House packing is a tiring and time-consuming affair. We can’t say packing your life into boxes is ever going to be a pleasure but heed our practical tips and advice and you could save your sanity, as well as your fragile possessions.
The more you get rid of, the less volume you will have and the less boxes you have to unpack! So treat this as the perfect opportunity to have a good clear-out. Be ruthless and lose any items you don’t use anymore or you don’t like, and clothes that no longer fit you. Take your unwanted items to your nearest charity shop. If you have time, hold a garage sale, attend a car boot sale or sell your belongings online. Just because you don’t want them, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Put your proceeds towards furnishing your new home or even a house warming party
When evaluating the packing / unpacking option offered by removal companies consider the time it would take you to pack the items in the safest way, and the money you will save on packaging material.
If you want to pack some items yourself before the move, removals companies are usually flexible and can provide you with some boxes in advance.
Important: Self packed boxes are usually not insured by the removal company, so be careful with what you pack and make sure you understand what the insurance will cover.
We can’t emphasise enough how important it is to start house packing as early as possible. You can never anticipate how long it will take.
Pack as much as you can ahead of the moving day. Items that you don’t need on a daily basis can be packed up well in advance.
Remember! If you want the moving company to dismantle some items or if you are planning to do some packing before the move let your removal company know at the time of the survey as they should be able to provide you with boxes.
If you are packing some boxes yourself, clearly label each box with content details and the room to which it belongs. This will make things easier when you’re unpacking in your new home, and help the removers in knowing which box to put in which room. Also, ensure that you label boxes that contain breakables as this will help your removal company when loading the van. Your removal company should take care of the labelling of the other boxes on the day of the move.
If you decide to do some pre-packing, pack heavier items in smaller boxes. This will make them easier to transport on moving day. Reserve larger boxes for lighter items.
Get the whole family involved with packing up the house. Let children pack their own toys. It will keep them involved when you’re packing your own belongings and will distract them from the upheaval of moving home.
Let your removal company wrap fragile items as they are qualified to handle delicate items with care and will use professional clean tissue paper (to avoid leaving unwanted marks on items) bubble wrap and crates to protect your belongings during transit if necessary.
If you are packing some kitchen knives, scissors and other cutting tools, these should be taped off and carefully wrapped up so that they won’t puncture the box or cause injury when you’re unpacking.
When packing your own boxes, you could use the boxes pre-delivered by your removal company or alternatively use suitcases as packing boxes. You need to transport them anyway and they’re incredibly resilient during transit. They’re best used for belongings such as toiletries which you need immediate access to.
Collect boxes well in advance. Every time you go to the supermarket, ask if they have any cardboard boxes to spare.