Protecting Valuables When Moving Homes

Protecting Valuables When Moving Homes

Moving homes or apartments takes a great deal of planning and organising. From dismantling furniture to boxing up glassware, you need to set aside ample time to ensure the move runs smoothly.

It is essential to set a realistic moving budget. Relocating homes can be expensive. Alongside mortgage and deposit costs, you need to spend money on estate agents, conveyancers and pay the fees to change utility providers. 

Your moving budget also needs to include the costs of insuring valuable items. For example, on moving day, valuables can get lost and dropped in transit, so it is essential to insure your valuables and hire a good removals company to help transport them safely.

Are you moving homes and worried about your valuables getting damaged? Here is everything you need to consider:

Creating an inventory

It is a good idea to make a list of your valuable items in advance of moving day. Compiling an inventory will ensure they are all accounted for and help you to take the necessary precautions. You’ll be particularly grateful for the inventory when you begin unpacking. 

So what exactly does the term valuables mean? Valuables can include almost anything from electronics to heirlooms. So when thinking about the valuable items you own, you need to consider which items you have in your possession which you can’t afford to lose or break.

When creating an inventory, include the dimension and weight of each item; this will help you buy the correct sized packing boxes. It is also a good idea to note down which boxes contain which items to make unpacking easier. 

It is essential to take photos of your belongings in case you need to make a home insurance claim. You should also keep all documentation related to your valuables in a folder, such as warranty cards and proof of authenticity. 

Buying insurance for your valuables

It is a good idea to insure any precious items. Although professional removal companies usually provide goods in transit insurance, you may still need to take out an additional insurance policy. 

If you have already insured your valuables, discuss the move with your insurance provider; it may turn out that your current policy does not cover it. Your removal company should also be able to let you know if you need to take out an additional insurance policy. 

If you don’t use a professional removals company, remember that transporting your vehicles in your vehicle without adequate protection may invalidate your insurance.

Packaging your valuables

Adequate padding is key to protecting valuable items, particularly the more fragile pieces. Unfortunately, newspapers won’t always provide enough protection for your valuables, so always use high-quality packing materials.

  • Cardboard boxes: Ensure to use well-sized sturdy boxes. Whilst you can get free moving boxes, they may be too fragile to protect your valuables adequately. 
  • Cushioning: It is essential to pad your belongings with packing peanuts and bubble wrap to reduce any risk of damage. 
  • Antiques: Ensure to use tarps or sheets to wrap up valuable antiques in addition to padding them with bubble wrap, as minor scratches can significantly reduce their worth. 

Hiring a removals company

Ultimately, the best way to keep your valuables safe during a move is to hire a professional moving company. They will ensure your valuables are packed and transported safely and cover the costs of replacing any damaged items. 

Brycelands offers an industry range of removals and storage services for Hertfordshire, covering domestic removals, business and office relocation, alongside comprehensive packing and storage solutions. 

Professional, experienced and consistently reliable, Brycelands will ensure your valuables are transported from A to B safely. To get a quote, call us on 0800 772 0799.

When Moving House What to Pack First?

Packing needs patients and foresight. Often when mov ing house people will leave everything to the last minute and find themselves over stressed during their move and worst still, damaged items due to incorrect or inadequate packing.  Sometimes it can seem like an impossible task but below is a list of items to pack first before your move. 

It is a great idea to create a move calendar with reminders of what to pack day by day leading up to your move day. Also start a house inventory checklist this can be used for categorising, numbering and organising boxes, this will help you sort your items out much more efficiently.

This is also the time to throw out anything not worth moving you will be amazed at how much stuff you have accumulated over the years that you no longer use.

A major rule when packing up for moving house is that you should start the packing process from the least frequently used rooms and premises in your home. 

First items to pack from our experience

  • Pack items that are out of season. 
  • Clothing , Decorations ( eg Christmas ) 
  • Surplus Items: Towels and linen, stationary etc that are not being used, even cups, plates items anywhere where you have more than you need for daily living.
  • Collectables: These are non essential so start packing up your stamp collections and figurines 

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How to Pack Boxes for Moving

Even for the most determined individuals, preparing to move home can sometimes seem an immense task. With the right materials and approach, however, it is possible to plan the relocation so that things go well on the day itself. Essentially, organising the packing well in advance will help to keep things simple and free of problems. If you are getting ready to relocate, read on. Below, we offer some helpful tips as we outline how to pack boxes efficiently when moving home.

Organising Boxes for Your Removal

When you need to take care of delicate and breakable items such as porcelain, ceramics, glass and ornaments, packing boxes are fundamental. Importantly, to prevent damage, look for strong, sturdy cardboard boxes – such as those recommended by home movers.

As you get ready for your move, it is also a good idea to obtain a supply of good quality packing materials: a roll of paper, cushion foam and packing peanuts. Importantly, instead of Styrofoam, the biodegradable type is more environmentally friendly.

Packing Paper

Free of acids, packing paper comes from a soft, newspaper-grade pulp, but it does not contain any ink. Significantly, the absence of potentially problematic chemicals makes it ideal for protecting fragile kitchen and dining room belongings, including dishes, glassware and valuables. If you will be packing collectables, it does a great job of preventing mishaps too.

Cushion Foam

A practical way to protect precious items during a move and if kept in storage, this flexible wrap is perfect for usage with plates, cups, bowls, pictures and photo frames. Additionally, it comes in handy for extra cushioning when separating layers of possessions inside boxes.

Packing Boxes & Protecting Your Belongings

Firstly, check that each moving box has purpose-designed tape holding the edges in place securely. The next step is to sprinkle an ample layer of packing peanuts around the bottom of the box. Next, wrap heavy items in packing paper or bubble wrap. Place them carefully in the bottom of the box, separating lighter objects above by using a layer of cushion foam.

When packing, it is best not to mix your possessions from different rooms of the home. Wherever feasible, a practical tip is to group objects by room and then by similar weight and size. Experienced movers suggest packing infrequently used articles first and oft-needed objects last, so that they are easier to find when you want them.

Before closing the packed box, cushion the contents with an upper layer of crumpled paper and, for extra reassurance, an additional sprinkling of packing peanuts. Finally, close and seal the seams using tape.

Crucially, filled boxes should not weigh more than 14 to 15 kilogrammes (around 30 pounds). As a guide, it ought to be possible to lift boxes without too much difficulty; over-filled and heavy boxes could rupture and spill belongings. Conversely, boxes that are only partially full will almost certainly not take advantage of all the available space. Worse, they could collapse if stacked during the removal.

Ideally, each box should have a label that displays an easy-to-read summary of the contents. That way, once everything arrives at the destination, the unpacking process should be relatively straightforward and well thought-out. If you have time, consider labelling each box twice – on opposite sides – so that the listing is visible at a glance, without any need to turn heavy or stacked boxes. Some people have found that using ink markers and colour-coded stickers to denote rooms of the house has also helped with the logistics of unloading and unpacking.

Finally, good luck with preparing for your move!

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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.

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.


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.


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. 


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.