If you are interested in cheap removalists, Perth homeowners are likely to have considered shipping their items. However, while this can be a more cost effective way to move your household items, packing a container can be a little tricky. Fortunately, as professional moving specialists, the Emmanuel Transport team has some tips to help you pack a container to keep your valuables safe during transit.
Sort Your Items
While this is not specifically related to packing a container, you’ll find it much easier to move if you’ve sorted your items. When you’re trying to cut the costs of your move, you need to appreciate that the more stuff you want to transport, the more costly it will be. This means that you’re wasting money by transporting those boxes of junk you’ve been holding on for years and have no intention of using. Take an objective look at your belongings and be realistic about whether they are worth transporting across the country. If you have appliances that are reaching the end of their lifespan, it may be more cost effective to dispose of them and buy replacements when you reach your new home.
Prepare a Loading Area
When you’re faced with a six metre long container, it can be a little daunting to consider loading. These containers have an internal capacity of 5.95m x 2.53m with a height of 2.75 metres. So, to make the best use of the space, you should prepare a loading area. Arrange to have your container placed in a convenient location, facing your garage for easy access. You’ll need to make sure that your container doesn’t block a shared car park or public road. You’ll need to balance the container, so a loading area will allow you to properly place your belongings rather than rushing to put anything in anywhere. You’ll need to think about where large items of furniture will sit n your container and how you will stack your items to minimise shifting and damage during transit. Don’t forget to keep items that you’ll need quickly closest to the container door.
Pack Your Individual Items
Just like if you were using a moving van, you’ll need to pack your individual items to be protected during transit. All your fragile items and valuables should be wrapped carefully and padded with blankets or bubble wrap to protect them. You’ll need to ensure that empty space inside boxes is filled to maintain the structural integrity of the box and prevent shifting inside the box. Bear in mind that a shipping container may be tilted by as much as 30 degrees during loading and transport, so you need to line boxes containing fragile items for additional protection.
Don’t Forget to Perform a Final Check
Finally, when you’ve finished loading, don’t forget to do a final check of your container. Before you lock it up, make sure that you don’t need to make any adjustments to secure boxes or keep heavy items strapped in place once the container starts to move. This is also a final opportunity to make sure that you’ve not missed packing any items that need to be included. Check that your belongings are a balanced height inside the container to prevent spills and all the available space has been used. Use a strong padlock to lock the container and get ready for collection.
If you are considering Perth removalists, cheap removal options or relocation packages, be sure to speak to us. Our team would be delighted to discuss your requirements and help make your move as smooth as possible.