Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items – this also makes them lighter and easier to move around. Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong and secure cartons. Be sure to remove any covers from furniture and clean off crumbs to prevent attracting vermin.
Dishes and Glassware
Wrap fragile items such as glass dinnerware and wine glasses individually with plain packing paper. Try to avoid wrapping these goods in newspaper, as the ink can transfer and stain permanently. Fill any gaps in the cartons with scrunched paper or linen, to ensure fragile items don’t move around and break. Always label these cartons with fragile tape and avoid storing heavy items on the top of them.
The original boxes with their styrofoam inserts are the best, but alternatively items can be individually wrapped in bubble wrap and packed into good quality cartons and boxes. All gaps and spaces should be packed and filled with newspaper to prevent movement within the cartons and then be securely sealed with packaging tape. Always keep your LCD TV’s and computer monitors upright to ensure the screen doesn’t get damaged.
Empty, defrost and dry your fridge and freezer well before you move it to avoid water damage. When storing in your unit, try and keep the doors slightly ajar for freshness. Try and cover other appliances such as microwaves, dishwashers, washing and drying machines in protective blankets to avoid marking or other damage.
Mirrors and Fragile Items
As these items are probably the most breakable and hard to pack, it is recommended to protect these items with bubble wrap and tape them up well. If you can, pack these items last so they’re in an easy to access and safe place. When transporting them on removal, it is best to store them upright (instead of flat) to avoid any heavy items being placed on top of them and potentially cracking or breaking the items.
Machinery and Mowers
Drain fuel and oil to reduce the risk of damage to other goods and avoid a possible fire hazard. To avoid any excess oils leaking from staining, place a piece of cardboard or old carpet under the piece of machinery. These types of items can also smell so wash them down as best as you can before storing, as any bad smells or dead grass can attract vermin.