Our top tips to make moving house easier

Packing - the least favourite word for many people who are moving house. If left last minute, packing can quickly turn into a nightmare. There is plenty to organise to ensure that your favourite vase or china arrives in one piece. Follow our top 7 packing tips below to guarantee your belongings a safe journey to their new home.

1. Preparation is everything

We all know the familiar story: Everything is packed last minute. You throw your things into a packing box with crumpled up newspaper and a good dose of hope, and watch as they are loaded into the removal van. However, to be certain that your belongings arrive in perfect condition, you should begin your packing well in advance and ensure you have all the correct packing materials. Double walled packing boxes, wrapping paper, and silk paper will be needed to guarantee that your items arrive safely and scratch free. You will also need plenty of tape and a stanley knife on hand. More specialised items such as moving blankets should be provided by your removal company. The professional removal companies recommend 3 -5 blankets per 3 cubic feet.

2. A packing table makes packing easy peasy

A level, even surface will help you to pack fragile items such as vases and glasses. To avoid scratching your dining room table, you could make your own packing table by stacking two removal boxes and covering them with a moving blanket (so that the boxes don't fall). This should be the perfect height for you to comfortably pack your belongings.

3. Avoid direct contact

It is important to separate your glassware and china to avoid direct contact between items. Plates and flat crockery should be stacked in small columns of 3 6 plates and a sheet of paper should be placed between each plate. Special care should be given when packing serving plates. Check that the bottom of the plate doesn't touch any protruding edges to help avoid breaks and chips.

4. Bottoms up

Crockery like bowls and mugs should be packed upside down. Why? This method makes use of their natural arching effect which reduces the risk of breaks.

5. Unwrap your silk paper

Use silk paper to protect protruding edges such as cuphandles and jug noses. Wrap all edges and secure them with tape ­ it's as easy as wrapping christmas presents.

6. Fill up those empty spaces

When you pack your boxes, you should avoid any empty gaps. If your belongings have space to move around in the box, it is likely that they could break during transportation. Fill any gaps with plenty of paper so that your belongings enjoy a snug journey to their new home.

7. Heavy items at the bottom

One of the most sacred rules of packing: Pack heavy items at the bottom of boxes and lighter, fragile items at the top. This will also prevent boxes from tipping over during transportation. Don't forget to also use this method when stacking your boxes in the removal van.

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