The Essential Packaging Guide To Moving House

Packaging items are vital piece of kit for a successful and stress free move.  Whether you feel safer packing the items yourself or are saving money on a full service removal, it is essential that you choose the right supplies for the job.

Take Inventory

The first thing you are going to want to do is to take inventory on exactly what you want to move. Take a note on any fragile items, awkward shaped items or items that could be difficult to move. At this stage it is also a good to start deciding exactly what you should be taking and what you are taking just because you do not know what else to do with it. If you have boxes of stuff unopened from your last move, do you really need it? Be thorough remember the less items you take the less expensive and time consuming the move will be. Also leave plenty of time before the move for packing. You will be surprised how much time it takes, especially if you come across items you haven’t seen for a while. Give yourself at least 2-4 weeks to pack up items you won’t need on a day to day basis.

Purchasing Packaging Items

If you are not sure exactly how many boxes or packaging items you will need, removal kits can be purchased from removal or storage companies or you could buy them online. Don’t waste your time approaching supermarkets or retailers for empty boxes as most will have contracts in place for disposing or recycling of packaging.

Try to avoid open top boxes as all boxes should be sealed. Also try to avoid too large of a box for your items as this could be prone to collapsing when it is stacked. Make sure the boxes are clearly identified with which room the items they belong in and maybe a quick inventory of exactly what is in each box e.g. “crockery”, “pictures”.

Wardrobe Boxes

Wardrobe boxes are great for transporting clothes or garments. Think of them as a mini cardboard wardrobe with a rail attach across the middle. Simply place the items in the wardrobe box and unload at the other end. This stops your clothes getting creased or dirty.


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Furniture Bags

Furniture bags are great for protecting your furniture from getting damaged in the move. Basically they are polythene large bags that go over your sofa’s or other furniture preventing it from getting damaged or scuffed.

Bottle And Picture Frame Boxes

Bottle boxes are great for keeping your bottles safe with individual sections for each bottle which will stop them bashing against each other in the move. Picture frame boxes come in a wide range of sizes and protect both the picture and frame from damage.

Parcel Tape And Bubble Wrap

Never use sellotape for securing boxes. Sellotape is not strong enough to hold storage boxes together, always use parcel tape.

Always use bubble wrap around fragile items. Do not use newspaper as the print is susceptible to rubbing off on your items and staining them.

Happy Moving!

Neil Maycock writes articles for Acorn Removals Doncaster

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