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.”
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