Apple Removals Packing Tips
If there's one thing about moving that most people tend to dread, it's the idea of packing. From safeguarding fragile items to making sure everything is properly labeled, packing takes a lot of time, energy, and commitment. So, if you'd rather not struggle through the process yourself, turn to Apple Removals for help, we offer packing services designed to save you time, stress, and aggravation.
Whether you're packing up a small apartment, a large house, or an entire office building, our team is on hand to help. We have the equipment and skills to get your belongings packed securely and efficiently, and we employ a detailed tracking system that makes keeping tabs on your items as simple as can be.
So, if you're gearing up for a move, don't struggle to pack on your own. Instead, and let us show you why it pays to utilize our packing services. Call us today for more information or to schedule an estimate.
Proper packing is the key to an efficient, damage-free move. While we recommend professional packing, we realize that this is not in everyone’s budget.
If you are packing your own apartment or home, please take the time to read through these important tips.
Allow plenty of time to pack
Make sure you give yourself enough time to pack everything up. Don’t leave it to the last minute. Ideally give yourself 1-2 weeks, depending on the size of your place.
Make a Special Box
Make up a couple of boxes and pack up anything you may need in the days immediately after your move. You should label them appropriately (i.e. “Keep Accessible”, “Need Access”, etc.)
You may want to make a box of stuff to take yourself (passports, important documents, etc.)
We recommend ordering properly sized moving boxes.
Make sure the cardboard is thick enough to support the weight of the items you are packing in the box.
We will be happy to deliver packing materials to you before your move. Please ask.
Protecting Fragile Items
Buy packing paper (butchers paper). It will save you hours of fumbling around opening newspapers or cutting bubble wrap. It is also relatively inexpensive.
We strongly recommend using reinforced cardboard.
Line the bottom of your boxes with crumpled up packing paper. You want about a 1-inch buffer when the paper is loosely crumpled. You should also do this at the top of the box before you seal it.
Wrap larger plates individually in 1- 2 sheets of paper, and pack them standing on their edge, not flat like on a table. You should also pack framed photos and sheets of glass in the same manner.
If you wish, you can bundle smaller plates together by folding the same sheets of paper over to separate each plate.
Pack cups, glasses, and bowls standing up, as you would see them on a table. You should also pack glass bottles this way.
Be wary of stacking anything on top of very thin glass or china.
If you are packing smaller items, you can fit several layers in each box by separating them with more crumpled paper.
Make sure each box is full. Fill any empty space with packing paper. This will stop items moving around and prevent the box from crushing.
Sealing & Labeling Boxes
Tape the bottom of each box before you begin packing it.
Tape the top when it’s full.
Write the name of the room you want it to be placed in at your final destination.
You should also write a brief description of the contents of each box in case you need to find something in a hurry.
Be sure to label fragile items accordingly.
My move is tomorrow and I have nothing packed
A lot of people don’t get as much done as they hope before the move day.
If you find yourself in this situation, don’t panic.
Ideally, you should let us know the day before your move. We will be sure to bring enough materials and manpower to get everything done.
Try and get a good night’s rest. Though it may end up costing you a little more, what will take you all night, we will get done in a fraction of the time.
Pack Like a Professional Here’s How.
Apple have put this guideline together to help you with a smooth and stress less move
At Apple Removals, we do understand you may want to do your own packing, or have us handle the trickier pieces, like kitchens, wardrobes or heavy equipment, while you pack the rest.
Use the right size box
Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, in bigger ones. Large boxes packed with heavy items not only make the job harder but also have a better chance of breaking.
Put heavier items on the bottoms of boxes, lighter items on top.
Avoid leaving empty spaces in the boxes
Fill in gaps with clothing, towels, or packing paper. Loosely packed or unbalanced boxes can lead to breakage or dropping.
Don’t mix items from different rooms in the same box
It will make your packing quicker and your unpacking a lot easier, too.
Label each box with the room and its contents
This will help you and your movers know where every box belongs in your new place. Numbering each box and keeping an inventory list in a small notebook is a good way to keep track of what you’ve packed, and to make sure you still have everything when you unpack.
Tape boxes well
Use a couple of pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams, then use the movers’ technique: make a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where stress is concentrated.
As you pack your dishes, put packing paper around each one, then wrap bundles of five or six together with more paper. Pack dishes on their sides, never flat. And use plenty of bunched-up paper as padding above and below. Cups and bowls can be placed inside one another, with paper in between, and wrapped three or four in a bundle. Pack them all in dish-barrel boxes.
If moving expensive art, consider special Packing
Never wrap oil paintings in regular paper; it will stick. For pictures framed behind glass, make an X with masking tape across the glass to strengthen it and to hold it together if it shatters. Then wrap the pictures in paper or bubble wrap and put them in a frame box, with a piece of cardboard between each framed piece for protection.
Consider other items that will need special Care
Treat TVs like any other piece of furniture, wrapping them in quilted furniture pads. Plasma TVs, however, require special wooden crates for shipping if you don’t have the original box and can be ruined if laid flat. It’s a good idea to double-box your TV, setting the box containing the TV into another box that you’ve padded with packing paper.