FAQs – Moving Home Guide
Before The Move
Planning ahead is the first thing you should think about when getting ready to move to your new home. It will likely take more than a day to pack a house and just as long to unpack it. Think about any essential items or items you may want access to on the first day and keep them separate. If you have your own transport, think about putting these items in the car with you.
Packaging General Items
Pack books and other heavy items into rolling suitcases which you can easily push rather than lift. Don’t carry the weight if you don’t have to. It sounds obvious but don't package up anything that you are likely to require day to day or on day one after the move.
Extra packaging is sometimes essential for more fragile items but remember that packaging takes room so do not use too much where possible.
Do not overpack boxes making them too heavy to lift as this may become a problem if you need to split the box becuase of the weight on the day of the move.
Remember to clearly mark each box with the room that it should be put into at the other end. Use a marker pen and write using large letters.
When you dismantle furniture to reassemble in your new home, carefully collect all small bits of hardware, screws etc. and put them in resealable plastic bags or other appropriate containers. Then label and tape the bag to the correct piece of furniture to ensure it will be moved at the same time and ready for re-assembly. To stop furniture moving and scratching during a move, clear or plastic pallet wrap is very handy. A long roll can usually be bought very cheaply.
If you have a chest of drawers for example, make sure you take out the drawers and cling film them individually or put them in a taped up black bag before transportation. You can then simply unwrap them and put them back in the chest of drawers.
If you are unfamiliar with electronics such as TVs, speakers etc, take a photo of their connections / cables with your phone before you disconnect your wires. You can use the photo later to reconnect all cables in the right places.
Clothes are usually one of the last things to be packed. Group clothes hangers together in 5s. You can quickly and easily slide each group directly into a bin bag so they are ready for transportation.
Think about using clothes, bedding and towels for packaging fragile items.
Label each box or bag with either the contents or the room they belong in. This makes the sorting of goods far easier at the other end. This will help make the unpacking process simple and will save a lot of time and energy!
Once items are packed, stack the heavier boxes at the bottom and lighter ones towards the top. This makes it a lot less likely for the heavier items to break any of the more fragile ones.
Do not pack plates one on top of the other. The added weight puts too much stress on the bottom plate and it more likely to break. Instead, wrap each plate in newspaper and stack them on their side, vertically.
Put cardboard or newspaper over any mirrors or glass. The card will absorb any minor bumps and bangs along the way.
If you are particularly worried about any fragile or valuable items, Flexi Removals offers a 'White Glove Service' to ensure those items are transported safety. See the 'White Glove Service' section of our website for more details.