Check out our handy packing tips so that when it comes to the big day, you can sit back and let your removals company do all the work. Good preparation is key to a good move, so make sure you prepare well in advance so if things go wrong, you can fix them easily and quickly.
1. Don’t leave boxes lying around: Moving house can be a security risk. Keep boxes out of sight and don’t leave doors open. Consider clearing your house of all valuables and important documents before you start to pack seriously.
2. Packing China and Crystal: Collect 2-3 weeks worth of clean newspaper with non-transfer print. Choose a strong and study packing box that will withstand all bumps in the removals van – you may want to double pack valuables. Fill the box with shredded newspaper or Styrofoam peanuts up to a depth of several inches. Start wrapping your items in newspaper, using several sheets for each one. Make sure crevices, such as in cups, are filled entirely. Place your items in the box, ensuring extra sheets of newspaper are placed in between items. Once the box is filled, top it off with more Styrofoam and seal it up. Mark the box as fragile so your moving company knows to take extra care with it.
3. Packing Computer Equipment: Dragging and moving boxes along carpet can result in a build up of static which can discharge and damage computer equipment. Ground yourself with an antistatic wristband before dismantling computers, and wrap in antistatic bubble wrap before packing. Rough handling can also damage computers, particularly hard drives. Backing up your data is an absolute must – use CDs and DVDs which do not have moving parts. If possible, pack your equipment in original boxes. If this is not possible, use plenty of Styrofoam peanuts and mark the boxes with the word ‘Fragile’ to let your removals company know they need to treat it with care.
4. Use a colour-coded guide when packing boxes: That way you know, by glance, where the box is supposed to be. Here’s a basic set-up for the average four bedroom family home. Why not print it off for reference? You can even stick a copy above each room so everyone knows what goes where.
DARK BLUE = Living Room
LIGHT BLUE = Kitchen
PALE BLUE = Dining Room
ORANGE = Downstairs toilet
BLACK = Bedroom #1
BROWN = Bedroom #2
GREEN = Bedroom #3
PURPLE = Bedroom #4
PINK = Bathroom
RED = Garage & Shed
5. Don’t overfill large boxes: Be careful when dealing with large boxes – they can take more items but you don’t want to create a potentially dangerous situation by overfilling them. Store heavy items in smaller boxes to reduce the potential for accidents and consider marking them as HEAVY and FRAGILE if necessary.
6. Check out the huge range of packing accessories available: Removals boxes are just the tip of the iceberg. Most professional removal companies and online packing suppliers have a heap of accessories that can make moving day far less stressful. There are armchair covers and sofa covers to protect your furniture, transit blankets to protect wooden items from chipping, and mattress covers to prevent wear and tear, and that still doesn’t even nearly cover it. Talk to your removals company for more details.
7. Throw old and unnecessary items out: There is no greater chance to purge your life of unnecessary items than when you move house. Resist the temptation to put it off to a later date. Recycle and give to charity everything you can, then hire a skip and throw away the rest. Since many removals companies quote by volume, you’ll save money as you won’t have so much to take to your new house.
8. Talk to your removals company: They are there to help! If moving a particularly large box will help you organise what you need to do, let them know. Most removals services will be only too happy to help. It helps to have a plan of what possessions you want loaded first, although do bear their advice in mind – they have a lot of experience dealing with the logistical problems of home removals.
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