Packing and Storage Advice from Hughes Removals in York, Yorkshire & Humberside

Move house the easy way with our experienced and efficient team. Hughes Removals offers
great value for money, well-trained staff and a professional removals service throughout York, Shipton By Beningbrough, Yorkshire and Humberside. For helpful advice on storing and packing your possessions, read our tips below or call us on 01904 471 471 to speak to a member of the Hughes’ team.

Handy Tips for Storing Your Possessions

– Place labels on all items you wish to store.
– Make sure that any white goods (freezers, fridges, washer etc.) are turned off a few days before they are to be stored so that they are thoroughly dried out. It is also advisable to clean and dry
all items, particularly things normally used outside (bikes, garden tools etc.).
– DO NOT store any precious items, such as jewellery, money, deeds or other important documents.
– We do not accept hazardous goods like paint, aerosols, gas bottles or weapons.
– Plants, food and animals cannot be stored. Be sure to make arrangements in advance of your move.

Handy Tips for Packing Your Possessions

Even with the greatest care taken, no mover can guarantee that your personal and cherished belongings won’t get damaged in transit. This is why we have insurance and give you the option of liability cover.

Decide what you want to take early on and make sure we know this before the quotation is provided. Do not put everything into one room or area; this makes it very difficult for the crew to work and it will slow them down.

If you can, try to remove everything that is not going to your new home before moving day. If you can’t then just identify the items clearly.

If you have something unusual to take with you, let us know. We will make special arrangements for plants, fine art, antiques, wine collections, IT equipment or anything else about which you are particularly concerned.

Arrange the date as far ahead as possible, but don’t guess. Keep us informed if you think we may need to react at short notice.

We are not allowed to tamper with mains services. Make arrangements with your gas and/or electric companies in advance. Also inform your telephone company and Internet Service Provider (ISP) and, if required, make arrangements to keep your old number.

It is advisable to run down stocks as much as possible – freezers are not designed to be moved loaded. For long distance moves they will need to be completely emptied and for short trips the contents may be temporarily removed, packed into boxes and reloaded at your new home. However please note that neither we nor most insurers will accept responsibility for any deterioration of the contents.

We will only take down curtains and take up carpets by special arrangement, but will not fit them at your new home.

You should remove light fittings before the moving day as we are not qualified to do so.

This type of furniture is not designed to be moved in its assembled form. You should discuss this with us as there will be a charge for dismantling and/or reassembling it. When dismantling furniture make sure you tape the screws and fittings to the underside ready to set up in your new home.

Clothes and other light items may be left in drawers, but heavier items such as books, files or tools should be removed and packed separately.

Please tell us if there are any restrictions at either location. Also inform us if we are likely to face any difficulties getting access at your new home. These might include narrow streets, overhanging trees, unmade roads, small doorways, spiral staircases etc.

Tell us if you are moving to a flat or multi-storey building and whether or not there is a lift (and how big it is)! Where possible we recommend that you make arrangements for priority use of the lift for the day.

Sometimes we will arrive at your new home before you do. If you can, give the foreman a spare key so we won’t lose any time waiting for you.

Please give the driver clear directions to your new home and a street map if possible. Also draw a floor plan of your new home and give it to the foreman so everything can be put in the correct room.

Colour coded labels can also help to identify the correct location for items – speak to the estimator about this.

Older children may enjoy the excitement of the move and should be included as much as possible, both during the planning and the move itself, to help them understand the reasons for moving and reduce homesickness.

You might consider having younger children and pets looked after by a relative or friend while the move is taking place. If children are staying with you on moving day set aside a room with their toys to keep them occupied.

  • Try not to stay up late packing and cleaning. You will need a good night’s sleep.
  • It’s a good idea to have a small tool kit on hand for moving into your new home – screwdrivers, hammer, chisel and screws can be useful.
  • Remember the kettle etc. You can never make too many cups of tea or hand around too many biscuits on the day of the move.
  • Remember to turn off water, gas and electricity and do a final meter reading.
  • Once you think all items have been loaded into the truck, have a final walk round the house to check that nothing has been left behind.
  • Lock doors and windows when you leave the property.