Plan your pack effectively and every one of your possessions will reach your new home in perfect condition. Below you'll find top tips from the Green Men to make your move go as smoothly as possible.
- Give yourself plenty of time - packing is time-consuming, particularly if you're taking the opportunity to have a clear out as well.
- Have an essentials box you can locate straight away when you reach your new home. Common contents include; kettle, tea, biscuits and a radio. These items make you instantly at home and your removal men much more agreeable!
- Dismantle anything that won't fit out of your home - or into your new one! Furniture that is built in the home often won't make it out without a bit of handy work, so be prepared for this or ask your movers to do it; we have plenty of experience.
- If you do dismantle any furniture, put all of the bolts and screws into a sandwich/zip lock bag and either tape it to the dismantle furniture or put in a labeled box.
- Empty flat-pack style furniture before the move - The joints in particular are not as strong as solid furniture, and can damage if over-laden
- Pack all small appliances, lamps, toys etc. into boxes too - they'll be safer and travel better in the van.
- Only use bags for clothes and bedding - hard/heavy/fragile things will damage if put in bags, and they won't stack well in the van.
- If you're going to tape furniture doors and drawers shut, make sure you use tape that will not mark the finish. Sometimes it's best to remove drawers or tie straps around instead.
Our movers will wrap and pack your things safely and securely in the van; damage is most likely to occur if things bash into each other inside a box, so good materials and good practice will prevent this. Key rules to follow are:
- Pack heavy things like kitchenware and books in small or medium sized boxes - overweight boxes can damage belongings and more importantly - your back!
- If you are packing light and heavy items in the same box, make sure the heavy items are at the bottom of the box and the light items are on top.
- Don't pack plates in a stack (put them on their side), and make sure all fragile items are separated with scrunched-up paper. Ask your mover for advice if you're unsure about the best way to do things.
- If a box contains fragile items make sure you label the box with big ‘FRAGILE!’ or even better red and white fragile tape. If the box containers something particularly fragile, you can also write ‘Top Of Stack’ on the box, this will ensure the moves make sure nothing it placed on top of the box.
- Always use strong, double-walled boxes. We can supply these in various different sizes.
- Filling boxes to the top means they're less likely to collapse when stacked, cushions and pillows can be good for filling in voids.
Need boxes and packing supplies?
We can supply you with a tailor-made package for your move, or choose one of our all inclusive packages which include everything you will need to pack your belongings. Both can be delivered at your convenience.
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