A Few Helpful Tips

10 Helpful Packing Tips You Must Know When Moving House

Relocation is a process we never look forward to. You have to contact utility companies, clean your entire home before you leave, hire a moving van in advance, not to mention pack all your belongings. So, how to pack up your house to move?

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Here are ten packing tips for moving house.

Packing Supplies, You Need

A great source for free cardboard boxes is your local supermarket or pharmacy sometimes even Facebook selling sites or Gumtree.

Sometimes you might have to go during a specific time of the day as some supermarkets receive their deliveries once a week. You’ll need:

  • Small boxes;
  • Medium boxes;
  • Large boxes;
  • Heavy duty boxes;
  • Wardrobe boxes.

You can make wardrobe boxes yourself by using a tall enough box and adding a metal rail you can find on eBay in different lengths.

Additionally, you’ll need:

  • Packing tape;
  • Bubble wrap;
  • Old newspapers;
  • Stretch wrap for furniture;
  • Marker;

There are whole moving house kits online you can find for different type of properties. For a one-bedroom flat, a two-bedroom flat and so on.
Another option is to purchase the packing service from a Packing and Moving company. Moving companies have different types of boxes suitable for all sorts of items and they can do all the packing professionally for you Fully Loaded offers a packing service, please contact us for a free quote.

How to Pack for Moving House

  1. Pack early. The time it will take you to pack all your items depends mainly on their number. So, for a large house, two months should be enough if you pack one box a day. For smaller homes, one month should be just fine. Of course, this is not an exact number, but you get the idea. everyone is always suprised how many boxes they require once opening a few unused cupboards and drawers.
  2. Start with rooms you least need. Makes sense to pack the items you don’t use on a daily basis first. Seasonal items you’re currently not using such as garden tools, coats and Christmas lights are perfect examples as well as summer/winter clothing.
  3. Pack one room at a time. This is one of the most important packing tips which for some reason often gets neglected. Doing this will help you stay organised and will later tell the movers, or anyone unloading, which box goes where.
  4. Declutter. Hold a garden sale or give your old unwanted items to charity. There is also eBay, Facebook and Gumtree etc. so there are plenty options available. If you have friends helping you with your move or packing, ask them whether they need anything you’re planning to sell. After all, you’re not paying them and they should get something for all their troubles.
  5. Do not exceed the limit of 30 pounds for a box. You might get a back injury or one of the boxes might not be able to withstand the weight. Pack light items in large boxes and heavy items is small boxes. This packing tip alone will save you a great deal of pain… literally.
  6. Fill empty gaps. Use old newspapers, packing papers, bubblewrap or just old rags to fill gaps in the boxes. This should secure the items for the ride and reduce the risk of damages.
  7. Label your boxes. Write the contents on each box with a marker. Write on the sides of the boxes and not on top, as this will make it easier to recognise them if they’re are stacked. It’s also advisable to use a different colour for every room. Ask your children, if you have any to help you. Kids love drawing and colouring, so what better way to reduce the stress of moving.
  8. Put heavier boxes on the bottom. Packing tips like this one might be common sense, but they’re still important to mention. By putting your heavy boxes underneath, the lighter boxes, you ensure no breakable items will get crushed before, during or after the move. also if you don’t have the original box for the tv then wrap it with bubble wrap and place a piece of card over the screen insuring the whole screen is covered.
  9. Dispose of hazardous materials.

How to Deal with Hazardous Materials
Just a good piece of information, if you’re hiring a removal company to move you, most companies do not transport hazardous materials. The ones that do, have a specific permit, but they are generally very few and a lot more expensive. this is mainly due to chances of leaking or spillages over the rest of the load (mainly household furniture) that could cost a lot in repair or replacements.

Hazardous materials can be:

  • Boxes of paint;
  • Cleaning products containing bleach;
  • Pesticides;
  • Asbestos;
  • Batteries;
  • Fluorescent tubes.
  • Oils

Lots of companies have the equipment to do this for you. If you need to take such items with you, make sure you shut them close as tight as possible and place each type in a different box. It’s NOT a good idea to mix them together. Close the boxes well and label them.

  1. Getting Furniture 

With most furniture as long as it can be removed from the property with no major hassle it should be left assembled, if it contains doors or drawers they must be shrink wrapped to avoid them coming open in transit or whilst being moved from or to the property. Any oversized items such as large wardrobes or double beds must be dismantled weather by you or you pay the Movers to do so, it’s best to try remove all fixings from flat packed furniture to prevent them from scratching each other in transit.

And so, now you know how to pack for moving home. Good luck! We hope to see you soon

Gary Turrell

Fully Loaded Removals Ltd©