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 Moving Guide

The Art of Packing

You may well laugh, but packing, (and more to the point, unpacking), can bring tears to your eyes.

It's the bit everyone dreads and can turn a move into a nightmare if not done properly. So if you don't fancy going insane trying to find that blasted bottle-opener, take a minute to read HouseWeb's Packing Tips!


  • Plan your move in advance. An extra box from every supermarket trip over time will save you a lot of hassle later on.
  • Do yourself a favour and throw out all the accumulated junk that you know will never be of use!
  • Collect packing materials early. Ask your friends to save you anything of use. (If using a Removal Firm, they will often supply you with containers). Keep hold of that stack of newspapers too.
  • Try to pack non-essential items in advance to prevent a nervous breakdown on the week of the move!


  • Clearly label all boxes (and carpets), stating which room they should go to.
  • Spread the weight of heavy items over several boxes.
  • Avoid a slipped disc... keep the weight of boxes to a minimum.
  • Make sure the boxes are easy to carry and the tops are secured.
  • Use bubble wrap and newspaper to wrap fragile items.
  • Disconnect appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers in advance.
  • Defrost freezers so they are clear of ice on the day of the move.
  • Don't pop the bubble wrap! (Oh alright, but just a few!).
  • State which boxes contain fragile items for the benefit of the removal company.
  • Take apart large items (e.g. tables) as much as possible.
  • Pack a seperate "emergency" box with things you'll need on the day before the move.


  • Open that bottle of Champagne.
  • Send in any left-over bubble wrap to HouseWeb :)

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