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While most of our clients start off thinking they’ll pack everything themselves, packing can be a much bigger job than most people realise. It’s easy to underestimate how long you need to set aside to get ready for your move. For example, if you’ve got a three bedroom property, you’re likely to need around 40 packing boxes. If it takes you on average 20 minutes to pack a box, you could spend at least 14 hours packing.
If you’d like help with your packing, why not talk it through with our estimator when they visit you, or give us a call? We’ll be happy to discuss all the options. Whatever your needs, we’ll do our best to find the perfect solution for you. We’ve also included some of our top packing tips here.
Owner pack; The DIY option.
If you’d prefer to pack everything yourselves, we’ll give you specially designed cartons in advance so you can start the process. Then, on your moving day, our crew will bring wardrobe cartons and covers for mattresses and sofas to protect them during your move.
Moving can be a great time to de-clutter and get rid of things you no longer need. Click here for information on recycling your unwanted goods.
Fragile pack; For your precious items.
Our specially trained staff will carefully wrap all your fragile items in white paper and pack them securely in strong cartons using bubble wrap and chippings. For silverware, we use acid-free tissue to prevent tarnishing.
From the piano that’s your pride and joy, the tea set that belonged to your great-grandmother, and the teddy bear you’ve had since you were five, you can count on us to take the utmost care with your cherished possessions.
We’ll wrap and pack special items such as paintings, family heirlooms and dinner services using specialist packing materials to make sure they’re well protected throughout the moving process.
Full professional pack
Pressed for time? Leave it to our packing experts.
Top tips for packing
Unless you travel light, you won’t be able to unpack everything in the first day, so it’s worth deciding what you might need easy access to as soon as you arrive in your new home.
- Pack an ‘essentials’ box which can be last on and first off the lorry for the first night in your new home. Include drinks, breakfast cereals, cleaning materials and crockery.
- Prepare an overnight bag for everyone in the family; make sure that there is enough toilet paper and toiletries for everyone. Take this with you in the car.
- Other useful items that should be kept close to hand are a torch, a first-aid kit including pain relievers, along with a small tool kit.
- Start early. Packing always takes longer than anticipated, particularly when you start agonising over whether to keep the extensive portfolio of children’s artwork or those purple flares you always wore to the local disco.
- Pack one room at a time, clearly labelling each box on three sides and the top with details of its contents and the room to which it belongs in your new home.
- You don’t need to take all the contents out of every drawer – just anything that might break, spill, or that’s very heavy. However, we recommend that you empty flat pack furniture, as it can be fragile.
- Try to fill boxes to the top so that they don’t collapse, but don’t over-fill them as things could get broken when they’re stacked in the removal lorry.
- Always pack heavy items in small boxes.
- It may sound obvious but pack heavier items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
- Keep all your valuables and important documents such as passports and birth certificates with you as it’s easy for things to become misplaced when you’re unpacking.