A few well planned packing material purchases can go a long way in making your interstate furniture removal less traumatic. Tape and bubble wrap are essentials in the battle against broken glasses and chipped plates. Sturdy boxes can do a lot, as well, to protect items during an interstate backload. Any soft corners can easily mean that the breakable things underneath will have an unsafe trip.
The other very helpful packing materials are things you can find in your own home. Pillows, blankets, t-shirts, and socks can all help to pad and protect fragile items. If you don't feel comfortable using your personal items as padding, it's easy to rent pads specifically designed for furniture removal that will do the same job and take more wear and tear.
Strategize your Box Packing
- Putting things in boxes requires a high level of strategy.
- Not only should the most breakable items be placed in the tops of the boxes so that they have as little weight as possible on them, but they should be completely wrapped and padded.
- Newspaper can not only act as a good shock absorber, but will also help to contain any broken glass or ceramic (should a tragedy befall your dinnerware, that is. )
- Non-breakable items should be packed tightly as to avoid you purchasing or moving excess boxes, both options being highly undesirable.
Try to make sure that no one box gets too heavy. This can be done a couple of different ways. You can either make sure that no box is too big in itself, or try to balance out the level of heavy and light things that will be in each box. Remember to keep the heavy items on bottom and light on top, like a grocery bag is packed. Another way to do this is to make sure you're using the right kind of box.
A lot of electronics can simply be packed back into their original boxes, while it's a good idea to put breakable things in a plastic bin that can be seen through.
Labeling Well and Avoid Headaches
Once everything is packed up, make sure each box is clearly labeled. Write on the outside where each box should go (ex. Kitchen or My Bedroom) and what's generally inside so that it's easy to sort through things after the backload. Searching through five bathroom boxes for toilet paper just because you didn't label your boxes before back loading, isn't going to be fun.
Also be sure to write in large letters if something in the box is particularly fragile. While professionals aren't going to take chances with any of your boxes, no one's going to know which of them need extra careful handling and can't be placed at the bottom of a stack if they can't easily tell by looking at them.
As a final tip, make sure everything is clean before it's packed away. If books or cloth items stay wrapped up in a box for too long during an interstate backload, they may begin to smell musty. This can be fixed with some talcum powder and a slightly longer stay in a box, but it's better not to tempt fate in the first place.
All medicines should be packed in a water proof container, all valuables packed separately, and all plants checked out with the Department of Agriculture prior to the move.
Jim Baker from Magic Movers Furniture Removals has written many published moving tips and articles on both local furniture removals and interstate furniture removals. These have been published around the world. There are many other articles and resources helpful for any move at http://www.magicmovers.com.au and lots of other moving tips and resources at http://www.magicmovers.blogspot.com