Move Advice

Get ready

First, in the weeks leading up to the move, get rid of everything you don’t want. Take only what you need – everything you do take has to be paid for! Sell goods through the small ads or online like Gumtree, use an online recycling scheme like Freecycle, contact a local charity shop or simply pile up unwanted items in the living room and invite friends around to take what they like – in return for bringing over some wine and pizza!
Order your packing materials well in advance. You can order directly from your moving company or from companies that specializes in selling packing materials. Most orders can be placed online and free delivery service is available subject to minimum order requirements. Most packing materials suppliers will offer you individually priced items as well as more cost-effective option – specially designed home moving kits. Basically, to move your home you will need: boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper (newspaper not recommended due to its print residue), packing tapes, scissors or tape gun, marking pen. Additionally you might consider ordering wardrobe boxes, cling film, mattresses and sofas covers, transporting blankets (if you hire a van and move yourself), etc…
Don’t forget to keep a medical kit accessible during the process of packing and unpacking as well as during the move.
Also pack and keep easy accessible a bag of personal items you might need during the move: spare clothes, toiletries, food, medicine, baby change bag, etc…

Start Packing

As packing is time consuming process, items you don’t need on a daily basis can be packed far in advance and stored in a corner. If you have decided to do your own packing then use strong enough containers: pack heavier things like books into smaller boxes, and pack lighter things in larger boxes. Ensure they are not overfilled: never make a box heavier than one person can handle. Fill luggage up with clothing. Luggage is designed to be easy to carry, as well as being strong and unlikely to break, even when stuffed full of clothes. Hide valuables and pre-pack them discreetly. Take the time to properly protect precious items that are fragile with bubble wrap – some things are irreplaceable, even if they are covered by moving insurance. Get the family involved with the packing, especially allowing kids to pack a box each of their own ‘precious’ things. Even if most children’s toys have to go in with adult possessions, it may help to get them packing a box to take their minds off the stress of moving. Keep all your important documents with you at all times and carry them personally to your new home. This includes deeds and ownership documents or tenancy agreements, as well as your financial documents and items like passports, driving licences and birth certificates. If possible, empty and clean whole rooms ahead of time, then shut the door on those rooms and they’re done with. The fewer rooms you’re left to ‘de-occupy’ on moving day, the easier the job will be. Very few people unpack everything on the first day in a new home, but you’ll still need to eat, drink and sleep comfortably. So knowing where items such as duvets and saucepans are can be a real help. At the very least, pack a box for your kitchen with kettle, tea and coffee, a couple of mugs and plates and some cutlery.

Marking boxes

Box content and destination location must be labelled. You can mark box content on each box or number the boxes and keep a list of what is in each box. However, destination location should appear on each box. All staples in boxes should be removed so as to safeguard wood floors, counter tops, furniture, etc… Do not interlock box flaps together – always tape bottoms and tops with at least three strips of tape and at least halfway up or down the sides of the box for strength. Taping reinforces the strength of the box, and can be easily cut using a blade or special packing knife when unpacking. Clearly mark boxes with fragile items. You can use specially designed FRAGILE types to seal such boxes or simply use marking pen.

China and glass

All fragile and breakable items need to be individually wrapped in packing paper. Use plenty of paper to line the top, bottom and side of each box. Extremely fragile items may require the additional protection of bubble wrap. Newer lay glassware and china flat in the box. It is also better to use special wrapping paper as newspaper print residue must be washed off from all the things it touches. Highlight a small item by taping over the wrapping so that not to be lost in packing materials. Prior to packing, tighten all lids of jars and screw tops of bottles.

Furniture

Multi-layered woven transporting (protective) blankets are used to protect your furniture from dents, scuffs and marks. Most removal companies will provide you with these blankets free of charge. Heavy duty mattress and sofas polythene covers are ideal for protecting & keeping these items clean & dry during removal & storage. Irregular shaped and soft furniture is secured using fling film. It protects items from dust and weather when in storage, and retains their tension whilst in transit. Cling film is also great for securing white goods from scratched.

Glass table tops

Furniture that requires added protection must be wrapped in to transporting blankets and bubble blanket for maximum protection. The protective air-filled bubbles cushion fragile products to prevent breakage, the wrap is lightweight and flexible making it ideal for wrapping or interleaving a variety of products i.e. – antique desks, hi-fi, televisions. Glass tabletops must be individually wrapped in to bubble wrap and secured using masking tapes.

Paintings, pictures and mirrors

Glass fronted pictures and fragile mirrors must be wrapped in to bubble wrap and packet in flattened cartons or special picture cartons. Paintings should be covered over with a non-acidic clear wrap, then bubble wrapped and then placed in a picture boxes. If no cartons available, an additional cling film layers might help to retain their tension whilst in transit.

TVs and stereo systems

Your TV and stereo system must be protected by bubble wrap during transit. It would be the best to place your plat screen TVs, printers and monitors in their original packaging that they came with. Alternatively, flat screen TVs and computers can be places in spec designed flat screen TV crates (warp the items into bubble wrap before you place them in the crate).

Clothing

Clothing can be transported in specially designed portable wardrobe boxes to prevent any creasing. You might ask your moving company to rent few of these boxes on the move day.