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Helpful tips for packing, moving and storage

Make a molehill out of a mountain

Getting started

  • The best way to start to pack up your goods is one room at a time.
  • Label your cartons well with details of the contents as well as the room name.
  • Place heavy items in small cartons so that they are easy to lift and move.
  • Pictures, paintings and mirrors
  • Protect with bubble wrap or wrapping paper as appropriate, then pack individually in picture or flat pack cartons.
  • Tools, Mowers and Other Machinery
  • Tools and machinery are generally heavy so it is important to pack them in strong small boxes. Empty all oil and petrol from machinery. 
  • Safe storage tips
  • Ensure all petrol and oil is emptied from all machinery before storing
  • Ensure all gas bottles are emptied before storing 

Books, documents and paper files

Pack books flat and preferably in book boxes as they become heavy to move. Pack documents and paper files flat into archive boxes securing the lids where necessary.

Electrical appliances

Electrical Items are best packed in the manufacturer's packaging. Other suitable cartons can be sourced from our Box Shop. Make sure electronic items are packed dry and clean. The items, where appropriate, should be wrapped with bubble wrap or paper to protect them. . Fill gaps in your boxes with linen or packing paper to stop them from moving around when they are in transit. Cartons should be labelled "fragile" and placed so that they will not tip or fall over.

Fragile and breakable items

Place bubble wrap or a protecting layer at the bottom and top of your boxes. Wrap items individually using packing paper or bubble wrap as appropriate. Fill gaps in your boxes with linen or packing paper to stop them from moving around when they are in transit. Label your box with Fragile stickers. Make sure your boxes are strong and secure.


Protect your furniture with covers, making sure that your furniture is clean and dry before covering. Cushions and other soft furnishings should be wrapped or covered with plastic. Beds and other furniture, where appropriate, should be dismantled and items wrapped individually to protect them. All mattresses should be covered with mattress protectors.

Items which should not be stored include

  • Petrol and gasoline
  • Paints and thinners
  • Solvents, chlorine and acids
  • All combustible and explosive items
  • Any illegal or stolen items
  • Living and perishable items including plants
  • All hazardous products and items