Boxes and Weight
As a general rule, the heavier the item, the smaller the box. When packing, do not over-fill the box as this will make it harder to stack. Also do not under-fill. A box with heavy items can be filled with lighter items such as pillows, linen, cushions.
Type of Boxes
Make sure the boxes are strong enough to hold the weight of the items. Where possible try to have boxes the same size for easier stacking. If using cardboard boxes, we recommend double-walled cardboard for extra strength, particularly for fragile items. For a larger house move, we recommend to hire plastic crates as the safest and best value option.
Taping Cardboard Boxes
Always use a strong tape (not just regular sellotape) and fasten the box on both top and bottom to ensure the bottom will stay intact when lifted.
Safety when Lifting boxes
If you’re helping with the loading and unloading, please keep in mind safe practice for lifting of heavy items. Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Assess the weight of the box and lift using your leg muscles without bending your torso. Bend at the knees, not the waist.
Stackable Boxes First
Have the heaviest and stackable boxes ready to load first. Larger, bulkier items can then be stacked on top. Softer or lighter items are then loaded at the end.
Packing for Rooms
Label each box clearly with the name of the room you want it placed in. (If they are hired crates/boxes make sure this label can be removed afterwards before returning). Label certain items that you’ll want to easily find such as ‘towels’, ‘bedding’, or keep a list of contents for each box. If it is a larger move, it might help to sketch out the floor plan of the house for placing of furniture and boxes where you want them.
Packing Valuable and Fragile Items
Make sure that fragile items are well protected with bubble wrap or else packed carefully with softer household items such as cushions and pillows. Label these items clearly as ‘Fragile’.
Packing Light and Soft items
Where possible, use suitcases, holdalls and rucksacks to pack soft items such as bed linen, clothes. If using large plastic bags, make sure they are of strong enough quality (such as garden refuse sacks) that they won’t tear easily.
Packing for Move to Storage
If packing for storage, list contents on the side of the box, so that you can easily tell months later what each box contains.
If security is a concern for you, we recommend to have someone supervise the loading and unloading of items. Our movers cannot be responsible for items missing or stolen.
Fridges, Freezers, Washing Machines, Dish Washers
Empty and defrost the fridge/freezer a couple of days before moving day. Please drain and dry the fridge/freezer fully before we arrive. (It’s also recommended to wait a few hours before turning it on again after it arrives to the new location). Other appliances that use water – washing machines, dish washers etc – should also be fully dry before moving.
Dismantling of Furniture
To save time, ensure that flatpack furniture is dismantled before we arrive. Or we can provide this service if you let us know when booking our service. Remember to keep all nuts and bolts for the dismantled item in a carefully sealed bag, and pack in the same box.
Make sure there will be parking space during the hours of the move. If parking is usually tight on the street, this may mean planning a day or so in advance to arrange that there will be space available.
Clear Exits and Doorways
Ensure that doorways and hallways are clear of obstructions. To save time, place items to be moved as close to the main exit as possible.
Last Items to Pack
Have one or two boxes put aside for essential items. These will be last to be loaded and the first to be unloaded. Items such as cups, cutlery, kettle, cleaning products, toiletaries. Be sure also to have cash available on the day to pay for the moving job.