Moving Pointers: Choosing Packing Materials

Moving Tips

  • Get rid of flammables – paint, petrol, gas cylinders.
  • Clear out unwanted goods – hold a garage sale.
  • Empty fuel from mowers, clippers, trimmers, and other gas engine powered tools.
  • Donate your unwanted clothes to charities and similar organizations.
  • Separate books – disposable, family reading, valuable.
  • Check all electrical goods – will they work in the new home?
  • Start making up your change of address list.
  • Arrange to have mail forwarded.
  • Agree on termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other main suppliers.
  • If you are taking electrical goods such as a stereo, see if you still have their original boxes.
  • Clean your rugs
  • Compile your documents such as marriage and birth certificates, driving licenses and so on.
  • If you have children, separate cherished toys to travel with you.
  • Make sure that your pet’s documentations and vaccinations are up to date.
  • Shops, schools, theatre, life styles – it’s never too early to find out about your new home.
  • If your new home is not ready, you need to arrange temporary storage.
  • Start running down freezer stocks.
  • Arrange your finances – close or transfer bank accounts, savings accounts, safe deposit boxes and so on, if necessary.

Packing Materials

  • Use only strong, corrugated cartons with covers.
  • The added protection of mover-provided cartons can provide damage that results from the use of poor-quality packing materials.
  • Moving companies can provide you with moving boxes for almost every item such as mattresses, clothing, and mirrors.
  • Your alternative is to ask for boxes thrown away by your grocery or liquor store.

*WARNING: Watch out for insect and insects eggs such as cockroaches because they can hide in food boxes. Be mindful when getting boxes from food stores.

  • Save old newspapers so you can use it as a cushion when packing. However, remember that ink may rub off and stain clothing or other items.

Here’s a list packing supplies that you will need:

  • Foam peanuts, styrofoam pellets or “popcorn.”
  • Plastic bags and labels for easy identification.
  • Bubble wrap rolls for figurines and fragile items.
  • Tissue or craft paper for delicate packing jobs.
  • Packaging tape and strong twine for sealing cartons.
  • Labels and markers for identifying contents of cartons.
  • Scissors and a sharp knife.
  • Notebook and pencil for carton identification log.

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