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Packing Tips

Before you start packing, you may need the following: Strong boxes, Packaging Tape, Bubble Wrap, Wrapping Paper, Newspaper, Tissue paper, Markers / Koki Pen.

Notes for Wrapping:
Use Bubble Wrap, Tissue paper to wrap your breakables. Newspaper will leave ink smudges and should only be used to cushion items. Use towels, old linen and blankets to wrap and cushion fragile items.

Get Packing:
Use good , strong boxes and always fully secure the bottoms. Concentrate on one room at a time and clearly label every box by item and room. Designate an area close to your front door to place all filled boxes before the move. Pack all your one of a kind items (wills, shares, jewellery, photos, and home videos) separately so that they can be carried with you on moving day. Make sure the boxes are clearly marked with Fragile items. NB Keep the boxes to a weight you feel comfortable carrying. (books in a big box is HEAVY) If you can pack appliances and electronic equipment in the boxes they came in and tape securely.

Bulky Items:
When you take your bed apart, bind frames together with tape or rope. Tables, if you can remove legs. Wrap the bolts and nuts in plastic and tie to a leg. For white goods, appliances and electronic equipment, check owners manual for any special instructions. Secure drawers, ice containers, and other loose parts in fridge.

Tricky Items:
Loosen handlebars on bikes and turn sideways, cover chain and pedals to keep grease of other items. Wrap small mirrors / paintings and pack in boxes. Cover wall mirrors and large paintings. Heavy and bulky outdoor furniture, disassemble what you can and tape nuts and bolts to a leg. Roll up your carpets and secure with a rope or tape. Dispose of petrol and oil from lawnmower and other machinery as well as any flammable / poisonous products. Remove hooks from fishing lines. Clean Braais of grease / ash etc. Drain garden hoses, dishwasher, washing machine etc. Clean and spray dog kennels, empty fish tanks and bird cages. Empty and defrost fridge / freezer.