Moving house packing guide

Cardboard Boxes

  • Always seal the bottom of the box with enough tape to secure it. Seal along the join where the flaps meet and follow up the side of the box by a few inches. 
  • Sealing the sides will add extra protection. A handheld tape dispenser is very useful when sealing your boxes. 
  • You may find our How to Seal a Box guide useful.
  • Never interlock the flaps of the box as it reduces the strength of the box.
  • Use small sized boxes for packing heavier items such as tinned food, books, CDs, DVDs etc.
  • Use medium sized boxes for packing kitchen items such as utensils and plates and fragile items such as ornaments.
  • Use large sized boxes for packing toys, bedding, clothes etc.
  • The general rule is the heavier the item, the smaller the box so as not to cause back problems by lifting heavy boxes. 
  • Picture boxes are a simple and easy way to pack mirrors, frames, pictures and prints.
  • Archive boxes are a great way to store and transport files and folders.
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Sealing and Labelling

  • Use a handheld tape dispenser where possible for ease of sealing boxes.
  • Identify the contents of the box by using marker pens, different coloured tapes and/or labels.
    Use warning labels for boxes that contain fragile and breakable items.


Other Helpful Tips

  • Grip seal bags are great for keeping nuts and bolts together when dismantling wardrobes, taking shelves down etc.
  • Make sure you unplug and drain your washing machine and dishwasher a few days before your move.
  • Use up your frozen food a few days before your move so you can defrost your freezer in time for the big move.
  • Get up to date with your laundry a few days before your move so you have no wet washing to take with you.