Top Tips for Packing from Ashington Removals & Storage
Packing for a house move can be chaotic if you aren’t organised so always plan and give yourself enough time as it will surprise you how long it actually takes, and how much stuff you actually have. Read our Top Tips for Packing and it will help you plan and pack efficiently making the build-up to your move calm and organised.
Top Tips for Packing – Declutter & Organise
Before you even think about packing your boxes you should have a really good clear out and declutter every room in your house, your roof space, your garage, your shed and your garden. Be brutal and if you haven’t used it or needed it in the last 6 months then get rid of it. If you don’t do this you’ll end up moving unwanted things yourself or paying a removal company to move it, as well as it taking up valuable space in your new home.
Do one room at a time and sort into what you want to keep, sell, charity shop or tip. Advertise your selling items on local Facebook pages, free selling sites and eBay and if they don’t sell then offer them for free on the same sites as its easier for someone else to pick them up and take them away compared to you doing it and it is also better for the environment than going to the tip and potentially landfill.
At the same time as decluttering, you can organise which essential items you will need in the weeks leading up to your move and the ones you don’t you can pack first.
Top Tips for Packing – Plan the rooms you want to pack in which order
Next, you can plan which rooms you will pack and in which order. The best advice we can give you is to start packing early as everyone underestimates how much stuff they have, even after decluttering. The last thing you want to do is be up all hours of the day trying to pack everything in the last few days leading up to your move.
Don’t leave packing your boxes until the day before you move as it will end in disaster, you won’t believe it but it does actually happen. Doing it at the last minute will make it stressful and chaotic both doing it and unpacking when you’ve moved, not having the things you need when you need them as well as things getting broken and damaged.
You can start packing non-essential items before you’ve exchanged and actually when you are a couple of weeks into the legalities of moving.
Remember you will legally be completing your house sale and buying your new one at specific times and you will need to be ready to leave your old house when your solicitor calls to say the money has been transferred and you no longer own the property so you do need to be organised.
Plan your moving day survival box so that you have everything you need on the day of your move as it will make things so much easier for you when you get to your new home. Pack it into your car so you know where it is when you need it and when you get to your new home. Suggestions for a moving day survival kit are; toothbrushes, toothpaste, bedding, water, snacks, provisions for hot drinks, kettle and phone chargers.
Top Tips for Packing – Choose the right Packing Boxes
Packing boxes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and strengths so its really important you choose the right ones for the things you are packing so your belongings are protected when they are being lifted, loaded and in transit.
Good Removal Companies will be able to supply you with good strength and quality removal boxes and will have boxes to suit your different packing needs, as an example; cardboard wardrobe boxes mean your clothes can be taken out of your wardrobe on hangers and put across into the wardrobe box so it makes it easy for packing and it protects your clothes on the way. They normally hold around 20 items of hanging clothing and have space at the bottom for storing shoes and accessories. There are archive boxes available for storing all of your paperwork, TV boxes and so on so always ask your Removal Company about the boxes they have available.
Always consider the size and weight of the things you are packing. Heavier items such as books and kitchen items are better packed in smaller boxes and lighter items such as folded clothes, soft furnishings and bedding can be packed in bigger boxes. Heavier boxes are easier to lift and carry if the box is smaller. It prevents the boxes from becoming too heavy to lift and reduces the chances of the boxes collapsing under the weight in them.
Always have a variety of different sized boxes available for when you are packing.
Top Tips for Packing – Packing your Boxes
The first bit of advice is not to overfill your boxes. Pack heavier items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes. When packing a box which has heavier and lighter items in, pack the heavier items first as they will support the lighter items and there will be less chance of anything getting damaged. If you overfill and the lids don’t close as they should do then they won’t stack properly in the van and risk falling over.
Wrap fragile and breakable items in soft furnishings like bedding, throws and pillowcases and make sure you have bubble wrap available. Wrap glasses, vases and china using tissue paper and or bubble wrap, bubble wrap offers more protection. Use tissue paper, bubble wrap or soft plastic to fill empty gaps in boxes when there are fragile items packed in them.
Mirrors, pictures and TV’s should be securely wrapped in extra wide bubble wrap to prevent any potential damage. A good tip is to tape the remote control onto the back of your TV so it doesn’t get lost during your move as this will infuriate you when you first get to your new home.
Sealing the boxes securely is really important and always do it on the top and bottom with strong tape which your removal company can also provide you if you need it.
Label your boxes with the room they have come from and what is in them so when you get to your new home you can easily find what you need. Your removal company will also unload your boxes into the correct room to make unpacking easier. When it comes to labelling bedroom boxes add the person’s name to the box as well so your removal company know which bedroom it needs to go in as well as upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. Use a marker pen so its easily read and doesn’t rub off.
Pack your essentials last, it isn’t great but as you are packing you can stack your boxes in each room and add to them as you no longer need the items or pack an essentials box for each room which will make it easier when you get to your new home and start unpacking.
Top Tips for Packing – Packing Your Bathroom & Kitchen
Packing your bathroom and kitchen follows the same principle as the rest of your boxes but you will probably need more bubble wrap for these boxes as they will contain more breakable items. Use towels and tea towels to fill gaps in your boxes wherever you can.
Pack your essential toothbrushes and toothpaste in your moving day survival kit and shower gel, soap, shampoos, plates, cutlery, bowls, mugs and kettle in your essential bathroom and kitchen boxes.
If you have opened items then pack them in sealable bags in case they spill when they are in transit.
Top Tips for Packing – Packing & Loading Furniture
Good removal companies will cover sofas, armchairs and wrap anything that needs to be wrapped. If you decide not to use a removal company then it’s a good idea to do this yourself to protect them as much as you can when moving them.
Top Tips for Packing – Using Self Storage Solutions
If you are downsizing or moving into temporary accommodation for a while then using a self-storage facility is a great idea to enable you to keep the items you don’t want to get rid of. Good removal companies will offer safe and secure self-storage for short and long term contracts so it’s always a good idea to take this into consideration. Professional storage units will be dry, secure and offer you access 24/7. Some people use storage for a few weeks after they move to enable them to unpack and get sorted with less stuff around them and this works really well.
Make sure the storage facility has good security in place so you know your belongings are safe. The units should also be dry, clean and tidy with good pest control measures in place.
Wrap any furniture or items that could be damaged in storage to ensure they are protected in transit and whilst they are there.
For anything else follow the same principles as when you are packing to move into your new home, and label and seal your boxes really well.
Stack your boxes carefully to make the most out of your storage space and ensure that the heaviest boxes are at the bottom and the lightest boxes on the top.
About Ashingtons Removal & Storage
At Ashington Removals & Storage we understand the overwhelming task of packing and moving your belongings and our expertise and experience will guarantee your move goes without any issues and to plan.
Ashington Removals & Storage Services
- Loading, transitioning and unloading your boxes on removal day
- Packing, loading, transitioning and unloading your boxes on removal day
- Dismantling and reassembling furniture, packing, loading, transitioning and unloading your boxes on removal day
- Any combinations of the above
- Storage Solutions for short and longer-term needs
What are the Benefits of using Ashington Removals & Storage?
- We can come in 24-48 hours prior to your move and carefully wrap and pack all of your belongings, labelling every box to make it easier for you when you are unpacking
- If you want to pack yourself we will load all of your boxes into our vehicles before you legally need to be out of your home
- We will unload your boxes into the rooms you have stated in your new home, saving you time when you are unpacking
- We can dismantle and reassemble any furniture as part of the removal service you choose
- We ensure that large and heavy items can be removed from your existing home and loaded into your new home without the need for you to worry about carrying, lifting and getting items through small or awkward entrances and stairways
- We have a fleet of vehicles and will allocate the number and sizes you need to ensure your belongings are transported quickly and efficiently
- You don’t need to worry about hiring a van and having the correct driving licence
- We load and unload your packed containers and furniture saving you, your family or friends lifting heavy items and risking injuring yourself
- Our knowledgeable team will make sure you are out of your property at that time you need to be as we always know the length of time is necessary to pack and load
- Your belongings can be stored overnight at our secure site and our team always stay with your belongings on the day in between you leaving your old home and getting the keys to your new home
- Your belongings are fully insured against any damages or breakages
- You can unpack your boxes in the days and weeks after your move and we will come and pick up the empty boxes at a time convenient to you
- You can enjoy your new home on the day that you move and spend time getting things unpacked and set up rather than lifting and carrying boxes yourself
- We can store anything that you don’t need immediately at our secure onsite storage facilities until you are ready for them
- We offer short and long term storage solutions
- Our staff are remarkably knowledgeable and experts of moving people quickly, carefully and efficiently
- Our expert services will save you time, worry and stress, both before and after you move
Using our Top Tips for Packing and our Removal Services will save you time, frustration and stress in the build-up to your move, on the day and after your move. Call us on 0191 2449311 and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have or they can organise your free and no-obligation removal survey for you at a time to suit you.