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How to pack boxes
Here are some tips on how to pack boxes from your AA Moves Man and Van Team.
- When using removals boxes, the rule is the heavier the item the smaller the box, so small boxes should be used for books CD's, ornaments etc. Large boxes should be used for light bulky items such as pots and pans pillows and quilts etc.
- First make sure the bottoms of the boxes are sealed with packing tape in a strong manor so as the contents don't drop out.
- Always pack the boxes level, without bulging tops so as they can be stacked more easily.
- Mark on each box the contents with a marker pen and which room they should go in, this will save much time and effort for un-packing. you could also number each box and have a clipboard listing contents etc, in this way you will have peace of mind knowing all boxes have arrived safely.
- The best way to pack plates is to stack them on their sides not flat, interleave them with newspaper and use dishcloths to pad out any empty space in the box to stop any rattling about that might cause any damage.
- Do not overload boxes, try to keep them at a weight that is comfortable to lift. Keeping boxes at a sensible weight will prevent them from splitting open dropping the valuable contents on the ground.
- Try not to leave hollow empty spaces in the boxes, you can use items of clothing, pillows and cushions to pack them out.
- Rather than using boxes, items such as bedding, duvets, coats, jackets, loose clothes and curtains can all go into heavy duty bin-liners that can be squished into nooks and crannies in the removal van saving space for larger items and furniture.
- Make an open first box this could contain a kettle and hot drinks items, toiletries, paper towels, paper plates and cups, first aid kit, medicines, a small tool kit and anything you may require quicly. This box can be carried separately or marked as a last on first off box.
- Always label boxes using black marker pens with the contents and to which room they are to be delivered. This will save much time in long run when un-packing after your removal. Boxes containing fragile items should be marked with a red marker pen 'FRAGILE' on each side and top. All boxes are moved with utmost care but fragile boxes need to be packed in a different way and places in the van.
- The contents of drawers need not always be removed into boxes, individual draws can be removed and carried to the van then replaced into the chest for transport, this applies to bedside cabinets also this will also save space in the van.
- Place heavy items such as books etc at the bottom of boxes, try to spread such items amongst all your boxes. A box containing just books will be too heavy, try not to exceed 30 kg per box.
- Bubble wrap should be used on crockery and ornaments prior to packing in boxes. Remember packing and wrapping may take longer than expected.
- Wardrobe boxes are very useful. These boxes will save much time when it comes to packing and unpacking. Empty each of your wardrobes hanging garments straight onto the wardrobe boxes metal hanging bar. These tall double height boxes make un-packing a dream, your clothes will stay clean and without the need to iron!
- Never under-estimate how many boxes you may need, it is best to order too many and return unused undamaged boxes for a refund than to be left short with no time to get more.
All our boxes are made from recycled cardboard, and after use can be flat packed again for future use or you may decide to dispose of them in which case your local council would accept them in the weekly recycling collections, to become re-re-recycled boxes!!!!