This advice is supplied for those customers wishing to take partial or full responsibility for packing and preparing the house contents for removal by Schofield Removals.

Our removal consultant will take note of your wishes at the free no obligation survey of your house contents. The resulting quote will contain full details of the removal crews agreed responsibilities and tasks concerning your removal by Schofields.

General information

  • Start packing as early as possible
  • Declutter by selling or giving away unwanted possessions
  • Use proper packing materials supplied by us at a very competitive price – this will protect your possessions during your move
  • Use Proper Packing Materials
  • Use strong ‘double walled’ boxes
  • Tape the top and bottom of the boxes with packing tape
  • Keep aside a carton you will transport that has all the essential things you might need when your first arrive at your new home, like medications or a kettle and mugs to make drinks

How to Pack

  • Don’t overfill boxes [15kg max]
  • Fill any left over space in a box with paper or cloth to ensure boxes don’t get squashed and to protect your possessions
  • Use an appropriate sized box for what you’re packing. Generally, the heavier the object the smaller the container.
  • Label each box as you go with the room name or list of contents. If the contents are delicate or need to remain upright clearly mark fragile and right side up
  • Sequence your packing so that the least used possessions are packed first.
  • Do one room at a time. Last in first out – pack the most used items to the top of your boxes.
  • Keep aside a carton you will transport that has all the essential things you might need when your first arrive at your new home, like medications or a kettle and mugs to make drinks.

Should this all seem too much don’t forget we are here to help. If you change your mind about doing it yourself lets us know in advance of moving day and we will take care of it.

Strip them bare and take them apart

Collectively books are heavy so use small strong cartons and don’t overload. Pack them flat and alternate the bindings for even stacking.

Wrap plates and dishes individually and pack vertically in a strong carton.After wrapping with tissue paper nest bowls and cups inside each other. Infill the gaps with tea towels or void filling material.

Pack these up individually in packing paper tissue or bubble wrap.

Loose clothing and bedding can go into bin liners. However we recommend the use of our general cartons for folded jumpers/trousers and wardrobe cartons to hang your garments to keep them all clean and crumple free. Drawers can be packed with lightweight clothes and non fragile items.

Please make sure they are disconnected before removal by a qualified person.

If you can keep the original packaging repack them in it with any of the infill packing – this is the best solution. Like all boxes tape them securely. For those with an LP collection remember to tape down or secure the pick up arm on your turntable. Also wrap and pack your LP’s vertically.

Defrost and air in good time before moving day. Secure all drawers and loose parts. Pad any vulnerable coils. Tape or strap the doors shut with cardboard spacer to hold slightly open for air circulation.

These are generally not designed to be moved around assembled. You need to dismantle them before the day of moving. Also any other furniture too big to negotiate doorways will also need disassembling. Talk to our removal consultant if you have anything that might cause a problem moving.

Many items in these areas cannot be transported by removal companies due to health and safety. They include solvent based products (paints etc), poisons, flammable substances/liquids and gas/aerosols. Tools should be clean, sharp edges wrapped and taped together if loose. Pack your power tools with plenty of padding/infill. Protect your possessions from oil and grease by covering the pedals and chains of any bicycles and greased tools.

Pad out the packing box’s sides and bottom. Then place screwed up tissue paper in side each bowl or glass and wrap each separately. Generously cushion each glass object from its neighbours. Do not cram in the container.

Suitable plastic mattress covers are available from us or use some suitable alternative.

For protection large mirrors, paintings and other artwork should be wrapped in bubble blanket or paper blankets which can be supplied by us.

To prevent tarnishing and scratching of your silverware use acid free tissue paper (we can supply) and don’t use rubberbands.

Remember to replace the securing transit bolts in the drums that came with these machines. Alternatively, you can prevent excessive movement by filling with towels, old linen and blankets.

Banned from removal & storage

  • All foods
  • Anything flammable, combustible or caustic.
  • No petrol, oil, cleaning fluids, paint thinners and portable gas tanks.
  • If in doubt ask us or the management of your self storage unit.

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