Packing a house up can be a difficult job to estimate if your inexperienced. It often takes longer than you think! If you opt for our professional household packing service, we will often packing your entire home up in one day. However if you want to pack up your own possessions, a large house can 2 months based on 2 boxes per day. For smaller homes, one month should be just fine. Of course, this is not an exact number, but you get the idea. A good estimate is 10 boxes per room and 10 extra.
Start with rooms you least need
Try and pack what you rarely use. Seasonal items you don’t expect to use for a while such as garden tools, coats and Christmas lights are perfect examples. Stacking boxes can disturb your household, it’s good to stack them out of the way. If you have the space, you could set aside a spare room as a holding room for packed boxes.
Pack one room at a time.
This is a very handy tip which often goes unheeded. Doing this will help keep you stay organised and will later tell the movers, or anyone unloading, which box goes where.
Get to know the staff at the recycling site, Hold a boot sale or give your old unwanted items to charity. Ebay can also be useful, your options are numerous, but take it from us – Nearly every mover empties their loft and says ‘I haven’t seen that since the last move!’ Do you really need it? If not, get rid!
Do not exceed the limit of 15 Kilos for a box.
You might hurt yourself or one of the boxes might break under the weight. Pack lighter items in larger boxes and heavy items is smaller boxes. We might look like big burly blokes, but we still don’t want to lift tea chests full of books!
Fill empty gaps
Use packing paper, newspaper, or just old rags to fill gaps in the boxes. This should secure the items for your move. If it don’t shake, it don’t break!
Label your boxes
Write the contents of each box somewhere clearly visible with a marker. Write the basic contents and the destination room. You can abbreviate (B1 / L / K etc) but don’t be tempted to number your boxes and keep track with an inventory. If you lose your inventory, you’ll have to open every single box to work out where it has to go!
Use boxes, not bags
A few strong bags are fine, but sacks don’t stack! When we load the vehicle, we stack right to the ceiling of the truck. Loading is quicker and your goods are safer in boxes.
Dispose of hazardous materials
We are unable to carry oil, fuel, open paint or explosives. Always plan to get rid of these in advance to avoid stress on moveday.
Pack a bag of essentials
Phone chargers, snacks, keys, fixings and medication are all often forgotten and can cause distress, especially on moveday