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MOVING HINTS for your home or office move

Packing guide & moving checklist for a hassle-free move!

Cardboard moving / packing boxes

The first, vitally important thing is to choose your packing supplies carefully. It is definitely worth the small expense to buy boxes specifically designed for moving – they are stronger and are designed to absorb the impact of the knocks and bumps.

Use moving boxes of similar size and shape – this will assist the removalists to load efficiently e.g. if you have a lot of really small boxes – pack them into a larger box.

Fill boxes so they are completely full but not spilling out of the top of the box – the lid of the box should sit flat!

Cardboard moving & packing boxes
Packing tape for moving & storage boxes

Use quality packing tape

Top quality packing tape is a must!


Cheaper tapes do not stick for long and you run the risk of the bottom of the box letting go as they are carried in and out of your house.

Our packing guide is always tape the top and bottom of your moving boxes.

How to wrap fragile items for moving

Wrap fragile items with bubble wrap or plenty of butcher's paper is ideal as it is clean (wrapping with newspaper can leave print on your items).


Use soft linen and butcher's paper to fill any voids in the box.


It is recommended to also mark the box with fluorescent 'fragile' labelled packing tape.

Wrapping fragile items using bubble wrap and paper
Packing books for moving & storage

How to pack books and other heavy items for moving

The ideal size moving box for heavier items like books, records and tins of food is a book & wine box.

Use fillers such as butcher's paper or linen to fill any voids. 

How to pack bulky items for moving

Use tea chest size cardboard boxes for bulky items such as dinner sets, pots & pans, lamps and plastic storage containers.

Our moving hint is to use fillers such as butcher's paper or linen to fill any voids. 

Packing dinner set for moving & storage
Labelling boxes for moving & storage

Label your moving boxes & cartons

Clearly label the boxes with the room they will be going into when you get to your new home or office.

Furniture placement by your removalist

Some furniture can be heavy and awkward to carry. As your furniture is unloaded off the truck, be available to tell your removalists which room it is to be carried in to. If you want it in a specific spot in the room, please lead the way to the room to show them.

Local furniture removalist

Moving checklist

3 days before your move

  • Stop watering potted plants

1 day before your move

  • Dismantle desks etc (store screws and bolts in a plastic bag or container)

  • Unplug computers (store leads in a plastic bag or container)

  • Empty water bed/s

  • Check you have emptied all cupboards and drawers in the house and in the garage

  • Check you have emptied the garden shed

  • Remove light bulbs from lamps (wrap and store safely – a plastic container is ideal)

Day of your move

  • Leave food in the fridge until your removalists arrive – ask them when they would like you to empty it

  • Dismantle beds (store screws and bolts in a plastic bag or container) – water beds should have been emptied one day before your move

  • Unplug television/s (store leads and remotes in a plastic bag or container)

  • Remove microwave plate and pack safely

  • Keep your priority cardboard box aside (so that it is last on the truck and first off the truck)

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