Tips on packing for furniture removals

If you're a Capetonian and you’ve moved house before and I’m sure you have you’ll know that packing for furniture removals in Cape Town is extremely stressful, tiring and time consuming. Here are a few tips that will help make the tedious process easier for you.

Organize things with a list

Although this sounds obvious most people ignore this first step. When you make a list of all the things you’re going to move you’re able to group things that go together and place them in a box. This will prevent you from just throwing random objects in boxes that will later be a problem to find when you do the unpacking. When your boxes arrive at your new home you can then check the list to see if everything is there.

What I like to do is to label each box according to the room they are going to go to. So if a box filled with crockery needs to go to the kitchen I label that box “kitchen crockery”. I then write in my handy dandy notepad under a heading Kitchen Crockery, all the items that are in that box. This is unfortunately quite a time consuming process but you will save yourself allot more time when doing the unpacking.

Get decent packing materials

There are a lot of items you are going to need to bubble wrap and pack in boxes so make sure you get enough of both. If you think you’re only going to need 10 boxes buy 20. The best boxes I find to use for packing up a home are the 110 Litre plastic black boxes. They are manufactured by Addis and have lids that clip closed onto the boxes. The box lid has grooves that allow you to stack another black box on top of it without it moving around. You can also keep them for future moves and stack them neatly on top of each other in your room or garage without it looking cheap and messy. You won’t be able to write on the plastic boxes with a pencil or pen to mark them appropriately so make sure you buy a roll of masking tape to stick on the boxes and write on.

Always make sure you have 2 or 3 boxes left after you’ve basically packed up all you can that would fit in a box. Remember that it’s going to be chaos at your new home and you still need to shower and sleep there so you would need to pack your towels, toiletries and bedding in a separate box.

Bubble wrap is the best material to use to package all your items. It’s also very cost effective and can be bought in huge rolls at a hardware store like Builders Warehouse. If you can’t afford bubble wrap crumble up white paper or newspaper into balls and pack your items around it in a box. Just bear in mind that newspaper can leave black ink marks on the items you pack so that would not be my number one choice.

About the Author

Julian Venter is a knowledgeable writer in the transport industry and has been a part of the TBZ Removals team for more than 2 years.

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