pack­ing guide

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Once you’re ready to start, it’s a mat­ter of choosing the right box and pack­ing method for your be­long­ings. “Any­thing that can phys­i­cally fit into a box is bet­ter moved in a box, and it’s al­ways prefer­able for ev­ery­thing to be wrapped in pa­per to pro­tect it,” says Su­san. “Heav­ier items should go in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.”

THE SMALL STUFF

Su­san’s tips on get­ting all your things safelys to your new home Glasses: “Wrap glasses in­di­vid­u­ally in a sin­gle piece of pa­per and pack them, drink­ing-edge down, with scrunched pa­per in­serted around them.” Plates: “Layer a piece of pa­per be­tween plates and wrap stacks of four to­gether, pack­ing them on their sides in the box with scrunched pa­per.” Books: “Pack books into smaller boxes – they’re re­ally heavy, so if you pack them into large boxes, they’ll be too heavy for you or your re­moval­ist to carry.” Clothes: “Fold clothes into large boxes. The best way to pack hang­ing items is into a Port-a-robe, which you’ll need to hire. It’s a spe­cial wardrobe box with a metal hang­ing bar, so ev­ery­thing can be trans­ported and hung straight into your new wardrobe.” Toys: “Start pack­ing them early, if they don’t need to be in daily use.” Soft items: “Even though linen and cush­ions aren’t break­able, they’re bet­ter wrapped in a sin­gle layer of pa­per in a box so that they don’t get dirty or dam­aged dur­ing the move.” The hard­est: “Del­i­cate break­able items, like porce­lain or­na­ments. These just take lots of time (and pa­per!) to pack care­fully.”

THE BIG STUFF

Peter’s ad­vice on larger items and fur­ni­ture Laun­dry: “Make sure your wash­ing ma­chine taps can be turned offff – we al­ways dis­con­nect the wash­ing ma­chine but if the tap has seized up af­ter years of be­ing turned on, this can be a prob­lem; we’ve had to get an emer­gency plumber out in the past.” Kitchen: “Fridges are fine to move – when you get to your new home, just let it sit for at least half an hour be­fore you switch it back on to let the gases set­tle down. Fur­ni­ture: “Gen­er­ally, there’s no need for the home­owner to pre­pare their fur­ni­ture be­fore the move – we deal with that by pad­ding it with felt blan­kets and ty­ing it se­curely into the truck.” Art: “We use thick bub­ble wrap around art, tak­ing care if it’s an oil paint­ing, as oil can get sticky in hot weather. Art is strapped to the edge of the truck, and of course noth­ing can be placed against it.” Pianos: “If you have a pi­ano, you may need a spe­cial­ist re­moval­ist with a tail­gate lift to get it into the truck safely.” The hard­est: “Sofa beds! They’re so heavy, and they have a ten­dency to spring open so they have to be tied up.”

There’s a cer­tain ex­cite­ment about mov­ing into a new home and we’d love to see how you han­dle the tran­si­tion: share your pics with us us­ing #newhome­feel­ing and @in­sid­e­out­mag. Turn­ing a house into a home is a fun and chal­leng­ing ride so let’s see how you go!

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