Lists and Labels
Make up a list to help you to record what's in each box or container and label them. Devise your own system but keep it simple and ensure that it will allow you to easily identify where everything is packed. For example you could use numbered labels and cross refer these to a list or notebook. In other words, you could have a box numbered "6" and a reference to this in your notebook listing the contents of box number "6".
Please ensure that you do not overfill your boxes and cartons, remember that they have to be lifted. Removal men are fully trained but they are not supermen! Also, even brand-new boxes that have been overfilled may break under the strain.
This may seem stupid after the previous tip but partially filled boxes may collapse if heavy items are placed on top of them. Try to distribute your things evenly in the available boxes. Packing materials. Ensure that you have sufficient packing materials. We sell these at great rates. It is essential that you have plenty of paper, bubble wrap, cartons and containers. You will also need lots of string and adhesive tape.
Beware of newsprint!
When packing your valuable and fragile possessions please remember that newsprint will rub off. Use plain paper where possible, to avoid this being a problem. Your ornaments, glassware and other delicate items can first be wrapped in kitchen roll before using newspaper. The containers holding these items should be clearly marked as "FRAGILE".
Consider a colour code system
You may want to consider using coloured labels or otherwise marking your containers with a different colour for each room in the house. This will allow the removal men to place the containers in the appropriate room.
Take care and ensure that you don't place heavy items with sharp corners on top of sofas and other upholstery. These can be damaged quite easily if you do this. If possible, consider wrapping precious furnished items in thick sheets (we also have sheets available to use on selected items).
Start packing two or three WEEKS in advance. Keep only essential items aside until the last day or two. Careful pre-planning of this nature will take a LOT of pressure off you closer to your actual moving date. You'll also feel very organised too!
Boxes are preferred to bags for small items, so try and resist the temptation to quickly cram/ram smaller items (some of which may be fragile or easily lost..) into carrier or larger bags. In addition to being oddly-shaped, bags are easily torn and difficult to stack..
Suitcases and luggage
Where possible use your suitcases and other luggage to pack some of your things. Good quality, strong bags and travel cases can be particularly useful for protecting some fragile items - but take care not to over-pack them.
Don't pack important documents!!!
Remember to keep important documents aside. This will obviously include any documents related to the house sale and your removal. You may need these when moving, so be sure to keep them safe & separate!
Paint and other liquids
Ensure that any paint or other liquids is contained in leakproof containers. Pack in plastic bags before placing in boxes to minimise the effect of any spillages. Loose lids and individually packed cans of paint are a recipe for DISASTER, trust us..