First thing's first
Start by clearing out those items that you no longer need, use our guide to find easy ways of Purging Your Posessions.
Choosing your packing materials
Ask your removal company about whether they provide packing boxes as part of their service.
If you are supplying the boxes yourself, it might be a good idea to get a moving home kit that includes items such as bubble wrap, tape and different sized boxes.
Labelling your boxes
It is a good idea to label your boxes with the room details for the property you will be moving to, and also include any comments i.e. this way up, fragile items, hazardous items (knives or chemicals) etc.
If you really want to be organised you could even produce a brief list of the items in each box.
Packing by rooms
Make use of a wardrobe box, as this will allow you to simply move all clothes on hangers without removing the hanger from each item of clothing.
Keep all the screws and bolts together when dismantling your bedroom furniture, preferably in a labelled sandwich bag that gets attached to an item of the furniture.
Protect your mattresses by wrapping them in dust sheets or old blankets.
Keep all the screws and bolts together when dismantling your living room furniture, preferably in a labelled sandwich bag that gets attached to an item of the furniture. Wrap them in sheets to protect them damage.
If you still have your old boxes for electrical items these are ideal for packing them into, otherwise wrap them to protect them damage.
Roll up items in wrapping paper and place them in a box that has been labelled with those items on it. Ensure sharp items like knives are properly wrapped and labelled to avoid injury when carrying the boxes and also when unpacking in your new home.
When packing glasses use bubble wrap, do not overfill the boxes and label them as being fragile. Wrap up your pots and pans to ensure that any non-stick Teflon surfaces are not damaged. You may be able to stack pans inside of each other to save space.
Bathroom and w/c’s
Use up half used and / or dispose of bottles of beauty and cleaning chemical supplies as it is simply not worth the risk of them leaking when moving.
Wrap up any delicate items and place in a labelled box for them. Make sure you leave out enough towels prior to actually moving out.
Garage and shed
Make sure all tools are fully cleaned and emptied before they are moved, and that any sharp items are wrapped and placed in a labelled box. Keep to one side any tools that you will be using on moving day to build up furniture at your new home.
Packing your valuables
Whether they valuable from a sentimental or monetary perspective you will want to make sure they arrive at your new home without any transportation or unpacking damage. Contacting Best Financial Services about ensuring your valuables are insured could be a wise decision.
Jewellery & small valuables
Start by making a list of all such items, then securely pack them. It might be best if you transport these items yourself in your own vehicle on moving day, or maybe leave with close family members or friends until you are settled in your new home.
In the first instance talk to your removal company and see what they recommend and whether they offer any services in this regard. It may be the case for high monetary value items that they are worth more than the removal companies general removals transit insurance. We would recommend you speaking with Best Financial Services to make sure you are adequately insured.
Disconnection of electrical items is generally not part of the removal companies service, and you may need to arrange for them to be done by professional contractors such as plumbers and electricians.
Allow enough time for your freezer to defrost and leave the doors open while this is happening. Tape up the wires to the back or top of the appliances for ease of transport and reduced risk of damage.
Buy a secure storage folder to keep together all your important documents, such as – passports, driving licences, house deeds, wills, insurances, mortgage details etc. Store the folder in a safe place where it will not get lost or damaged.
Where possible, create electronic copies of the important paperwork and store on USB pen drives and computer devices.