Please be aware that the preparation require for each move great varies dependent on contents and situations. The tips within this article aim to provide some help to assist in the safe removal, storage and delivery of your household goods.
Here are some practical tips for packing your items yourself:
- Use high quality cartons or, where possible, the original manufacturers boxes.
- Always double tape the base of the boxes with high quality tape.
- Line base of cartons with crushed paper, such as newspaper or butchers paper, or bubble wrap at least 3-5cm thick.
- Wrap items individually, placing heaviest items on the bottom and lightest items on the top.
- If you are packing heavy items, such as books, utilize smaller sized boxes.
- Be mindful of the weight of the box. Do not over pack boxes – ensure 1 persons can safely lift the box.
- Pack similar items and sets in the same carton.
- Place layers of crushed paper or bubble wrap between each layer and the lid of the carton.
- Ensure the carton can be closed properly and sealed with tape.
- Mark on the side of the carton it’s contents and the room it came from.
The disassembly and reassembly of conventional beds is an included part of our removal service. Items of furniture that require specialist skill or equipment (such as waterbeds, prefabricated large wardrobes, etc) must be prepared for transport prior to removal day.
Although clothing and similar personal items in wardrobes, drawers of dressing tables, tallboys, etc. can be moved as long as it isn’t overloaded or unsafe to handle it is recommended all smaller, fragile and loose items are packed into cartons. On removal day please strip beds of all bedding materials including electric blankets.
Lounge and living areas
We are able to assist, where necessary, with disassembly and reassembly of general furniture. Please note we do not however dismantle or reassemble fixtures, structural items of the property including blinds and curtains as well as items such as pictures and mirrors.
With televisions and electronics such as computers, printers and other peripherals it is ideal that you pack these back in the original packaging to ensure safe transport. Where this is not possible adequate packaging with cartons and bubble wrap is highly recommended.
Refrigerators and freezers should be emptied of items prior to removal, to ensure they are dry and ready. They should also be turned off / defrosted at least 24 hours prior to removal. Drip trays should be emptied and dried for safety reasons. Cleaning the inside of your refrigerator will minimize odors developing inside your while in transport or storage. Where possible, we suggest that refrigerators and freezers be left to stand for several hours after delivery before being switched, therefore minimizing the risk of damage to the compressor.
Food and consumables should be stored in sealed containers for moving. No food items can be accepted into storage due to the risk of spoilage and attraction of insects and vermin. Food and drinks, including alcohol, stored in glass containers or bottles should be packaged secured in strong cartons prior to moving. These cartons should be clearly labelled fragile and able to be safely lifted by 1 person – generally no more than 20 kgs.
Kitchenware including crockery, glasses and electrical appliances should all be packed in strong cartons, minimizing space within which the items can move around and become damaged, and clearly labelled as fragile. It is not recommended to move breakable kitchenware in plastic or garbage bags. Should you require help with packing your fragile items please ensure this is noted when you book so that our team may provide equipment to complete this task for you.
Moving plants can be challenge however with some organization can be completed in a safe manner. Ensure all plants and pots are dry, free of debris and as clean as possible for moving. Potted plants should be able to be safely lifted by 1 person – generally no more than 20 kgs. Large, tall (over 2 metres), fragile or excessively heavy potted plants may not be able to be moved and require a specialist to assist.
Some items such as lawn mowers must be emptied of fuel prior to moving. It is recommended that batteries be removed from appliances to avoid damage during the move.
The following goods cannot be moved or stored due to their dangerous or flammable nature; cooking oils, aerosol cans, matches, cleaning solvents, firelighters, pesticides, paint, thinners, oil, petrol, methylated spirits, kerosene, turpentine, weed killers, photographic chemicals, swimming pool treatments containing liquid chlorine and the like.
In addition we cannot move prohibited or stolen goods, drugs, pornographic material, potentially dangerous, damaging or explosive items including gas bottles, firearms and ammunition; perishable items and/or those requiring a controlled environment; goods which require special licence or government permission for export or import; any animals, birds, fish or reptiles.