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How to pack for moving house

Even seasoned movers will have questions on how to best prepare and pack for their upcoming removal. Because most of us only move home occasionally, we tend to forget some of the best information we've learned on prior moves. We can't claim to have all of the answers here, but hopefully we'll give you the basics to help ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible!

First things first - hazardous materials

Hazardous items, such as paints, petrol-filled lawnmowers, garden chemicals, etc. can't be moved on the removal lorry. You'll need to drain your petrol lawnmower or other equipment before it can be loaded into the truck.

Avoid anything flammable, poisonous, or soaking wet

  1. Things we can't take on the removal truck:

  2. Paint
  3. Cleaning products containing bleach
  4. Asbestos
  5. Car or industrial batteries
  6. Fluorescent tubes
  7. Pesticides
  8. Petrol or diesel (make sure you empty any petrol cans first!)

    Top tips for packing

  1. Few people enjoy packing for a house move, but there are things you can do to help make packing - and your move - a bit easier

  2. Pro Tip

    Start early! Packing can be time consuming, so by starting early you're able to take your time and make sure everything is in order - you'll have an easier time finding things once you're in your new home

  3. Packing early

  4. We suggest beginning your packing as soon as you know you're going to move, even if it is just a few things at a time in the first few weeks after you know you're moving

  5. Start with the rooms you don't use very often - the spare bedroom, garage, loft and cellar

  6. Out of season items are easy to pack in advance - Christmas decorations, out of season clothing, garden tools

  7. Declutter - dispose, sell, or donate

  8. Haven't used it or looked at it in two years? Think of getting rid of it, unless there's sentimental meaning to the items

  9. Sort through items to dispose of, sell, or donate to charity - there's no sense in moving things you don't need or want in your new home

  10. Don't pack old paperwork you no longer need to keep! Old bank statements, credit card bills, tax documents, etc that are beyond the dates you need to keep them should be destroyed securely. We offer a Move & Shred service for your moving day that will securely shred your documents for you (your first bag is free!)

  11. Packing your boxes


  12. Watch your weight! Keep boxes to roughly two stone or less - if it is difficult for you to pick up, our men will also struggle - and the boxes may not be able to withstand a heavier weight

  13. Heavy items, such as books, should be packed in small boxes to keep the weight down and make it managable for everyone

  14. Combine heavy items with light ones - pack half a medium size box with heavy items, filling in the top with items such as throw pillows and light blankets

  15. Packing plates - don't pack them on their sides! The best way to pack plates is to crumple paper and layer the bottom of your box, then wrap each plate and stack them horizontally in the box. Be sure to fill in any gaps with paper or soft items such as rolls of paper towels, tea towels, cloth tablecloths, or more paper

  16. Don't forget to label boxes with breakable or fragile items clearly with FRAGILE - CHINA & GLASS

  17. Don't forget to clearly label each box with the room it is going into, preferably on top and on the sides of the box

  18. Make sure you clearly label all boxes with the contents inside - after you're in your new home, this will make it much easier to find your belongings

  19. Mind the gap! Fill in empty gaps in your boxes with paper, soft materials, etc so your items don't shift in the boxes during your removal

  20. Household preparation

  21. While you're not going to be putting your appliances in a box, do make sure they are disconnected and drained before the removal men arrive (preferably the day before moving day)

  22. Be sure to empty and defrost your fridge and freezer

  23. Take photos of any electronics connections, such as your television, computer, sound system to ensure you can easily set it up in your new home

  24. Group your cables together for each device they've come from and put them in a bag (we suggest using a zip top kitchen bag, but anything will do) and clearly label it, using separate bags for each device's connections

  25. If you have the original boxes and inside packing for your computer, television or other devices and appliances, have them ready on moving day and let the crew know when they arrive

  26. Your clothing


  27. Don't move empty suitcases - they're perfect for packing your clothes, particularly underwear and socks

  28. If you're moving with us, we'll supply special wardrobe cartons for your hanging garments for moving day

  29. The essentials


  30. Don't forget to pack the essential things last - usually that's the kettle, mugs, and biscuits! Make sure the box is clearly labeled and on the truck last and is one of the first things in your new home (nobody likes searching for the kettle when they're exhausted and just want a cuppa after a long day moving!)


  31. Have a valuables and important document box, and keep it with you if at all possible, rather than send it on the truck. If you do need to put it on the truck, alert your crew to its importance and make sure it is one of the last things to be loaded on the truck

  32. If you're moving with pets, make sure to pack their food bowls and some food in your important stuff box, so you can feed them as soon as everyone's left and they're getting settled in your new home

  33. Another essentials box to have is nightwear for everyone in the house, along with bedding, towels and toiletries - it saves you the trouble of looking around for the right box with the bedding and another box with your nightwear - or stepping out of the shower only to realise you don't have a towel handy!

  34. Dismantling your furniture


  35. If your removal company is dismantling your furniture, make sure the men have clear access to the furniture

  36. If you're dismantling your furniture, make sure to put all of the screws, fittings, and any tools for reassembly (along with the instructions, if you have them!) in a zip top bag and clearly label which piece of furniture it is for - use a separate bag for each piece of furniture

How can we help with your removal in Leicester?

Ring us on 0116 289 9011 (Leicester), 0115 965 6555 (Nottingham), 01283 243001 (Derby, Uttoxeter & Burton) and our home moving experts will be glad to assist you.

Alternatively, you can fill in the contact form on this page or use our free online survey booking service to set up an appointment for your home removal survey - both services can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, meaning you can contact us when it suits you.

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