Books and records – these are deceptively heavy, half sized cartons may be available for these. As an alternative, half fill the larger cartons and put lighter things on top. Pack books spine down.
Chest of drawers – These can be left filled with linen and clothes, but ensure that heavy, fragile and valuable items are emptied. Drawers in divan beds should be emptied.
Lampshades – These should be removed and packed separately. You can leave normal light bulbs in your property for the new occupants if you wish, but only a philanthropist would leave long life/low energy bulbs (at £12.00-£15.00 each!).
Fridges and Freezers – These should be emptied and defrosted. Contents may be left in freezers provided that they are bagged and the journey is short. The bags will be taken out immediately prior to being moved to be replaced when the freezer is in position in the van.
Cookers – These should be cleaned thoroughly, as grease can lead to a nasty accident, (see notes below re: disconnection). Pack any loose fittings and shelves separately, for microwaves remember to remove the glass turntable also.
Washing machines – These should be disconnected the contents emptied. Remember to fit the transit bar if you still have it. Whilst we move thousands of machines without this bar in place, and have had no problems, it should be noted that the fitting of this bar is part of the manufacturer’s warranty
Sheds and greenhouses – These should be dismantled in advance. Wrap the glass individually and tape into a manageable bundle. Please note that we will not carry fuel canisters or calor gas bottles, whether empty or full.
Garden tools – These should be cleaned as it will be going in the same van as your furniture. Note – we normally load these last to keep them as far away from the household items as possible.
Swings and slides – These will have to be dismantled in advance. Squirt penetrating oil onto the nuts and bolts a few days before you intend dismantling them.
Plants – Pack 5 or 6 smaller plants into a carton, with some packing material in between them to stop them falling over, seal the box with the flaps up to give extra protection. Leave larger plants for us to deal with. Whilst we will take great care of your plants, they are not covered by our insurance. In winter, and on longer journeys, frost can be a problem for the more delicate plants. Garden plants and shrubs can be taken, but make sure that the roots are well bagged up to avoid loose soil in the back of the van.
Pets – These are your responsibility and should be kept clear of our work. Dogs, for example, may think that the removal men are stealing your furniture! Fish tanks should be drained to the gravel and the fish taken in your car in sealable bucket, half filled with water. Consult your local stockist for exotic species.
Children – Children are always excited by the idea of moving, and you may want them to be present, but please make sure that they are well supervised, and stay off the van.
Items not to be moved – These should be clearly marked with stickers. This is particularly important where storage is involved.
DIY wardrobe dismantling – Dismantling should only be carried out where absolutely necessary. The old style wardrobes divide in the middle, so all the pieces that cross the joint will have to be removed. Modern wardrobes dismantle into panels, great care must be taken with these sections as chipboard is very easily damaged. Start by removing the back, then if possible lay the wardrobe on its back. Tape any loose fittings to the relevant sections.
Wardrobe boxes – These are provided on the day for the hanging contents of your wardrobes. Please make sure all the hangers are the same way round, as this makes transferring them into the boxes easier. All other small effects in the wardrobes should be placed into boxes.
Anglo Removals offer a professional home packing service and our moving coordinator can advise on how best to pack your household items.
Our North London moving house teams are fully equipped with advanced tools, trolleys and dollies. Removal blankets provide protection to your items of furniture during the moving process when our men load the van.
Our professional packers will carefully pack all of your belongings into the right sized boxes and mark them with the contents for easy unpacking.
Storage units are available in North London and they are popular with our domestic and commercial customers who need them prior to planning a move or after a move.