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Packing & Moving Tips

As with nearly everything in life, moving is all about the preparation, so here’s some moving tips to make the experience a little easier and less stressful. By implementing some or all of these moving house tips, you can ensure your goods arrive safely and securely!

Packing Material


Packing your items properly using high quality moving boxes and packaging materials will save you time and ensure your goods are opened in the same condition you packed them in.

Using specialist cartons for TVs, pictures, mirrors and hanging clothes will make packing quicker and easier and also properly protect your items.

We can purchase the following packing items from our box shop:

  • Boxes (new and used)

  • Specialist cartons e.g. TV and picture/mirror cartons, port-a-robe etc.

  • Butchers paper & bubble wrap

  • Tape and markers

  • Plastic protection covers for mattresses, lounges and chairs etc.

  • Moving blankets

Packing Moving Tips

Packing Tips


  • Write on or label each carton with the destination room, number and what is in it e.g. Lounge room, 1, cushions

  • Mark cartons that contain breakables as “Fragile”

  • Having an inventory list for each carton, either on the box or on a summary sheet, will help to locate items easily


Disassembly Tips


  • Dismantling any furniture that you have assembled or has been assembled for you will make it easier to move and take up less storage space

  • Take photos of the dismantling and screws and bolts etc. to assist you when reassembling

  • Put bolts, nuts, screws etc. in a ziplock bag

  • Remove the legs from beds if they can be removed and store them safely

  • Know which furniture has been disassembled and with which pieces. Some furniture is meant to come apart - some is not. If 10 bolts come out 10 bolts should go back in. It’s a good idea to keep these pieces in an essential’s carton with remotes, keys, furniture manufactures instructions etc.

  • Empty wardrobes, drawers and cabinets to remove weight and reduce the risk of damage

  • Make sure all white goods (fridges, freezers etc.) are empty, clean and dry before storing

  • Vacuum any food crumbs etc. from under cushions on lounges to prevent attracting vermin to your storage unit.


Packing Tips - General Items


  • Pack heavier items in small cartons at the bottom, with lighter items on the top and make sure you can lift it before taping the box

  • Don't over-pack cartons. You won’t be able to close them and they may be too hard to lift

  • Pack lighter items in large cartons as even though they are big they are not heavy

  • TVs and electronics should be packed in their original cartons if available. Large screen TV specialist boxes can be purchased if you don’t have the original boxes

  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard or specialist picture/mirror cartons

  • Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed in a clothing/soft furnishings bag

  • Hanging clothing should be hung in a port a robe

  • Folded clothing should be packed in cartons or a clothing/soft furnishings bag, not a garbage bag, which will rip

  • Silver items can be wrapped in tissue paper or plastic bags to help reduce tarnishing

  • Valuables, personal and sentimental items should be kept and moved by you


Packing Tips - Fragile Items


  • All boxes containing fragile/breakable items should be marked “FRAGILE”

  • Place cardboard, bubble wrap or butcher’s paper in the bottom and the top of fragile cartons prior to packing, for added protection

  • Individual fragile items and crockery should be wrapped with multiple layers of butcher’s paper

  • All empty space can be filled with paper to prevent fragile items from moving and breaking

  • Glass and ornaments should be wrapped individually with multi layers of butcher’s paper

  • Plates, saucers and bowls should be stacked on their sides (edges) after being wrapped individually with multi layers of butcher’s paper to prevent breakage


What you can't bring to Rhodes Self Storage


Any goods that are hazardous, illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful, perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person. This includes items like petrol tins, paint thinner, full gas bottles or chlorine.


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