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How to Label Boxes When Moving House

Martha Lott
Written by Martha Lott
11th September 2018 (Last updated on Tuesday 9th April 2019)

When it comes to moving house, there’s a great deal to try and remember to do, often by a looming deadline, that many of us will have no idea where to start. Although, once you’ve booked your house removals and given them an estimate of the items they’ll be moving, you’ll have no choice but to start packing your items.  

Many people will underestimate the importance of labelling your cardboard boxes when packing for a move. A major factor that will make the process easier for both you and the removal company, will be how well you’ve labelled your boxes. 

It can be easy to slip in to the routine of trying to quickly pack your belongings to get that job ticked off the list, but by doing this you’ll lose track of what items you’re putting in each box. Take the time to note down everything that goes in each box on a colour coded label and you’ll thank yourself when it comes to knowing what to unpack first.

At Compare My Move, we’ve created downloadable labels you can personalise to help with the packing process. They’re colour coded for each room, so you’ll know exactly where to unpack each box. There’s also room for notes for the removal company in case you have any specific requirements. We've also put together 7 top tips to stick to so you can easily label your boxes. 

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This article will cover the following points

1. Get Packing Materials Ready 2. Colour Coded Labels 3. Use Numbers 4. Prepare an “Open First” Box 5. Mark Certain Boxes as Fragile 6. Make an Inventory 7. Take Your Time Save Time and Money With Compare My Move

1. Get Packing Materials Ready

First things first, you should be fully prepared with all your packing materials before you make a start on the packing and labelling. Make sure you have good enough quality cardboard boxes, you can usually get these free in supermarkets or from family and friends who have spares. You’ll also need brown tape, colour coded labels and coloured pens to further make the process easier for you. 

You should have a rough idea of how you're going to tackle the packing. Choose a packing method and then label the boxes as you go along, noting each item that goes in.

2. Colour Coded Labels

Colour coding your labels for each room will make the process of unpacking a lot easier by acting as a great way of distinguishing which boxes belong in which room. For example, the boxes with items from your kitchen should all have a red label with a detailed description of the contents and any necessary notes for the removal company.

Additionally, colour coding your boxes will also help the removal company by allowing them to pack the boxes room by room and making them aware of any boxes to take extra care with when loading and unloading.

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3. Use Numbers

If you work better with numbers than colours, try using a number system for your moving boxes, it’ll make the process even simpler. Make sure you note down the boxes number and what’s in the box as you go along and keep the information handy for when you get to unpacking. 

Number each box and make a list with the numbers, the room they belong in, and the contents. For example – “Box 1, room = kitchen, contents = cutlery, dishes, pans, pots.” 

4. Prepare an “Open First” Box

It’s a good idea to create an “open first” box to keep all of the essential items you’ll need in the first couple of days after moving in. This box may contain toiletries, clothes and underwear, dishes and cutlery, pots and pans, etc. Remember to keep all medication with you and not in any of the moving boxes.

Get together everything you'll definitely need in the first few hours and then days of moving house. There may be some things that are specific to your needs.

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5. Mark Certain Boxes as Fragile

To avoid any damage to your delicate and valuable items, you’ll want to make sure you label the appropriate boxes with a “Fragile” sign. Items such as plates, glasses, china, mirrors, family heirlooms, valuables and sentimental items will need to be handled with great consideration, so the label will make the removal company aware of what boxes to take extra care with when loading them on to the van. 

This should put your mind at ease if you have valuables that could easily become damaged as the removal company will take extra precaution with these boxes. 

6. Make an Inventory

After you’ve decluttered your belongings, create an inventory of all the items that need to be packed by writing them down, room by room. When it comes to packing, simply tick off the item from the list.

By creating an inventory for all your belongings, this will mean you’ll know everything that’s coming with you and immediately if something has gone missing as you unpack.

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7. Take Your Time

You may think that planning how to label your moving boxes seems pointless and a waste of time, but when it comes to unpacking everything in your new house and you have no idea what items are in the boxes, then you’ll wish you labelled correctly. 

It may take longer, but in the long run it'll save a huge amount of time and effort unpacking in the new house, helping you settle in sooner. 

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You should book your removal company before you start to pack and label your boxes for your house removal. Get connected with Compare My Move by completing our quick and easy form, and we'll provide you with up to 6 professional removal companies to choose from. We'll also help you save up to 70% on the cost of your home removal as well. 

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