8 Essential Packing Tips For Moving House

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Moving house can be an exciting prospect, though knowing where to start can be difficult. So we have put together this guide to help you pack up your home.

No matter how many boxes you have around the house, before you move you are going to need a variety of boxes to accommodate all your belongings. We recommend that any boxes you look to move with are made of double corrugated cardboard, this ensures that they are strong enough to stack when your removal team arrives on the day. In General, you will need:

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

In Addition, you’ll need:

  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Styrofoam
  • Old newspapers
  • Stretch wrap for furniture Marker
  • Plastic Bags
  • Labels

When we provide you with a quote for moving, we can also provide you with a quote to supply and deliver your packing materials straight to your home. Alternatively we also offer a full packing service. Furthermore, any item that is packed by us is insured against damage and loss.

Begin packing well in advance

How long does it take to pack up your home?

This depends on the size of your home and how much storage space you have in your home. The average 3 bed for our team generally takes 2-3 men roughly 8-9 hours to pack. This includes ensuring that all of your belongings are packed safely, for example, making sure any and all mirrors and pictures are bubble wrapped, and all your plates and crockery are wrapped and boxed. Obviously, if you are packing yourselves, you may want to allow more time for packing, as you may want to use this as an opportunity to declutter.

Start with rooms and items you use less often

It’s good practice to start packing where you are most likely to be able to declutter, for example, lofts, sheds etc. Then you can start to move through the house, clearing pictures and mirrors off of the walls and window ornaments and window dressings from niches and windowsills will help you start to see the house getting cleared up and packed quicker.

Next you can move onto bedrooms and living areas, items such as books, toys, games and dvds can all be packed up well ahead of time. All of this will make it easier for you the closer it gets to the moving day.

Make a detailed inventory list

Making your own inventory of what you are packing into certain boxes is a great way to keep track of everything when you arrive at your new home. It will help you to prioritise what you need to unpack when you first arrive.

Pack one room at a time

We recommend that once you get close to the moving day, start to get full rooms packed up and labelled one at a time, not only does it make it easier knowing that the room is fully packed up and ticked off, it will mean our team knows where everything is going at the other end.

Do not exceed the limit of 30 pounds per box

This is very important not only for international removals, but local as well. As an industry we recommend that a box is no heavier than 30 pounds, and as the size of the box increases the lower the weight should be. This is to ensure that the health and safety of our team is protected over the course of your move. Pack light items in large boxes and heavy items in small boxes.

Take all of your documents with you

These include birth certificates, passports, bank account statements, etc. If your documents can fit into one box, pack them in one of suitable size and load it into your car.

Fill empty gaps

As you begin to pack up your home, you will start to notice as your goods go into boxes, that there are gaps between things in the boxes. We recommend that you use softer and smaller items such as soft furnishings, pillows, bedding, towels, clothes etc to fills those gaps. Not only will it ensure that there is less movement inside the boxes, it can also reduce the number of boxes you might need.

Set aside items for your box of essentials

A box of essentials is a great idea if you have a large home, it will help keep you organised on the first day. Obvious essentials would be plates, bowls and cutlery for the first night, remotes, charging cables etc, and depending on weather conditions and the location of your new home, you might need to include more items than you think. For example, if you’re moving house during winter, you will have to pack extra duvets, scarves, hats, and gloves.