That’s How You Make a Removal Count

Author: Kim Jacobs | Last modified on: September 27th, 2015

Follow the simple tips described below, and you will have not a single reason to worry about your upcoming removal:

  1. In no case you should forget to pack a bag of essentials that you are going to need the first night at the new place. When the people from the man and van company unload your boxes, you will still have a lot of work to do on the unpacking and arranging your new home, so it is better to be prepared with a change of clothes, some canned food, medicine and toothbrush that are easy to access.
  2. In order to make the unpacking a less stressful job, you can consider using transparent plastic boxes for the most essential items – those that you will need to unpack first. Even if you label carefully every box on all sides, it would be much easier to spot the one you need in all the mess, if you can easily see its content, right? If you insist on cardboard boxes, you can at least add the room the box is supposed to be unloaded in on the label.
  3. Bubble-wrapBubble wrap is, quite surprisingly, pretty expensive. You can save quite a bit of money if you use items of clothing to wrap your breakables in for the journey. In addition, packing plates vertically, like you pack records for example, will make them far less likely to break.
  4. If that is possible, go to your new home a day or two before the actual relocation, so that you can clean up the bathroom and run a vacuum through the place. Anyway, that would be much better than doing this with all the movers, boxes and the rest of your family around on the moving day.
  5. A couple of rolls of stretch wrap will be invaluable when you prepare your boxes for the move. You can wrap the boxes that belong with each other, so that they are easier to discern,  like those containing clothes or kitchenware, but in any case, the scratch wrap will further protect the boxes while they are on the road, giving you one less thing to worry about on your moving day.
  6. Small tools and other items are best moved in sandwich bags. You will not lose your screws and nails, as well as any other small object that would otherwise simply disappear in the whole mess, if you have a good supply of such small plastic bags. They are perfectly fit to the task.
  7. Old school wooden beer boxes are perfect for packing books and other heavy items in them, because they have handles, hence two people can lift easily one and the same box.
  8. And last but not least, if you have a large quantity of clothes that take too much space on the van, you can pack them easily using vacuum sealing – thus they will take up as little space as possible, and will spare you from quite a bit of headache.

About the Author:

Kim Jacobs is a removals coordinator with over 11 years of experience as part of the Get man and van team and other firms in the home and office relocation industry in London. Before joining our company, Kim has worked in various logistical and transportation companies and institutions such as Transport for London, The Removals Ombudsman, and has coordinated moving projects with some of the biggest suppliers of various goods such as IKEA, HomeBase, Amazon, Sainsbury's and others. While working as a chief removals coordinator, Kim also enjoys sharing her expertise with others through writing in our blog.

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