Re: How to pack?2
Sep 05, 2004 6:32 pm
Having moved a number of times, I'd suggest packing things from each room together - so all kitchen stuff is in boxes labelled kitchen; clothes are marked with name's bedrooom and so on. Then boxes can be placed in the correct room and things are found much easier.
I used to have a notebook and would write "bedroom box 1" and list the major items in it. The list is really good when you need to find something you haven't unpacked yet.
Pack a bag or box with specific things and keep it with you (ie not in a truck) In it, put a kettle, enough cups for the family, some plates and cutlery, a few towels, soap, toothpaste etc and a change of underwear for everyone. Then it doesn't matter if trucks are delayed, you can have the basics to hand.
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Re: How to pack?3
Sep 06, 2004 9:31 am
Pack a bag or box with specific things and keep it with you (ie not in a trcuk) In it, put a kettle, enough cups for the family, some plates and cutlery, a few towels, soap, toothpaste etc and a change of underwear for everyone. Then it doesn't matter if trcuks are delayed, you can have the basics to hand.
Excellent tip tashword!!
And when you unpack the first thing (after putting the kettle on) is to make the beds. Then at least you know you have somewhere to crash.
Re: How to pack?4
Feb 22, 2006 4:24 pm
Carton packing makes it easy!
Packing boxes is actually harder on your back than lifting and carrying them. Here are some simple directions that will help
Identify and clear an area where your packed cartons can be stacked without blocking entrances or obstructing access to furniture.
* Set up your packing area adjacent to where your packed boxes will be stacked.
* Ensure you have all the packing equipment and supplies you need, preparation is the key for a smart move.
* Lay out your wad of paper on a flat stable surface, at a comfortable working height, place the carton to be packed alongside. Have Carton labels, markers and your rolls of packing tape at hand. Do not pack cartons placed on the floor, as the continual bending can lead to back strain.
Now you’re ready, lets get packing…
1. Select the right carton for the job, for heavy items like books, bottles, and tinned food use a small carton. For lighter bulkier items like towels and bed linen larger cartons are ideal
2. Open the carton upside down to access the bottom flaps. Fold in the short side’s flaps first, followed by the longer sides flaps. DO NOT interlock flaps.
3. Ensure that the carton is square and the outer (Long) flaps meet, then starting from at least 10cm (4”) down the short side tape around and over the two long top flaps and 10cm (4”) down the opposite side, securing the outer flaps together and securely onto both sides. Now repeat this action in the opposite direction for additional strength.
4. Turn the carton upright and line its base with padding - scrunched up butcher’s paper, towels or linen is ideal.
5. Pack a mix of light and heavy items in large cartons, heavy items near the cartons base, lighter items on top. Always fill cartons or top-up with padding. DON'T OVERFILL and NEVER LEAVE GAPS.
6. To avoid breakages arising from movement and settling within the carton, always fill gaps between items with either crumpled butcher’s paper or some other cushioning.
7. Fragile items, such as glassware and crockery must be wrapped separately in tissue or butchers’ paper, and then packed in layers on their ends or edges.
8. Make sure that the each item is completely wrapped so that no part remains exposed to accidental damage
9. Between each layer of fragile items place additional padding – also ensure there is also sufficient padding on all four sides of your breakables and finally the top is also well protected from harm.
10. To protect you valuables and fragile items it is strongly recommended that each carton be packed with about one third of its capacity filled with padding.
11. Even when packing non-fragile items always insert a layer of protective butchers paper (or equivalent) between each layer, and fill all gaps
12. Remember to keep the weight of each packed carton under 25 Kgs., do not exceed the lifting capacity of an average adult.
13. Fold in the top flaps of the carton in the same manner as the bottom flaps short sides first, followed by the long sides. DO NOT interlock flaps!
14. Ensure that the outer flaps meet, (if they don’t you have overfilled the carton) then starting from at least 10cm (4”) down the short side tape up and over the two long top flaps and 10cm (4”) down the opposite side, securing the outer flaps together and down onto both sides.
15. Prepare a carton label with the destination room’s name and brief description of its contents immediately you complete each taping.
16. Affix the prepared label to the side (NOT TOP) of each carton so it can be seen when cartons are stacked, and make sure you box smart on arrival too.
17. Grasp both sides on the bottom tape ends and lift SMART bending your legs whilst keeping your back straight and upright. Bend your legs when putting your carton down too. We recommend the use of ‘Back Saver” Carton Handlers, the last thing you need is a bad back on moving day!
18. Stack your packed cartons with labels visible along a wall in a secure dry area, ready for your move.
On arrival at your new address…
19. Avoid double handling by taking each carton directly to its designated room/office and stack against a wall.
20. Open and fully unpack each carton, carefully cut all tape and flatten the box before you start on the next.
Re: How to pack?7
May 18, 2009 11:31 pm
Make sure you pick the right sized cartons.
Most removalist will stack boxes onto their trolley. So try to find boxes which are sturdy and fit neatly onto their trolley.
Having odd-shaped or over-sized boxes will only waste their time and your money! Also do NOT use bags. They are annoying for the removalists and time inefficient.
I basically moved odd-shaped things, fragile items and bags by myself which was only 2 cars worth (including passengers).
Then the removalists quickly did the rest!
Re: Packing a house8
May 18, 2009 11:40 pm
Use an AFRA Removalist
Get an AFRA removalist such as Man and His Van or Bow Tie removals to do it for you. Here is a list of AFRA membersin the Sydney area
One thing that got me was this: "depot to depot" charge.
How can you challenge a depot to depot charge? How is it verified? They ALWAYS give the "its bad traffic" excuse. Does anywhere not do depot to depot? Most businesses don't charge depot to depot anymore why should removalists? At least it should be a fixed price like call-out fees.