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Packaging yourself or professional service?
An important element of a move is the packing. By packing all items properly before the moving day, the move itself will be easier and damages can be prevented. You can choose to do the packing yourself, which will safe you some money but will cost you more time. Call us, to find out what it would cost you if we would take care of this for you. It’s without obligation.
Packing is a very important part of any move. When items are packed properly, it prevents damages and it makes the loading a lot easier. We herewith gladly give you some handy tips. Please keep in mind that we can also supply all the materials that you need. Our surveyor can advise you on this. We refer to the section on “packing materials” for a description of the available type of boxes and materials.
Small, fragile items
1. Glassware: in a folding box with handles, make a good springy base using +/- 10 balls of packing paper.
Lightly wrap each glass in 2 sheets of paper. Put the glasses upright in the box and then top them up with, for instance, Tupperware or other light items. Finally, top up the box with balls of paper to prevent the contents from moving around.
For expensive crystal glasses, you can use our special glassware box with dividers. But please do wrap all your glasses lightly in paper before placing them in the separate compartments.
2. Plates: in a folding box with handles, make a good springy base using +/- 10 balls of packing paper. Pack three plates at a time in 3 sheets of paper and make sure there is a paper buffer between each plate. Put the plates upright in the box and top up the box with, for example, Tupperware or other light items. Finally, top up the box with balls of paper to prevent the contents from moving around.
For more expensive tableware, we also supply bullet-paper that you can use as extra protection between the plates.
- Rather use too much paper than too little
- Place heavy items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on top
- Work from large to small
- Never have any items stick out over the edge, but leave 2 cm room under the edge and top up with paper
- Clearly indicate on the box that it contains fragile goods
- Keep the fragile boxes together
- On the side of the box, attach a sticker stating the contents and where the box has to go
3. Books: use a folding box with handles. Lay the books flat in the box with the spines against each other. Fill the box up to 60% and top it off with, for instance, linen or another light material. This ensures that you or our employees will not strain their backs!
4. Wine: use the special wine box with separate compartments.
5. Mattresses: we can supply special plastic mattress covers.
6. Connecting parts/cables: use the conspicuously colored small-parts box for parts of dismantled items of furniture. This box is also ideal for keys/remote control units and the cables belonging to your costly audio equipment!
7. Lampshades: dismantle the top from the base and always pack lampshades separately in a box. There are different-sized boxes available.
8. Hanging clothing: for hanging clothing, a wardrobe box is available. To make sure that your expensive clothes do not get damaged, do not add any other items.
9. Linen/sweaters/shirts/jeans: use a folding box with handles and fill the box to the top.
10. Audio and video equipment: if possible, use the original boxes. If you no longer have them, follow these instructions: in a folding box with handles, make a good springy base using +/- 10 balls of packing paper and pack the loose parts first in soft foam. Fill the remaining space with paper so that the items cannot move around in the box.
11. Plasma TV: if possible, use the original box. If you no longer have the original box, follow these instructions:
First, place a layer of foam to prevent the screen from being scratched. Then add a layer of bubble wrap and finish off with cardboard. Our movers can help you with this, so please do not hesitate to ask for their assistance.
12. Clocks: remove the pendulum from the clock and pack it in the small-parts box, for example. We recommend that you leave the packing of large long-case or grandfather clocks to our movers.
13. Food and flammable items: it’s better if you don’t pack food that has been opened. We recommend that you transport it yourself. Flammable and explosive goods may not be packed because of the fire risk.
14. Open bottles: Do not pack open bottles as they might cause damage to other.