Following on from our previous post offering tips on how to make the packing process more efficient, we at Hadley and Ottaway thought it would be worthwhile going into a little bit more detail on how exactly to pack your belongings ahead of a house move so that you don’t end up with a cracked mirror, smashed china plates or creased clothes on arrival at your new property.
First and foremost, by utilising the services we offer at Hadley and Ottaway, your designated surveyor will provide you with an assortment of containers for your removal, varying in sizes and marked A, B and C. Boxes labelled B should be used for heavy items such as books whilst boxes labelled C are suitable for china and those labelled A are designed for lightweight, miscellaneous items.
Packing China and Glass
Make sure to wrap all china and glass items you are moving individually with crushed paper at the bottom of the cartons for added protection. Be sure to stand plates upright as opposed to laying them flat and pack the heavier items at the bottom before adding lighter items on top with additional paper in between.
Packing Mirrors and Pictures
To avoid cracking a mirror or damaging a picture, they can be packed separately into specially designed cartons to keep them safe and secure at all times. After selecting a suitably sized carton, for a mirror for instance, lay the box out and seal one end of it up. You can then slide the mirror in and seal the other end before moving it.
The packing of clothes should be one of the last things you do as they will inevitably get creased if you pack them away well in advance of a move. For clothes that you want to keep on hangers during the removal, leave them in a wardrobe until the day of the move before they can be transferred into cardboard wardrobes for the move.
A few further tips include taping loose items such as garden tools or shelving into easily manageable and moveable bundles, not packing any damaged paint tins should you be looking to take those with you out of the garage and remove all batteries from belongings that are being taken into storage for the time being as they could pose a fire risk.
With these tips in mind and the expert team at Hadley and Ottaway on hand to help, packing can be made easy and a smooth move to a new property ensured!