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Packing Up Your Home

Posted on 25th February 2015

If you are moving home, one of the most daunting tasks – aside from the selling and buying of the properties – is packing up your home ready for the move. Homes are full of memories as well as the furniture and possessions you have collected over time, which is why attempting to pack all of this up is unappealing to most. The process however does not have to be hard and can run smoothly with the right advice, something we provide in the following handy tips:

Before starting to pack

Before you attempt packing, it is well worth setting out exactly what you need to take and what you don’t.

  • Make a list of the most important things you need to pack, and prioritise these when budgeting for space in removals vans and available space.
  • Now is a golden opportunity to sort out your possessions, and get rid of any that you no longer want or need.
  • When you have sorted through your possessions and have a clear picture of how many are left to transport, work out how many boxes and other packing materials you will require for the move. This may include tape, bubble wrap and even old newspaper for lining boxes with breakables inside.
  • Ensure you have a comprehensive insurance with which your home’s contents are covered before attempting to start the packing and moving of your possessions.

Smart packing

During the actual packing process, it is important to take care to ensure your possessions are all kept in pristine condition and not damaged in the move.

  • Always remember to start packing early, as the process often takes a lot longer than people realise. Not only do you have to organise your possessions, you then have to wrap them if necessary, pack them in the correct boxes and seal these boxes correctly and safely.
  • Make sure anything containing hazardous materials or substances or ones that could spill or leak are isolated from other objects.
  • Make sure important documentation such as passports and birth certificates are kept together during the packing process in a safe and secure container.
  • Pack heavier items at the bottom of boxes and lighter ones at the top to avoid things being squashed or broken.
  • Wrap items individually in newspaper, or – if breakable – using bubble wrap. Make sure packing boxes are lined with bubble wrap also, to eliminate the possibility for damage when they are being transported.

When you get there

You are not expected to unpack everything straight away upon reaching your new home, so make sure you have easy, instant access to the necessities.

  • Keep an overnight bag handy with a change of clothes and some snacks for the journey and arrival day at your new property.
  • Keep any other useful items such as first-aid kits, pens and paper and a toolkit handy, so you are prepared in the event of any unexpected incidents that may happen on the day.


Packing up your house does not have to be a difficult task, but if you decide the packing is just too much work and stressful then get in touch with the friendly team of experts here at Whittles and let us take the job off your hands with our packing services. To find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch today – with our years of experience in the removals industry, we’re happy to help make your move as easy as possible.


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