If you are moving house and working to a tight budget to keep your removal costs low, it may be sensible to consider doing the packing yourself. Here are some tips to help you along the way.
Make sure you get proper removal boxes which should be at least two-ply cardboard. Two-ply means the cardboard material has two walls and is much stronger than normal cardboard. There will always be a temptation to pop down to your local supermarket and get some boxes for free but it’s not such good news when the boxes break.
Use small boxes for the heaviest items like books, and large boxes for the larger and lighter items. No box should weigh more than 25 Kilos to ensure safe removal and indeed the state of your back.
Use proper removal packaging tape to seal your boxes. We advise you always to use at least two strips on the underside of every box.
If your boxes do not have right-way-up arrows, use a marker pen to indicate which way up removal boxes should be kept to ensure they are carried safely.
When packing your boxes ensure all fragile items are individually wrapped in packing tissue and do not pack heavy items with fragile items such as glass or china as this can lead to breakage in transport.
Mark all your boxes with the destination room at your new home so the removals team knows exactly where to place them, or else you will end up having to do it on your own when everyone has left. This could keep you from settling into your new home for days, which can be incredibly frustrating.
Leave any items of particular value to the professionals to pack and move. If you do the packing yourself, be sure to check your household insurance policy for level of cover; many policies will not provide it. Moreover, removal company insurance will only cover the items packed by the removal company.
Sharp items like kitchen knives should be carefully wrapped in removal wrapping paper, and taped, so that they do not come loose and pose a danger to those doing the unpacking.
Pack the items you do not need for everyday use first and mark them ‘non-urgent’. Then pack the items you will need on your first day in your new home and mark them ‘urgent’.