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Do you pull your weight when moving house?

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Have you equally shared the burden of moving house with your partner?

As anyone who has planned a move will know, moving house is one of the most stressful experiences in life. But the question is, who is the most likely to suffer the stress in your house?

Research carried out by has revealed the different tasks and roles assumed by the man and woman of the house when moving house.

Overall, the decision to move and where to move to is a joint decision for the majority of couples. However, this does actually depend on age. The research shows that as we get older, the more likely we are to consult with our partners with the younger generation (16-24 year olds) the least likely to make a joint to move house whereas 55% of couples aged 55+ will involve their partner or spouse when deciding to move house.

The results show that while men are happy to buy moving boxes and organise the removal company, they appear less happy to actually carry out the physical task of packing the boxes! Only 39% of men will take charge of packing boxes when moving house compared to 54% of women.

Men do however take the lead when it comes to dealing with the finances for the new house. 52% of men take responsibility for managing the money ahead of the move compared with just 42% of women.

However, responsibilities are more evenly split when it comes to informing current utility companies about your move and also organising the bills at the new house.

Whoever is taking responsibility for the tasks in your house, Big Brown Box has helped make the process of moving house easier with the Moving House Checklist. The moving house checklist outlines the main tasks which need to be undertaken and the people/companies you should contact and gives you the chance to sign off each task. This ensures you can share the load and the stress during your move!

To download the Big Brown Box moving checklist, click the link below:

Big Brown Box Moving Checklist

Use Corrugated Paper For All Your Packing

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Corrugated paper is great for use when packing boxes to move house.

Corrugated paper is a lightweight packaging material that is made with raised corrugated  flutes on one side and smooth kraft paper on the other. The raised corrugated flutes provide excellent padded protection against scratching and marring.

Made from 80% recycled material, corrugated paper is an environmentally friendly alternative to bubble wrap as can be reused or recycled when you’re finished moving.

The corrugated paper roll is extremely flexible and can be used for packing the vast majority of household items. When packing large items such as wooden furniture, corrugated paper can be used as a cushioning layer of the surfaces. The paper roll can also mould around awkward shapes such as tables legs to ensure the entire surface area is well protected.

If you are packing items such as CDs or small picture frames and wish to wrap the items individually, corrugated paper rolls can be used to wrap around the entire product and will protect against damage when packing in boxes.

Another way to use corrugated paper is to interleave between items to provide a cushioning layer. This is a great way to pack fragile or delicate items which are prone to breakage including crockery and items made of glass.

When you are finished packing your items into boxes, you can ‘scrunch up’ the corrugated paper to fill any spaces in your boxes. This prevents the items from moving within the boxes when in transit to increase the level of protection given to your items.

Big Brown Box supply corrugated paper comes in a 75 metre roll.

Corrugated paper rolls

Furniture Covers For Moving

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Furniture covers for moving offer great protection when packing or placing furniture into storage

Polythene furniture covers from Big Brown Box are essential if you’re moving house or placing items into a storage unit. Designed to cover sofas and armchairs, protective furniture covers provide an inexpensive yet safe way to protect expensive items of furniture.

Uses For Furniture Covers

The furniture covers for moving are made from heavy duty polythene which will not rip or tear easily to ensure that your armchairs and sofas are protected from moisture, dirt and dirt when moving house or placing the items into a storage unit. The covers are also ideal for use when decorating as they offer more protection than using dust sheets.

The single armchair covers are also perfect on small items of furniture such as side tables.

How to Fit The Furniture Covers

Before you use the covers, we recommend preparing your sofas/armchairs for maximum protection. Firstly, if your cushions are detachable, you should turn these upside down.

Although the covers are made from heavy duty polythene, it is also important to ensure there are no sharp edges exposed. If the structure of your sofas/armchairs can be seen (e.g. wooden arms or metal legs) then we advise to cover the ends with some bubble wrap to avoid any damage being caused to the cover.

To make it easy for you, the polythene furniture covers for moving are open at one end. This allows you to slide the furniture in. Once your furniture is fully inside the cover, the open end should be sealed securely using packing tape.

Polythene furniture covers