Tape the bottom of boxes Incredibly, many times we have turned up to find that the boxes haven't been taped up on the bottom - instead they have had the four flaps on the bottom of the box tucked into each other. Boxes must be taped on the bottom!
3 lines of tape across the bottom of boxes It is best to use 3 lines of tape. Start by folding the boxes so that the 2 longest flaps are on the outside then run the first line of tape down the centre so that half the tape is on one of the flaps and half the tape is on the other flap. Then add another line that is half on the existing line of tape and half on the cardboad box. Then add the third line so that it is on the other half of the first line of tape and half on the cardborad box.
Do not make the boxes too heavy If you are struggling to lift the boxes then make them lighter by taking some things out or use a smaller box.
Put heavy items in smaller boxes Books are very heavy so use smaller boxes for books and other heavy items.
Try not to have items protruding from the top of boxes Boxes are used to stack on. A full box that has nothing protruding from the top is best since it is strong, secure and being full won't buckle. Of course there will be times when a box has items sticking out of the top - these boxes can be used to place on top of the other boxes
Write "fragile" on boxes that have fragile items in them so that we can take extra care of these boxes.
Take extremely fragile and expensive and items of high sentimental value with you in your car We would always recommend that you take items such as these with you.
Items in drawers can be left there Drawers do not need to be emptied. To place a chest of drawers in a removals vehicle we will often take the drawers out individually to the vehicle then put the drawers back in once the chest has also been carried out. Of course for privacy reasons you may prefer to pack some items in the drawers.
Fill boxes so that nothing can move Items break when they move around so always ensure that the boxes are full. Use wrapping paper to pad the spaces out.
Wrap delicate items in wrapping paper to protect them. For more valuable items use bubble wrap.
Ink from old newspapers may run The wrapping paper that we supply is plain white paper. To save money you may prefer to use old newspapers. This will be fine in many instances but remember the ink from the old newspapers may run, especially if damp/wet.
Use black bin bags instead of boxes for soft items Black bin bags will be adequate for soft items like childrens cuddly toys and clothing that does not need to be kept crease free. It is a lot quicker and cheaper using black bags, but remember to label each bag.