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Handy guide to packing up for moving day

I Am The Agent's guest blogger, Max of Anderson Transport, has put together a little handy guide to get through the dreaded pack up day!

How to pack for a move

Even if you've hired a removals company to help you move home, it doesn't mean that you can just sit back and relax! There are plenty of jobs that you'll need to take care of to ensure that the move goes smoothly, and one of the most important jobs is the packing. I know what you're thinking - packing is the easiest part! But once you start trying to fit your entire life into boxes, you'll realise just how stressful this seemingly simple job can be. Luckily, a little preparation can go a long way, and if you're willing to sit down and plan the packing then you'll handle the stress much better. Here are my top tips for handling packing before a move: 

Pay extra for better quality 

Many removals company will offer their customers boxes and packaging to pack their items with, and this is often considered nothing more than a ploy by the company to sell their overpriced packaging. But it's so important that you pack your items in strong and sturdy boxes, otherwise you're setting yourself up for failure from the start. Even if you don't want to pay extra for the packaging and boxes from the removals company, you can usually find similar packaging at hardware stores. 

Pack a 'moving in' bag 

Before you really dive into your packing, it's a good idea to firstly set aside any items that you'll need as soon you move in. For example, a family with younger kids may want to set aside the television and a few DVDs so they have something to do when they arrive at their new house. 

Heavy items at the bottom

When you get started with your packing, it's always a good idea to keep your heavier items at the bottom of the boxes. This not only helps to keep your more fragile items safe from being squashed, it also makes the boxes more balanced in weight, which help to make the lives of the removals team easier (always appreciated!). 

Avoid empty space 

When you're packing your boxes, make sure that you leave as little empty space as possible in the boxes. If you don't fill in the spaces, then the items will have room to move around inside the boxes, and this is when items can become broken. Plus, the more items you can pack in a box, the less boxes you need so the more money you save! 

Hopefully you now have a good idea of the kind of hard work that goes into packing for a move. The best tip that I can give to you is to start as early as possible, because packing will always take much longer than anticipated. 

Max owns Anderson Transport Edinburgh (http://anderson-transport.co.uk



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