Packaging Materials; Boxes, Bubble Wrap etc.
The first step in preparing for your removal or storage is to have the right number and sizes of boxes. There are all different sizes of specialised storage and removal boxes available such as archive boxes for important documents, wardrobe boxes, book boxes and large boxes for bulkier items. Boxes should be filled to capacity to help avoid them tipping. Use smaller boxes for heavier items such as books so they are easier to lift. Use a wardrobe box for clothes to help them keep their shape. You will need protective wrap for all your delicate belongings, bubble wrap is the ideal way to protect your electrical items such as T.V and stereo, or particularly fragile items such as crystal. Acid free tissue or white paper for your crockery and corrugated card for your chair and table legs.
To help speed things up, create a portable packing kit with a marker pen, parcel tape, labels scissors and tape measure. Carry it with you as you go packing around your home. Each time you pack a box, use your marker pen to label where they are to be unloaded and also write the contents on the side.
Always stack plates upright on their sides, making sure that you wrap them individually in tissue or paper. If you find the contents are loose in the box you can use ‘void fill’ to keep them in place. Wrap pictures and mirrors individually in bubble wrap, mark as fragile and stack on end. It is important that boxes containing fragile items are labelled correctly to help prevent damage. This also enables us to pack our vehicles or storage containers.
Drain freezers, washing machines and refrigerators prior to storage. Store these items with the door wedged open.
Preparing Electrical Equipment
Television, hi-fi and computer equipment should be ideally packed into its original boxes if you still have them. If not we can supply suitable boxes.
Never pack bedding or clothes in plastic bags, use boxes, so that air can circulate.
Garage And Garden Equipment
Clean all outside tools and equipment before packing. All items of garden furniture, tools, barbeques etc can be accommodated.
Have an essentials box and fill with items such as: Kettle, mugs, tea, coffee, milk, sugar, toilet rolls snacks and soft drink. If you are moving yourself make sure that you don’t lift to much, if you need to move heavy appliances it can be a good idea to get appliance rollers or sack truck.
Remember to pack your vehicle safely for the journey, do not overload the vehicle and check tyres oil and water before you leave.
If you need more help with the supplies, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Packing for Storage
Consider which items you may need access to whilst in storage such as Christmas decorations, passports, items of clothing etc to prevent the stress and unnecessary unloading of containers. Any items that may need to be retrieved whilst in store should be packed last to enable easy access.
Ensure that any items containing flammable substances are emptied and cleaned thoroughly prior to storing such as lawnmowers, motor bikes etc. For health & safety reasons we do not permit the transportation or storage of any flammables, batteries or pressurised containers.
Items such as fridges / freezers should be defrosted and cleaned thoroughly before being stored with the door left open to allow the air to circulate and dry out. Make sure that all appliances are clean, dry and empty including washing machines and dishwashers. We are able to disconnect electrical fittings and appliances if required, but this must be booked in advance to arrange for a qualified electrician to visit your property prior to the items coming into store. Price available on request.
Chest of Drawers
All chest of drawers need to be emptied to help with loading and unloading. If you are storing chest of drawers these can be filled again with items when they come into storage.
We can offer a professional wrapping service to prepare all of your paintings and valuables ready for storing or alternatively we will provide you with the necessary materials and advice upon request.
Self Assembly Furniture
Unless we are doing it for you, where possible dismantle self-assembly furniture prior to the day of your removal.
We are able to provide care and protection for your plants, however we are unable to provide care on a long-term basis. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.