1. Pack early. As a general guide, and depending on how much stuff you have, it takes about two months to pack up a large house if you fill one box every day. A month should be fine for a smaller home.
  2. Start by packing up items in the rooms you use the least, and pack the items you don’t use on a daily basis first. Seasonal items not currently in use such as garden tools, coats and Christmas lights are perfect examples. If you have a dog or cat, let them explore the packing materials - it will make life easier once they get used to them being around.
  3. One of the most important tips is to pack one room at a time, and label each box with contents and the room it will be going to in the new home. Using this system helps with organisation, and on the day, it helps the movers or anyone helping to unload, which box goes where.
  4. Declutter. Hold a garage sale, give any unwanted items to charity, or sell things on ebay. Ask friends if they need anything you’re planning to sell - especially if they’re helping with the move - it’s a great way to say thank you!
  5. Don’t exceed the recommended weight limit of 20kg per box - it could give you back problems, or the boxes might not be able to withstand the weight. To help identify heavier items, pack light items in large boxes and heavy items in small boxes.
  6. Fill any gaps in your boxes with old newspapers, packing papers, or rags - anything to stop things moving around and keep the contents secure for the ride.
  7. Label your boxes with a marker pen, writing the contents on each box. Write on the sides rather than the tops, as it’s easier to recognise them when they’re stacked.
  8. Put heavier boxes on the bottom - it’s a common sense tip that protects your breakable and fragile items. Boxes full of books and furniture parts are great examples of what you should load first.
  9. Dispose of hazardous materials before you move.
  10. Prepare a box of essentials for when you arrive (including the kettle!) - and make sure it goes in last!