Packing Tips

Essential packing tips and advice when moving home

Start to Pack well in Advance

Lat minute packing is likely to cause you a great deal of stress. We recommend that you start the packing process well in advance of your move. A good rule of thumb is to allow up to one week for every room that you have in your current house. (including the attic, garage, shed etc) This gives you time to sift through all your items and decide on what you will actiually take with you.

Pack One Room at a Time

Packing your belongings on a room by room basis makes a great deal of sense.

This will help you stay organised and make it clear to your movers which box goes where. Don’t start packing into boxes just yet, but gather together items into three categories: 1. Items going to your new home, 2. Items not going but can be sold and 3. Items to be disposed of or sent to your local charity shop.

Declutter

There is absolutely no point in paying to move  items that you will end up throwing away when you are in your new home. If you have followed the previous tip you should more or less have identified all of the items that you will not be taking with you.

A car boot sale is a great way to sell unwanted items. Other methods are selling on eBay or Gumtree. Any items to be disposed of can be taken to your local waste disposal site

Make sure you clear items from everywhere – the loft, under the stairs, spare rooms, outbuildings and the garden etc. 

If you are selling your items we can also arrange for the delivery of any larger items for you, If your buyer needs you to arrange shipping just ask us for a quote.

Start packing your boxes

Using appropriate boxes and other packing materials is an important part of moving home.

Boxes also need to be sturdy and weatherproof enough to avoid damage to your items.

We can supply the following packing materials

  • Small, medium & large boxes.
  • Heavy duty boxes.
  • Wardrobe boxes. (for clothes)
  • Telescopic cardboard boxes. (for mirrors, artwork etc)
  • Plastic Boxes
  • Packing tape.
  • Bubble wrap.
  • Labels.

Always bear in mind that if you choose to do your own packing your removal company cannot be held responsible for damage caused by inadaquate packing so it is very important that your items are packed properly.

Packing Checklist:

  • Use quality packing materials and make sure you have enough boxes, bubble wrap and packing paper.
  • Place layers of crumpled paper, bubble wrap or other protective material between each item to prevent scratching.
  • Do not overpack your boxes.
  • It is adviseable to spread heavy items out between boxes.
  • Write on each box what the contents are and indicate which is the right way up.

If this sounds like too much hard work then we offer a low cost professional packing service either on all your effects or just your fragile items. This means that not only will your items be insured against breakage, but they’ll also be packed by specialists who will do it efficienltly and carefully. We can even unpack at your new home for you.

Packing heavy items

Pack books and other heavy objects in small boxes and do not to make the box too heavy, especially if using cardboard boxes. Put heavier boxes on the bottom to ensure no breakable items will get crushed during the move.  Label boxes that are especially heavy to avoid injury.

Packing fragile items

Wrap your dishes individually and pack them vertical(not horizontally on top of each other) stacking them on top of each other puts a lot of pressure on the bottom plate and is more likely to lead to breakages.

Artwork and mirrors are best protected by wrapping them in paper and packing them in mirror boxes. On larger items of artwork you can proterct them by taping cardboard over them. To help prevent mirrors from cracking use packing tape to create an X shape on them.

Transporting valuables

We would advice you to pack high value jewellery and take this with you when you move.  Removal company’s standard insurance may not cover you for items above a certain value (even if they pack them for you), so move anything especially expensive in your own vehicle.

Label Your Boxes

Identify what is in each box and write the destination room on the side of each box with a marker, as this will make it easy to recognise them if they’re are stacked. It’s also good idea to use a different colour for every room.

Set Aside Items for Your Box of Essentials

Your box of essentials should contain items you will need right after your move is over.  

Here is a list of items that we would recommend as a minimum.

  • Credit cards.
  • Passports (always take this with you when you move)
  • Medication.
  • Phone and charger.
  • Laptop and charger.
  • Toilet paper.
  • A change of clothes (one for each member of your household)
  • Snacks and water .
  • Toys to keep kids amused.
  • Jewellery.
  • Flashlight.
  • Tape measure.
  • Toolbox.
  • Rubbish bags.
  • Paper towels.

If moving in winter pack extra duvets, scarves, hats, and gloves.

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