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Moving Boxes & Packing up: Part one of four.

 - The tea chest is no more, replaced by double walled modular cardboard boxes. The image of a removal team packing everything into tea chests has long gone and the torn hands and clothing on the nails with it. Moving Boxes (cartons) have replaced the humble tea chest and enable them to be delivered flat and stored easily until they are required. Not quite as strong but a lot easier to manage, especially now everyone seems to have so many items to pack.

 -  You can purchase Removal Boxes, Moving Boxes on the internet. More than one website claims to be the best value on the web but be careful of the sizes, check the measurements of the boxes, strength, double walled is the one to buy and modular boxes as these will stack easier in the van or storage unit. Just because a moving box is described as large on two different websites does not mean they are both the same size, when we checked a large moving box on one website was the same size as a box described as small on another website.

 -  If your removal company has agreed to do the packing and supply packing materials, make sure you clarify with them, exactly what has been arranged, to be packed up in boxes. This can be anything from packing every last thing to just packing glass & china. If they are only packing glass and china they will expect this to laid out onto a suitable work surface, like the dining table or kitchen work top. Also check to see if they will be arriving the day before to pack or will do it all on the day. This depends on the time scale that you have to leave your house.

 - If you are doing the packing yourself begin as earlier as possible. Make sure that you use suitable moving boxes that are strong enough (double wall boxes), large enough not to become to heavy when filled but allow you to maximise the space inside the box (less trips to the van) and boxes that are modular, when they are stacked together they will produce a uniformed level and therefore easier to load into a van or storage unit. Always fill the box to the top and then close the lid, this allows the boxes to be stronger and can be stacked on top of each other in the removal van or storage unit. When emptying drawers and cupboards you do not need to empty everything, just take very heavy, spillable and breakable items out. If the chest or drawers is too heavy to be lifted the removal team will just take out the drawers and put them back in the van.

 - NEVER make the moving boxes so heavy that they cannot be lifted safely. If they are becoming heavy while you are packing them, try filling the rest of the box with light bulky items such as linen, towels, cushions or soft toys. Books / photos / plates are the worst offenders when it comes down to weight, use smaller boxes for these types of items.

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