Self Storage in Penge, London, SE20
Self Storage in Penge, London, SE20

Top Tips For A Big Move

Our clients often ask us how to best prepare to move. Very often people want to know how to pack their boxes, what boxes and materials to use to secure their valuables, and how to best make use of space. We have created this article to help guide you in your moving preparation. Read on!

Best packing materials for removals and storage
The most common question we are asked is what kind of boxes to use, and how to build and tape them to maximise safety of packed items. Choosing the appropriate packing materials might seem simple enough, but it is crucial to the whole removals process that your belongings are packed safely and correctly.

Boxes: not a one-size-fits-all situation
It is important to correctly match boxes sizes/types to your belongings that you want to move or store. Destination plays a big role in deciding what kind of packing materials to use: new home, temporary accommodation, garage or storage.

For all types of moves we usually recommend strong double walled boxes for peace of mind, especially with delicate items like glass. More often than not, however, normal boxes will suffice for moving from property A to property B in a direct move. When moving belongings into storage spaces, whether rented or your personal garage, we recommend boxes of the best possible quality to ensure longer term security of your personal items.

Price difference is negligible on single box of this quality, but when you’re packing tens or hundreds of boxes this can add up.

Breaking it down: the items you are packing and the boxes you can use;

  • Medium boxes: use these to pack glass, china, ornaments, food, CDs, books, documents; they measure 46cm x 30cm x 30cm
  • Large boxes: perfect for packing clothes, pillows, linens, towels, toys, pots and pans
  • Special boxes: these are double-walled like wardrobe boxes, wine boxes, picture boxes, vinyl records boxes
  • 2D to 3D
  • By preparing your boxes properly, you lower the risk of something breaking during the removal process. The most important part when building a box is securing the bottom of the box; this should be done using a good quality tape.

You have couple of taping techniques to choose from: Keep in mind the purpose of the box i.e type and weight of the items you intend to pack in it. Each of the above options will secure your box for quite a bit of weight.

When packing fragile items:
When you are packing fragile items like glass, china, delicate vases, small lamps, or crystal, it is a good practice to use bubble wrap or packing paper as a cushion on the bottom of the box as well as filler to avoid anything moving inside a box during transit.

Seal and label your boxes appropriately
Seal the box once it’s packed. You can choose from the same techniques you used to secure the bottom of the box, as listed above.

Once the box is packed and sealed we recommend describing the box using a permanent marker. It is often the case that pens or regular markers are easily erased when moving, transporting and keeping the boxes in storage. Label the box with the type of items, indicate that it is fragile if the box contains glass or china, write “This Side Up” where appropriate, and even indicate which room the box will eventually be needed in (i.e. “Kitchen”). Not only will this help secure the safety of your items but it will also help you to unpack your belongings with greater ease once they have arrived at their final destination. The more descriptive your labeling, the easier it will be for you to unpack in your new home.

To summarize, here are 4 steps to build a box:

  • Match a box type to the nature of the items you wish to pack
  • Match the box type to the item’s destination (new home, storage, garage)
  • Properly tape the box, both in securing the bottom and sealing the top
  • Label the box in a detailed manner to avoid confusion in transportation and unpacking

We hope this article has been useful in assisting you to prepare for your move!