Be aware that most insurance companies will not provide cover for objects not packed by your removal company.
You can never start packing too early. Last minute rushed packing can easily lead to mishaps. Save time and money and give away/or sell objects you really no longer want or have use for. Moving is a good opportunity to reassess the value or usefulness of some of your possessions. Don’t cut corners by under-packing. Save costs by doing it yourself but get the correct packing materials for the job. Look for professional removal companies that can supply you with all the packing material and removal packing cases you will need and at very competitive prices.
Important: No flammable (e.g. garden machines not drained of petrol – old oil rags, paints, solvents), aerosol products (toiletries/cleaners) gas containers, or poisonous household products can be transported by a moving van.
Source and obtain strong ‘double walled’ containers/boxes and always use tape to fasten the bottom and top of your boxes. Never use damaged, worn, or thin cardboard boxes.
Pack all boxes to their tops and fill spaces with void filling material such as shredded/crumpled paper. Larger spaces could be filled with pillows or cushions. This will prevent movement of contents and give the packing box rigidity when stacked. Unfilled boxes can be crushed and overfilled bulging boxes can tear and fall apart or be dropped! Rattling boxes mean insufficient space filling.
Don’t overload your packing boxes with too many heavy items. You can always fill spaces with lighter objects. Packed boxes should not on average weigh more than 30lbs/15kgs each. Generally, the heavier the object the smaller the container. Label each box as you go with the room name or list of contents. If the contents are delicate or need to remain upright clearly mark fragile and right side up.
Sequence your packing so that the least used possessions are packed first. Do one room at a time. Last in first out – pack the most used items to the top of your boxes.