How to pack for your move - Packing hints and tips
As your removal day looms there is one question everyone asks: ‘What have I forgotten?!” The following handy hints have been put together by our removal staff to hopefully answer this question as well as any others you may have forgotten. It will help you and your removal company to have a smooth and trouble free day and it will also act as a final check list on the day before you move.
Plan, Plan, Plan
It's all about protection...
Don't forget Sheppard’s supply a full range of boxes and packing material for your move, including bubble wrap, parcel tape, export wrap etc. These can be delivered well in advance to allow you maximum time for packing.
Fill those boxes... Sensibly...Remember fill your largest boxes with the lightest items and the smaller boxes with heavier items (such as books). This will ensure that your house contents can be moved easily and quickly.
Mark upDon't forget to mark up your boxes in clear writing, usually 1 side and the top will be perfect. Once at your new home it may be worth marking up the doors of each room with a piece of paper (please don't use heavy duty tape and pull off the paint!), A little bit of blue-tac will usually be fine.
DIYAs standard removal companies will not dismantle or erect flat pack furniture unless previously agreed, so please ensure this is taken down before your removal team arrives.
Ensure you keep all smaller items (screws etc.) in a bag and attached it to the pieces to make sure you can put it all back up!
Don't forget we can dismantle and erect furniture with prior agreement; just ask our team well in advance of your move.
Lofts and AtticsPlease be aware that our staffs are not legally allowed to enter loft space and all items should be removed from the loft, placed in a room and packed before the arrival of our movers.
Electronic GoodsWe advise placing all electronic goods in their original boxes before transportation. If this is not possible anti-static packing materials are recommended and available.
Carpets and RugsPlease make sure any carpets and rugs you are taking are rolled and secured with tape before our experts arrive.
My clothes!Don't worry, all of your best garments will still be kept in pristine condition and with no creases! We supply specially designed wardrobe boxes that will hang your clothes vertically while in transportation.
All other clothes may be able to be left in the chest of drawers, depending on size and weight. Please check with your removal company first.
If you’re unsure, pack them into a suitcase or box.
Food and drink
FittingsUnless previously agreed, all curtains, lampshades and pictures should be removed and packed before our team arrives.
Outside goodsEnsure that all rubbish is cleared out of sheds and garages for easy access to remaining items. Garden tools should be cleaned (a stiff brush is always useful) and taped together in small bundles.
Any flammable liquids should not be transported and will invalidate insurance.
Again the outsides and bottoms of plant pots should be cleaned, small pots should be placed in a suitable tray or box.
AccessDon't forget to tell your neighbours when you are moving, not only is it courteous but you can also ask them to clear areas that could be used by our vehicles to arrange easier access. The closer we can get to your home, then the quicker you will be moved in.
If this all sounds to much, then let the professionals take over. We offer a removal and packing service and more details can be found here.
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