If you are planning to pack your goods yourself, here are some simple tips to packing and wrapping that will help protect your goods during transit to your new home.
- Wrap each item individually in paper.
- Always use sturdy cartons that are designed for household removals.
- Put heavy items into smaller boxes for easy lifting.
- Never overload a carton. As a guide one person should be able to comfortably lift a packed carton unaided.
- Put heavy things at the bottom of any carton to avoid crushing other items.
- Always pack the carton to the very top and to both sides, any voids can cause the carton to crush or items to be damaged.
- Pad out space within a carton with crushed white paper to ensure there is no movement within the carton during the move.
- Label each carton clearly so you know its contents.
- Tape each carton closed when it is full.
- Make sure cartons are stacked the right way up.
- Tape the bottom of a carton before packing it; first fold two opposite flaps then the remaining two flaps over. Use one length of tape along the central seam. Use two further lengths of tape over the edge of seams. Tape the top in the same way.
- Never bend from the waist to pick up a carton. When lifting, always bend at the knees and keep your back straight. Make sure cartons are packed the right way up.
- To close a carton, always fold in two opposite sides followed by the remaining two, never criss-cross.
- Cartons should not be placed on polished surfaces; any dirt and grit picked up may cause scratches.
- Take care when reopening cartons if cutting the tape with a knife. You would not want to damage the contents.
- Take care not to damage contents if re-opening cartons with a knife or scissors