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What is the quickest way to pack a house?

So you have finally been given a completion date, after months of hard work negotiating price, filling out forms and documents for the solicitors, bank and mortgage advisors, as well as organising a survey to value the house too. The finishing line is finally in sight, so now it is just down to packing up and moving into your new home. Emotions can run high, as you will no doubt miss your old property, but at the same time be excited about your new home too.

When it comes to packing and moving, the timing is key. You are legally required to leave your existing property on the time of completion, because the house no longer belongs to you. If you stay any longer, you are officially squatting. You therefore need to plan your move and packing process as effectively as possible, to ensure that the timings are accurately met. In reality, many people leave this to the last minute, and don’t think about packing until a day or two before the move. This could be because of work commitments, or the completion date was set too soon. So you might be in a position where you are wondering what is the quickest way to pack a house?

cardboard rectangle boxes

Organisation and preparation

Making sure you plan every aspect of packing your home is the most important thing. If you plan everything carefully, and organise everything, then it will make the packing process go much faster and smoothly.

You are going to need packing materials to help you with your move, and these should include rectangular cardboard boxes in a variety of different sizes, bubble wrap, strong tape, maybe some packing paper too and wardrobe boxes for your clothes. You can order this in advance from an online specialist, where they will arrive flat packed and ready for you to use.

You will either need a removal company to assist you on the day of the move, or you will need to hire a Luton van and gather some friends or family to assist you with the move. You can organise this long in advance of your move to ensure that you have the help you need and the equipment that you need.

The quickest packing method

  • When it comes to actually packing a removal van, the largest objects in your home should go into the van first. This includes large furniture, mattresses, beds, sofas, wardrobes etc. The reason for this is because it is important to fit as many objects into the van as possible, so that it is completely full. This will save you trips back and forth, and make your move go much faster. You can easily fit smaller objects such as rectangle boxes with lids around the larger furniture to ensure it is completely full.
  • You should park your removal van right at the front door of your property, to make your life as easy as possible with less carrying distance. This might sound obvious, but it really will help speed things up.
  • You can use a sack truck to help transport large objects from your home, as they will make things much easier and faster for you. Transporting the larger objects should be the first thing that you do, before anything else. Remember that you will need to take down bed frames and probably wardrobes, as they are unlikely to fit through your door frames, so this will require some tools.
  • When you transport your chest of drawers which include all of your clothes inside, you can leave the clothes in the drawers as you move them, as this will make things much quicker. They will be heavy to carry, so make sure you take out each drawer individually, carry them to the van, and then put them together again when you get there.
  • The next step is to pack the smaller objects into cardboard rectangle boxes. Firstly you will need to put the boxes together, so that they are ready to pack. You will simply need to fold in the flaps at either end of the box and tape it together using some strong packing tape.
  • The first room of the house to get started on, is the kitchen. The reason for this is because the objects in your kitchen can weigh a lot inside of boxes, and so you know those boxes are going to be heavy. It is best to pack heavy boxes into the van first, so that you can put lighter boxes on top of them and prevent breakage. The kitchen can take a while to do, because you will need to wrap up plates and glasses using bubble wrap and packing paper before putting them into boxes. You should also put your microwave oven and toaster in boxes too.
  • The bathroom and bedrooms are the next place to go for packing. The reason for this is because you will need all the contents of these rooms as soon as you move into the new home, so they are vital. You can leave the random objects that are less important from your hallway and living room until last.
  • Don’t forget to pack the pictures and picture frames from the walls, and these will need wrapping in bubble wrap first before you put them into boxes.
  • Not all the objects in your home need to be packed into boxes, because some are too large. It is fine to put the ironing board into the removal van as it is, for example, or a large lamp. Just make sure that everything is secure and safe in the removal van.
  • While you are packing up rectangular boxes packaging, make sure that you write on the outside of the boxes to say what is inside of each box. This is vital, because it makes unpacking much easier at the new house. Don’t just write the room of the house on the box, it is good to say exactly what you have packed into each and every box. It is also good to note which boxes contain the most fragile items.
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The increased demand for moving boxes during the COVID19 pandemic 2021

When the COVID19 pandemic first hit during the middle of 2020, it came as a huge shock to everybody. It spread across the globe faster than anyone predicted, and it affected every household in the UK. National lockdowns, testing, closed shops, closed pubs, working from home and furlough were all things that most households experienced.

During this period, there was a huge increase in the number of people moving house, and a huge increase in demand for house moving boxes. This was an unexpected result of the pandemic. So firstly we will look at what caused the increase in people moving home.

What caused people to move home during the pandemic?

What caused people to move home during the pandemic?

➡️  The government introduced a ‘stamp duty holiday’ which has lasted for more than a year. This is the taxation that the government imposes on all property purchases. The ‘stamp duty holiday’ meant that anybody buying a house below the value of £500,000 didn’t have to pay stamp duty. This was an attempt by the government to encourage people to move home and keep the economy moving.

➡️  This stamp duty holiday has undesired effects however. The reason for this is because many people started working from home, as offices were forced to shut, and with an increase in people working from home meant that they suddenly wanted more space in their home for offices, so they decided to move house to a larger property with extra space. This lead to a huge increase in people moving.

➡️  Along with this, while people knew they would be working from home, it enabled them to move out of expensive cities such as London and move into the countryside, where they could afford much more room and a better standard of living. So the flexible working locations also lead to an increase in people moving home.

➡️  With more people spending more time at home, it meant that more people wanted to move to a better property in general, even if staying in a similar location. So more people in general wanted to move and those that stayed in their homes wanted to make improvements to their homes. There was a huge increase in expenditure on household building supplies too.

➡️  All of this combined with the stamp duty savings meant that there were far more house movers, and it also lead to more houses becoming available for sale too, as there were people who have been thinking about moving for a long time, and they knew that the housing market was moving so quickly that they would be able to sell their homes easily and for a good price.

➡️  As Britain left the European Union in the same year due to Brexit, this also led to people moving home more frequently. Many people left the UK entirely to find a new home in Europe, while some Europeans chose to move permanently to the UK. Many businesses left the UK too, so there was plenty of moving for that reason.

House prices

➡️  House prices were predicted to drop during 2020/21, however the opposite effect actually happened. House prices rose by nearly 10%, which was the fastest level of growth for over a decade.

➡️  Houses were selling for above the asking price, as so many people were fighting for each house sale, there became a bidding war. This is especially the case in the countryside where city dwellers began moving into the country.

➡️  The rise in house prices has made it very difficult for first time buyers to get onto the property ladder, and they now need a much larger deposit to buy a home.

➡️  Although house prices rose, the banks were less likely to offer a mortgage unless you had a larger deposit in the first place. The reason for this was because of the uncertainty that arose with work and business, so the banks didn’t consider jobs to be safe.

Effect on moving boxes

➡️  As more people moved home, the demand for moving boxes increased substantially as well. Most house movers use around 30-40 boxes per move, so this has inevitably meant there was a huge increase in demand for boxes.

➡️  Along with cardboard increased demand for house moving, there has been a huge increase in people shopping online. This means that more house moving boxes were purchased online rather than in store over 2020/21, and it also means that other normal products were sold online too, and they needed cardboard boxes to be sent in. So the demand for cardboard as a whole increased substantially.

➡️  This actually led to a shortage in cardboard, and many suppliers actually ran out. The price of cardboard increased by nearly 30% as suppliers could not keep up with demand and attempted to slow the demand.

➡️  Deliveries of storage boxes were much later than people wanted, and many people and businesses had to wait a month or more for their deliveries.

➡️  Along with this, Brexit also happened during the same year. This meant that deliveries coming from Europe were very slow, and the boarder actually came to a standstill at one point. As most of the cardboard sold in the UK comes from Europe, this also lead to a huge shortage of cardboard.

➡️  This also meant that cardboard boxes that were sold throughout Europe slowed because of the increased taxation and duty costs of selling to Europe now that the UK is no longer a member of the EU.

➡️  The cost of sending boxes to Northern Ireland also increased substantially, and it costs the same amount to send boxes to Northern Ireland as Europe, even though Northern Ireland is technically still part of the UK. So fewer boxes were sent to Northern Ireland.

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What is the First Thing You Should Pack When Moving?

Moving house can be a challenging process, as most people do not move home regularly. The average person moves home once every seven years in the UK, and many people move home even less regularly than that. The whole process might therefore seem unfamiliar and daunting, and there are many things for you to organise and worry about. When it comes to the actual moving process, and packing a removal van or lorry, you might be attempting to organise this as much as possible to make the move go as smoothly as possible. So what is the first thing that you should pack while moving? Why is this the case? Here is what we have learnt.

Many people believe that it should be the absolute necessities that go with you first packed in house moving boxes, just in case the move takes longer than one single day and you have to sleep in the new property. This is usually not something you should worry about, as over 99% of house moves are completed within one day. The first things you should pack into a removal lorry should be larger furniture!

wardrobe cardboard boxes

What does this include?

  • Wardrobes
  • Cabinets
  • Sofas
  • Mattresses
  • Fridges
  • Freezers
  • Washing machine
  • Bed frames
  • Tables and chairs

Why should you pack larger furniture first?

  • The main reason is because it simply allows you to fit more into each load of the removal lorry, and makes things more efficient, so it speeds up the move and costs you less trips back and forth. Packing a removal lorry is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, so it is best to fill the big spaces with the biggest furniture first, and then the smaller boxes can easily fit into the gaps afterwards. If you did it the wrong way around, it would be very hard to find enough space for such large items.
  • The biggest furniture is much stronger and can hold heavy weight of smaller boxes on top of them without breaking. You can fit many boxes on top of a sofa, but you can’t put a sofa on top of some moving boxes because the boxes will crumble under the weight and pressure.
  • Large furniture is the hardest to get out of the house, and therefore requires the most energy. They are heavy to carry, and hard to fit through doorframes too. With some larger furniture you may have to unscrew them piece by piece, so that they are small enough to fit through the doors. All of this can take a lot of time and effort, so it is best to do this first, because the rest of the boxes are easy work.
  • If you put them into the removal lorry first, they will therefore be the last thing that you unpack from the lorry too. This means that you have a good long rest between lifting the heaviest items of your home and then unpacking them at the end of the day.
  • You will often need a trolley or sack truck to help carry the largest and heaviest items of furniture, because they weigh so much. If you pack them first, then this leaves plenty of room in the removal lorry for manoeuvring the trolley, and makes your job a little bit easier.
  • The largest furniture weigh a lot, and it is best to have these at the front of the removal lorry rather than the back. The reason being so that they simply won’t break through the doors at the back if you accelerate too quickly, and so they are safe during transit.
  • As the remainder of your household possessions will be packed into boxes, if you remove the larger furniture first, this allows more room for packing boxes. This is another thing which makes your job easier.

Further notes

  • Although the largest furniture should be the first thing that you physically pack into the removal lorry, you should also ensure that your valuables are packed in the first load of the lorry too. This simply keeps them safe and ensures that they remain with you at all times and are not stolen. Some people choose to keep the valuables with them in the front of the lorry to keep them safe if they are particularly valuable.
  • If you use a removal company, they will know this process well, as they do it every day of the year. It is best to trust them with the moving process and let them get on with things. Don’t get in their way, just sit tight, smile, and make them tea or coffee.
  • Always lift household possessions in cardboard packing boxes carefully, keeping a straight back and bend your knees, because the last thing you want is to damage your back while moving. It will make the day much harder and more stressful too.
  • Drive the removal van or lorry carefully, not too fast. If you have to break suddenly, this could cause the boxes in the back to move around and this can lead to breakage. You have to also remember that the removal lorry that is full of your household things can weigh a lot more than a normal car, so it takes a lot longer to accelerate and it takes a lot longer to break too, plus the lorry is much larger than a car as well.
  • Don’t attempt to do the entire house move with just two of you. Always ask for help from friends or family members who are available, because it is hard work, very hard work. You will be surprised at how heavy household furniture can be, and a full day of lifting can really make your day very hard. Don’t forget that you have to unpack the lorry at the other end as well, so it is a hard job.

A turbulent year for the moving industry

It has been a tumultuous year for the moving industry. When the country entered its first lockdown early in 2020, the government put a freeze on home moves in England for seven weeks, unless “reasonably necessary”. In July 2020, to “catalyse the housing market and boost confidence”, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a stamp duty cut which saw house prices and mortgage borrowing hit all-time highs. The stamp duty holiday was due to end at the end of March 2021 but on the 3rd March 2021 the chancellor announced that the stamp duty holiday would be extended for a further three months until the 30th June 2021.

We’ve just recently passed this date, so how will the market fare now that the current stamp duty holiday has ended and what affect will this have on the moving industry?

April slowdown

When the stamp duty holiday was originally due to end, statistics showed a fall in mortgage borrowing with net borrowing at £3.3bn – lower than the monthly average of £5.7bn borrowed in the six months to February. In fact, the previous month’s net borrowing had been a record breaking £11.5bn.

Despite this, Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s director of property data, expects market activity to remain strong for the rest of the year regardless of the stamp duty holiday ending.

moving house in 2021The lifting of lockdown

This time, the end of the stamp duty holiday coincides with the reopening of the hospitality and travel industries and this could have a greater impact on the market.

Tim Bannister said: “Buyer demand remains very strong… Since the market re-opened last May in England we have seen huge jumps in the numbers of sales being agreed, but these are now rising at a slower pace.”

The moving industry

With its success directly linked to trends in the UK property market, the moving industry is slowly recovering from this period of high volatility. And it is anticipated to improve over the next five years, recovering current-year losses caused by the pandemic. It may be limited in the short term, as uncertainty regarding the EU-UK relationship are anticipated to affect confidence. However, according to IBISWorld, demand should continue to increase once there is clarification on the conditions of the end of the transition period.

Moving house in 2021

The pandemic meant most of us spent more time than ever at home. We will have noticed all the little things about our home that we do or don’t like. Maybe there wasn’t enough space; you’re working from home now and need that home office. Perhaps you’ve been rattling around in a property that’s too big for you and you want a smaller property with a bigger garden. With confidence in the market continuing to grow, it might be time to take the plunge!

At Packing Solution, we’ve got everything you need to make that move as smooth as possible. Our moving packs contain a selection of boxes which are discounted and cheaper than buying the boxes individually. We have a wide range of bubble wraps and moving accessories, plus moving boxes of all shapes and sizes for whatever you need.

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7 Important Challenges: Covid-19 Is Changing The Packaging Industry

COVID-19 has affected the entire world in many different ways. Our lives now are very different to how they were a year ago, and with another lockdown in full forced and no end in sight, it may go on for another year until everybody is fully vaccinated. Every industry in the world has changed, some for better and some for worse. The way in which people buy everyday items has changed, and the way in which people act in everyday life has changed. The packaging industry is no exception, and there have been many huge changes to the industry. Here are 7 examples of how COVID-19 has changed the packaging industry.

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  • As more and more people are now working from home, as it is considered safer than being in an office environment, those people are getting on with household jobs which they haven’t done before. Packaging used for storage for example, has seen a huge increase over the past year. Cardboard packing boxes, bubble wrap and strong tape used in the household has increased dramatically.
  • There is a lot of business uncertainty, and many larger businesses cannot predict what is going to happen over the next year. This uncertainty has meant that many larger companies are choosing to buy smaller batches of packaging, regularly, rather than buying huge bulk quantities as they usually would. This has made production much harder to predict for packaging companies, and has meant that more storage space is needed in warehousing around the country.
  • Workplaces in packaging companies have needed to adapt to the safety requirements of the pandemic. PPE equipment has been placed around factories as well as hand sanitizer as well, and the space needed to ensure that people are not too close to each other as been increased as well. Anybody who has been considered high risk has been told to work from home as well, so flexibility in the workplace has been vital.
  • There has been a massive increase in online shopping from home, as the high street has been shut down for nearly a whole year, especially in the run up to Christmas. This increase in demand online has meant that much more packaging has been needed for the delivery process, and moving boxes online in particular have been a massive increase in demand, and this has even created a shortage in supply. Packaging companies have needed to shift to supplying online retailers rather than traditional companies.
  • There has been a large increase in the number of people moving home in the UK, and this is because of the number of people now working from home. They have had more time to think about their homes, and many people have chosen to leave the city where they currently live in exchange for a life in the countryside, now that they are able to work from home. This has meant that packaging for people who are moving home is in high demand, including house moving boxes.
  • There has been a delay at the ports and a shortage of raw materials of cardboard. This is due to the increased demand of packaging, but it is also due to the UK’s exit of the European Union. This delay has affected the entire packaging industry in its entirety, and has a knock on effect to businesses too.
  • There has been a further push on environmentally friendly packaging during the pandemic, as people have had more time to think about the things that matter most, and the future. Recycled house moving boxes from cardboard and fully recyclable plastics are a must, including bubble wrap too.

What should you not pack when moving?

Packing up your household possessions when moving house is a long and painful process. Some houses are very cluttered, and most houses are more cluttered than you might originally think. Hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of objects need to be packed into boxes, and many of those need protecting using bubble wrap or packing paper first as well, which all takes a long time. Many days need to be set aside before your removal date, purely for the process of packing up your items. Most objects will need to be packed into house shifting packing boxes, because the removal company prefer it this way because they are easier to move and carry, and easier to stack in the removal van or lorry. Which objects should you not pack when moving? What do removal companies usually do with those objects to move them? With many years of experience running a removals business, we can offer the following advice and input:

  • Large electrical items should not be packed into storage boxes for house removals (because they will not fit anyway, and because they are far too heavy) such as a dishwasher or oven. These objects should simply be placed into the removal lorry separately. They will require several strong people to carry them out of your home and into the removal lorry, and they should be placed into the removal lorry before all of the boxes. The reason that they are packed into the lorry before moving boxes near me, is because they are so large, and it enables you to fit as many items into each load of the lorry as possible. Boxes are easier to pack on top of a dishwasher, than a dishwasher on top of boxes.
  • Really delicate and valuable objects should not be packed into boxes either. If you pack them away with everything else in house moving boxes, then you take the risk of damage and things getting broken, and if they are extremely valuable, then they will cost a lot to replace. With these types of objects, you should carry them yourself separately in your car. Removal companies will always be as careful as they can possibly be with your possessions, but accidents happen no matter what, so looking after the most delicate things yourself is the only solution.
  • Dangerous items should not be packed up before moving. Things such as a really sharp sword ornament, for example, would not be packed into a box, because it could seriously harm somebody carrying that box if they fall over. A gas canister is another example of something that should not be packed away. For things like this, you need to make them clear to the removal company that they are dangerous and need to be handled with the utmost care and attention.
  • Irreplaceable objects, such as pictures of family members which have died for example, should not be packed and moved with the rest of your things, because of the potential accidents that could happen which would cause them to be lost forever. Moving them yourself should be easy enough.

With all of these examples, you can move a small number of objects yourself in your car, and ensure that they are completely safe from harm. By reducing the risk, you can ensure that your house move goes as smoothly as possible. We recommend that you buy moving boxes online.

How many books can fit in a box?

you are moving home or office, then you are likely to have plenty of books that you need to relocate. The process of moving books is tricky, and knowing exactly which type and size of box you are going to need for the job is tough. As most people only move house once every seven years, it is not something that you would remember doing. Books are delicate items that can easily get damaged if you do not protect them well enough, and they can become very heavy when trying to carry too many books at once, so there are plenty of things that you need to think about and consider. Calculating exactly how many books can fit into a box is also something that you need to think about, because this will determine how many boxes that you need to purchase for the task. Where to buy large cardboard box is also something to think about. So here is what we think:

  • Double walled cardboard packing boxes UK are the perfect type of box for moving books. The reason for this is because they are very strong and durable, and so they can hold the weight of the books that you put into them without breaking. They will help to protect the books from damage also, and they can be stacked on top of one another easily without breaking. They are reliable; and ultimately that is what you need from a moving box.
  • A small layer of bubble wrap around each individual box will further help prevent damage of the outside of the books. Bubble wrap is waterproof too; so if it rains during transit you have nothing to worry about.
  • Medium sized best packing boxes are the best for moving books. They are easy to carry when full, because they will not become too heavy to carry as you can only fit so many books into each box. They allow you to fit the ideal number of books so that you can get the job done quickly and efficiently, but without the boxes becoming too heavy and tiresome to carry. Most removal companies prefer medium sized cardboard boxes for packing for heavy objects, as they can easily fit through doorframes and can be stacked in a removal lorry as well.
  • In an average medium sized box, you can fit around twenty books which are of an average size as well. Our medium sized house moving boxes online measure 18 x 12 x 12 inches. You can fit more books into a larger box, but they might become quite heavy. The weight isn’t always a problem if you have plenty of strong hands available, but in most cases the medium size is the best.
  • The number of boxes that you will need will therefore depend on the number of books that you need to move. Twenty average size books will fit into a medium sized box, and so if you have larger books then less will fit into a medium sized box, and if you have a larger box then you’ll fit more than twenty normal sized books inside. You can use that as a rough estimate and guide while preparing to pack and after all you can always buy more boxes if you run out.

How to spot and prepare boxes for house moving

Choosing the right cardboard packing boxes for your house move can be a challenge. There are lots to choose from here online with Packing Solution, and our range is one of the largest around. If it is simply boxes that you are after, and you know the precise quantity that you require, just look at the boxes heading at the top menu, and this gives you the size measurements. Add the quantity that you need to your shopping cart. If you are a little less certain, why not take a look at our pre made moving packs, which are designed for specific sized house moves and they are discounted too, so they can be a good option.

How to spot and prepare boxes for house moving

Preparing cardboard boxes for packing- the methods:

prepare boxes for house moving

  • All boxes will arrive flat packed, ready for you to assemble as you choose. This way, they do not take up too much room, and they are easier to deliver in the postal service.
  • You could take the method of putting together one box at a time as you decide what you are going to put in them in each room. This will take up only a small amount of room which can be good, but it can be time consuming.
  • Alternatively you could put all of the boxes together with tape at the beginning, in a kind of production line, and then put things in them as you go. This can be quick, but you need plenty of space to make this work.
  • You need to ensure that you can carry the boxes, to make the job of moving easier, so make sure you don’t get carried away and put too many things in them at a time.

Cardboard house moving boxes will be brown in colour, so that you can write on them using a marker pen to say what is inside of each box before you seal them up with tape. This will make the unpacking process that bit easier for you, and you can put each box in the room that it will end up in eventually as soon as you unload the lorry at the other end. Most reputable removal companies will do the packing part for you, so it will just be a case of directing them to say what goes in where. So it might be easier to write on each box as you put them together to make directions clear for the removal man. Moving boxes are for sale here online at Packing Solution, we are an established retailer of packaging in the UK, and our friendly team can help you with any queries that you may have, so please give us a call.

Planning for House Moving? Here is your checklist…

As you may have already guessed, the first step to moving home is choosing the very best cardboard boxes for moving that will suit your needs. You will need to pick the right types of box, and the right sizes based on your specific requirements, and this is where we come in here at Packing Solution. We offer the largest range of boxes around and along with this we sell many other packing accessories as well, such as bubble wrap and strong box tape as well, so we are confident that you will be able to find everything that you need here online. Cardboard packing boxes for moving house will go well with choosing the right removal company for the job too.

 Planning for House Moving

  • You will need a professional removal service that will get the job done efficiently, because you don’t want a basic man and van service because they may not perform the job as well as a professional company will. You will need to decide how large a removal van you require, and how many people you will need to help you with your move.
  • Boxes for house moving need to be chosen precisely based on what you require, so measure your belongings precisely and then choose the sizes that fit that purpose the best.

Large boxes for moving house can hold lots of your item

Yes, the larger boxes can hold lots of your smaller things or your larger items too, and so for this reason they are very practical. They will be strong enough for the job without breaking apart, which is exactly what you need and this is why we offer so many different types of double walled boxes here online. Heavy duty boxes for moving shouldn’t be so large that they become difficult to carry though, because this will only make things more difficult than they need to be for you. If you need any help in choosing what is best for you, please contact us by phone or by email, and a member of our friendly staff will help you with anything that you need to know. We are experts in the subject, and have many years of experience. We are a family run organisation, and our range represents the best quality and most affordable boxes for house moving in the United Kingdom, so you will find what you need here.

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