1 » Before you start
First, for packing collect as many pillows, blankets, and towels as possible and put them aside. These are perfect to complement boxes.
2 » Provide protective packing material
When packing, you sometimes have to deal with fragile items, such as crockery. You can buy protective packaging material for this, or if you want to save money, use old newspapers, for example. A lot of damage can be prevented in this way. Also, arrange a mattress moving cover to store your mattress safely.
3 » Always try to fill moving boxes
Some types of moving boxes collapse when you start stacking when they are not completely full. There is quite a big difference in quality between different types of moving boxes. Boxes from the hardware store are cheap (around $1 each) but tend to collapse if you don’t perfect them. We only work with moving boxes where this does not happen.
4 » Weight limit moving boxes up to 15-20 kilos
Most moving boxes are suitable for a maximum of 15 to 20 kilos before they tear at the handles or at the bottom. Use the rule of thumb: it is probably too heavy if you can no longer lift the box normally.
5 » Books
Moving boxes with books can be filled to about half. Otherwise, the box will be too heavy. The moving box can be further filled with, for example, a pillow, towel or blanket.
6 » Furniture screws
Don’t have bags or zip locks for screws (anymore)? Instead, use duct or adhesive tape to stick them to the furniture. But be careful if your furniture is painted because duct tape can damage your paint. You can also wrap it in wrapping paper and write what it is from.
7 » Valuable documents
It is better not to pack important documents such as passports, driving licenses and other papers in moving boxes, but to keep them with you as much as possible. This also applies to cash, keys and any important medicines.
8 » Liquids
Items that can leak are highly flammable, and spray cans should not be packed in normal moving boxes. For example, use plastic bins from IKEA for this. This way, you prevent damage to other items during transport due to leakage. This is also useful if you move things to storage. Also important to know that temperature and air pressure changes can also cause leaks or even explosions.
9 » Pack cleaning supplies last
Cleaning products are handy to keep within reach for the big final cleaning of your old house. This way you can leave the previous home tidy. Liquid cleaning products are best packaged in a (closable) plastic container. You can, of course, place this container in a moving box.
10 » Plant pots
Plants are best placed in an open box. For protection, you can put some wrapping paper or bubble wrap between the pots.
11 » Cutlery
Ideally, you pick up the cutlery tray with its contents and place it directly in a moving box. Make sure you put something on it so that the Cutlery stays in place. If the cutlery tray does not fit in a box, roll the Cutlery up in wrapping paper.
12 » Glass and crockery
Wrap glassware, cups and plates separately in paper and place them upright in the moving boxes. Place plates upright (vertically) in the moving box to prevent them from breaking. Handy: you can also put socks around glasses and small vases.
13 » Large mirrors and paintings
It is better to collect mirrors and paintings that do not fit in a moving box in one place in the house. This way, they can be well-packed before you start transporting them. Fragile wall decoration that does fit in a moving box is best packaged well and placed upright in the box. If necessary, place a towel in between for extra protection.
14 » Clothing
It is best to use separate wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes. These are larger than normal moving boxes containing a rod (plastic bar) for hanging clothes with clothes hangers. Ideal for transporting your clothes wrinkle-free. You can, of course, simply pack clothing that has been lying flat in moving boxes. It can be useful to use (old) clothes to fill other boxes instead of towels or blankets.
15 » Multimedia equipment such as television, computer, etc.
Before packing any multimedia equipment, take pictures of what they look like from the back with the cables still in place. That saves a lot of research during the connection! Then disconnect the equipment and pack it with the accompanying cables as much as possible in moving boxes. If you still have the original purchase box, it is extra handy to use it!
16 » Household equipment (washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher)
These do not fit a moving box. Before you move large household appliances:
- Don’t forget to empty the water tank.
- Set your freezer to the highest freezing setting 2 days before moving.
- Do not pull the plug out of the socket until the moment of charging.
If possible, we always put the freezer last in the moving van and take it out first. This keeps the risk to the content as limited as possible.
17 » Cabinets
From experience, we can advise you to remove everything that is loose in your cupboards – such as shelves, shelf supports, doors, glass plates, keys and sliding panels. This way, you can limit damage during transport as much as possible.
18 » Lamps
Remove the incandescent/LED bulb and lampshade. Roll up the cord. Do not use newspaper but use a kitchen roll to wrap the lampshade. Place the lampshade upright in the box. Stick decorative buttons and the like to the inside of the lampshade box.
19 » The contents of cabinet drawers
Put the contents of your chests of drawers in a moving box. This is to preserve your closet. If you have a protective film, you can wrap the entire cabinet so that the drawers are no longer open. That saves packing and unpacking.
20 » Loose items such as brooms, rails, garden tools, etc.
Bundle them using tape or rope, for example. The same applies to loose wood from, for example, the shed or roof in the garden.
21 » Ask around
Before you go to the store for moving boxes (or order them from us), it is useful to ask around in your circle of acquaintances whether anyone still has moving boxes that they do not use. Usually, after a move, there are a few boxes left over that can easily be reused!
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