Essential Packing Recommendations for a Seamless Move

Moving homes can be an exciting venture, but it's undeniably stressful, especially when it comes to packing. How do you ensure that your delicate plasma TV or valuable computer safely reach your new abode? To eliminate such worries, The Backloading Company presents a detailed guide on packing recommendations, drawing from years of experience in the removal business.

Plasma TVs: Safe Transportation is Key

Plasma TVs are high-value items, and their sensitive nature requires careful handling. If you have the original packaging, it's best to repack the TV using that. If not, boxing is highly recommended. Consider acquiring a heavy-duty, double-walled box that fits your TV perfectly. Prior to packing, remember to remove the TV stand from the screen frame, which prevents potential damage during transport. For instance, if you're moving a 50-inch Plasma TV, locate the screws that hold the stand and the TV together, unscrew them and carefully slide out the stand.

Front-Loading Washing Machines: Prevent Displacement

Washing machines, particularly front-load models, are designed with transit bolts that secure the drum and prevent it from moving during transportation. If these bolts aren't replaced before moving, the drum could drop out of position, even though this happens in rare cases. Refer to your washing machine's manual to locate where the transit bolts should be placed. Typically, they are inserted at the back of the machine. If you've misplaced the original bolts, contact the manufacturer for replacements.

Mowers, Petrol Tools, and Motorbikes: Drain Fluids

Safety regulations require all fuel and oils to be drained from petrol tools, mowers, and motorbikes prior to transport. For example, if you're moving a lawnmower, you'd need to siphon out the fuel and oil, ensuring the tank is completely empty. It's also recommended to disconnect the spark plug and clean off any excess grass or dirt.

Microwaves: Handle with Care

Microwave ovens are everyday appliances that need special attention during a move. It's critical to remove the glass turntable or dish inside the microwave, as it can break or cause damage to the oven interior during transit. Wrap this dish in bubble wrap or thick packing paper and place it in a separate box for maximum protection.

Vacuum Cleaners: Break it Down

When it comes to vacuum cleaners, it's recommended to disassemble and box them. That means detaching all hoses and parts, including the main unit. If your vacuum cleaner has a bag, empty it to avoid any spills. Pack the components into a box lined with bubble wrap or crumpled packing paper for added padding.

Cartons: Label Everything

To make unpacking easier and ensure none of your items go missing, label all removal cartons with your name and contact number. You could also add a brief description of the contents and the room it belongs to. For example, a box containing kitchen items might be labeled "Smith Family - 555-1234 - Kitchen - Pots and Pans."

Flat Pack Furniture: Return to Origin

Items purchased in a flat pack manner should be dismantled prior to transport. That means your IKEA bookshelf or desk should be taken apart. Remember to keep all screws and small pieces in a labeled, sealable bag. This method not only reduces the risk of damage but also makes transportation more efficient.

Beds: Break it Down

Similar to flat pack furniture, beds should also be dismantled before moving. Keep all screws and nuts in a safe place, preferably in a labeled bag attached to the bed frame. If the mattress has to be moved, consider investing in a mattress cover for protection from dirt and damage.

Loose Items: Don't Overlook the Small Stuff

Loose items, like toys, decor, or tools, should be packed into boxes to prevent loss or damage. For larger items that don't fit inside a box, secure them together with packing tape.

Fragile Items: Wrap and Protect

Delicate items require extra care. Wrap each piece individually with butchers paper or bubble wrap to prevent scratches or breakage. For instance, your china plates should be wrapped separately and stacked vertically in a sturdy box, filled with crumpled paper for added cushioning.

Computers: Secure Your Data

Given the value and delicate nature of computers, it's crucial to pack them correctly. Original packaging is best, but if that's not available, use a sturdy box lined with polystyrene or bubble wrap. Make sure the computer is secure and doesn't move within the box. Don't forget to back up your data before packing!


In conclusion, effective packing is a balance of careful wrapping, strategic disassembly, and precise labeling. Remember that every item has its unique packing requirements, and understanding these can make the difference between a stressful move and a successful one. Good luck with your packing, and here's to a smooth moving experience with The Backloading Company!