Packing Appliances for your next Move
Are you packing for your next move? Packing clothes, furniture and some of your miscellaneous things can be easy, but packing appliances can be a bit of a headache. They can be the most fragile (and expensive) items in your home, and you don’t want to end up with a broken coffee machine or TV screen at the end of your move.
We’ve put together a few simple tips to help you get started with packing your appliances ready for your next move.
We’d love to hear if you have some of your own tips to share. Leave a comment below to help others with packing their appliances for their next move.
Using Boxes to Pack Your Appliances
Whenever possible, packing your appliances in their original packaging is the safest way to go. However, we know that this isn’t always possible as the original boxes and internal packaging can be large and bulky, and more often than not are thrown away.
So, in lieu of that, we strongly recommend packing your appliances into proper moving boxes. Quality moving boxes are made with sturdy and strong cardboard, unlike food and produce boxes that can be salvaged from the local grocery store. When packed properly, with protective packaging around them, your appliances should be safe and snug in quality moving boxes and ready to move.
Wrapping appliances in protective packaging
If you’re moving a short distance, wrapping appliances in towels and blankets could do the trick. We will however always recommend proper moving boxes. You will have invested good money into buying your appliances, so its worth looking after them as best you can when you move.
Whether you are placing your appliances in moving boxes or not, wrapping them in quality protective materials is essential. Pack around all sides, top and bottom, of your appliances. This will ensure that they are protected if dropped, and will also protect your appliances inside their boxes while it in transit. Styrofoam, polystyrene, moving blankets and scrunched butchers paper will help with this. Towels, pillows and cushions are great too. Save on packing boxes for towels and cushions and use them to fill spaces and protect your appliances.
Bubble wrap is another great option. It is sturdy, reliable and provides great protection for appliances and fragile items. You will probably need to wrap with several layers, so make sure you have a plentiful supply on hand. Ask around, maybe friends and family have bubble wrap at home that you can use.
Packing for a Moving Container
If you are packing and moving with a moving container, make sure you don’t place your appliances in direct contact with the container wall. Ensure your appliances are packed with protective packaging. Ideally there should be a good 2-5cm of soft packing (styrofoam, moving blankets, scrunched butchers paper) in between the container wall and the appliance. This will give them extra protection and insulation during transit.
Packing appliances for storage
Depending on where you are moving to (or from), and if you need to pack your belongings for long term storage, make sure your appliances are packed snug and airtight. You don’t want appliances jumping around while in transit, so a snug fit when packing is important. Not tight, but snug. If you are moving from a humid environment, and your belongings are held in storage for a period of time, make sure no moisture is captured when packing, to protect from humidity and moisture.
If you are packing appliances that hold water while in use, make sure they are drained and thoroughly dry before packing.
Need Help or Advice?
We know just how stressful moving, and packing to move, is. We work with it, day in and day out. If you think we can help with your next move, call our Customer Care team on 1800 467 637 today. Our expert team are ready to share their experience and advice to help you with your next move.
While moving can can be risky when it comes to moving your appliances, using these tips and some common sense and your precious appliances should stay safe and well through your next moving.