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London, Kent & Surrey

Casey’s Removals

020 8780 2348    Offices in Central London, Putney & Beckenham    020 8659 6677

VAT No: 830 5305 62                                                                                                              Copyright of Casey’s Removals © 2014

Moving & packing advice

At Casey's we like to think that we provide a service that is personal to you the customer. This includes offering as much advice as possible to help both you and us ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. Please spend a little time planning your move since it will be well worth it on the moving day. The following guide and checklists will prove helpful.

Packing guidance

The modern way of packing your home for removals is the use of moving boxes - these have replaced the humble tea chest. Your boxes are delivered flat packed and can therefore be stored easily until they are required. Whilst not made from wood, cardboard cartons are a lot easier to manage, especially now everyone seems to have so many items to pack and are more environmentally friendly.

If Casey's have agreed to do the packing, make sure you clarify with us exactly what has been arranged to be packed. This can be anything from packing every last thing to just your glass and china. If we are only packing glass and china you should lay the items out onto a suitable work surface, like the dining table. Check with us to see if whether we will be arriving the day before to pack or if we are doing it all on the day. This depends on the time scale you have to leave your house and the amount of packing to be done.

If you are doing the packing yourself, begin as early as possible. Make sure that you use suitable boxes that are strong enough (double wall boxes or strong single walled), and large enough to carry your goods (but not to become to heavy when filled). They should allow you to maximise the space inside the box (less trips to the van) and be boxes that are modular (when stacked together they will produce a uniformed level).

Always fill the box to the top and then close the lid, this allows the boxes to be stacked on top of each other in the removal van. Never make the boxes so heavy that they cannot be lifted safely. If they are becoming heavy while you are packing them, try filling the rest of the box with light bulky items such as linen, towels, cushions or soft toys. Books are the worst offenders when it comes down to weight, use smaller boxes for these types of items. Always make sure that you use packing tape to fasten the bottom and the top of all your boxes. A general packing tape such as the buff packing tape we sel will be easily suitable for taping up your cartons. For fragile and delicate items printed “fragile” tape is a must. Please do not just fold the flaps of the box and tape along the fold except with relatively lightly filled boxes. If the box is overloaded there is a danger that if the box is picked up with any weight inside, the flaps just unfold and everything falls out.

Now you will have, a strong and secure box. Clearly write which room you would like the box to end up in. If you do this on the tape, the removal team will know that these are your instructions, and should help keep the boxes in better condition, allowing them to be used again.

Place heavy and bulky items in the bottom of a box, but remember there is a culmination of weight. One dining plate on its own doesn't weigh very much, but ten together is surprisingly heavy. Keep this in mind while loading your boxes. If at all possible, try stand items like plates on their end as this will make them stronger, do the same with glasses. Always use plenty of paper, bubble wrap and newspaper as packing or use items of linen or soft toys that you will be taking with you anyway. Filling up any free space in this way helps to cushion delicate items. You might end up using a box or two more, but it ensures your goods have reliable protection in transit.

Make sure that all the lids, tops on bottles or anything else that could spill are securely fastened, and in the case of bottles make sure they are stood upright and held in that position firmly.

Refuse sacks are very useful for placing bedding etc into. This even helps with the packing of the van or containers as they squash and fill all the awkward gaps.

Different types of boxes are used for different jobs. Small boxes are used to pack books into (these are some of the heaviest items you will have to pack) and therefore keep the overall weight of the box down. Boxes for packing linen boxes can be bigger because the contents are obviously lighter. Wardrobe Cartons are used to hang your clothes into. As well as these there are various types of boxes that can be used for specific jobs for example packing pictures and paintings.

DO NOT pack flammable items as these will not be allowed on the vehicle and will invalidate any insurance cover if they find their way on. Make sure sharp objects like knives are placed inside some sort of container like an old biscuit tin, before they go into your box as they easily cut through the cardboard, and can do some serious damage to the person carrying the box.

Acid free tissue paper is used to protect silverware from tarnishing. If you are going into store for a long period of time it is highly advisable that you use this.

Checklists can prove invaluable in making sure that you have thought of everything that needs to be done. It takes several weeks to plan towards the move day therefore start planning as soon as you can.

Click the links below where you can print out helpful checklists:

1 month before moving - 2 weeks before moving - 1 week before moving -

1 day before moving - Moving day