Tips and advice on packing your home contents.
We have compiled this handy instruction list to help you whilst packing your home contents and preparing for the all important removal day. The handy hints herein are based upon our many years of experience as professional removers.
Use modular boxes. – Always use removal boxes that have been specifically designed for domestic house removals. Removal boxes should be modular (stackable) so that when loading a removal vehicle or storage unit they can be built up together, just like using building blocks, which minimises wasted space, and makes handling easier, safe and more efficient.
Small packing box. – Small packing boxes should be used for packing smaller heavier items such as tinned food, books, delicate items and electrical goods.
Medium packing box. – Medium packing boxes should be used to pack general household items such as pots pans, kitchenware, toys and ornaments.
Large packing box – Large packing boxes should be used to pack larger, lighter items of general household goods such as lamps, lampshades, soft furnishings, bedding, toys etc.
Packing box assembly
- Identify the bottom of the packing box.
- Fold two opposite flaps inwards.
- Fold the remaining two flaps inwards.
- Seal the joint with packing tape.
- For additional strength, seal in an H pattern.
- Do not stretch the tape as this will weaken it.
- Do not interlock flaps as this will weaken the box.
- Once packed seal with packing tape.
- Mark the boxes destination and contents.
- Mark with in-packing priority.
- Add a box number if going into storage.
- Do not overfill boxes or leave items protruding.
- Do not make removal boxes too heavy.
- Boxes with breakables should be marked FRAGILE
Rule of thumb: the heavier the item, the smaller the box it should be packed in.
How to pack breakables
- In the bottom of an empty removal box, place a layer of screwed up packing paper approximately two inches thick to act as a cushion.
- Then place a layer of strong or heavy packed china across the bottom.
- Add another layer of screwed up packing paper.
- Add another layer of china, each piece separately wrapped in a sheet of packing paper.
- Continue until the removal box is almost full, fill in the gaps with screwed up packing paper.
- Then add another layer of screwed up packing paper approximately two inches thick.
- Seal the fully packed removal box with packing tape and mark FRAGILE and also contents and destination at your new home.
Glassware – Wine glasses, champagne flutes etc should be wrapped using packing paper and packed into removal boxes a layer at a time with sheets of screwed up packing paper to act as cushions in between each layer, alternatively a divider can be used which is easier and offers more support to the removal box.
Plates – Plates should be packed one on top of the other with a sheet of packing paper around each. Place the crockery in the corners of the removal box with the largest at the bottom and work upwards. Wrap cups, mugs lids etc and place in the centre and the corners of the removal box, finish with a layer of screwed up packing paper to act as a cushion.
Spouts and handles – Jugs, teapots and items with spouts and handles should have extra padding around the protruding areas and be packed upright, fill in the gaps under and around the spouts and handles with lids and small pieces of crockery or scre – wed up packing paper.
Cutlery – Cutlery should be wrapped in small bundles with packing paper or bubble wrap and all sharp knives should be facing the same way.
Fridges and Freezers – Weeks prior to your removal you should try and dwindle any freezer stocks, defrost and drain the day prior to your removal. Wrap with bubble wrap to protect against knocks and scratches during handling, moving and storage.
Washing Machines and Dishwashers – Un-plumb and drain the day prior to your removal, your removal company can do this for you if you wish. Wrap with bubble wrap to prevent damage during handling and moving.
Cookers and Fires – Disconnect gas and electric cookers and replace fittings with appropriate plugs and caps. Seal hoses to the appliances with zip ties. Your removal company can do this for you if you wish.
Irons, fryers, tea & coffee makers – Empty, drain and dry out prior to your removal day and pack into removal boxes.
The kettle – Do not pack the kettle, cups, tea, coffee and sugar as removal men often work far more efficiently when supplied with beverages at regular intervals!!
Bedding – Linen, blankets, duvets and pillows, should be packed into extra large heavy duty plastic sacks and sealed with a zip tie.
Wardrobes – The contents of free standing and built in wardrobes should be packed into wardrobe boxes if being supplied by your removal company or folded and packed into large packing boxes. Alternatively take 4-5 items on hangers, cover with a bin liner leaving a hole for the hooks to protrude and tie the hooks with a zip tie to create a manageable easy to handle bundle.
Unnecessary packing – It is not necessary to pack the contents of chests of drawers or ottomans if the contents are not breakable or heavy e.g., books and ornaments. Secure drawers with handy wrap or removal van ties prior to the removal so as to avoid damage to the drawer bottoms, as well as doors, walls etc.
DVD & Blue Ray players, set top boxes, wifi hubs, stereo and computer equipment – The drawers should be empty of all discs, as when restarted they may jam. Record players should have the turntable and playing arm secured. Wrap the items with bubble wrap to prevent any damage.
Lamp shades – Once removed from their fittings, they should be packed as breakables into packing boxes, bin liners can be used for ordinary shades.
Carpets – Tacks should be removed and the carpet rolled up, try to avoid bending the carpet as this will make it more difficult to relay, secure roll ends with packing tape. Advise your removal company if you are taking any or all of the carpets.
Wall hangings – Mirrors and pictures should be taken of the wall and wrapped in bubble wrap or removal transit blankets. Wrap clocks in bubble wrap and pack into removal boxes.
Fuel filled items – These should be emptied prior to your removal and packed separately and marked with caution, many removal companies are not allowed to carry such items due to insurance clauses, these may include paint, petrol canisters, gas bottles (full or empty) garden chemicals or anything flammable. These items should be packed into removal boxes and may need to be carried separately.
Please check with your removal company should you have any queries regarding what exactly they can carry.
We hope you find this information useful and wish you every success with your removal.