Packing Tips

Packing Tips from Steeles Removals Ltd

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If you are planning on packing yourself, below are some helpful boxing tips:

  • Label all boxes, especially hose which you think you will need the first night in your new home.
  • The heavier the items, the smaller the box to be used.
  • Pack a box with toilet paper, toothpaste, tooth brushes, snacks, coffee, kettle, soap, torch, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, a couple of pans and paper towels. These are some of the essential you may need when you arrive at your new home. Ask your van driver to load it on the van last, so that it will be unloaded first at your new home.
  • Pack another box with similar items as a survival package in case you arrive before the movers.
  • Lighten your load, have a garage sale or donate to your favourite charity.
  • If you are moving long distance, be sure the movers do an inventory. Be sure you check and understand what is written on the inventory form.
  • Keep your moving file, do not pack it. Make sure you know your shipment registration number and make a note concerning other critical information.
  • Give the foreman two telephone numbers so you can keep in touch throughout the move.
  • Keep your pets away from all the activity on moving day.
  • Let all your electrical gadgets “acclimate” to room temperature before plugging them in.
  • Leave the rest to the professional. Sit back, relax and look forward to the new opportunities, friends, and experiences that are part of any move.



Packing Tips

Steeles Removals provides you with the ultimate packing service. We accept 100% liability for every item we pack. We are professionally trained and certified to pack your belongings for you, and we provide our boxes. This means you can relax and be assured that all your items will be packed safely and securely by our workers.

If you are planning on packing yourself, below are some helpful packing tips:

  • Pack one room at a time. Be sure to label each box as you proceed.
  • Pack what you need least, first. (i.e If its winter, pack all your summer items).
  • Try to keep all packed boxes as close to the door as possible.
  • Place heavier items in smaller boxes, linens and towels in medium sized boxes.
  • Label cartons by listing what items are in the box and designate which room it should be delivered to.
  • Try to pack a few boxes a day, starting well ahead of the move.
  • Be sure to have the correct packing materials.
  • Be sure that the bottoms of all boxes are secured and will hold the weight of the contents.
  • All heavier items should be packed toward the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top.
  • Regarding box size keep this in mind “the heavier the items” the smaller the box.
  • Below you will find more packing tips and things that will make your move a pleasant experience. If you have any questions regarding any of the items listed please do not hesitate to call our office on 01229 820777



  • Don’t leave bureau drawers completely full for the move – the bureau will be too heavy.
  • Bureau drawers – do not overload. If the bureau drawers are loaded too heavy damage may occur
  • Be sure to remove all items that might break.
  • Don’t put tape on drawers = it could stick to the finish.


China and Crystal

You will need the following:

  • Tape
  • Small and medium boxes
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Newspaper


  1. Don’t forget to mark the appropriate room for each box.
  2. Seal and mark Fragile – China.

How to Pack Plates and Bowls

  1. Place wadded newspaper or bubble wrap in the bottom of a box.
  2. Wrap all plates separately with newspaper, place in box standing on edge – not lying flat, Put next plate in order and continue until the bottom layer of the carton is full.
  3. Pack larger plates first, putting smaller items on top.
  4. Fill in the top and sides with bubble wrap or newspaper.
  5. Seal and mark Fragile – Dishes.


Glasses and Teacups

  1. Wrap each glass or teacup in a piece of newspaper.
  2. Put a layer of cardboard on top of plates and place cups on top.
  3. Place wrapped cups or glasses upright as if you were putting them on the table.
  4. Keep layering between wrapped cups and bubble wrap until you’ve reached the top. When full place a layer of packing material on top.
  5. Seal and mark Fragile – Glasses.

Kitchen Items – Breakable

You will need the following:

  • Tape
  • Small and medium boxes
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Newspape


How to pack breakable items:

  1. Wrap each glass and mug with newspaper. Put layers of bubble wrap or cardboard between plates and bowls
  2. Fill bottom of box with either bubble wrap, or wadded paper. Layer in glasses and mugs with bubble wrap and paper, or place stacks of layered plates and bowls on top of dishes. If your glasses have stems, place them upright, as if you were putting them on the table, they should be on top of box. Fill in sides with bubble wrap and wadded paper.
  3. For larger, breakable items – Pyrex dishes, china serving bowls, glass coffee pots – wrap in newspaper or bubble wrap and tape seal carton. Put smaller items or one larger wrapped in newspaper and place in the centre of larger items.
  4. Mark Fragile – Kitchen and place in garage.



You will need the following items:

  • Tape 2” clear or tan
  • Small and medium boxes
  • Bubble wrap or unprinted newspaper


How to pack your collectables:

  1. Wrap each fragile item separately with newspaper or bubble wrap and tape.
  2. Place a layer of bubble wrap or wadded up paper on the bottom and layer in wrapped items with bubble wrap. Or just wad paper in between.
  3. Put a final layer of bubble wrap or wadded paper on top.
  4. Seal and mark Fragile – Collectables. Put an arrow to signify this side up.


Kitchen Items – Non-Breakable:

What packaging materials you will need:

  • Tape 2” roll
  • Medium and large boxes
  • Your kitchen towels and linen
  • Blank newspaper


How to pack your non-breakable kitchen items:

  1. Select a few pieces of essential cookware – a couple of pots, some cooking spoons, a frying pan, a spatula, and enough utensils for everyone. You may need these the first day you’re in your new home. If you are tired and hungry on move in day you will not have to unpack everything.
  2. Wrap all items in blank newspaper. Fill in spaces with wadded newspaper.
  3. Seal and mark Kitchen on the box you need for cooking when you arrive, mark Kitchen – Unpack First.



  • You may have the option to request that the movers unpack for you, or you can unpack everything yourself.
  • Be sure to check your goods for any damage.
  • If you find that there is any damage to your items, you should call the movers immediately. It is a good idea to take photographs of the damage items.
  • For local moves some agents will send a company inspector to review the damage with you.
  • A good moving company will usually respond to damage claims in a timely manner.
  • Most moving companies work with local repair companies and usually reserve the right to repair damaged items rather than replace them.
  • Moving companies are not responsible for damage to articles in boxes you packed yourself.
  • After removing your items from each box, flatten boxes and return to steeles or if you have moved long distance phone a local removal company to collect them.

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