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One of the most essential steps in any move is the packing. However, it’s not as straightforward as simply throwing some items into cupboard boxes. If you want all your belongings to arrive safely and if you want the mover to work efficiently, knowing how to pack for a move matters. The following are some basic packing tips for move that can help make your relocating as painless as possible




  1. Allow plenty of time. If you’re tackling the packing job yourself, remember that it always takes longer than you anticipate. Allocate approximately half an hour per box. You should never leave packing to the last minute, as rushing can lead to broken items, unnecessary stress, and the added cost of making your residential moving company wait around on move day.
  2. Purchase plenty of packing material. Stock up on bubble wrap, newsprint and plenty of moving boxes. Making multiple trips to the store for packing supplies can quickly become a headache. Remember especially when it comes to cushioning the boxes, it’s always better to have a little extra than not enough.
  3. Purchase the right kind of packing material. Use boxes that seal shut. They should either have lids or flaps that can be tapped down. (Double or triple tapping is recommended) Unsealed boxes equals broken or missing items.


  1. Properly pack dishes and glasses.
  2. Label moving boxes correctly. Label boxes with what rooms they are going to rather than what’s inside. This helps the movers to know exactly where to place each box, which speeds up the move and saves you money by limiting billable hours with your moving company. It also speeds up the unpacking process. Label each box on the top and at least one side in thick, readable pen.
  3. Use the right box for the job. Using the correct size box is an important step that many people miss when self-packing. For example, you should use a 1.5 cubic foot box for books and magazines. This ensures no individual box is too heavy, which make each box easier to move. Medium size boxes are great for heavy items or delicate, and large boxes should be reserved for clothing, linens, purses, and bulky items, (such as lamps) that won’t fit in medium boxes.
  4. Note fragile items. If a box contains anything fragile, make sure that the box is labelled as such. However, refrain from making every box as fragile. Some items will need to go to the bottom of the pile in the moving truck.
  5. Make an open first box. Leave aside one box of essentials to open first. This can include items such as your coffee maker or anything else you’ll want access to before the unpacking is complete.
  6. Don`t be frugal with cushioning. When packing a box, use plenty of paper between items. Every box should be full with a very slight mound of cushioning on top after sealing. This prevents boxes from being crushed or items shifting during transport.
  7. Use uniform boxes. Even though spare boxes from your grocery or a liquor store could be free, using odd shaped boxes can actually slow the movers down because they are hard to fit neatly in the moving truck. When your moving company is on the clock, that extra time can end up costing you more.
  8. Use proper packing technique. Always cushion the bottom of a carton, and don’t forget to wrap fragile items individually. Heavy items should go to the bottom of the box, and light items should go on top.
  9. Know what not to pack. Never pack fluids. If a salad dressing or other liquid has broken the seal, you will have to transport that yourself. There are things likely to be flammable which are not supposed to be packed with the rest of your belongings.


Apart from just getting you where you want to be within the required time, we also offer you with important moving tips that you may need to know before and during your moving exercise.

Pack an overnight bag containing all essentials.

Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things. You will want your essentials within easy access, including a change of clothes if maybe you’re going to work the next day as well as all your toiletries.

Pack the items you will need first in a clear plastic bin  

  • This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, power strips, phone and laptop chargers, toilet papers, tools etc.
  • The clear bin allows you to see inside, it also separates itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes.
  • Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in bubble wrap.
  • In addition to labelling what’s in your boxes, add what room they will be going to.
  • When you arrive at your new home, unpack by room. The unpacking process will feel more manageable.
  • Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go
  • It doesn’t hurt to number your boxes.
  • Make a detailed list of what is in each box by the number. This makes it easier to make sure that you didn’t forget any boxes, and if there is anything valuable there, you won’t be broadcasting it to the world by writing it down there.
  • If you are using used boxes as packaging materials, it’s important to test their durability beforehand for weak spots or tears. For the best results always follow the rule of never pack in a box items over 20 kilograms so that the bottom doesn’t give out while moving.

There are also safety and logistic measures that are also important to make your moving experience successful and stress free. They include the following,

  1. Verify a movers` identity to know who you are dealing with, especially if it’s your first time dealing with that moving company.
  2. Get at least three written in-home estimates. You should not accept estemates offered via phone or online.
  3. It’s important to check company`s ratings online, or you can ask friends, family or relatives for referrals.
  4. Know your rights. If you are moving locally or interstate, know the local authorities laws so to avoid any unexpected interruptions.
  5. Understand the level of liability or valuation that your mover will be responsible for in case of loss or damage.
  6. Avoid large down payment. Although some movers may ask for small good faith deposits to hold a date, be wary of carriers who are seeking large down payment or payment in advance for any reason.
  7. Make sure that all agreements between you and your mover are in writing, and get a copy of every document you sign.
  8. Ask questions. If you do not understand something, ask. The moving business has its own terminologies and can be complex.


We understand that preparation and packing are critical ingredients of a successful move.  To this end, we invest hundreds of hours training our moving staff on best practices every year.  Whether you require the luxury of a full packing service, or are simply interested in having our team pack your belongings, we are confident that we can address your specific needs.

Full Packing Services

Gardena Moving Stars’ full packing service allows you to focus on the myriad of other details associated with relocating your home.  Our crews work as a team, carefully packing, labelling, disassembling, and preparing each room for moving day.

Benefits of Using Our Packing and Wrapping Services

Some of the benefits of having Gardena Moving Stars assist you with the packing and wrapping process includes:

  • More efficient (and less costly) relocation based upon the fact that your residence will be fully prepared for the arrival of our moving team.
  • Peace of mind that your belongings will be properly packed and protected.
  • Expedited and consolidated time frame for a complete move
  • Minimizing time taken away from work and family.
  • Reducing the stress associated with your move.
  • We ensure that your boxed items are fully covered from a liability standpoint.
  • Limiting the time in which your household items are in transition mode.
  • Better organization on the front and back end of the relocation process.

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