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Packing Tips

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Packing Tips                                                                                                                              Packing Boxes and Protecting Your Belongings
Getting Your Move Started Right                                                                                            How To Pack Fragile Items For Moving
Organising Boxes For Your Move                                                                                           5 Items To Be Extra Careful With When Moving            Get To Know Your Packing Material                                                                                       Tips For Packing Food For Your Move

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Packing tips
 
A major rule when packing up for moving house is that you should start the packing process from the least frequently used rooms and premises in your home. 
Here are a few ideas of items that should be packed first.

  • Pack items that are out of season. 

  • Clothing, Decorations

  • Surplus Items: Towels and linen, stationary etc that are not being used, even cups, plates items anywhere that you have more than you need for daily living.

  • Collectables: These are non-essential so start packing up your stamp collections and figurines 

 
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Getting Your Move Started Right
As is the case with so many things, it really isn’t until you are knee-deep in a thousand and one possessions that you begin to realise how big of a job packing can be…
We offer a full professional packing service, which is what we advise for our clients that want to eliminate the stress from there move. For those who are either brave enough or mad enough to take this task on for themselves, here are a few handy tips:
1)START EARLY
First up, there’s really no such thing as starting too early when it comes to packing ahead of a big move. Start as far in advance as possible, you can begin packing away the things do not need and gradually work your way toward the everyday essentials you’ll need to pack later on.
2)QUALITY MATERIALS
Be sure to trust in the advice of professional removal services when it comes to the packing materials and supplies, you’ll need. There are of course plenty of things around the home you’ll be able to pack using any old boxes and bags, but when it comes to properly protecting your property and facilitating a smooth move, quality packing materials can make a huge difference.
3)INVENTORY
Along with writing the name of the relevant room on each of the boxes you pack, it’s also a good idea to keep an inventory list of anything of importance or value. This way you will avoid the usual panic upon arrival when you cannot find what you are looking for.
4)DE-CLUTTER
Be sure to use the packing process as the perfect opportunity to de-clutter your home – essentially throwing out anything and everything you do not need or desperately want.
5)MIND THE GAPS
Try to pack every box as full as possible without leaving any gaps between the items inside. Voids that allow movement in boxes are usually the cause of damages to boxed items.
6)WEIGHT LIMITS
Don’t get carried away when it comes to the amount of weight you’re willing to put in a single box or bag – you’re better off spreading things more evenly. 25kg – 30kg is what we would advise as the maximum weight for any box.
7)ESSENTIALS
Pack yourself an essentials bag with items which you know you’ll need immediately upon arriving at the new property. This will save you a lot of time you’d usually have to spend searching through dozens, maybe even hundreds of boxes.
8)ONE BY ONE
Finally, for the sake of organisation, logistics and your own sanity, it is of crucial importance to pack things one room at a time. This will make it so much easier to both find what you need and to unpack upon arrival.

 
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Organising Boxes for Your Move
When you need to take care of delicate and breakable items such as porcelain, ceramics, glass and ornaments, packing boxes are fundamental. To prevent damage, it is important to get hold of strong, sturdy cardboard boxes – such as those used by your removal company.
Ask your removal company if they can supply you with boxes if needed, this is usually standard for most removal companies. You will also need to consider things like packing paper, bubble wrap and flo pack.

 
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Get To Know Your Packing Material
Even for the most determined individuals, preparing to move home can sometimes seem an immense task. However, with the right materials and approach, it is possible to plan the relocation so that things go just right on the day itself. Essentially, organising the packing well in advance will help to keep things simple and free of problems. If you are getting ready to relocate, read on. Below, we offer some helpful tips as we outline the different types of packing material, their benefits and how they are best used.
 
Moving Boxes
Although it may seem economical to as many free boxes as you can get your hands on, it may not work out cost effective if they do not provide your belongings with the adequate protection needed. Double walled boxes are industry standard because the two walls of corrugated cardboard create a strong, sturdy protective barrier around your belongings. They will not crumple when stacked and will absorb a small degree of impact unlike substandard quality boxes.
Packing Tape
This is much more durable than sellotape and made for purpose. After all your hard work carefully packing your boxes, the last thing you want is for the bottom of the box to split because the tape used is not strong enough. This heavy-duty tape will do just the job of ensuring that doesn’t happen.
Packing Paper
Free of acids, packing paper comes from a soft, newspaper-grade pulp, but it does not contain any ink. Significantly, the absence of potentially problematic chemicals makes it ideal for protecting fragile kitchen and dining room belongings, including dishes, glassware and valuables. If you will be packing collectables, it does a great job of preventing mishaps too.
Bubble Wrap
A practical way to protect precious items during a move and if kept in storage, this flexible wrap is perfect for usage with plates, cups, bowls, pictures and photo frames. Additionally, it comes in handy for extra cushioning when separating layers of possessions inside boxes.
Flo Pack
Mainly used when crating delicate items. However, it can be very handy when packing extremely fragile items into boxes. It creates a barrier around these items and will absorb any impact that would otherwise cause damage to your precious goods. We would advise using this for anything considered priceless if packing your own belongings. At Trimoves, we go the extra step by providing a made to measure wooden crate, for that additional protection to your irreplaceable items.

 
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Packing Boxes & Protecting Your Belongings
Firstly, check that each moving box has purpose made tape holding the edges in place securely. Begin by lining the bottom of your box with a cushioned layer of packing paper. Next, place any heavy items at the bottom of the box. Wrap fragile items in packing paper or bubble wrap and place them carefully in the bottom of the box. Use another layer of cushioned packing paper to separate lighter objects and place them on top.
When packing, it is best not to mix your possessions from different rooms of the home. Wherever feasible, a practical tip is to group objects by room and then by similar weight and size. Experienced movers suggest packing infrequently used articles first and commonly used objects on top, so that they are easier to find when you want them.
Before closing the packed box, cushion the contents with an upper layer of crumpled paper, finally, close and seal the seams using tape.
Crucially, filled boxes should not weigh more than 25kg – 30kg as a guide. It ought to be possible to lift boxes without too much difficulty; over-filled and heavy boxes could rupture and spill belongings. Conversely, boxes that are only partially full will not take advantage of all the available space. Worse, they could collapse if stacked during the removal.
Ideally, each box should have a label that displays an easy-to-read summary of the contents. That way, once everything arrives at the destination, the unpacking process should be relatively straightforward and well thought-out. If you have time, consider labelling each box twice – on opposite sides – so that the listing is visible at a glance, without any need to turn heavy or stacked boxes. Some people have found that using marker pens and colour-coded stickers to denote rooms of the house has also helped with the logistics of unloading and unpacking.

 
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How To Pack Fragile Items For Moving
Nobody immediately knows how to start packing properly, or what the best techniques are. Any expertise you have probably comes from trial and error, but when you’re planning to move into a new home, you just want to get it all done safe and efficiently.
 
Firstly, we have some general tips on how to pack your fragile items sensibly. It doesn’t matter what you’re packing, these tips will be relevant.

  • If you run out of supplies (boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape etc.), you will get stuck. Make sure you have plenty to get the job done.

  • Don’t overpack your boxes, as they will either cause damage or you’ll injure yourself moving them.

  • Make sure you fill gaps in your boxes, rather than transporting a lot of empty space and requiring extra boxes to do it.

  • Label everything and don’t rely on your memory to know where everything is. You can almost guarantee you will lose track otherwise.

  • Never fill large boxes with heavy items or small boxes with light items. This is a common mistake, but the opposite is much more efficient.

Specific types of fragile items will be a lot safer if you wrap them or protect them in a certain way. Here are a few examples of techniques you can use to transport your household items.
Plates – Wrap each plate individually in packing paper to prevent scratches. Lay them into boxes vertically rather than stacking them, as they are more resistant to pressure this way. Pad out gaps in the box with extra paper before sealing and labelling it.
Glassware – Try to pack items of similar sizes together. Wrap individually in paper and stack them standing up, do not lay them on their side. Again, make sure to plug any empty areas to stop towers falling over and breaking.
Lamps – These tend to be large but delicate, so it’s worth wrapping light shades up in bubble wrap after taking the lamp apart as much as you can. Wrap parts individually and pack them together with plenty of padding.
Ornaments – Additional bits and pieces in different sizes can be the trickiest things to pack. If you have nothing of a similar shape to pack with it, an item can easily get damaged. Use lots of bubble wrap, secured with tape, to create packages that can safely be stowed together in one box. If this is impossible, you may need to put together a custom cardboard box to hold a large and awkward item.

 
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5 Items To Be Extra Careful With When Moving
Although moving out of one home and into your next one can be very stressful at times, it’s important not to get lazy when it comes to packing and storing your items. Although you want the whole process to be over quickly, you will also want to have your possessions safe and intact so you can enjoy them in your new home!
 
At Trimoves Relocations, we take this seriously and of course we’ll do everything we can to look after your household items when you choose us to provide your home removal service. However, this begins with making sure that all boxes are packed properly, guaranteeing your items are safe while in transit and in storage.
Here we list the five most commonly damaged types of items during a move and suggest some professional tips on keeping them safe from harm.
1) Home Furnishings
The risk: Furniture tends to be particularly heavy which makes moving it safely very tricky. Furniture can easily get scratched, torn or otherwise damaged during removals.
What to do: Make sure you follow best practices for manual handling when moving furniture, always keep your back straight, squat and lift with your legs and abs. If lifting with someone else communicate with each other. We would always recommend leaving this to the professionals, they have the training and expertise to perform this task safe and efficiently.
2) Glassware
The risk: Glass is known to be extremely breakable and must be handled with care at all times. Glassware should not be packed with other items, especially heavier ones.
What to do: Wrap small glasses and ornaments individually to prevent scratches and place them in clearly labelled boxes. For larger glass frames, mirrors and so on, do the same. Use fragile tape on the box to clearly indicate that it must be handled with extra care.
3) Sports Equipment
The risk: Some items may be made from sensitive materials and any slight damage could render them useless for their original purpose. Most sports items are designed to be light so they may not be particularly durable.
What to do: Invest in specially designed protective bags or cases for your sports equipment so everything is held in place securely. Check manuals for any specific advice on handling your equipment.
4) Plants
The risk: Plants are generally awkwardly shaped and very easily torn or crushed. They can also be damaged if they can’t get any air or light for long periods of time.
What to do: Get hold of some specially designed crates with air holes in to store small and medium sized plants and use cable ties to stop them getting stems broken off or trapped. Larger plants probably cannot be packed safely with other items and should be moved on their own.
5) Artwork and Ornaments
The risk: Most decorative items and works of art are designed to look attractive but not to withstand any rough handling. Paintings, pottery and other items are all very easily damaged.
What to do: Items of all sizes should have plenty of additional packaging around the edges and most vulnerable parts to minimise the risk of damage from any impact. Corners of frames, handles and other parts should be especially protected. Labelling artwork is essential, so handlers know to take extra care.

 
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Tips For Packing Food For Your Move
Moving food to your new house can become a bit of a chore. Often people give up and dump the lot, intending on replacing it after the move at their new local supermarket. There’s no need to let good food go to waste. With a little forward planning, there’s no reason you can’t take it with you, safely and securely.
We’ve come up with some hints and tips for moving your food items.
Cook it or chuck it
The couple of weeks before you move is your opportunity to get rid of those food items due to expire either before or immediately after your moving date. It’s not worth bringing them to your new house, so it’s best to bin them, donate them, or use them up before the big day.
Secure your essentials
Certain items are vital in any well-stocked kitchen cupboard – flour, rice, pasta, sugar, baking powder, and the like. While they usually fare well under normal conditions, their plastic and paper packaging does tend to split if handled too roughly. We recommend either emptying the contents into clip-top plastic boxes or sealing them in individual heavy-duty freezer bags to prevent spillage.
Keep it small
Food items are heavier than you think, so pack them into smaller boxes. This reduces the risk of the bottom falling out of one of your boxes and seeing all that food go to waste.
Protect your bottles
Any glass bottles are going to need extra protection whilst in transit, no matter whether they’re spirits, wine, or the kitchen staples of oils and vinegars. If you only have a handful of bottles, wine postal tubes are a sound investment. If, on the other hand, you have quite a collection of bottles to transport, you can use the same method as packing your glassware. Wrap them individually in paper and stand them up in your box, don’t forget to place a layer of cushioned paper to line your box at the top and bottom.