Where to start
Start packing early as it almost always takes longer than you think it will. Start by packing items you don't need for day-to-day living and then move on to items that you use daily.
Begin at the top of the house/office and work downwards.
Use strong cardboard boxes so your belongings are safely protected. Avoid flimsy boxes that can collapse and damage your belongings.
Make sure you have enough boxes and try not to cram too much into too few boxes as this could lead to breakages.
Try to keep the boxes to a weight that is comfortable for an average adult to carry.
Packing your belongings
Use smaller boxes for heavier items such as books, bottles, cans, etc
Use the larger boxes for lighter and bulkier items such as toys, bedding, clothing and cushions.
If you need to put heavier items in a large box use soft materials like packing paper or bubble wrap to fill any gaps.
Use bedding, pillows, cushions, towels etc to provide cushioning in your boxes.
Use bubble wrap to protect your fragile items such as pictures, mirrors and photo frames.
Put any important items such as photos, videos, jewellery, wills, certificates, passports etc into a separate box to take in the car with you.
Try to avoid getting the boxes wet. Wrap all liquid products in plastic bags and seal the bags so that any spillage won't damage other items.
Empty all draws and wardrobes, this makes it easier for the removalists to carry the bulky furniture and it prevents items falling out during the move.
Don’t overfill the boxes and try not to leave gaps as this avoids breakage. Overfilled and bulging cartons can result in the boxes tipping or collapsing.
Pack heavier items near the bottom and the lighter items at the top. Use scrunched up paper for cushioning and to fill gaps, this avoids movement of items in the box and protects them.
Wrap fragile items such as glassware and crockery in paper and ensure that each item is completely wrapped.
Once you have packed your boxes
Write down where the box needs to go at your destination and give each box a number.
On a separate piece of paper write the box number and a short description of the contents. This helps you to quickly identify what goes where, saving you time and confusion later on.