, the heavy and the fragile

Larger Items, such as tables, chairs and couches, and other pieces of furniture too bulky to be boxed will be padded by your removalist of choice on moving day.
If you are packing heavy items such as books, it is better to pack these in smaller book cartons. If you pack books at the bottom of larger cartons they are likely to break.
Electronic devices and appliances are particularly sensitive when it comes to transport. Always wrap large electronic items in bubble wrap and take a picture of the connection of the cables so you don’t need to waste time at your new place.
With regard to your fragile items, such as glassware and dishes, every piece needs to be wrapped individually. Place the plates upside down in bundles of 5. They are more stable this way and less likely to crush. Always mark boxes containing fragile items.
Make sure you line all cartons containing fragile items with bubble wrap on the top, bottom and sides.

#5: One last important bit of advice

Don’t pack important documents (passports, travel visa’s, certificates..) and expensive jewellery and all goods which are irreplaceable.  These items are best with you in your personal luggage.

Although the above guidelines for packing boxes for moving may seem basic, they are important if you want to ensure a quick, efficient relocation to your new home.