Moving house is often a stressful and time consuming venture. When it comes time to pack your belongings, there are lots of factors and potential risks to manage. From sourcing enough boxes to hold your things, to physically moving them, storing them and unpacking them again. It is common for those moving home to source an external moving company, however this comes with its own set of risks as those companies are often not liable for any damage to your boxes or items. No matter if you’re moving yourself or with a company, the tips below will help anyone moving home!
We have compiled some of the biggest mistakes people make when packing their items for a move, and how to mitigate them. Read on for our tips and tricks!
Mistake One: Using the Wrong Type of Box
When moving home, it is key to have the right sized boxes for what you are transporting. Having a mismatch of shapes and sizes can be confusing, and can lead to your belongings being put into boxes too big or too small. By using only two or three sizes consistently, you ensure an easier job of packing the boxes into a car or truck, and you can decrease the risk of damaged items.
Mistake Two: Waiting Until the Last Minute To Pack
We understand that packing might be at the back of your mind as you juggle all the responsibility of moving, especially the smaller bits and pieces. However the stress of having to pack in a hurry can lead to broken items, and a harder job unpacking when you arrive at your new destination. By spending up to an hour each day packing in the weeks leading up to your move, you can lessen the need for last minute packing and last minute stress!
Mistake Three: Packing Boxes Too Heavily
The quality and weight of your boxes matter. When your boxes are packed too heavily, the movers may face increased risk of injury and the integrity of the boxes can become compromised. The last thing you need is for the bottom of your box to fall out, leaving your items broken on the floor! By sourcing quality moving boxing, and packing them correctly, you eliminate this risk. See our range of quality moving boxes on our website!
Mistake Four: Inadequate Packing Tape
Following on from the above, it is important that your boxes are sealed properly to ensure they don’t break open during the moving process. We suggest that you seal your boxes with 3 to 4 layers of tape on the bottom, and at least 2 on the top – and using a high quality packing tape.
Mistake Five: Packing with Used Boxes
There are a number of risks involved when using pre-loved boxes. Not only are you facing the risk of finding bugs or dust left on your items, you cannot guarantee the quality or dexterity of a second-hand box. This is especially important when packing fragile items, as the box could cave in when other boxes are placed on top or they could break apart from the bottom.
Mistake Six: Not Considering Your Future Floorplan
Have you measured to ensure that your future home can accommodate your current furniture? Are you sure all your items will fit without needing to go into storage? If you haven’t properly planned these things out, you could end up in a difficult situation having to store furniture improperly. Take moving as an opportunity to declutter and organise your belongings, and invest in long-term storage if necessary.
Moving Boxes Made in Melbourne
At Jetbox, we can’t take all the stress out of moving, but we can help with one crucial element. We sell ready-made moving boxes to help you safely and efficiency move home. No matter where you are in Melbourne, we offer the highest quality service and affordable prices to take the stress out of packing. Not only do we offer quality moving boxes, we also sell packing tape and other necessary items making Jetbox your one stop moving home shop!