Packing a Home for House Removals

Preparing for a home move? Find all the advice & tips for packing a home for house removals

Practical Advice On How To Pack Your Home When Moving House

With so many important things to consider when moving house its understandable why people struggle when it comes to packing a home for house removals. If you are doing your own packing this guide is perfect for you and the follow tips will help to ensure that when packing your home it goes according to plan and as smooth as can be.

When thinking of moving home and relocating your home furniture from A to B it is very important that every piece of furniture is wrap and safely packaged to avoid them getting damaged when being moved by your removals company and when being stacked into the removals truck. When your items and furniture are safely packed up, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have done every thing you can to protect your furniture for the move ahead.

Practical guide on packing a home for house removals and what you should do to ensure your home is boxed & packed to great effect

1. One of the first things you must do when packing your home is decide on exactly which items, belongs and furniture you plan to take with you to the new home. A simple process will be to separate your furniture using 3 methods. 1. Green for Keeps 2. Yellow for Donate to Charities 3. Red for Recycle into Raw Materials. Make a list of all your furniture and stick colored stickers on to items as this will help you to understand exactly what items are going where.

2. Plan, prepare and start your home packing way in advance as this will give you the time you need to pack your home to a professional standard. If you have a large 6 bedroom house and lot of furniture to be packed this could take moths to complete, so preparing in advance will ensure you have no delays. You want to start your packing as soon as you know you are moving house or usually within 2 months prior to moving house. However if you are in a rush and need a last-minute house removals only the professionals will be the ones who can offer you a service with quality and speed.

3. Ask friends and family in advance if they can lend a helping hand. Rome wasn’t built-in one day and certainly not by just one person. Gathering some extra hands for the task ahead will help speed up the packing stage of your house removal. It makes life easier when you have two or more people to help with packing your home.

4. Start packing up rooms in the house you don’t use to often, like the loft, cupboards, garage, shed and start packing furniture and items within the house you will not need, like books, cds, board games, children’s toys etc. Complete theses task, packing just up to 10 boxes a day, before you know it you will have nearly packed your entire home, with only the main rooms in the house left to be packed. The method of packing a few boxes at a time will help to reduce the stress of packing 100 boxes all in one go.

5. Usually the most complex and hardest room to packing in the house is the kitchen and dining area. This is a room in the house that the whole family spends their time at some point. This area can become harder to pack as you may have kids toys, books, cds, tv and other objects in this area, as well as your kitchen utensils and furniture to be packed. As an experienced removals company completing your move we would always start with packing the kitchen area first, however you may not be in a position to do that 2 months before you move home. So #4 will suit you better. Find advice on how to pack a kitchen when moving house.

6. When packing a home for house removals the key is to ensure that any thing small the than a microwave goes into a removal box. That’s 85% of your contents. When placing items into boxes be sure to use quality bubble wrap, (if in doubt add some more) be sure the whole item is safely covered before placing them into boxes. The same applies for any fragile glassware or silverware items that can be damaged when stacked on top of each other inside the box. Safety is very important when packing your furniture and you must make sure that no sharp objects are poking out of boxes that could injure the movers handling them.

7. When packing bulky larger furniture it may need to be dismantled. This is so it can easily get out of your old house and easily into the new house. Once all items have been dismantled they will need to be wrapped and packaged ready for transit. Bubble wrap, foam wrap and tape will act as the perfect packaging for larger bulky items of furniture, like beds, wardrobes, dining tables and chairs. However you can purchase quilted furniture covers designed for covering a wide range of items from fridge freezer, microwaves, mattresses, chest of draws and so on. Many professional removal companies will be able to provide furniture covers within their packing service. Try asking your house removals company if they will lend or hire protective covers for your move.

8. When packing your clothing for a house removal you can either use an extra-large removal box or order some wardrobe boxes for your best suits and clothing. Wardrobe boxes can be expensive at around £10 a box and can hold up to 5-6 suits depending on the thickness of the material. Using wardrobe boxes will ensure your best clothing arrives crease free at your new home.

9. Dispose of hazardous items. Many removal companies will not move items or load them to the removal van if you have hazardous items. Be sure to have these items dispose of straight away or find an alternative solution to transport all your hazardous items. Removal companies are unable to move these items due to insurance purposes. If you have tools that require flammable fuel, the fuel will need to be drained before the removal team can start to load them into the removal truck.

10. There is an order in which you need to pack your removal boxes. Extra large removal boxes are for light items like pillows and quilt covers. This means they can be easily moved by one person. Large removal boxes are perfect for packing electrical appliances, shoes and clothing etc.

11. Medium removal boxes are for packing items like glasses, plates, mugs, and many other items in your home. Smaller removal boxes are for packing heavy items like books, cds and paper work etc. Although the boxes are packed heavy this makes it easy to lift and move as the boxes are small in size.

12. When stacking your removal boxes always stack the heavy boxes at the bottom and the lighter boxes on the top. This will ensure the items on top do not crush the boxes and items underneath.


We hope you enjoy using our guide on packing a home for house removals. If you would like to receive further advice or arrange for our home moving services then please call our team on 0800 0025 543 and we will help to save you money on your home packing and house removal services.

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