Finding items you have packed away in preparation for a house move broken or damaged can be heartbreaking.
Here’s five things to buy that should mean you arrive at a new home with your precious possessions intact.
Everyone has those items they’re tempted to carry on their lap during the move. You don’t, however, have to cling to your belongings like a person possessed during your trip.
As long as they’re properly protected, your most loved objects can travel with the rest of your items.
Bubble wrap is a staple when moving home. The air bubbles cushion your treasured belongings protecting their fragile nature from the trauma of transit.
A huge plus of high-quality bubble wrap is that it’s extremely durable. This means once the move is over, your bubble wrap can still be used time and again for further packaging needs offering great value for money.
Once the move is over, you might still be feeling the strain of the experience. This is when bubble wrap’s true appeal comes in handy, as you cathartically pop the bubbles in your new home.
Cardboard boxes have been the most popular method of carrying goods through the ages – and still remain the most common way to transport your belongings from house to house.
Gone are the days of skulking outside your local greengrocer, scavenging for spare boxes after their daily delivery.
Companies that specialise in packaging now offer home moving kits. This is a convenient way to purchase all the boxes you’ll ever need in all shapes and sizes.
Not only that, cardboard boxes are 100% biodegradable and recyclable meaning the environment won’t be harmed during the move.
Once your move is complete, the cardboard boxes can be flattened down and taken to your local recycling centre.
Loose fill packaging
Loose fill packaging is one more measure you can add once your belongings are packed in their boxes. Although not necessary when using bubble wrap, this will add one more level of security and can be useful if transporting fragile items.
The chips settle around the product to ensure they cannot move if the item is shaken during travel. Like cardboard boxes, you can purchase 100% sustainable loose fill packaging that is made from starch, which is biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
Certain types of loose fill chips are also completely compostable.
Once your belongings are wrapped, packed with loose chips and boxed, the final security measure you need is tape.
Many movers won’t consider a different type of tape than their usual gift wrapping roll, but when moving home thin, flimsy Sellotape will not withstand the turbulence of a removals van and box lids won’t stay closed for long.
Packaging tape has a higher level of adhesive making them much stronger and durable for substantial items like heavy boxes.
One of the most important, yet often forgotten about, details of moving is how to safely carry your boxes when they’re wrapped, stuffed, packed and sealed.
Your boxes will be heavy and can be difficult to manoeuvre resulting in lower back pain and injury if not handled correctly.
Not only can handling your boxes incorrectly cause back pain but a falling box could damage both your items and your toes.
Box cutters eliminate the risk of losing grip on smooth, slippery cardboard surfaces. They work by safely punching a hole in your desired location creating a handle to grip.
Clearly written labels ensure less stress when unpacking and can be used as an extra safety measure. You should invest the time in labelling your boxes with room, content and weight details.
Of course, it’s wise not to over-pack boxes, but sometimes this is unavoidable. Another cause of injury is lifting boxes that are a totally different weight to what you initially perceived.
Label your boxes in large writing based on their weight so you know what to expect before attempting to lift them.
Moving home can be filled with excitement, joy and panic. Sticking to these guidelines will ensure more happy memories and fewer tears come the big day!