Should you decide to pack some, or all of your household and personal effects; here are a few pointers that will help reduce the risk of damage:
- Use good strong cartons, preferably international standard (double layered) if possible. Good quality second-hand one’s are okay too!
- Do not use fruit boxes of any kind, ie. banana or apple boxes.
- Use larger cartons for bulky, lighter items such as bedding, pillows, blankets etc; small cartons for books, kitchenware, crockery and ornaments.
- Try not to overload any cartons, but equally do not leave space or gaps where possible. Fill with ‘scrunched’ paper or tea towels or similar.
- For fragile items such as glassware or delicate ornaments, wrap individually in either scrunched paper or bubble wrap and place upright in the carton. Do not stack glasses inside each other.
- Plates, dishes etc, can be packed together with layers of paper between them, but place on their side, not stacked flat inside the carton.
- Use cushion material on the base of the carton and also on the top before you seal with packing tape.
- Label each carton with the room it is to go into at your new home, and also a brief description of what is inside; and if breakable’s, mark 'FRAGILE’ clearly on the top of the carton.
- Dismantle all beds, tape up any slats into a bundle if possible and make sure all nuts are bolts are bagged and placed in a box allocated for such items.
Flat screen or plasma TVs
- These need to be packed in a TV carton, preferably the original box it came in; but more likely one from your local electrical store, or we can supply on request.