Tips for packing food for your move

Moving food to your new house can become a bit of a chore. Often people give up and dump the lot, intending on replacing it after the move at their new local supermarket. There’s no need to let good food go to waste. With a little forward planning, there’s no reason you can’t take it with you, safely and securely.

As a well-established removal company in Hertfordshire, we’ve come up with some hints and tips for moving your food items.

Cook it or chuck it

The couple of weeks before you move is your opportunity to get rid of those food items due to expire either before or immediately after your moving date. It’s not worth bringing them to your new house, so it’s best to bin them, donate them, or use them up before the big day.

Secure your essentials

Certain items are vital in any well-stocked kitchen cupboard – flour, rice, pasta, sugar, baking powder, and the like. While they usually fare well under normal conditions, their plastic and paper packaging does tend to split if handled too roughly. We recommend either emptying the contents into clip-top plastic boxes or sealing them in individual heavy-duty freezer bags to prevent spillage.

Keep it small

Food items are heavier than you think, so pack them into smaller boxes. This reduces the risk of the bottom falling out of one and seeing all that food go to waste.

Protect your bottles

Any glass bottles are going to need extra protection whilst in transit, no matter whether they’re spirits, wine, or the kitchen staples of oils and vinegars. If you only have a handful of bottles, wine postal tubes are a sound investment. If, on the other hand, you have quite a collection of bottles to transport, you need to ramp up the amount of packing materials you use, not to mention ensuring that the bottom of the box has been reinforced with packing tape.

If you’re moving house, don’t forget that Brycelands Removals & Storage are the top removal company in Hertfordshire, and we provide first-rate residential removals across the county.  Contact our team today, for a free quote, with no obligation.

Packing up books for your move

A well-maintained book collection is a thing of beauty. No matter what you like to read, there are few sights more stirring than a packed bookshelf.

That said, as the top removal company in Hertfordshire, we can tell you that your book collection, as fine as it may be, does have one drawback – at least as far as moving house is concerned. Books are heavy! You don’t think about it when they’re on your shelf, but come moving day, a standard packing crate filled with books would be a two-man job on its own, and all that weight in one place runs the risk of damaging the books themselves.

Below are some tips to make moving your book collection easier and safer, no matter how big it might be.

Little by little

We’ve said a packing crate full of books is hard to shift, so why not break your collection up into smaller sections? Various box manufacturers produce small packing boxes that comfortably hold around 30 or 40 paperbacks, or about half as many hardbacks. Sure, it might result in a lot of boxes, but you know you won’t be putting your back out moving them.

Lining, packing, and taping

Your boxes should be lined with packing paper, to protect your hardback books, and their dust covers. These heavier books should go at the bottom, with smaller books tucked in and around them to fill up the space as effectively as possible. Don’t be afraid to mix hardbacks with paperbacks – whatever it takes to lend the box greater structural integrity. Even these small boxes will be deceptively heavy, so don’t scrimp on the packing tape to keep it all together.

Wheeled suitcases

Alternatively, if you have any wheeled suitcases, why not pack your books into them and just wheel them in and out of the removal van? Any clothes can go into packing crates, since the worst that will happen to them is that they pick up a crease here or there, which is nothing to panic about.

Here at Brycelands Removals and Storage, our clients can benefit from our complete packing service. Ensure that your books – and any other precious, fragile, or delicate items – are packed safely and securely before the big move.  Get in touch today for a free quote with no obligation.

International Removals

Packing furniture for an overseas move

Here at Brycelands Removals and Storage, we offer the best removals service and storage units in Hertfordshire and are regularly called on by those who are preparing for a move overseas but want to keep some possessions in UK storage.

Although we don’t offer a moving service abroad, we are experts at packing. So, if you’re relocating to pastures new and are in need of some packing tips, take a look at our suggestions below.

If you don’t need it, leave it

Shipping furniture and other bulky items overseas is an expensive business. While it’s natural to want as much of your old life with you when moving abroad, look at it as a chance to declutter. Is that dining table really that important? Are those bookshelves completely irreplaceable? Be harsh, and only take items you could not live without.

Break it up

Most shipping companies tend to charge by weight or size. There’s not much you can do about the former, but by dismantling your furniture into its smallest constituent parts, you can drastically reduce the amount of space it takes up, and the subsequent cost to you for transporting it. It’s advisable to take photos beforehand of the complete piece. Not only will this assist you when it comes time to put it all back together again, but it is also proof of the condition of your furniture, in case it gets damaged in transit.

Pack it in

When it comes to wrapping, packing, and labelling your furniture prior to transit, do not skimp. Crumpled up newspapers between the cupboard doors to prevent rattling might be fine for a 50-mile move down the road but won’t provide sufficient protection for a delivery that crosses time zones.

If your move abroad is only temporary, why not avoid the hassle and expense of shipping entirely by keeping your furniture in one of our storage units in Hertfordshire? At Brycelands Removals and Storage, we have a number of facilities and offer flexible and non-contractual packages that are the perfect solution for any non-permanent storage needs. Call us today on 0800 772 0799 for a free quote.

Labelling boxes during your house move

As the top removals company in Hertfordshire, our customers often ask us for advice on how best to label their storage boxes. Here are some of the best ways to take the stress out of packing:

Don’t rush

Allow ample time to pack in the run up to your move so you can do the job in stages. We have to confess – packing up a household’s worth of possessions can be a laborious and sometimes boring task, but we promise you, it will be worth it when it comes time to unpack in your new home.

Tops and sides

Whatever way you choose to label your boxes, it’s only going to work if you can see your labelling. Take the time to mark your boxes on all sides and the lids as well. This means that you’ll be able to tell which box is which, even if they’re stacking on top of one another.

Make an inventory

Number every box and make a list of everything you’re putting in as you do so. Sure, it’s a long-winded process, but preferable to rooting through half a dozen boxes when you’re looking for a specific item.

Fragile items

All fragile items should be clearly marked as such. Not only will the removals team take extra care, but so will you when you’re rearranging boxes in your new house to make room.

Remember the basics

One box should be labelled “OPEN FIRST”, and should be filled with the absolute essentials you’ll need for the first day and night in your new home. We’re talking a few plates, cups and pieces of cutlery, as well as a kettle and some tea bags; clothes, pyjamas, toilet rolls… you get the idea.

We’re not just the best removals company in Hertfordshire: we also offer a full packing service to all of our clients, so you know your items will not only be packed safely and securely, but also easy to find when they reach your new property. Call Brycelands Removals and Storage today for a free, no-obligation quote.

Creating the Ideal Moving Day Essentials Box

Once you’ve got the right residential removals company in Hertfordshire, and you’ve planned everything else to a tee, there’s one last thing to do, create a moving day essentials box. When it comes to moving home, the vast majority of the items and furniture that we own are packed away tightly and safely, ready for transport to the new house.

The problem with that is that it means that if you need anything, you’re going to struggle to find the right box it’s packed away in, and you could end up spending money at the store unnecessarily replacing things you need. That’s where the essentials box comes into play

Filled with all the necessary items to help you settle into your new property, an essentials box can help a move go off without a hitch, while helping you settle into your new home, and saving you an inconvenient trip to the shops. Here’s what yours might need.

Snacks and Drink

Moving house can be labour-intensive, tiring, and thirsty work. Long days, and few chances to stop and eat properly. That’s why you need to be packing healthy, energy-focused snacks, like nuts, breakfast bars and fruit. Maybe even some chocolate to pep you up during the day

In terms of drinks, make sure you take plenty of bottled water, as well as instant coffee and tea, if you’re going to be in need of a midday pick-me-up. A full packed picnic can be a great idea, if you’ve got the time to put it together.

Important Documents and ID

Any important documentation or ID you really want to avoid losing, store in the essentials box. You never know when you could need it, so it’ll be potentially really useful to have it to hand. Plus, these things are really expensive to replace, and that’s an additional cost no-one needs when moving.

Tool

While you might not be needing a full-size toolkit, you could find yourself in need of a flashlight and a small portable tool set. Imagine if the power goes down, or you need to perform some small impromptu repairs in the new home, you don’t want to have to call someone out for something you could easily handle yourself, if only you had your tools

A portable phone charger can also come in super handy, no one wants to be caught with a dead phone on the big stressful moving day.

Toiletries

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, shower gel, flannels. Whatever you and your family need to get yourselves sorted for bed when you arrive at the new property, get it packed away. There’s no point stressing out trying to find essentials, or doing a shop run on such a busy day. 

Clothes

After a long sweaty day of moving, shifting boxes around and generally feeling out of sorts, you’re all going to want to get into some fresh clothes as soon as possible. Make sure you pack a full change of outfit for everyone, that’ll help you all feel a little more settled.

With over 50 years’ industry experience, and thousands of satisfied customers, Brycelands Removals and Storage can handle all kinds of domestic and commercial moves. Get in touch today for a free, no-obligation quote.