Furniture Removal Pre-Packing 101
Here are a few "rule of thumb" guidelines we use.
- Make an estimate (we imagine that the box was in the place of the
item/s) of materials you think would be appropriate to your move
and double it. Usually if you don't use
all of your materials you can return them and get a full refund.
- Remember to aim to get as many items as possible into boxes so your
furniture removal will be efficient and timely. Note here too
common sense approach to moving costs".
Which Box For What?
Use boxes that are designed for moving. There are three types of boxes
we almost always use:
- Book/Wine Box - single cardboard layer box. Approximately
middle of shin height (431mm x 406mm x 596mm high).
- Tea Chest Box - double cardboard layer box. Approximately knee
height (431mm x 406mm x 596mm high).
- Port-a-Robe Box - single or double cardboard layer box.
Approximately torso height (590mm x 500mm x 1130mm high).
Remember that if you have a wide array of different sized boxes, this makes
loading more difficult and time consuming for your removalist, and
Men That Move Things can rent boxes to you for $3.00 a box
(regardless of size) if you are using our pre-packing service. Alternatively,
your local self-storage facility should sell moving boxes or you can use a
search engine and type in "moving boxes" to source them.
How To Pack A Box Properly.
Wait, wait, weight. Do not over pack boxes by putting as
much as you can into them. As above we advise ordering more boxes than
required so you will not run out.
Make sure the box is the right way up before you start packing into it (look
at the image on the side of the box). It is always easier and more
practical for your removalists to upright the image on the side of the box when
loading than trying to read what you have written on the box each
time they handle one.
We recommend using a very good quality packing tape. We use "Vibac"
Italian made packing tape. Poor quality tape will not hold well over the course of your furniture removal.
Tape twice on the bottom of the box where the flaps come together, once on
the top of the box where the flaps come together and clearly label with a
permanent marker on the tape itself. Marking boxes on the tape ensures you
can return or re-use them.
Simple and instructive labels are
- Kitchen - FRAGILE - fine china;
- Laundry - KEEP UPRIGHT - cleaning products;
- Dining -
VERY FRAGILE - crystal ware.
never need to mark any box as "heavy".