Storage & Packaging
Once you start packing you need to have the following supplies at hand:
Plenty of different size boxes, a strong marker pen, bubble wrap, tissue paper, newspaper, and scissors. Make sure the boxes you use are sturdy and can be closed tightly with tape.
You may need to buy special boxes for fragile items such as dishes and glasses.
Where possible, pack audio and video equipment in the original box.
Take care not to put more than 50lbs into any single box.
Each box should be labelled clearly and indicate which room it is destined for, whether it is fragile and if it is important when it is unloaded – i.e. should it come off the van first or can it wait till last.
You can save room by wrapping your fragile items with your towels and blankets.
Heavy items such as books should be packed tightly in smaller boxes.
Don’t pack your valuables such as jewellery or important documents, carry these items on your person.
Contents – You can leave the drawers in furniture as they are, but do not lock them. Do not overfill chests or drawers.
Plan – Make a plan detailing where you want your furniture deposited once they arrive at the new home, and make sure there is someone waiting at the new house to show the removal staff where the items should go.
Access – If you’re moving to a flat where there is a lift, we will need priority for the lift! If the lift is very small or in the event it is non-existent, please let us know in advance. Also, inform us of any possible hazards that will impede the furniture removal process such as restricted access, spiral staircases, narrow doorways or trees that may prevent us unloading freely.
Key -Unless you absolutely sure there will be someone waiting for the van at the property is a good idea to give our staff a spare key. Problems can arise, and in the event there is no one there, it will lead to increased waiting time on your bill if the men cannot get on with the job, so giving them a key so they can get items inside is helpful.
Dogs & Sprogs – Try to get pets and children looked after for the day as you will have plenty on your plate without having to worry about what the little ones are up to.
Thoroughly check the old house before you leave. Always doublecheck each room and all remianing alcoves and cupboards to make sure you haven’t left anything behind.
Pre-move Check List
- Clear the loft
- Throw out or donate items you no longer use
- Run down freezer contents
- Call the carpet fitters (this appointment should not coincide with the removal company day)
- Take utility metre readings and arrange disconnection services
- Cancel any rental contracts
- Notify your healthcare providers, including the vet
- Tell your bank you’ll be changing your address
- Inform the telephone company
- Ask the Post Office to re-route any mail after your moving day
- Inform the TV license, car registration and passport offices
- Print off, or email a map detailing your new home for friends and also the moving company
- Check out parking arrangements at the new home
- Make a plan on paper where things will go in the new home
- Cancel deliveries of milk and newspapers
- Arrange for minders for children and pets on moving day
- Put garage and garden tools together
- Take down the curtains or blinds – it’s amazing how many homeowners forget these!