As we promised you in the previous blog; you don’t necessarily have to do all the packing yourself when you’re moving home. It’s not a lazy thing to have a professional removals company do your packing, in fact, it’s sensible… and much, much less stressful. Anyone who has moved themselves without help before can tell you what an uphill struggle it can be!
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So, you’ve decided to do it yourself eh?
It’s okay, we understand that you may see it as a more cost effective option. But we still want to help! So here are our top tips on how to pack like a professional…
The reason why the professional removal men pack your personal belongings and furniture to a much better standard is because they have been trained to do it right, learning how to minimise damage and pack securely.
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When there’s something strange in your neighbourhood and you just want to move away, who you gonna call? Trek Removals that’s who!
We’ve been moving people from A to B for years now and we have come to learn that the moving process is indeed an exact science. It requires skill, experience and planning to pull it off without a hitch and that’s something only a professional removals service can do for you.
We’re based out of London and predominantly move people’s belongings to new homes or help businesses to relocate. Sometimes it’s not even a move to somewhere within the UK, European Removals are just as common seeing both homeowners and businesses pitching their stake down in another country.
So you’re planning on trading up on place for another, what do you do?
Well, it can be simple or it can be complicated. If you tackle the move yourself then you are in for a lot of heavy lifting, damaged or lost furniture, delays, set-backs and stresses. Anyone who has ever done a DIY move knows just how much of an unhappy experience it can become. Then again, if you employ the services of a cowboy removal firm to help you in order to cut corners and save money, things can go from bad to worse in the blink of an eye.
The problems inherent within trying to cut corners in a home removal or office removal is that you leave yourself vulnerable to all sorts of unpredictable factors that could cause your smooth transition from A to B to collapse in a big heap.
At Trek Removals we plan everything for you right down to the last detail. Why? Because that’s the only way to root up a person’s life or business and transplant it to another location. This cannot be done without thorough planning and precise execution.
We do the packing for you and compile an inventory of what we are transporting for you. All your furniture is fully insured in transit and properly packed and secured. There are no breakages or inexplicable damages to your property. It just doesn’t happen. And shouldn’t! Then if you want us to unpack and place the furniture in its new place we provide an unpacking service on top of the removal.
If you’ve got items that you can’t fit into the new property or items you just want to keep stored away we have a special removals service storage option where we can keep your unwanted’s in totally secure storage units on our home site which is the safest place in the world to keep them.
We’ve been in the moving business for a long time and in that time we have come to learn that all a person’s furniture is fragile and should be treated as such. However, there are also the kind of fragile items that are more fragile than others. Trek Removals has learnt to deal with them in the most delicate and effective ways.
Fragile items are usually valuable, either sentimentally or financially, which is why it pays to have them professionally packed and transported. You don’t want to risk breakage or damage by doing it yourself unless you are extremely protective over these items, which is entirely understandable.
Fragile goods come in all shapes and sizes and require different specialised handling. Here’s a brief list of types of fragile items we have encountered and dealt with before:
- Artwork – paintings & sculptures
- Bottles – often wine collections or old liquor collections
- Ceramics, Chinaware & Glassware
- Crematory remains – the ashes of loved ones is a common item to be transported
- Electronics of a delicate nature – may include televisions and computers
- Fireworks/flammable/explosive materials
- Household articles such as lamps, coffee tables, objects made from wood and glass
- Musical instruments – pianos and guitars are the most common but it could be anything from a violin to a whole orchestra!
- Ornaments – China, glass, crystal, ceramic etc.
- Perishables – as in flowers, potted plants, food, medicines
- Sporting goods equipment
These are just some examples of what can be considered fragile.
With a Removals service you can opt for our packing services on top of our removals service. This provides a safe and secure method for packing up your fragile goods and transporting them without any damage. The chain of custody with your furniture is made even more secure as it’s our team that have inventoried, packed, transported and unpacked your valuables. This way nothing gets lost!
The Trek packing service offers:
- Full-packing service (packing all effects). Stress-free, expert packing, storage and removal services;
- Part-pack (breakables);
- Full-pack service;
- Strong purpose made, protective packaging (see below for full list);
- Specialist packing of bulky or unusual items;
- Professional, courteous and punctual staff;
- Fast, no obligation storage & removal quote;
- Storage for documents short-term and long-term
We recommend that you consider keeping your fragile items safe by opting for one of our packing options. Keep those family heirlooms and those treasured valuables intact and in one piece when you move home.
Contact us for more information on any of our services.
Removal companies generally offer a removal service that includes packing up your household goods for you. Trek Removals specialises in London removals, commercial storage services and packing. If you don’t fancy doing the hard work let us do it for you!
That said, we understand when people prefer to do the packing themselves, which is why we are continuing with our blog series on packing up the individual rooms and items. We have already taken you through packing up the Lounge, the Kitchen and the Bedroom, now it is time to really get your hands dirty and pack-up the garage and shed.
Some homes might not have both, but if you live in a house, you will most likely have a garage. The items that are stored in a shed or garage are often similar. It’s where a lot of junk and dirt can accumulate too.
First task is to sift through the garage/shed and unearth the items and objects you no longer need or want, and chuck them out! The less mess and clutter the better. You want a fresher start when you move into your new home.
If you own a bicycle make sure you loosen, lower and turn the handlebars at right angles to save space. Clean and cover the bicycle chains and the pedals with corrugated card to protect other items from being snagged.
Any sharp objects such as garden shears or tools should corked and bubble wrapped in many layers.
Drain the fuel and oil from lawn mowers and any other machinery before packing them away. Remove blades and place them in sturdy boxes. Mark properly. You don’t want to forget where you store your sharp objects when it comes to unpacking, it could easily lead to a nasty accident.
Drain your garden hoses, coil them up and then pack them in boxes. Secure any brooms, shovels, and other long-handled tools together with handywrap. Make sure the binding around the wrap is tight.
If you use the garage or shed for any additional storage of items make sure to catalogue, wrap and label them accordingly.
Trek Removals and storage services are always on hand to help you by supplying materials, helping you pack and transport your furniture/goods to your new home, particularly if you require a London move.
In the last two blogs Trek Removals discussed packing-up the Lounge and packing-up the Kitchen, slowly making our way through the home until each room has been covered for you. We take you through the big London removal step by step and the services that we as a removal company provide if you prefer professional packing for all your household goods.
In this blog we are going to take you through to the bedroom now and go through what needs to be packed and how.
Bedrooms can be invariably difficult to sort through. If you have wardrobes and chest of drawers filled with all sorts, packing and removal can be increasingly more tricky than necessary. Sort through your essentials and separate what you are taking from what you are leaving or throwing out first.
Sort through your clothes, coats, suits and shoes. It is best to move these items via suitcases and bags. Fold them up and put them inside as neatly as you can. Secure the suitcases and bags so they don’t break or fall open during the move.
The bed offers up its own unique set of challenges. Consider the following;
Quilts, pillows, duvets and other light but bulky items will need to be strapped with handy-wrap and packed in large boxes. It’s a good idea to pack any fragile or breakable items in with these pillows and quilts for extra cushioning. As long as you remember that you put them in there of course!
If you are moving your bed with you then you will need to dismantle the bedframe into its individual pieces. Divans beds are generally easier to move. Secure all of these pieces together and keep all the screws, nuts and bolts together in a sealable bag. Remember to label things so you know how to reassemble furniture after you move in to your new home.
Protect the mattress with a plastic cover. It may make it more awkward to carry and move but it protects the mattress from any damage in transit.
Tape shut the drawers to the dressers and chests of drawers. Do not overload with heavy items.
Be careful when transporting books or DVD’s. They can get very heavy, very fast. Stack them flat inside book boxes.
Any valuables should be set aside, such as jewellery and financial documents, and placed into small containers that you can keep on you at all times during the removal.
As most removals can often be a very big job, we offer our own removal and packing services to help you with your London move. Everything that we have detailed in our blogs can be taken on by us at Trek Removals, or we’re happy to provide you with the full range of high quality packing materials needed to complete the job yourself.
In the next blog we will talk you through packing-up the dreaded garage and garden shed!