You can download a handy printable version of these Moving House Packing Tips at the bottom of this page.
Moving house packing tips; you can’t afford to move house without them. Whether you’re moving house locally, interstate or moving overseas, it’s important you know how to pack for moving; otherwise your treasures might not arrive intact.
This moving house packing checklist can be used with the other moving house checklists from Kent’s moving checklists and tips collection. It includes some practical ideas and our very best packing tips for moving house, collected over more than 70 years’ of moving Australians.
Moving House Packing Tips
- Decide on packing needs. Choose which belongings you will pack and what gets left for the professional packers
- Source packing supplies. Choose only removalist quality moving boxes and packing materials, purpose designed for moving house
- Buy packing materials. Most people run out of packing materials (such as boxes, bubble wrap, tape, marker pens, small and large zip-lock bags) before they finish the job. So buy more than you think you’ll need to avoid untimely shopping trips
- Pack clean. Use white paper sheets (like ‘butcher’s paper’) for packing as newspaper will leave stains
- Secure little things. Keep zip lock bags handy for small objects like screws and nuts
- Reinforce boxes. Security tape the top, bottom and sides of every box
- Create a system. Clearly number and label every moving box you pack. Use a colour code to designate the room destination for each carton (use a different marker colour or label for each room)
- Label everything. Always label moving boxes with its contents, rather than just the room in which it belongs. This will help in the long-run if you’re looking for a specific item
- List contents. Prepare a separate inventory list detailing box numbers and contents
- Where to begin. Start by packing the belongings you use least (such as books, CDs, DVDs and items stored in the roof space or garage)
- Work room by room. Pack one room at a time, keeping all the packed boxes for each room together
- Distribute weight. Pack heavy items on the bottom of the carton and lighter items on top
- Avoid overloading. Pack boxes to 20kg maximum for easy lifting and low risk of ‘giving out’
- Fill empty space. To help limit movement, use fabric, tea towels, clothing, paper, or bubble wrap to completely fill moving cartons. This also helps prevent boxes from collapsing
- Close boxes properly. Never pack a box that doesn’t close or has items sticking out the top. All your moving boxes should be properly closed and securely taped
- Use the right carton. Pack lighter items in bigger moving boxes and heavier items in smaller cartons
- Never be tempted. Resist packing other goods inside cupboards and drawers. Furniture isn’t designed to be moved. Adding weight greatly increases the risk of movement damage in transit
- Consider your first night. Moving house can be a tiring exercise, particularly if you’re moving without the help of professional removalists. So, make sure anything you need to settle into your new home on your first night is easy to access. Consider packing a separate ‘First Night Box’ containing bed linen, towels, a change of clothes, and toiletries for all family members.
Top Packing Tips for Moving House
- Dismantle furniture. Break down items which come apart easily that you won’t need to use in the lead up to moving house. Kent’s professional removalists can also assist you with furniture dismantling services should you need it
- Secure components. Put any removable hardware (like screws and bolts) from dismantled furniture into a clear plastic bag or container. Tape the bags to larger pieces of furniture or safely secure your container elsewhere
- Save on space:
- Flat pack or dismantle as much as possible
- Consolidate smaller objects that could go missing into a larger box
- Use vacuum seal bags for out-of-season clothing
- Make use of baskets, laundry bins and suitcases by packing things inside them (but never pack your treasures inside furniture, such as cupboards and drawers)
- Pack odd-shaped items in larger cartons to secure and stack them more efficiently
- Gloves off. Remove accessories from sporting equipment (like bike pumps, water bottles) and pack together
- Pack plates upright. Stack plates vertically, like in the dishwasher, as they are less likely to break
- Take a picture. Before dismantling any computer equipment or electronics, photograph the cords and connections to help you remember where all the wires go
- Don’t risk spills. Drain garden hoses and tighten the lids on all jars or bottles in the pantry before packing
- Look sharp. Take special care when packing sharp objects, ensuring sharp edges are well insulated
- Off the heat. Remove BBQ hoods, grills, hotplates and gas burners. Line a suitable carton with heavy duty plastic and place all BBQ components in a box of their own
- Move safely. Do not pack dangerous goods such as corrosive, flammable, explosive, spontaneously combustible, toxic, oxidising or water-reactive goods. Items like LPG gas bottles and mower fuel fall into this category. For more information, download our Moving House Do’s and Don’ts list.
How to Pack Makeup
Remember these packing tips for moving house when it comes to moving cosmetics:
- If possible, pack makeup in a hard cosmetics case
- Separate liquids, creams, dry items and brushes
- Use zip-lock bags to separate eye, lip and nail products
- Cover the top of open toiletries with glad wrap, then screw lids back on
- Use an extra cotton pad or ball in cosmetic cases to help prevent breakage
- Put products like self-tan (that stain) in a plastic bag of their own.
We hope these packing tips for moving house have helped you in the ‘how to pack’ department. Don’t forget Kent’s professional removalist packers are here to help if the job turns out to be bigger than expected. Plus there’s a whole collection of moving house checklists to use with these moving house packing tips.