Packing Advice

About this guide

Although tedious, packing is a vital step in the moving house process. How you pack your items can determine what condition they’re in when they arrive at your new home. With careful planning and professional tips, you can ensure your items have a safe journey, with little to no damage. 

Don’t let sloppy packing disrupt your move. With Compare My Move’s insightful guide, you’ll soon know all the best ways to successfully and safely pack your individual items before your removal. 

  • 1. How do you label boxes before a house move?

    When it comes to moving house, there’s a great deal to try and a lot of tasks to remember, making it difficult to know where to start. All with a looming deadline that's counting down the days. To help with your packing process, Compare My Move has created downloadable labels for you to personalise. They’re colour coded for each room so you’ll know exactly where to unpack each box.

    We've also worked with our removal experts to create a helpful list of tips for labelling moving boxes. From creating an inventory to gathering the highest quality materials, we can provide you with professional advice, ensuring your move is as organised as possible. 

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  • 2. How do you pack books when moving house?

    Your books will be one of the heaviest items to pack when it comes to moving house. People often misjudge the consequences that could come from not packing your books safely, especially if you have any special editions or valuable books. Poorly stacked books will lead to dented spines, torn pages and potentially water damage to your collection, so it’s important to know the best ways to pack books for moving.

    Compare My Move have worked alongside removal experts to create this guide, explaining how to safely and successfully pack your books for moving day. After decluttering and removing unwanted items, you can begin packing. From how to categorise them to what materials to use, we go through he stage of the process, providing professional tips and advice. 

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  • 3. How to make wardrobe boxes?

    To make your own wardrobe box, you’ll firstly need a tall cardboard box. Your local supermarket, shops and cafes will have various sizes of cardboard boxes they need to get rid of. Websites like Gumtree are always giving away free cardboard boxes locally. Alternatively, friends and family might have cardboard boxes lying around waiting to be recycled.

    The recommended dimensions for the ideal cardboard box size is 51 cm x 53 cm x 122 cm, according to most removal companies. Aim to find the tallest box you can get your hands on as you’ll be packing long pieces of clothing like dresses and trousers. It should be long enough to hold your coats as well. 

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  • 4. How do you move plants?

    When you're planning your house removals, it’s easy to forget about your garden. With so much to move within your house, your favourite plants may not be at the front of your mind. However, you wouldn't want to leave behind plants you've put so much time and effort in to. From climate and seasons to the legal side of things, there's many considerations to factor in before you decide to move your garden. 

    We have worked alongside removal experts to provide our users with a useful guide on how to move plants during your moving day. From checking the soil type to knowing which plants to leave behind, we take you through the process of moving plants, providing professional advice to keep your beloved plants happy and healthy along the way. 

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  • 5. How do you move a piano?

    If you're moving house, you'll need to start thinking about how you're going to pack and move specialist items such as your piano. With the right equipment and proper planning, moving your piano without a removal company can be simple. However, it's always better to ask the professionals for help, which is why we always recommend comparing removal companies to help you move your most precious items. 

    With the help of our removal experts, we've put together 4 simple steps on how to move your piano for your home removal. We've also included other tips and tricks, such as how to create an easy access route and how to pack your piano. 

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  • 6. How to move a kitchen

    When it comes to moving house, a major task will be moving your kitchen appliances safely to your new house. These are some of the heaviest items you'll be moving, and will require special and attentive handling if you're moving them without the help of moving companies. 

    Compare My Move's experts have created this handy guide to talk you through packing up and moving your kitchen appliances. 

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  • 7. How do you find and pack boxes for a house move?

    The thought of spending money on packing boxes and packaging materials for your house removals can be stressful. Most removal companies will offer a packing service where they provide you with the cardboard boxes, but there are many easy alternative ways you can get your cardboard boxes for free before your move.

    Our removal experts have provided us with their professional opinions, stating the best ways to find and pack boxes when moving house. From taking a trip down to your local supermarket at the right time to visiting the small coffee shops, there are a variety of simple but effective ways to find moving boxes in your local area. 

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  • 8. How do you pack shoes?

    By taking some time to carefully pack your shoes, you’ll prevent them from losing shape and damaging your other shoes during the journey. It doesn't have to be a difficult or costly task. You’re more than likely to already have all of the necessary packing materials hidden around your house. Alternatively, friends and family or your local supermarket will be more than happy to recycle their cardboard boxes on to you. 

    With the help of our removal experts, we've created a useful guide to help you pack and prepare your shoes for moving day. First, start by decluttering so you don't take any old or unwanted items. You can then begin cleaning and packing your remaining shoes. From what materials to use to how to label the boxes, we list everything you need to know here. 

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