Packing and Moving Hints, Tips and AdviceSave time, effort and money by following these simple guidelines.
Use Boxes and Bags!
Boxes make moving so much easier, safer and quicker. The van can be loaded much quicker and because boxes can be stacked easily, there will be no space wasted. It's best to have all boxes the same size and the best size is about 20 inches / 50 cm square as these can be lifted by one person alone and anything bigger usually risks the bottom falling through if the contents are too heavy. It is ideal for all loose items to be in boxes. Soft items such as duvets, clothes and towels are best packed in large bags such as refuse sacks. These can be squeezed into any gaps thus reducing movement in transit. For an example of just how much you can fit into a full van load when you have packed well.
Pack in advance
Start collecting your boxes a few weeks in advance, try asking at supermarkets and local shops, who will normally have plenty of unwanted boxes. Start packing at least a week before you are due to move, leaving only the essential items for the last minute rush.
Label your boxes
Label your boxes clearly and if possible make a list of the items in each box and keep it to hand.
Seal all boxes
Please close and seal all of your boxes, boxes left open with items protruding can be dangerous, awkward to carry and difficult to stack in the van.
Don't over fill your boxes
Please do not over fill your boxes, remember that they have to be carried by you and your driver, if they are too heavy this will cause problems and the box may even break under the weight.
Don't under fill your boxes
Please do not under fill your boxes either, this may cause the boxes to collapse if heavy items are put on top. Try to distribute your items evenly throughout your boxes.
If possible try to use suitcases, rucksacks and other items of luggage to pack clothes etc, these are preferable to black plastic bags which are often over filled and tear easily. If you do have to use sacks try to use top quality bags or even garden refuse bags which are very thick.
Fridges and Freezers
Try not to buy any fridge or freezer food for at least two weeks before you are due to move, so nothing goes to waste, remember to defrost and drain at least 48hours before the move, appliances must be dry.
If your bed can be dismantled please ensure this is done prior to your move, this will save time and space.
Flat Pack Furniture
Dismantle self assembly furniture in advance this will save space in the van and will also be safer, flat pack furniture does not travel well and is prone to loosening when being moved. Remember to put all nuts and bolts in a jiffy bag and preferably tape it to the item it came from.
Always ensure that there is parking available outside of your premises on the day, this may mean talking to your neighbours in advance of the move and checking that they will move if necessary. If you have meters or permit parking, make sure you have plenty of change or the required permit available to hand.
It is also a good idea to ensure that all doors, stairs, lifts and hallways are clear of obstructions. This will create a steady flow from the room to the vehicle.
Ready to Go
Once you are packed and ready to move Put all your belongings as close to the exit as possible this saves time and makes your move much easier.