Domestic Shifting Process - Do & Dont's

  • Furniture:
  • Furniture items can be generally divided in to 3 (three types):
    • Heavy and Bulky – This category includes, beds, sofas, oversized wardrobes
    • Easy to move – This could be dining table, rugs, chairs, coffee and study tables, entertainment centers, storage drawer units etc.
    • Expensive Items – Ancient valuable assets, artistic products
  • Wooden frames or crates:
  • International movers frequently use wooden frames or crates.  Delicate furniture, glass cases, pianos or fragile items such as marble, mirrors, etc. the measurements of such crates ought to be taken by the surveyor or supervisor of the work team and give to carpentry for manufacture, to ensure it is made available prior to the loading of the shipment in to the container or lift vans.
  • Electronics
  • Remember to unplug all electronics
  • Refrigerators need to be unplugged 24 hrs prior to loading as they need to drain of excess water and ice.
  • Tape the inner table in a microwave oven so it does not move inside and break the glass door
  • Check the device manuals for all appliances for any special instructions
  • Electronic items may be packed in its original boxes, or wrap with bubble sheets  and put in suitable carton boxes preferably keeping small pillows/.cushions at the bottom and top  or in boxes made particularly made for these  items
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  • Kitchenware
  • Wrap all fragile items individually in bubble wrap or packing paper (news print)
  • Fragile bone china and ceramic kitchenware needs to be packed in bubble wrap
  • Glass containers and sharp cutlery should be wrapped with extra packaging
  • Place paper or dividers  between all plates/bowls/cups and dinnerware to prevent chipping and breaking
  • Wrap cutlery and utensils together in tight bundles and bubble wrap before putting in boxes
  • Wine glasses, crystal pieces etc, should all be double wrapped in paper (news print) .
  • For ‘vace’ fill the void area with paper.
  • Wrap in in several layers of bubble sheets.
  • Mention ‘fragile items’ outside the packed carton boxes.
  • Cloths
  • Flat clothing carton box is used for packing foldable and horizontally pliable clothing to small heights.
  • Line the flat carton with paper.
  • Add/put silica gel sachets to combat humidity.
  • Place the folded clothing carefully in the carton box.
  • Wrap the paper over clothing.
  • Add more silica gel on top.
  • Seal the carton completely
  • Hanging wardrobes have been designed in such a way that, they permit the hanging of clothing articles that must preferably not to be folded, such as suits, overcoats or similar dresses.
  • Hang the related cloths.
  • Be careful not to overload cloths
  • Secure the bottom of the door.
  • Secure the hangers in place
  • Secure the top of the carton.
  • Bed mattresses &Bed Frames:
  • Bed mattresses wrapped in plastic and are packed in corrugate sheets made to the suit the size of the mattresses and wrapped in plastic.
  • After you pack the mattresses, you'll still have more work do to. The bed frames will have to be disassembled and packaged as well. Make sure you have the appropriate tools to remove the frame from the headboard.
  • Once taken apart, put the screws, washers, and any other pieces of hardware in a plastic bag and clearly label it. This bag can either be taped to the bed frame, or put into a box with all of your other hardware bags. The remaining parts of the bed (the frame and the headboard) can then be wrapped in like other furniture items.
  • Books and photos /photo frames:
  • Items like photos, books are always packed in small cartons. The cartons must be completely and tightly packed to avoid any movement during the move. All empty spaces should be stuffed with paper.
  • Don't over pack large boxes as books are heavy.
  • Pack in multiple small boxes
  • Photo frames can be packed by placing packaging paper (news print) between multiple frames in small box.
  • Mirrors:
  • Choose an appropriately sized flat bo
  • Line outside edges with crushed paper
  • Wrap mirror completely in bubble wrap, tape securely
  • Fill any gaps inside box around the mirror with crushed or padded paper
TVs and computers: Use original packaging whenever possible, otherwise a close-fitting, strong-sided box
Pack flat screens in standing position
Cover screen with foam pads to prevent scratches
Wrap in bubble wrap, tape moving pads securely around the item
Stuff empty spaces with clothing or paper.
Add silica gel sachets.