Moving Tips

Packing, Storage and Moving Hints and Tips

Fill cartons or boxes to capacity; partially full or bulging cartons may break or fall over. Pack heavy items like books or tools, in small cartons or boxes so they are easy to handle. Books should be packed flat, do not pack books on their spine. Pack and label cartons or boxes room by room - this makes the unpacking process much easier. Then, if you need to find something in storage, you will at least have some idea of which carton to start looking in.

Packing BoxesElectrical Appliances

Refrigerators and freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly DRY and CLEAN before storing. Whilst in storage the door of the appliance should be secured slightly ajar. It's also a good idea to place a deodoriser inside fridges or freezers to maintain freshness. Don't not store items inside refrigerators or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily damaged and marked.

Storing Furniture

Always empty the contents of cupboards, drawers and wardrobes to protect the shelving and structure of these items. Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure cartons or boxes with some naphthalene, mothballs or similar products. This will protect and maintain their condition. Also where possible, remove the legs from furniture e.g. bed bases, tables etc. to avoid damage and save space. Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.

Packaging Dishes & Glassware

Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of boxes containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in butcher's paper (newsprint can be very dirty and possibly stain). Nest cups and bowls together, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edges, rather than laying them flat. Fill any gaps in the cartons or boxes with packing e.g.: scrunched up paper or items of linen. This will keep your fragile items well protected and stop them from moving around in the boxes whilst in transit. Label all boxes containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these boxes or cartons.

Mirrors, Windows, Screens & Paintings

Protect these items using packing material e.g.; bubble-wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Avoid laying them flat. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position.

Metal Items

Always wrap silver in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing. Wipe chrome or cast iron with machine oil to help retard rust.

Stereos, Televisions and Videos

Always handle your electrical equipment with care. It is very delicate and sensitive. The original boxes, if you still have them, are ideal to repack in. However wrapping items individually in bubble-wrap, packing them in cartons or boxes, and sealing the top will offer protection for these items. Remember to fill any gaps in the cartons or boxes with packing. Turntables and tone arms of record players should be secured to prevent damage. Pack records on their edges in cartons or boxes to prevent them warping.

Battery operated appliances & toys

Always remove the batteries from toys to avoid damage from leaking batteries.


Computer equipment, like your other electrical items, need special care. The original boxes are highly recommended for packing. However bubble-wrap and good quality packing cartons or boxes will do the job. Remember to use some packing or linen in the bottom and top of cartons. This provides extra protection to the contents. Fill any gaps with packing. Most computers these days have "self parking heads". If you are unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer's manual or consult the retailer, especially if you are storing for longer than six months.

Mowers & other Machinery

Be sure to drain any fuel and oil from all machinery. This reduces the risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other goods. Petrol and oil left in machinery are also a major fire hazard.