How to Pack to Move House

Booked the removals but decided to pack yourself? Many households choose to save on the cost of a professional packing service; however, packing up all of your possessions can be overwhelming. If you’re sure you want to go it alone when the time comes, we’ve put together our best packing tips for moving to help you stay on task.

When to start packing for a move

If the wheels of your house move are in motion, yet you don't have a firm moving date, we advise you to start the process of packing two months before you estimate you will move home. Start off by carrying out a full assessment of your home’s inventory and clear out or set aside any items you will not be taking to your new home; this will give a clearer picture of what packing materials you need.

As soon as possible, book an appointment with your removal company so they can assess and advise on the volume of packing materials you need and purchase them way in advance of your moving date. You can then start to pack your non-everyday items.

Labelling packing boxes

How long does it take to pack a house?

When it comes to the actual task of packing up your house, we recommend you allow yourself at least three to five days (based on a three-bedroom home); this includes time for sleeping and eating!

You will find that items such as clothing and linens will be very fast to pack, yet valuables such as glass, china and furniture will take much longer. If you live in a smaller home or flat, we advise you to allow yourself 30 minutes per box. Always take plenty of breaks when packing, it can be an overwhelming and exhausting task. Enrol family or friends to help keep you focused, or listen to music, audiobooks and podcasts to help pass the time.

Look after your valuables

Many of our customers feel particularly nervous about packing their more fragile, valuable or bulkier belongings. In such situations, it may be worth using your removal company to handle this side of things for you, saving you much of the stress and time.

When it comes to breakables, if you find yourself spending hours Googling things like “how to pack mirrors for moving” and “how to pack wine glasses”, it might be time to call in the experts. For ease and peace of mind, we always recommend you use a professional packing/removal company for items like:

  • Mirrors
  • Glassware
  • Lamps and fragile furnishings
  • Televisions (helps if you have the original box)
  • White goods
  • Larger bulky items
Being organised during packing

Moving house packing tips

Once you’ve got your packing materials and a move date, it is time to set aside the time needed to complete the job. Create a space in your home that can act as your DIY packing station - a firm surface with plenty of room for wrapping, taping and boxing.

If you can, get some help packing to move house. Recruiting family and friends with the promise of a free meal is always a winner! Third parties can help you be more ruthless and decisive when it comes to deciding what to keep and what to get rid of; they’re also less likely to get distracted for two hours when they stumble across an old yearbook or CD collection.

When it comes to packing specific items like crockery, books and clothes, our recent blog offers some great advice on how to pack different items in the home.

Do the numbers

You may find that following your initial assessment with the removal company, it may be more cost and time effective to hire them to do all the packing and supply the packing materials. Compared to the costs of your new home, the additional expense will be a drop in the ocean, leaving you to get on with your plans for the new property.

Ensure you are covered

It is essential to remember that should you choose to pack yourself, the insurance provided by your removal company will be limited. This is because there is no way for the removal company to determine if a box has been safely packed. The company cannot accept liability for contents packed by the owner. Items like jewellery and coins may also not be covered, so it’s always worth checking this with your removal company.

Packing fragile items

Prepare your items

If you have decided to let the removal company pack for you, here are some valuable tips on preparing your household items for packing and removal:

  • Dismantle any self-assembly furniture (unless you have instructed your removal company to do this for you). It is helpful if you have the instructions for ease when you get to your new home. Keep all of your screws and fittings in a bag and label it.
  • Defrost your fridge freezer, allowing plenty of time to dry.
  • Drain your washing machine and dishwashers and disconnect them.
  • Any fixtures and fittings of your curtains and blinds should be removed, bagged and labelled.
  • Remove any mirrors, artwork and accessories from the walls.
  • Label anything which is fragile.
  • Gather any boxes you have for existing items, such as TVs and appliances.
  • Tape and bundle together any sharp kitchen items such as knives and utensils.
  • Remove unwanted and out-of-date food items from cupboards and discard them.
  • Set aside any sentimental items or jewellery you have chosen to take to your new home yourself. Keep these items away from the bulk of removals.
  • If you wish to, remove any plants from their pots the day before and place the root ball in a black bag with some water. Stack your empty pots.

Important: your removal company will have assessed the access to your home in your initial meeting. On the removal day, ensure no obstructions to the house and parking is available.

If the prospect of packing up your home for moving has left your head spinning, it is always best to seek professional advice. Give us a call for a no-obligation chat regarding your upcoming move and the services available.

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