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Moving Guide

Our suggestions outlined below should provide you with useful information about how to plan and implement your removal process.

  • Lighten Your Load
  • Truck Size
  • Tips on Packing Boxes
    • Larger Furniture
    • Loading the Truck
    • Having a Safe Trip

      • Lighten Your Load

        • Well in advance of your move dispose of un-necessary items.
        • Measure the larger items to calculate the cubic metre capacity required.
        • Estimate the number of boxes you will need for packing and collect suitable sturdy boxes.
        • Collect suitable packing materials, bubble wrap, newspapers and wrapping tape.
        • Pre-wrap and pack as much as possible prior to moving day.
        • Ensure you have hand trolleys and sufficient workers to pack, move and load everything on the day.

        Truck Size

        • If you are only travelling a short distance locally you may prefer to make multiple trips, however, a single trip in a larger truck is often more economic in time and cost.
        • Longer distance moves should always be single trips in a truck with sufficient capacity.
        • Smaller capacity trucks may suit boxed goods but limit the larger items such as whiteware and beds that you can comfortably carry.
        • Full house lots require maximum capacity and we recommend a tail-lift facility to assist loading.

        Tips on Packing Boxes

        • Pack heavy items such as books in smaller boxes that will be easier to lift.
        • Wherever possible pack appliances in the boxes they came in, then place in larger boxes
        • Use pillows, towels, t-shirts as padding.
        • Pack breakable items loosely with plenty of soft padding around them.
        • Mark boxes by number and the room their contents relate to.
        • Clearly mark boxes as FRAGILE if they contain breakable items such as glassware, china, or picture frames.

         

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        Larger Furniture

        • Take furniture apart wherever possible, wrapping and labeling each component clearly to assist reconstruction.
        • Roll up rugs.
        • Fill drawers with smaller items and soft padding to prevent movement. Tie drawer units securely to side of truck.
        • Cover table tops with blankets to prevent damage.
        • Place any bolts and screws in plastic bags, wrap in newspaper and tape to part of the object they belong to.
        • Wrap smaller mirrors in newspaper and pack into boxes.
        • Ensure larger mirrors are wrapped in newspaper and blankets or bubble plastic.
        • Garage and garden tools should have any sharp edges protected by newspaper or soft padding.

        Loading the Truck

        • Load the heaviest and largest furniture items first.
        • Load the heaviest items at floor level.
        • Secure large items to the truck walls.
        • Fully load front quarter of truck first then work rearwards.
        • Fill spaces with boxes and individually wrapped items.
        • Lightweight boxes can go on top of the load up to the truck ceiling.
        • Place large, flat items upright along truck walls.
        • Awkward shaped items can be packed in the center of the load well packed with smaller items to hold them steady and prevent movement.

        Having a Safe Trip

        • Make sure you are familiar with all the driving controls of the truck, indicators, lights, window wipers.
        • Check petrol, oil, and water levels.
        • Ensure load is well strapped down, secured to the vehicle, and not overhanging sides.
        • Adjust side mirrors for optimum visability.
        • Adjust for comfortable seating position.
        • Practice maneuvering the truck first.
        • Take turns slow and wide.
        • Reverse vehicle slowly.
        • Be aware of low clearance problems.
        • Brake early and pass with care.

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