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How to pack for your move –
Packing hints and tips

from Sheppards
Removals and Storage

As your removal day looms there is one question
everyone asks: ‘What have I forgotten?!” The following handy hints have
been put together by our removal staff to hopefully answer this question as
well as any others you may have forgotten. It will help you and your removal
company to have a smooth and trouble free day and it will also act as a
final check list on the day before you move.

Plan, Plan, Plan

  • You cannot plan too much for your
  • Plan what you are taking; plan where you
    are taking it and which room it is going. 
  • Keep essentials with you and out of the
    way so they don’t end up in the wrong box. 
  • Ensure you meet and greet your removals
    team at the door and tell them your plan too!

It’s all about protection…

lady putting packing material into a cardboard box Make sure everything is packed and

Any fragile items should be marked as so,
and make sure you pack each item separately in paper and bubble wrap. 

forget Sheppard’s
supply a full range of boxes and packing material for your move, including
bubble wrap, parcel tape, export wrap etc. These can be delivered well in
advance to allow you maximum time for packing.

Fill those boxes… Sensibly…

Remember fill your largest boxes with the
lightest items and the smaller boxes with heavier items (such as books).
This will ensure that your house contents can be moved easily and quickly.

Ensure that all boxes and securely taped and
make sure there are no protruding items sticking out. Any fragile or upright
items should be marked clearly on the outside of the box too.
lady packing clock

Mark up

Don’t forget to mark up your boxes in clear
writing, usually 1 side and the top will be perfect. Once at your new home
it may be worth marking up the doors of each room with a piece of paper
(please don’t use heavy duty tape and pull off the paint!), A little bit of
blue-tac will usually be fine.


As standard removal companies will not dismantle or
erect flat pack furniture unless previously agreed, so please ensure this is
taken down before your removal team arrives. 

Ensure you keep all smaller items (screws
etc.) in a bag and attached it to the pieces to make sure you can put it all
back up! 

Don’t forget we can dismantle and erect
furniture with prior agreement; just ask our team well in advance of your

Lofts and Attics

Please be aware that our staffs are not legally
allowed to enter loft space and all items should be removed from the loft,
placed in a room and packed before the arrival of our movers.

Electronic Goods

We advise placing all electronic goods in their original
boxes before transportation. If this is not possible anti-static packing
materials are recommended and available

White goods

We are not allowed to connect / disconnect gas,
water and electricity. 

Please make sure your large white goods are ready to
be transported before your move day. 

All washing machines and dishwashers
should be drained and we advise cleaning fridges and freezers before moving.

man pushing a fridge freezer

Carpets and Rugs

Please make sure any carpets and rugs you are
taking are rolled and secured with tape before our experts arrive.

My clothes!

Don’t worry, all of your best garments will
still be kept in pristine condition and with no creases! We supply specially
designed wardrobe boxes that will hang your clothes vertically while in

All other clothes may be able to be left in
the chest of drawers, depending on size and weight. Please check with your
removal company first. 

If you’re unsure, pack them into a
suitcase or box.

Food and drink

lady holding a cardboard box dripping from the bottom Ensure that all bottles and containers are
secure and packed well. Any liquids should be packed in tightly so they
remain upright (you can even secure the tops with Sellotape). Mark the boxes
with an arrow to ensure they are kept upright. 

Any cold or frozen goods should be marked or
moved separately so they are easy to find at your new home. 

At no time
should food or drink be placed into storage.


Unless previously agreed, all curtains,
lampshades and pictures should be removed and packed before our team


Don’t forget to pack and protect your pictures,
generally roll bubble wrap round a couple of times, top to bottom and secure
with tape. 

However any paintings (especially oil or pastel) should be
protected accordingly with the correct cloths to ensure that no damage or
marks appear on the canvas.

Outside goods

Ensure that all rubbish is cleared out of sheds
and garages for easy access to remaining items. Garden tools should be
cleaned (a stiff brush is always useful) and taped together in small

Any flammable liquids should not be
transported and will invalidate insurance. 

Again the outsides and bottoms of plant pots
should be cleaned, small pots should be placed in a suitable tray or box.


Don’t forget to tell your neighbours when you
are moving, not only is it courteous but you can also ask them to clear
areas that could be used by our vehicles to arrange easier access. The
closer we can get to your home, then the quicker you will be moved in.

If this all sounds to much, then let the
professionals take over. Sheppards Removals and Storage offer a removal and packing service.

Download a PDF copy of How
to Pack for your Home – Packing Hints and Tips


How to choose a reliable
removal company

Hints and Tips to bear in
mind when putting your possessions into storage.





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