Packing and moving tips

  • Put big items/furniture into storage unit first and utilise space in drawers or wardrobes – so put them on the van last if that is practical.
  • Put items you may need nearest the door – so load them on van first.
  • Fridges and freezers must be completely defrosted, cleaned and stored with the door ajar.
  • Ensure all boxes are strong enough and fully filled so they do not collapse if stacked.
  • Dishwashers and washing machines must be drained and hoses secured to the top of the machine to avoid residual water spilling out.
  • Label the cartons and contents – it helps later.
  • Vinyl records should be stored on their edges.
  • Books and paperwork should be put in smaller boxes that are easy to lift and handle.
  • Add mothballs to soft furnishings as protection.
  • Use dust sheets as appropriate.

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