Packing Tips for Moving House
DPH Removals can quote to do your packing for you. Please enquire about this when asking for a quote. We always have a good stock of packing materials and our Porters are trained to pack your possessions safely and correctly. Small packing jobs can be carried out on the day of removal; larger jobs may require us coming a few days before before your removal day. If you choose to do it yourself here are some handy packing tips for moving house.
- You don’t need to leave everything to the day before the move. Consider what you don’t need to take with you, what will need careful packing, and that you are covered for potential breakages.
- Make a priority packing list
- Take some time to sift through your belongings and have a clear-out
- Calculate how many boxes you will need and get these well in advance. Find boxes in a variety of sizes. Think about what else will be useful, such as strong tape, bubble wrap, and self-seal bags for keeping nuts and bolts together.
- Don’t completely fill large boxes, as they will be too heavy to move.
- Use sturdy packing boxes that are correctly taped at the bottom, these should be level filled and idealy closed. We do supply boxes, but if you prefer not to use ours, then try and find a good strong box, some boxes from shops are okay, but remember crisp boxes are for crisps and not your valuable china!
- Label all boxes to the rooms they are destined for. This makes life a lot easier at the new premises. It could also be a good idea to choose one room at your new location to place all of your boxes. This makes re-assembly and re-adjusting of furniture much easier. You can then grab one box at a time and take it to its location and unpack it at your leisure.
- Good strong refuse sacks are good for bedding and soft items and help keep the costs of your packing low; these also come in handy when packing the truck to fill in any awkward shape gaps.
- Check that your contents insurance will cover damage and breakages during the move.
- Put all hazardous materials, such as paint, bleach and aerosols, into a separate box and keep them away from the rest of your stuff.
‘Through experience we have found that a smooth stress free move is all about being well packed, prepared and organised’
You won’t be able to unpack everything in the first day, so it’s worth deciding what you might need easy access to soon after you arrive at your new home.
- Pack an ‘essentials’ box for the first night in your new home and carry it with you. Easy access to coffee, tea, snacks, cups and a kettle may be welcome soon after you arrive. As will plates, utensils and a kitchen cloth.
- Prepare an overnight bag for everyone in the family, and make sure that there are enough toiletries for everyone.
- Other useful items that should be kept close to hand are a torch, a first-aid kit including pain relievers, pencil and paper, and re-closable plastic bags, along with a small tool kit.
- If possible, finish any laundry well before you move to avoid packing damp clothes. Keep a separate box/bag for dirty washing.
- Make sure the boxes containing items you need the least are loaded up first.
Spend some time considering how you are going to pack your possessions. Books are easy but heavy, valuables need careful wrapping and will take time, and some furniture may need to be dismantled.
- Start early. Packing always takes longer than anticipated.
- If you have an attic, it’s a good idea to sort it out first.
- Always pack heavy items in small boxes. It will make transporting them easier. Also, keep the weight of all boxes to a manageable weight to avoid any back injuries.
- Pack one room at a time, clearly labelling each box with details of its contents and the room to where it is destined. Boxes will need to be stacked in the removal vehicle, so clearly label boxes that contain breakables so that they are not placed at the bottom of a stack.
- It may sound obvious but pack heavier items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
- Stacked boxes bear weight better when they have been filled to capacity, even if it means filling remaining space with pillows, towels, blankets, etc.
- Pillows and blankets are also useful for wrapping valuables and protecting furniture prone to dents and scratches.
- Pack important documents together, such as birth and marriage certificates, and keep them in a safe place.
- Stick red coloured tape on boxes containing essential items to easily locate
You should always seek professional guidance with packing if in any doubt.