Top Tips For Packing Moving Boxes
1. Get yourself a range of good quality double walled cardboard boxes. Make sure you have a good selection of packing boxes in different sizes. You’ll need medium sized cardboard boxes for small, heavy items such as books. Large or Extra Large removal boxes can be filled with lighter, bulky items. Bed linen and duvets are best packed in Tea Chest storage boxes.
2. Don’t over fill boxes so they become too heavy to move. Pack heavy items in small boxes and light items in larger boxes. If you are packing a box containing items of different weights, make sure the heavier items are packed first and then the lighter items at the top. This prevents the lighter items being crushed and also means the heaviest items are being direct supported when being carried. Filling boxes above the top level will also prevent the boxes stacking properly in the van.
3. Wrap fragile items. Before packing delicate or fragile items in boxes, make sure they are well protected. Wrap glasses, vases and china in acid free tissue paper and/or bubble wrap. This prevents the dulling of china and breakages. Materials such as foam wrap or corrugated cardboard can be used to fill space in boxes and provide a protective layer between items. Mirrors and pictures should be securely wrapped in extra wide bubble wrap to prevent damage. Ideally your televisions can be wrapped in foam wrap and then placed in their original boxes. It also makes it easier if you can tape the remote control onto the back of the set so it doesn’t get lost.
4. Seal the boxes securely. Seal all the boxes, both the top and bottom, with polypropylene packing tape. This tape is a strong adhesive and will not unstick during use. If the box contains fragile or delicate items, ensure you have some fragile packing tape on the box too. Other tapes such as duct tape should not be used as they do not provide a strong enough hold and do not stick to cardboard properly.
5. Label the boxes. Using a marker pen, clearly mark the outside of the boxes with the contents and what room they have to be put in in the new house. This saves a lot of time and hassle when unpacking the boxes and limits the chances of belongings being lost.
6. Pack the essentials last. Don’t pack away things that you use everyday or items that you will need on the first night in your new house. These should be packed into a ‘survival kit’ and be the last box loaded onto the removal van. It is then accessible when it comes to unpacking and you can locate the essentials quickly and easily.
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