Tips: Getting ready to move house

At BoxNgo Boxes we understand that moving house is a busy, stressful and expensive exercise.  We’ve put these tips together to help you prepare for your move and to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

A fresh start

When living in a house or flat for many years clutter and storage can build up. As your removal date nears have a clear out of unwanted items. This exercise will save you time nearer your move and also money on packing materials and removal costs for boxes of items you don’t really want to keep. Small items such as clothes and books can be taken to a local charity shop or passed to family or friend. Ditto for larger items such as sofas … some charities collect those large items from your home, which saves you hassle of disposal.

3-4 weeks prior to your moving date…

Now is the time to organise which belongings you wish to take and identify the stuff you will dump. Don’t forget any food in your cupboards, pantry, fridge and freezer (you cannot store food). These simple arrangements will help you save time, worry and distraction on the day of your move. It will also save money on wasted food and packing materials.

We recommend you start getting quotes from moving companies for your move. BoxNgo Boxes can help with this as we have contact with many removalists.

 1-2 weeks prior to your moving date…

By now you should have ordered packing boxes and materials from BoxNgo.

  • If not already done so, confirm your removalist’s booking.
  • Advise your insurance company, gas, water, electricity, landline phone (cable included), and ‘pay TV’ suppliers of your move and requirement for final readings and invoices. Set up equivalent cover and services in your new home.
  • Organise to re-direct your mail.
  • Advise your insurance company of your move and extend your current contents policy to cover your move, and storage. Notify that your car will now be garaged in a different location inside a few weeks.
  • Use Australia Post services to advise change of address (or email changes) to your Bank, Insurance Company and other important institutions.

Time to start packing…

Your packing boxes and materials have arrived from BoxNgo.

Select a work area that allows you sufficient space to work with the materials you have ordered.

Keep your marking pens, tape and scissors nearby. Spread a neatly stacked, generous amount of packing paper flat on your work area.

Here’s a few basic guidelines that may minimize damage and save time and effort (All boxes that contain fragile items should be marked “Fragile.”):

Crockery and Dishware:

Select a cardboard box and line the bottom of the box with crumpled butchers’ paper.

With butchers’ paper stacked in place on the work table, center your plate on the paper.

Grasp a corner of several sheets and wrap until the plate is completely covered.

Move the plate to the side and do the same with two more plates, stacking them on top of each other after wrapping.

Turn the wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your paper.

Re-wrap the entire bundle. Start with one corner of packing paper and pull two sheets over the bundle; cover the bundle with the next corner, then the third corner; and finally, the fourth.

Seal the bundle with packing tape.

Place the bundle of dishware in the box so that the plates are standing on edge.


More delicate cups should be stuffed with crumpled tissue or butchers’ paper and wrapped one at a time as well.

Wrap each cup individually in butchers’ paper.

Place cups in a vertical position, lips down, near the top of the box. Do not stack heavy items on top of the cups.

Glasses and Stemware:

As you pack each layer of a cardboard box, use crumpled butchers’ paper to assure a snug fit wherever there is a gap.

Before wrapping, stuff glassware and stemware with crumpled tissue or butchers paper.

Lay glass or stemware on the corner of the packing paper and roll it one or two full rotations (depending on size); pull the sides of the packing paper up and over the glass/stemware and continue rolling to the far corner.

Glasses and stemware should be placed toward the top of the box. Heavier items (dishware, pitchers, etc) should be placed toward the bottom. Very delicate glassware and stemware should be placed in a vertical position, lips down … not on their sides.

Small Appliances and Utensils:

Wrap and place small appliances and utensils in sturdy cartons with heavier items on the bottom.


Fold and pack pillowcases, sheets and towels in clean boxes. Pack blankets, quilts and comforters in large boxes.


Pack on edge in smaller cartons. Alternate bindings, don’t overload cartons. (Remember — try to limit individual carton weight … 10-15kg for Book cartons & 20 kg for Tea Chest Cartons.)

Canned Goods and Other Non-Frozen Foods:

These items are not suitable for storage. Pack upright in smaller cartons with no more than 24 to 30 cans per carton. Wrap glass containers and boxed foods individually and pack in small cartons.


Fold and pack clothing in clean cartons … BoxNgo Linen Boxes and Port-A-Robes ideal.

DVD Players, CD Players:

Use original packing materials when available. If original packing materials are not available, refer to the owner’s manuals for further information. Wrap DVD players, CD players wiith an old blanket and place them upright in the carton. To stabilize the laser on a CD player, replace the transport screws (normally located on the bottom of the unit). Label boxes “Fragile” and “This Side Up.”

DVDs, CDs, Software Discs, and Video Tapes:

Layer the bottom of a small carton with shredded or crushed paper. Pack DVDs, CDs, software discs in their protective sleeves or cases. If sleeves or cases are not available, wrap the items in tissue paper or plastic wrap to prevent scratching. Stand CDs, software discs on edge in cartons. Brace at both ends using a hardback book or layer pieces of cardboard to provide a snug fit. Fill in with paper as needed. Be sure to mark the box “Fragile.”

Plasma and Big-Screen TVs, Surround Sound Systems and Entertainment System Components:

It’s best to use the original packaging when available. Consult the owner’s manual for specific instructions on your equipment.

Lamps and Lampshades:

Remove bulbs and shades and roll up the cord. Pack lamps with bedding or wrap separately and place upright in a clean, tissue/paper lined carton. Wrap shades in tissue or butchers’ paper, not newspaper, and place upright in cartons.


Fold neatly and place in clean cartons, but be careful not to overload. BoxNgo’s Linen Box is ideal.


(Not for storage) Seal caps with masking tape. Wrap and pack upright in small cartons. Some prescription drugs, such as insulin, lose their potency if exposed to heat, We recommend that you carry all medications with you.

Microwave Oven:

Remove all loose articles inside the oven, such as cookware, glass shelves and carousels. Wrap loose articles and place separately. Use the original manufacturer’s carton if available.

Personal Computers:

Pack computer equipment in original cartons when available. Otherwise, use strong, corrugated cartons and place protective padding on the bottom of the carton. Place additional padding between the carton and the computer. Non-detachable cords also should be wrapped. Place cords between the padded computer and the carton.

Tools and Lawn Equipment:

Drain oil and fuel from your equipment (do not ship or store flammables under any circumstances). Pack hand tools in small, strong cartons. Wrap separately if valuable


It’s Moving Day!

You are now organised.

Take your removalist through your home and explain what is fragile (top load) and what, if anything remains.

Sit yourself near the furniture loading van and take inventory of items that are loaded. It’s important you know and record the loading schedule and refer to it when your goods are unloaded at your new destination.

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