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Packing: A Guide To Take The Stress Out Of Packing

Packing is a daunting thought for most, therefore it often gets put off right until the last minute, but to keep stress levels low an early start to packing is key!

Choose Packing Materials
First things first, before you can pack anything you need to have the right materials at hand such as strong packing boxes, tape, marker pen or labels, bubble wrap and or newspapers. It might be worth buying a packing kit that includes all of these items, as this could also save you money.
If you have saved boxes from a previous move it is worth checking they can still hold weight and cover any old labels so there is no confusion to what is in them.

Building Boxes
Most boxes will come with clear instructions on how to correctly put them together, however it is worth taking note of any signage such as this way up so you don’t end up having upside down boxes! The shorter tabs should always be folded in first and the longer ones after, and ensure you property secure them down with tape following all the edges and corners. Try not to overfill boxes as this not only makes them more difficult to lift but you also run the risk of damaging your items.

Labelling Boxes
It is important to clearly label boxes with the room they are intended for and what is in them such as fragile items and if the box does not already specify, which way up it should be held.
If any boxes contain items that you will need quick access to when you arrive at your new property such as kettles, knifes. Forks, spoons etc. then it might be worth listing the contents of the whole box they have been put in.

Top Tips

  • Use smaller boxes for heavier items and bigger boxers for lighter items.
  • If you don’t have paper or bubble wrap then soft items such as clothes, towels and blankets are great for packing delicate.
  • Pack heavier items at the bottom of the box and ensure the weight is evenly distributed and not all to one side or central.
  • Pack one room up at a time rather than doing bits in each room, this will save time and confusion and will also save time unpacking as well.
  • When dismantling, furniture keep all screws, nuts and bolts etc. in a sealed bag and tape it to the item of furniture in which they belong.
  • It is always best to move TV’s in the original box that they came in, however if this is not possible then be sure to wrap it up as security as possible.
  • Any kitchen utensils and cutlery should be carefully wrapped in paper before putting them in the box.
  • It is worth purchasing knife protectors for sharp knives as they will help prevent injury when unpacking, they should then be wrapped in paper and placed in the box.
  • When packing, glasses wrap them carefully in bubble wrap and place them in the box widest side down. Be sure to label the box fragile!
  • When packing medicines, you should also have a bit of a clear out, check for any out of date products, or medication that is no longer required, this will save space and it’s also the perfect time for a clear out that you would never usually get around to doing!
  • It is best to pack valuables such as jewellery and important documents such as passports, driver’s licences and other such items separately, and clearly ladled on the box exactly what is in it, keep them with you and transport them in your own car, this way you can be sure that they are safe and you know exactly where to find them when it comes to unpacking.

If you need packing advice, moving supplies or even help with packing and dismantling then contact MooveIt Removals today – 01302 891295

Packing Tips For Moving Home

Before You Start Packing
Its best not to leave packing to the day before you move. You should take time to consider what will need packing carefully and what you don’t need to take with you. It is also a good idea to check your insurance policy to see if you are covered for any breakages. The you can start getting the ball rolling with regards to packing.

  • Make a list of priority items to be packed.
  • Have a good clear out whilst you are packing so you don’t end up taking junk with you. You could make a box up to take to a charity shop or car boot sale for all your unwanted items.
  • Try and estimate how many boxes you are going to need and buy them in advance. There are other things to consider like the size of the boxes you get and other essentials such as tape, bubble wrap, sealable bags for any loose nuts and bolts from dismantled furniture. You should also consider saving old newspaper for lining boxes and protecting fragile items.
  • Don’t overfill large boxes as they will be too heavy to lift!
  • Use sturdy boxes, particularly for heavier items, corrugated card boxes tend to be stronger.
  • Check your contents insurance covers any accidental breakages during the move.
  • Keep cleaning products and other hazardous materials such as bleach, aerosols and paint in a separate box away from your other belongings.

Plan Ahead
In most cases, unless you don’t move much with you, you wont be able to unpack everything in the same day so it is worth planning what you will need easy access to when you move into your new home.

  • Label a box essentials and put everything in it you think will be a priority during your move, things such as a kettle, tea, coffee, snacks, cups and other cutlery will all come in handy while you are unpacking.
  • Have an overnight bag prepared for yourself and anyone else that will be staying in the property, include a change of clothes, toilet paper and any toiletries you may need.
  • Other items you should keep to one side as a priority include, first aid kits and any essential medicines for family members, a torch, paper and pens, and a small tool kit.
  • Tyr and get all laundry done in advance to moving so you can avoid packing damp or wet clothes, any dirty clothes should be packed separately so you know they need washing.
  • Any boxes containing items you won’t need straight away should be loaded on the van first.

Pack Sensibly
Take time to consider how you will pack your items, things such as books are easy to pack but they are heavy so you might want to limit how many you pack per box, valuables will need to be carefully wrapped so this may take some time, and some furniture will need to be dismantled.

  • You should start early, packing always takes longer than you expect, especially when you find items that bring back pleasant memories and star reminiscing or realise a large item needs dismantling to fit through a door!
  • Its always best to start at the top of the house and work your way to downstairs. If you have a loft, then this is always the best place to start.
  • Pack heavier items in smaller boxes so it is easier to transport them. Try and keep the weight of the boxes to a minimum to avoid back injuries.
  •  Pack room by room and label each box clearly and specify which room it is from, also any boxes that contain fragile items should be labelled accordingly.
  • Keep boxes from each room together so they can be unpacked together and save you some time.
  • Pack heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
  • Wrap breakables individually in bubble wrap and pack in boxes that have been lined with newspaper.
  • Any important documents should be kept together such as passports, birth certificates and other similar documents.

If you are moving house and need removals company in Doncaster, help with packing or packing materials or storage solutions then contact MooveIt Removals today – 01302 891295