Whether you are moving house for the first time or the tenth time, packing up all of your possessions is a big task that can only be made easier by having the right packaging materials to hand. This way you can ensure that everything will be packed safely and will arrive at your new home in the same condition as when you left your old one.
Here, we share advice on what packaging materials you need when moving house and how best to use them to make the task as stress-free as possible.
One of the top concerns when moving home is that all of your items, particularly fragile or valuable ones, arrive at your new home in one piece. The best way to achieve this is to use bubble wrap to cover your possessions as this will prevent things from knocking into each other and causing damage when you’re moving boxes around, or when they are being transported in your car or van.
Bubble wrap is the perfect protective packaging material as it is cost effective, will fit any shape (even your most awkwardly shaped ornaments), and anyone can use it as it simply needs to be secured around the item being wrapped using some tape – no wrapping skills are required!
You’ll find that you can save money by using bubble wrap as you won’t necessarily need any other protective packaging materials, plus it won’t increase the weight of your shipment so this will not be a concern if you are using a removal company.
A question that often comes up when discussing bubble wrap is whether the bubbles should be facing towards the item or away from it. The solution to this is that either way can work, but having the bubbles facing inwards means that the item itself will be cushioned as the bubbles can adapt to its shape, plus the reverse side of bubble wrap works well to protect possessions against impact.
Not sure what size bubbles you need? We suggest using small bubble wrap for your electronics, crockery, and fragile objects as it works well to protect against scratches and scrapes, whereas large bubble wrap is ideal for furniture as it will protect against shock or impact. You might also like to line your moving boxes with large bubble wrap for added protection.
It sounds simple, but you really cannot move home efficiently without cardboard boxes. We suggest getting cardboard boxes in a whole range of sizes to ensure that you have a suitable option for everything that you are packing, as you want to avoid over-filling large boxes with small items as they will not be as secure during transit.
Make sure that you purchase moving boxes that are strong and resilient, as the last thing you want is to be carrying your possessions around in weak boxes that could split or come open at any moment. Opt for a double wall option so you can be confident that your items will be safe during each stage of the move.
When you purchase a pack of cardboard boxes you will also need to get some packaging tape. Once again, choose a strong and sturdy product that will hold your boxes together efficiently and isn’t likely to buckle or tear when put under pressure.
Once your items have been wrapped and packed into cardboard boxes it’s time to ensure that the box is efficiently labelled so that there is no confusion when you reach your new home. The best thing to do is to use marker pens to write which room the box belongs to onto each one, or you could choose to use white labels which can be written on too.
We also like to colour code boxes to make it extra obvious which room they need to go to. This can be done by simply using a different pen colour for each room, or you could get some coloured stickers to affix to the boxes instead.
Try to put a label on the top of the box and on its side, as this means that you will be able to see it regardless of whether it is stacked or not, this will help to avoid confusion when unloading the van too.
Once you have all of these packaging materials to hand, you will find the whole process of moving house far easier and your items are sure to arrive at your new home in top condition.