Packing Materials and Cartons
Why Removal Cartons?
It makes a HUGE difference on moving day when all cartons are the correct removal cartons. Many people think they are economizing by using ‘free’ boxes from the local fruito or grocery store - but it’s false economy for a number of reasons:
- They are not of uniform size and so can’t be stacked easily or tied off tightly, compared to strong, double thickness cartons specifically made for removals.
- The cheap/free cartons tend to ‘cave in’ if other cartons are stacked on top of them - risking damage to the contents and the load.
- The men can trolley or carry the removal cartons whereas the odd shapes and sizes of ‘random’ cartons make this difficult and the loading and unloading process is prolonged.
If you are packing your own belongings, and live on the Central Coast, we can supply:
- strong removalist cartons,
- reams of clean, white, butcher’s paper
- strong tape that will keep your removal cartons intact
- tissue paper
- bubble wrap
- clean crushed butcher’s paper (for free) – all you do is pay for the carton it’s in! (see below for 'What's Crush?')
Delivery can be arranged or you are welcome to visit our depot in Erina.
What sized cartons should I get?
There are 2 carton sizes we generally use for removals - standard and book cartons.
The standard size cartons are used for most household effects. The men prefer everything you can possibly put into a carton, to go into one eg lampshades, quilts, pillows, cushions, smaller boxes (eg holding toasters etc) as well as all household items.
If items are particularly heavy, eg books or tools, then please use the smaller book cartons. It is not economical to fill a large box with heavy items, as it may then take 2 men to carry the carton rather than one.
Paper and Tape
We recommend you use clean butcher’s paper to wrap your goods. Some people use newspaper, but you need to ensure they are inkfast. We also supply free ‘crush’ paper for cushioning of items.
We also recommend a strong tape to seal the cartons. Cheaper tape can come unstuck at the most inconvenient of times. We supply tape from our Erina depot or Darren, our estimator will deliver it with the cartons if you are on the Central Coast and have booked to move with us.
We wrap all crockery and glassware in new butcher’s paper. We then place it in cartons which have been ‘cushioned’ with ‘crushed’ butcher’s paper. This gives extra protection for the items which are packed ensuring they arrive safely. We are happy to supply crushed butcher’s paper free of charge to our clients. All you need pay for is the carton ($5).
To keep the cartons strong, it is important not to pull the tape as it is very adhesive and will bring some of the layers of cardboard with it. It’s much better to cut the cartons open with a blade or stanley knife - we supply a carton cutter to each of our clients on removal day.
One of the last things you will want to do when you move house, is to iron all your clothes again. Porta-robes are an ideal solution when it comes to moving your hanging clothes. Porta-robes have a hanging bar inside a tall carton which allows your clothes to be protected, carried and put into your new home without crushing them. Supplying porta-robes for each removal is a free service we provide for our clients.