It is completely fine if you would like to pack yourself. We have created this page to help best prepare you for packing your home
Clear unwanted items
Moving home gives you a great opportunity to clear out any items that you haven’t used for a while or that you may have even forgotten that you had. The fewer items that you need to pack, the better.
Plan your strategy
You may decide to allocate individual rooms to a specific person or perhaps one person will concentrate on glassware, crockery, pictures and ornaments and another can concentrate on books, DVDs and loft items and so on. Don’t forget the garage and/or shed.
if you wish to source packing materials yourself we always recommend doubled walled boxes for added protection. You will also need packing paper (ideal for protecting glassware, crockery and ornaments) bubble wrap (for those extra fragile items and pictures) and plenty of packing tape
Stacking packed boxes
If you have a spare room that is not in constant use such as a conservatory or spare bedroom or a spare corner of your garage, this can be an ideal space to stack boxes to keep them out of the way and cause the least disruption.
Although there are many items that will need to be left until the last minute to be packed, there is normally plenty of packing to be getting on with well in advance of the move.
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Here are some things to remember while you are packing and preparing for the big day
Do not overfill boxes
It is important that they can be stacked flat with no bulges. It is equally important to avoid not filling the boxes enough as when stacked they will simply collapse under the weight (linen and clothing can be handy to pad out boxes).
Someone has to lift that box
Always use smaller boxes when packing heavy items such as books, magazines, records, files, and tinned foods.
Pictures & Mirrors
Smaller pictures and mirrors can usually be wrapped in packing paper and boxed up. Larger ones should be bubble wrapped. For extra protection, after bubble wrapping, you can slide the picture or mirror into a flat unmade box and tape up the edges.
Cutlery & Utensils
Cutlery should be wrapped in small bundles and sharp knives should be wrapped and taped facing the same way and labelled as “Sharp”
Bedding & linen that is not going to be used before the move should be packed in large boxes. The final items of bedding and linen can either be boxed or placed in heavy duty black bin liners on the morning of the move.
Almost everything should be packed
There will be some exceptions but as a general rule, everything that can be boxed, should be boxed. This includes items from garage and outbuildings. It will dramatically cut the time it takes to load garage and shed items if the contents are packed into larger boxes.