How do I get boxes for moving house ?
When you are moving house there are three main companies involved in the process. Solicitor, Estate Agent and Removal Company.
We will assume that you have chosen your removal company wisely and looked at quality of service and reputation. If you choose on price alone you could potentially face a less than perfect move.
So with that out of the way we can look at your next hurdle which is packing. Your choice of what boxes to use is critical for a damage free move. Your boxes should be clean and strong, strength come from thickness and you should have at least double wall boxes, never single wall. Simply put, double wall usually means two layers of strong thick cardboard with a fluted layer between them.
Do not be tempted with supermarket crisp boxes or any others lacking strength.
Contact your removal company and they will supply you with the correct sizes and quality boxes.
So what is wrong with crisp boxes you may well ask ?
The answer is damaged goods, because the boxes will crush. When loaded onto the removal lorry they have to be stacked , maybe to a height of 6 ft or more. Now what will happen with thin boxes is that they will collapse under the weight of the boxes above them and the contents crushed with them.
Talk to your removal company, they will know and supply what you need. They should also be able to supply bubble wrap, soft tissue, parcel tape and tape guns.
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Packing Advice. Once You Have Your Boxes.
Your chosen removals company should be able to offer you various levels of packing options. They can offer everything from a full and complete packing service where you will not need to lift a finger, through to a ‘ fragile only ‘ pack. It is worth noting at this point that in line with Industry Approved Practice there is no insurance cover for the contents of boxes that are not packed by the removal company.
If you opt to do your own packing then it is recommended that you start well in advance of your proposed move day to avoid last minute panic.
Get your movers advice on box size and quality. Do not use thin or poor quality boxes as you want maximum protection for your treasured goods. If you are putting anything into bags then try to use either fabric/ strong bags with handles. If you do use ‘ black bin bags ‘ then please please use good quality strong ones and tie the tops to avoid contents spilling out. Also only pack soft stuff in bags, bedding, pillows etc.
MAKING UP THE BOXES
When assembling boxes please note that it is not a good practice to overfold/ tuck in as opposed to sealing with good quality parcel tape.
Firstly tape the base of each box securely and protect all fragile with bubble wrap or tissue paper. Ensure that boxes are full as this will avoid crushing when they are stacked onto the removal lorry.
Seal the top with tape and if top and bottom tape can overlap then that will add extra strength to your packed box.
Use small boxes for books, fragile and China.
Use medium boxes for most other items ensuring that they are not too heavy ( the test is, can you lift it comfortably ? ).
Use large boxes for awkward items and for cushions, bedding etc.
Use robe cartons for hanging clothes ( but not heavy outdoor wear as these are unsuitable for a cardboard robe carton ).
It is also a good idea to have a ‘ bits box ‘. This will be designated for all the small things that you may otherwise not know where they are. For example screws etc from dis mantled furniture, TV remotes, spare keys for desks, wind up keys for clocks and anything else that may otherwise be misplaced during the move.
Mark the boxes clearly on the top with what room they are to go to in the new house, this ensures your mover puts each box into the correct location.
Just leave the basics to pack on moving day, toiletries etc. Also it is a good idea to leave accessible the kettle and tea making items as yourself and the moving team will appreciate a cuppa to celebrate your exciting new venture