Free house moving tips and hints on how to pack clothes, cutleries and crockeries using packing supplies, and tricks on how to wrap furniture.
Moving day is approaching fast and you realise you’re unable to cope with any further packing. Are there enough packing supplies? What about those fragile and family valuables? Think ahead and initiate preparation from the moment you note you’re going to be moving and reduce the potential for disaster on your moving day!
Moving is not an enjoyable experience. However, by using our comprehensive house packing and moving tips, you can help ease the stressful period!
Top Home Removal Tips When Planning a Move
Start Preparation for the Moving Day
One Month Before Moving
- Gather moving supplies, boxes, tape and rope
- If moving far away, make any necessary travel arrangements like airline, hotel, and rental car reservations
- Select a removal company
- Finalise real estate and apartment rental needs
- Place legal, medical, and insurance records in a safe and accessible place
- Give your mailers your new address
- Friends and family members
- Banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions
- Charge card and credit card companies, click here for full check list
- Doctors, dentists, and other service providers
- Tax authorities and any other government agencies as needed
- Save moving receipts (many moving expenses are tax deductible).
- Use A-Z of your area and find maps of your new neighbourhood to familiarise yourself and your family with your new area
- Work-out your moving budget
Two Weeks Before Moving
- Inform gas, electric, water, cable, local telephone and waste removal services of your move. Sign up for services at your new address.
- Recruit moving-day help.
- Confirm travel reservation.
- Arrange to close or transfer your bank account, if appropriate
Ways to make packing and unpacking a painless experience
Keep the following supplies and accessories on hand
- All types of boxes
- Bubble wrap or other cushioning material
- Marking pens
- Tape measure
- Furniture pads or old blankets
- Packing tape and scissors
- Money and credit cards
- Label each box with the room in the new home to which it should be delivered.
- Number the boxes and keep a list of what is in each box.
- Clearly mark fragile items by using marker pen or fragile sealing tape.
- Pack a bag of personal items you'll need during the move (change of clothes, toiletries, medicine, maps, food, and drinks). Keep it in an easy-to-find place when you pack.
- Keep a medical kit accessible.
- If you have children, pack a bag of games and activities for the trip.
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When to start packing house prior to Move
Don't save all your packing for the last day.
Begin packing items not needed well in advance of the move date. Packing gets more and more tiresome over a period of time, so it is good to jump-start the packing endeavour as much as possible. Disassemble items that need to be taken apart and carefully save any hardware involved. Sometimes lost hardware is virtually impossible to replace, so be very careful where you save it.
10 Days Prior to Moving
You should have confirmed your actual moving date by now and thus finalise your removal booking. Now is the time to start packing up china and small items if you have decided to do so yourself. Make sure that you have enough boxes and packaging materials; it is very easy to underestimate the number of bits and pieces that come out of cupboards and drawers. Do a little each day starting with the least used items (see advice on packing).
Access to and from the doorway of your homes is critical; please advise your neighbours in advance that a removal vehicle will be parked outside your home. If parking permits are required, this is your responsibility, no removal companies would take this responsibility.
The biggest Moving Tip
Pack small items in removal boxes. It would not be wise to try and save money by avoiding the purchase of specially made moving boxes, or worse by not using any boxes at all. This is because it can cause damage to your belongings, some of which may be irreplaceable.
When packed custom made removal boxes
- You can Ensure that your items are i) Marked ii) Sealed and iii) Secured
- Boxes can be numbered i.e. 1/20 (1 of 20) 2/20 (2 of 20) etc. No Chance of Loosing.
- Make sure you do this at end, because boxes do increase.
- It becomes safer, easier and faster to load and unload.
- Removal trolley’s can also be used, carrying several boxes at each time.
- The space in a removal vehicle can be utilised more effectively.
- Enormous amount of time is saved, especially when a removal firm quotes an hourly rate.
- Convenient, Accessible, Affordable.
Consider a Colour Code System or Use Marker Pen
You may want to consider using coloured labels or else marking your boxes and items with a different colour for each room. This will allow the removal men to place the items in the appropriate room satisfactorily.
Important Supplies that you'll need for your move.
Elephant Removals recommend strong, sanitised packing cartons that are designed and built especially for moving. By buying all the boxes that you use, you will be assured that they are clean and of uniform size. That will make packing the truck much safer, easier and faster, you will save plenty of time.
Do not overfill Boxes
Please ensure that you do not overfill your boxes or cartons, keep in mind that they have to be lifted. The top and sides of each box should not bulge or swell, nor should they cave in when closed. The removal men are fully trained to carry out lifting in a safe manner. Also, do not under fill: This may appear unintelligent after the previous tip, but partially filled boxes may collapse if heavy items are placed on top of them. Try to distribute your belongings evenly in the available boxes.
Packing Tips You Must Know When Moving
Sufficient amount of Packaging Materials
It is essential that you order plenty of packaging materials, don't order less, or you may have to pay additional delivery charges for reordering a small amount. To cushion the ups and downs of moving your belongings, packing material provides additional protection. Use white tissue paper for linens (newspaper will leave black marks) bubble wrap for fragile and breakable items, and lots of scrunched up paper for filling spaces between items in the cartons. Another excellent investment for packing material are large plastic mattress bags for mattresses and couches / chairs. They will not only keep dust out, they also protect the furniture during the bouncing in the truck.
Use heavy-duty tape (not masking or scotch) for the boxes as well as for taping items together (like broom handles, etc.). Safe storage companies sell inexpensive, clear sealing tape for all your packing needs.
Another "can't do without"
During packing are good marking pens to label your boxes. Elephant Removals also recommend cord or rope to further secure cartons and doors on appliances and dressers, a padlock for the truck's rear door (if you want), and gloves to protect your hands. To help you move large appliances, we recommend renting an appliance trolley. Furniture pads are also extremely important for your move and can be rented inexpensively. They will allow you to pack your belongings and protect your furniture without ruining your own linens.
Attics & Lofts
Our moving team is not allowed to enter a loft unless it is properly illuminated, floored, with a fixed ladder, and has a safe point of entry, if this is not the case the contents of attics/lofts should be sorted and placed in a convenient area prior to the arrival of our moving team.
Professional ways to make packing and unpacking a hassle-free relocation experience when moving home along with expert removals tips, tricks and advice to help prepare for an easy move, pack professionally and keep stuff organised.
How to Pack Your Belongings
Individually wrap each piece. If you use newspaper, wrap first in plastic bags to save dish washing later. Place saucers, plates and platters on edge - do not stack flat. Cups and bowls can be placed inside each other with wrapped paper on all and wrapped three or four in a bundle.
Thoroughly wrap fragile items individually with paper, bubble wrap or foam wrap depending on the item (newspaper print residue must be hand washed off of all things it touches, dishwasher washing will not take it off). Special care must be taken with small items so as not to misplace them in packing materials. Taping over the wrapping is a good technique to highlight a small item as not being merely a bunched up piece of paper. Glassware and china should be wrapped so as not to clatter within the box. Use plenty of paper to line the top, bottom and side of each box. Plates should be individually wrapped and then stood on their side in the box- NEVER lay them flat; all the weight would be on the bottom plate, and if the box is set down too strongly the bottom plate could break. Glasses should also be individually wrapped and packed standing up; they're stronger when standing than if laid on their side. All staples in boxes should be removed so as to safeguard surfaces such as wood floors, counter tops, and furniture where cartons may be stacked prior to pickup and after delivery. Do not interlock box flaps together - always tape bottoms and tops with at least three strips of tape and at least halfway up or down the sides of the box for strength. Remember that taping reinforces the strength of the box, and yet can be easily cut with a blade later when unpacking.
Fridges & Freezers
Should be emptied and defrosted. Fridges and freezers should be washed out with detergent and dried thoroughly inside. If any of the items are not cleaned and dried thoroughly, mildew will form during long-term storage. After the move, fridge or freezers should be turned on next day (be sure to let the unit stand upright for at least 24 hours before plugging it back in.), you must let the liquid settle properly before it is used again. The contents may be left in freezers provided they are bagged and the journey is short. The bags will be taken out immediately prior to the freezer being moved and replaced when the freezer is in the removal vehicle. Whilst freezers can be plugged in overnight at our depot, the contents are not covered by our insurance. Please also refer manufacturer’s manual for any other special requirements.
Gas or Electrical Cookers
These type of appliances should be cleaned thoroughly as grease can lead to accidents. Electric cookers can be disconnected by the householder. However, Gas cookers should officially be disconnected and most importantly reconnected by a corgi registered and certified plumber. This is to rule out any leaks which can lead to catastrophic consequences. If in doubt, seek professional advice. Remove any loose fittings from the cooker and pack separately. The glass base plate from your microwave oven should also be removed and packed separately. You must disconnect gas from the mains supply by an appropriate professional, prior to removal. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions or check with a local dealer.
Have the gas company disconnect (Some may do this for free).
Wrap each glass separately in paper or bubble wrap. Wrap it in a plastic first to save washing or cleaning later! Pack in sturdy boxes with dividers. Dish packs are perfect for glassware as well as dishes. They may cost a bit more than regular boxes, but it doesn't take many pieces of "saved" glassware to make up for the cost.
Irons, Fryers, Tea or Coffee Makers
Empty or drain thoroughly and dry out prior to your removal.
Should be removed and packed separately. You can leave normal light bulbs. Tall lamps must be dismantled and when all lamps are packed in the carton, fill out the carton with plenty of wadded-up packing paper. Be generous. Mark "FRAGILE" and "LAMPS" in large, clear letters on all sides of the carton. DO NOT just bubble wrap a lamp and consider it packed.
You may wish to temporarily leave out packing of the tea kettle and some cutlery for the end, as removal men often work a lot more efficiently when supplied with tea or coffee at regular intervals. Alternatively, energy drinks (e.g. Lucozade, Supermalt or Red Bull etc.) would help expedite the overall work and save time and possibly money too, especially when an hourly rate is quoted by a reliably good removal company.
Place knives and other sharp objects in a container, such as an old biscuit tin.
Washing Machines & Dishwashers
These white goods should be disconnected with their contents emptied. Washing machine drums must be secured with brackets to prevent damage. A drum-locking bar should be fitted to automatic machines to also prevent damage. Although Elephant Removals move thousands of machines without locking bars (as not everyone keeps this bespoke made) and have no problems, it should be noted that fitting the bar is part of the manufacturer’s warranty.
Linen and bedding on the morning of the removal should be placed in black plastic liners. If beds are large in size, disassemble the bed frame and separate the mattress. Tie rails and crosspieces together with rope or tape. Be sure to mark on tape where pieces fit together for reassembling purposes. Use mattress protection bags to keep mattress clean.
Dresses, coats, suits - anything hanging in closets - travel best in special, reusable wardrobe boxes, which can be used seasonally as "extra closets" for storage. Other clothes can remain folded in their regular dresser drawers.
Small or light Chests can be left filled with linen and clothes, but ensure that any heavy, fragile or valuable items are emptied. Drawers in divan beds should be emptied. Plastic bags can be provided for linen and clothes with advance notice. If possible, try to secure drawers with string than tape because they can take paint off.
Wardrobes or Clothes Rails
Wardrobe cartons can be provided for clothes with hangers to prevent re-ironing. Please make sure all hangers are the same way round as this makes transferring them onto the rails much easier. All other small effects in wardrobes should be packed into boxes. However another way is to take approximately ten items on hangers, place a black plastic liner upside down over them with a hole for the hooks to come through, and then place packing tape around the hooks of the hangers to keep them together.
DIY Wardrobe dismantling
Should only be carried out where necessary. The old-style wardrobes divide in the middle, so all the pieces which cross the joint will have to be removed. Modern wardrobes dismantle into panels; great care must be taken with the sections, as chipboards are very easily damaged. Start by removing the back, and then if possible lay the wardrobe on its back. Tape any fittings to the relevant sections, as this will help rebuilding.
Self Assembly Furniture (wardrobes / beds / sheds / greenhouse etc)
It is Customers responsibility to dismantle and re-assemble this type of furniture. However should you require assistance don’t hesitate to ask for advice during the visit. Please note, due to the nature of compressed chipboard type of furniture, insurance cannot be provided for the assistance in dismantling and re-assembling this furniture.
Wrap arms and legs to prevent scratches. Bundle armless chairs in pairs, seat to seat with a folded blanket or other padding between and tie seats together.
Electronic Equipment, Computer, Hi-Fi, DVD, Radios and TVs
Should be padded and boxed so that the knobs are not broken off and the finish is not scratched. The drawers should be empty of all disks, as when they are re-started they may jam. Record players should have the turntable and playing arm secured. Box upright in carton well padded on all sides. Mark with arrows pointing up and write UP on all sides. For console equipment, surround with furniture pads and then move and load upright.
Take pictures of your electronic items before you disconnect for easy reconnecting. Pack a first-night box with necessary items such as Tea Kettle, cups, etc. Plastic Wrap Your Drawers — with everything inside to help make life easy.
Please ensure that you secure your sofa beds so it does not spring out while moving. Unsecured sofa bed can cause terrible and serious accidents and can also harm the persons carrying it. For large tables, remove the legs (if possible) and tie together. Put hardware in small plastic bag and tape around one of the legs or to underside of table top. Pad table top all around and position it upright against the side of the truck. Pad and tie spare table leaves. For smaller tables, pad top and strap legs to prevent scratching.
Stereos, CD Players, and other Electronic Equipment
Separately pack components and pack in well-padded cartons marked FRAGILE. Pack CDs upright in their cases in a sturdy carton with a reinforced bottom. They get heavy so use small boxes. Tie CDs is small bundles when packing, the fill air with wadded paper. Mark FRAGILE. Cassettes can be packed in the same manner, although you can group them in larger bundles. Cables should be placed in the same cartons as the component they are for to avoid misplacing them later.
Books & Records
These can be deceptively heavy; use the small boxes for these, as an alternative, half fill the larger cartons and place light items on top. Alternatively, pack books spine down, or pack books flat, alternating bindings, and fill empty spaces with wadded paper.
Garden, Shed & Garage
Equipment should be cleaned, as they will be going in the same removal truck as your furniture. Please note Elephant Removals team normally load these last to keep them as far away from your household items as possible.
Contents of garages / sheds / loft
Under no circumstances will our moving crew move any flammable substances, old tins of paint, creosote, paraffin, matches, gas bottles or similar items as these invalidate any insurance cover.
Cycles & Baby Carriages
Loosen, lower and turn handlebars at right angles to save space. Clean and cover chains and pedals to protect other items from being snagged or soiled. Pedals can also be removed with a simple wrench on most bikes.
Pack 5/6 smaller plants into a carton with packing material between the pots, so they won't fall. Seal the box with the flaps up to give extra protection. Leave larger plants for us to deal with. Whilst our moving company will take every care of your plants, they are not covered by insurance. In winter on longer journeys frost can be a problem for more delicate plants. Garden plants/shrubs can be taken, but make sure the roots are well bagged-up to avoid loose soil in the back of the van.
Swings & Slides
Will have to be dismantled. Apply oil/WD40 into the nuts/bolts/screws a few days before you intend dismantling them.
Sheds & Greenhouses
Should be dismantled in advance. Wrap the glass individually and tie in manageable bundles. Furniture is highly inflammable so no fuel or gas bottles can be loaded. (See the storage section page for details of items that cannot be stored).
Carpets, Rugs and Pads
After vacuuming rugs and pads, sprinkle with moth balls. Roll up and tie in three places with twine. Tacks should be removed and the carpet and then rolled up, try to avoid bending the carpet as this will make it more difficult to relay.
Mark the top and sides of all cartons / on the tape and tape it accordingly, with contents and destination location (such as bedroom, kitchen, or basement). This will make identifying where items belong easy when they are stacked on top of each other whilst moving and during transportation. If the box is reused, then using fresh tape over marked taped easily eliminates old markings.
It is the most important thing that you the can do to save time, money, and aggravation! Pack heavier things like books into smaller boxes, and pack lighter things in progressively larger boxes. Never make a box heavier than one person can handle.
Curtain / Shower Rods
Remove the hardware from the walls and put in small plastic bag. Tape bag around the rod and place in a dresser drawer.
Items Not Moving
Please use 'Do not Move' stickers on items that you are leaving behind or are taking with you in the car, they should be clearly marked with the coloured stickers or use a marker pen to write on the items. This is particularly important where storage is involved.
Small mirrors can be well wrapped in paper and packed in cartons. For a large mirror, make a cardboard case by cutting pieces of corrugated cardboard about the same size as the mirror. Mark GLASS on the outside in several places to prevent mishandling. If you have other paintings, mirror, framed items that are roughly the same size, you can put all these together in your custom box.
Please use a cat basket for your pet, dogs, for example, may well think that the removal men are stealing your furniture, please keep them out of the way. Fish tanks should be drained to the gravel and the fish taken in the car in a seal-able bucket half-filled with water.
Oil pictures should be covered over with a no acidic clear wrap and then bubble wrapped or wrapped in blankets, and then placed in a picture box or a flattened out box with the ends taped. Pictures in glass frames or mirrors should be wrapped in blankets and packed in picture cartons or flattened out cartons. Lamps and lampshades should each be placed in separate boxes. If two lamp shades are put together a piece of plain paper should be put between them so that they can be easily pulled apart. Do not use newspapers with print or it will permanently mark the shades.
Do a walkthrough
of each residence from which you are moving after the truck has been loaded with its contents. Double-check all cabinets, drawers, and basement, garage or storage lockers to ensure everything has been taken. Make sure you have all hardware to disassembled pieces. Look at all inside or outside places where things been left sitting (including windowsills). Be absolutely certain that everything has been loaded onto the truck before releasing the moving crew to the next location.
should be noted ahead of time. You should advise your mover of damaged or fragile furniture, weak or broken stairs, or impediments which may affect the move.
Set aside jewellery, important papers and safe deposit box contents. To pack it yourself so that you can keep with you throughout your journey. Don't pack your chequebook, passport, visas or airline tickets! If you are putting your goods in storage, don't pack important papers like passports, driver's licenses, birth certificates, etc.
• Car registration certificate
• Irreplaceable photos and snapshots (negatives)
• Car ownership records
• Tax return records
• Children's school records
• Insurance policies
• Traveller's checks
• Medical / Dental records
• Contact phone numbers
We provide packing services and packaging materials for your Move at a competitive cost. Preparation and organisation are the determining factors in having an efficient move. Pre-move planning will go a long way in making your move trouble-free.
Packing & Unpacking
If you have opted for the packing service there is little more to add apart from, for insurance purposes all items packed by the removal company should be unpacked onto a flat surface. If you have decided to carry out your own packing please be aware that there is no insurance cover provided for these items.
Before you buy extra insurance from your removal company, check with your household/contents insurance policy as most cover this already.
Happy packing! Use moving boxes cleverly, de-clutter junk, create a schedule and keep it organised so you do not get overwhelmed. Put non-ironed clothes in bin-sacks.
Stack all cartons neatly against a wall
and create clear, unobstructed paths to prevent the possibility of tripping. When possible disassemble beds, remove mirrors from dressers or walls etc. Do these things if needed as they are time and money savers.
Items that you will need immediately upon arrival at your new property (kettle etc.) should be placed in a box/carton and clearly marked "Load Last".
Although it is the most logical day for moving, try and avoid moving on a Friday as this could save you money. This is because you could experience delays regarding transaction of funds, broken chain etc., which usually results in having to wait till Monday to sort out the inconvenience. The worst may not end here, you may find that the removal vehicle full of your personal belongings and nowhere to go. This normally results in having to pay for a storage and another day of removal costs. Your removal firm may also not be available on the following Monday. It is your choice, think twice.
for removal truck near your residence should be easily accessible for the purpose of removals. Do whatever you can and reserve parking for your movers, remember the moving vehicle cannot block the street. Also, if the movers have to walk an extra distance with your furniture and belongings, the overall move will be delayed and may cost more.
If you have yellow lines or parking bays outside your property, parking may be a problem. Parking dispensation will be required. This unfortunately is something only you as a resident can arrange, but our relocation office team can help by supplying you with all the necessary information and relevant telephone numbers for your local council if requested.
Presence during the Removal
It is your responsibility to be present throughout the removal to ensure that nothing that should be removed is left behind and nothing is taken away in error. Also to ensure that if any item that requires an extra care or there may be an item which may not require packing at all etc. is informed.
Our removal company may be unable to carry out your move appropriately without good access to all concerned premises. Please make sure that you have spoken to your neighbours if needs be, and where necessary arrange to leave parking places clear. Also all walkways, pathways, stairs and passages should be clear of any obstruction to allow us free movement to the property.
Kids are always excited by the idea of moving and you may want them to be present, but please make sure they are well supervised, and stay out of the movers way.
Your old Property
Should your old property is going to be left empty for a period of time, please ensure that everything is turned off, windows, doors, taps are closed, alarm is on. There is no leak from the disconnection area of appliances, everything is safe and that you pass the keys to the right person / place if required.
If you are not on the ground floor or may have access problems
Please advise us well in advance of potential problems, and special needs such as clothing wardrobes, extra cartons, last minute packing, etc.
Date of Move
Try to confirm your moving date and time with Elephant Removals 5 days in advance, the sooner the better. In any case, we will endeavour to accommodate you to the best of our ability.
Finally you can be rest assured that Elephant Removals Services will do all in our power to ensure that the move goes off without a hitch. Feel free to contact us at any stage, if you need further advice or clarification about anything related to the move. On the day stay cool, calm and collected and your move will be completed with the minimum of fuss and stress.
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