Removals Hints and Tips – Useful Information for Removals
To make your moving experience as pleasurable as possible for yourselves and our team simply follow these basic guidelines to ensure a great day possibly even saving you time and money.
- Which boxes should I use? (We can supply boxes to loan or purchase if needed)
Use strong walled boxes weak boxes do not stack well and put your items at risk
Try to keep to 4-5 variations of size or less if possible this saves time loading
- How much can I put into a box?
Don’t overload a box it should be packed up to its capacity so the top can be closed
Don’t under load a box either as it is wasting space and making the box weaker for stacking
Pack heavy items such as books into smaller boxes and light weight items into larger boxes
- What can and can’t I put into a box?
Small solid items should go in a box keeping fragile and non fragile items in separate boxes
Make sure food items are sealed properly and upright
Avoid packing fluids which may leak or flammable hazardous items plants or animals
Avoid mixing fragile items with items that could cause them to break
- How should I label and seal packed boxes?
All boxes should be clearly labelled with contents and which position it should be kept in
Mark clearly where the box is to be placed on delivery
Mark any boxes containing fragile items clearly and if it should not be stacked upon
Seal boxes with parcel tape top and bottom continuing around the whole box
- How should I pack fragile items? (We can supply a full or part packing service)
Wrap each individual item with paper offcuts or similar and place gently into the box
For extremely fragile items double up and or use bubblewrap for extra protection
Mirrors pictures and lamps should be wrapped thoroughly in bubble wrap
TVs can be wrapped in bubble wrap (leave the TVs to us if unsure about handling)
- Can I use bags to pack my items?
Any soft items such as linen bedding cushions or clothing etc can be packed in bags
Bags should not be used for solid or heavy items
- How should I pack my clothes?
Suitcases and bags are ideal for packing clothing which you dont mind having to iron
Any suits/dresses that require hanging can be rehung in a wardrobe if available
Hanging boxes can be used but take up valuable loading space and can be costly
- Can I leave things in drawers or leave my fridge freezer contents in place?
All drawers should be emptied but on some occasions light weight non fragile items are ok
Fridges need to be empty freezer items may be ok left in place for short distance moves?
Who you need to inform of change of address:
- Banks – building societies – credit cards
- Loans – pensions – savings
- Inland revenue – council tax – insurances
- Services & Utilities
- Water – Gas – Electricity suppliers
- TV licence – satellite provider
- Phone line – internet – mobile phone providers
- Royal mail – redirect mail
- DVLA (driving licence) – DVLA (v5 registration document)
- Finance companies – insurance providers – breakdown cover
- Doctor – Hospital – dentist – optician
- School – college – university
- Workplace – employer
- Gym – club memberships – subscriptions
- Family – friends – relatives – neighbours
What you need to do on the moving day:
- Be ready for us:
- On our arrival show us around the property so we can plan the move and asses the area
- Relax and let us do our job we know what we are doing
- When we are fully loaded:
- Make sure all rooms are empty – taps are not running – lights and electrics are switched off
- Leave a helpful list of instructions and alarm codes etc for the new owners
- close all windows and doors – lock up – hand in keys to estate agent
Time & money saving advice:
- Have a good clear out and de-clutter in good time before the moving day:
- If you don’t need it why pay to have it moved?
- Empty your loft (if you have space) before we arrive and dispose of unwanted items
- De-clutter the garage and garden shed disposing of anything you don’t want
- Use good quality boxes that you can get for free (ask us where you can get these)
- Use items like soft toys duvets pillows etc to pack amongst fragile items in large boxes
- Ask us where to find the best value for money packaging equipment
- Be prepared:
- A well organised and tidy work space (your home) can have a huge impact on time scale
- Dismantle furniture and disconnect appliances (we can do this if you can’t except for gas)
- Leave walkways free from obstacles before we arrive otherwise we will spend time doing it
- Make sure prior to the moving day that we will be able to park as close as possible
- Mark boxes and label rooms accordingly this stops us from having to ask where to put it
- Move any items you need on your possession so they don’t get packed by mistake