1. Pack early: generally, if you pack one box per day, it will take around two months to pack up a large house and one month for a smaller home. Make sure you begin the packing process with enough time to be ready for moving day. We also advise familiarising pets with the packing materials, as they may be around the home for a while.
  2. Pack smart: start by packing items in the rooms you use the least, and items you use infrequently. Items which are out of season (such as Christmas decorations or gardening tools) are great to pack first.
  3. Pack one room at a time: don’t rush into it and risk missing important items. Label each box with contents and the room it will be going into, as this system helps with organisation and tells the movers where to leave it.
  4. Declutter: get rid of unwanted items before moving. Sell items online, hold a garage sale or give away unwanted items (potentially as a thank you gift to friends helping with the move!)
  5. Keep it light: don’t exceed the recommended weight limit of 20kg per box. This may cause back problems, or damage to items if the box can’t withstand the weight. Packing light items in large boxes and heavy items in small boxes helps to manage this.
  6. Fill gaps: use old newspapers, packing papers or rags to secure the contents of each box for the ride.
  7. Label correctly: as mentioned, use a marker pen to label contents and the destination room. Write on the sides of boxes rather than the top, as it is easier to identify the box when stacked.
  8. Stack boxes correctly: put heavier boxes on the bottom. This is a common-sense tip that can protect fragile items from having heavy items weighing on top of them. Load items such as boxes of books and furniture parts first.
  9. Dispose of hazardous materials: correctly get rid of any hazardous materials from your home before moving.
  10. Identify essentials: prepare a box or two of essential items you will need immediately when moving in, like the kettle. Pack these boxes last so they are easily accessible.