The Ultimate Guide for Stress Free Packing
Once the excitement of finding your dream home has subsided, and the paperwork has been signed, it is time to start thinking about all the other things that need to happen between now and moving day.
While it is fun to imagine yourself cooking in your new kitchen or relaxing in your living room, there are some practical matters to attend to as well, the most important of which is booking a trusted removalist well in advance. Santa Fe Wridgways has over 120 years’ experience in moving families both locally and globally, and you can rest assured that our dedicated team will make your move as stress-free as possible.
One of the biggest elements of moving house is packing an entire house full of belongings, and for many families, this task can seem a little overwhelming, and sometimes quite daunting. The good news is that Santa Fe Wridgways are here to help and can help to pack your entire house or just the items you choose.
Many customers opt for our packers to engage in a fragile pack, which will include electricals such as big screen TVs, artwork, ornaments, and sometimes even the entire kitchen. Only items packed by our team will be covered under our insurance policies, so it is always wise to enlist us to pack your more valuable and irreplaceable belongings, just in case.
Whether you choose to pack yourself or use our expert team of packers, we have created this handy guide to help you declutter, organise, and ensure everything is packed correctly so that you can begin your life in your new home with as little stress as possible.
Trust us, we make it easy.
A Home Removalists Guide: Make a note of your belongings
In all the hustle and bustle of moving, it is important to make time early in the process to write down and record all of your valuable or irreplaceable goods and belongings.
Once you have compiled this list, you can make an educated decision about whether to pack some items separately, ensure particular items and to make your removalist team aware of any fragile or valuable items. While our number one priority is to ensure each and every item arrives in the condition it was packed in, sometimes accidents can occur, often outside of our control. The decision to take out insurance is an important one, so that if the unexpected does occur and your belongings are lost or damaged during the move, you can be suitably compensated.
At Santa Fe Wridgways, we encourage you to plan and prepare to help ensure you have an easy moving experience. We provide a moving checklist that covers everything from labelling cartons to draining your dishwasher and has these tasks ordered from “well ahead of time” all the way through to moving day. Using this guide, and our online checklist you can settle into your new home knowing that your belongings have arrived safely at your door, ready for you to start your new life.
A Furniture Removalists Guide: Top Packing Tips and Tricks
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by just how much “stuff” you have to pack, then don’t worry, this feeling is normal during any move, and our tips and tricks will help you to feel in control of the process.
One of the key things to remember before you begin is that there are plenty of “wrong ways” and far fewer “right ways” to pack. The popular blog Stay At Home Mum can be very useful to families in need of advice on what to do before moving house.
We are going to focus on the most important tips and best ways to go about packing your old house up and preparing everything for a smooth transition into your new home.
Tip #1 – Quality Boxes Do Matter
Ensure you are using high-quality boxes and you will save time and stress by not having to deal with weak ones that fall apart during your move. You will want to make sure that your items are well protected for transport, even when they are being moved by professionals.
If you decide to go ahead and pack your own belongings, Santa Fe Wridgways can provide you with high quality and well-designed boxes free of charge. While some customers do choose this option, for complete peace of mind it is always a better idea to entrust our professionals to pack for you and take care of the entire process.
Note: One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to pack using garbage bags instead of boxes, this is a recipe for disaster, and will almost certainly result in breakages.
Tip #2 – Use a Permanent Marker and Tape Gun
Leave the craft-sized tape in your stationery draw, and make your life easier with a heavy duty roll of tape and a tape gun. Once you get the hang of it, a good quality tape gun will save you plenty of time when packing. Another necessity for anyone moving house is to invest in a fresh permanent marker to make sure your labelling is clear and easy to read.
Make sure to use these items to your advantage by:
• Securing the base of each box with extra tape.
• Labelling every box with an item category and a destination room.
• Use your extra hand to support the closure of boxes when using a tape gun.
Note: Never force the top of a box closed, there is every chance it will burst open during transit.
Tip #3 – Pack Smart
You don’t need a science degree to know the basic laws of physics, but there are still plenty of smart packing tips which removalists are well aware of, but are not used by the general public.
These best practice packing tips include:
• Pack miscellaneous kitchen items within pots and pans with lids, then tape the lid closed.
• Ensure there are no empty spaces in boxes (so there is a limited movement of items) by filling in small gaps with bubble wrap, brown paper, old towels, tea towels, or sheets.
• Never pack a box over the weight of 25kg as it will be difficult to carry and most likely tear.
• Tape small parts, like nuts, washers, and screws, to the base of dismantled furniture items.
• Pack very small items in small boxes, such as a shoe box.
• Make use of large travel bags, like suitcases, to pack clothing or linens.
• Don’t forget to cover your furniture with bubble wrap. Even though you won’t be putting your wooden chairs or wardrobes into boxes, we still want to avoid scratches.
• When moving drawers, keep clothes folded inside and secure the drawers to the edges with tape.
Note: Make sure your tape is good quality so that wood and paint aren’t damaged when it is removed.
Moving house is a huge process and requires a great deal of time, energy, and organisation. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of packing up your entire life by yourself, then Santa Fe Wridgways is here to help. Entrust in our packing, unpacking, interstate removalist, and moving services, and you will experience a seamless transition into your new home. We make it easy.