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Moving Tips


  • Inform gas, electric, water, cable, local telephone and trash removal services of your move. Sign up for services at your new address.
  • Recruit moving day help.
  • Confirm travel reservations.
  • Arrange to close or transfer bank accounts, if necessary.


Packing Tips - Beverly Hills Storage Moving Tips

Keep the following moving supplies and accessories on hand:

  • All types of boxes
  • Bubble wrap or other cushioning material
  • Marking pens
  • Tape measure
  • Furniture pads or old blankets
  • Packing tape and scissors
  • Money and credit cards
  • Label each box with the room in the new home to which it should be delivered.
  • Number the boxes and keep a list of what is in each box.
  • Clearly mark fragile items by using marker pen or fragile sealing tape.
  • Pack a bag of personal items you'll need during the move (change of clothes, toiletries, medicine, maps, food, and drinks). Keep it in an easy-to-find place when you pack.
  • Keep a medical kit accessible.
  • If you have children, pack a bag of games and activities for the trip

10 Days Prior: You should have confirmed your actual moving date by now and can thus finalise your removal booking. Now is the time to start packing up china and small items if you have decided to do so yourself. Make sure that you have enough boxes and packing materials; it is very easy to underestimate the number of bits and pieces that come out of cupboards and drawers. Do a little each day starting with the least used items (see advice on packing).

Access to and from the doorway of your homes is critical; please advise your neighbours in advance that a moving vehicle will be parked outside your home. If parking permits are required, this is your responsibility, no moving company would take this responsibility.

The best moving tip is to pack small items in moving boxes. It would not be wise to try and save money by avoiding the purchase of specially made moving boxes, or worse by not using any boxes at all. This is because it can cause damage to your belongings, some of which may not be replaceable.

When packed in especially made moving boxes:

  • You can Ensure that your items are 1.) Marked 2.) Sealed and 3.) Secured
  • Boxes can be numbered i.e. 1/20 (1 of 20) 2/20 (2 of 20) etc. Less chance of loosing a box.
  • Make sure you do this at end, because boxes do increase.
  • It becomes safer, easier and faster to load and unload.
  • Moving trolley can also be used, carrying several boxes at each time.
  • The space in a moving vehicle can be utilised more effectively.
  • Enormous amount of time is saved, especially when a moving firm quotes hourly rate.
  • Convenient, Accessible, Affordable.

Consider a Color Code System - Use a Marker Pen
You may want to consider using colored labels or else marking your boxes and items with a different color for each room. This will allow the moving men to place the items in the appropriate room satisfactorily.

IMPORTANT MOVING SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEEDRecommended Moving Supplies - Beverly Hills Storage Moving Tips

Packing Boxes: We recommend using durable packing boxes that are designed specially for moving. By purchasing new boxes, you will be assured that they are clean and the right size. This will make packing much safer, easier and faster - and you will save time.

Do not overfill: Ensure that you do not overfill your boxes or cartons, keep in mind that they have to be lifted. The top and sides of each box should not bulge or swell, nor should they cave in when closed. The removal men are fully trained but not even one of them is a superman. Also, do not underfill: This may appear unintelligent after the previous tip but partially filled boxes may collapse if heavy items are placed on top of them. Try to distribute your belongings evenly in the available boxes.

Ensure You Have Sufficient Packing Materials: It is essential that you plenty of packaging materials, don't order less, or you may have to pay additional delivery charges for reordering small amount. To cushion the ups and downs of moving your belongings, packing material provides additional protection. Use white tissue paper for linens (newspaper will leave black marks) bubble wrap for fragile and breakable items, and lots of scrunched up paper for filling spaces between things in the cartons. Another excellent investment for packing material are large plastic mattress bags for mattresses and couches / chairs. They will not only keep dust out, they also protect the furniture during the bouncing in the truck.

Packing Tape: Use heavy-duty tape (not masking or scotch) for the cartons as well as for taping things together (like broom handles, etc.). Safe storage sells inexpensive, clear sealing tape for all your packing needs.

Another "can't do without" during packing is a few good marking pens to label the cartons. We also recommend cord or rope to further secure cartons and doors on appliances and dressers, a padlock for the truck's rear door (if you want), and gloves to protect your hands. To help you move large appliances, we recommend renting an appliance dolly. Furniture pads are also extremely important for your move and can be rented inexpensively. They will allow you to pack your belongings and protect your furniture without ruining your own linens.

Bedding: Linen and bedding on the morning of the removal should be placed in black plastic liners. If beds are big beds can be disassembled, disassemble the bed frame. Tie rails and crosspieces together with rope or tape. Be sure to mark on tape where pieces fit together for reassembly. Use mattress protection bags to keep mattress clean.

Books & Records:
re deceptively heavy; use the small boxes for these, as an alternative, half fill the larger cartons and put light things on top. Alternatively, pack books spine down, or pack books flat, alternating bindings, and fill empty spaces with wadded paper.

Carpets, Rugs and Pads: After vacuuming rugs and pads, sprinkle with moth flakes. Roll up and tie in three places with twine. Tacks should be removed and the carpet then rolled up, try to avoid bending the carpet as this will make it more difficult to relay.

Cartons: Mark the top and sides of all cartons / on the tape and tape it accordingly, with contents and destination location (such as bedroom, kitchen, or basement). This will make identifying where things are easy when they are stacked on top of each other. If the box is reused, then using fresh tape over marked taped easily eliminates old markings.

Chairs: Wrap arms and legs to prevent scratches. Bundle armless chairs in pairs, seat to seat with a folded blanket or other padding between and tie seats together.

Dresses, coats, suits - anything hanging in closets - travel best in special, reusable wardrobe cartons, which can be used seasonally as "extra closets" for storage. Other clothes can remain folded in their regular dresser drawers.

Cookers: should be cleaned thoroughly as grease can lead to a nasty accident. Gas and Electric cookers can be disconnected by the householder but, if in doubt, seek professional advice. Clean off all grease, particularly from the exterior of all appliances, as this can lead to a nasty accident. Remove any loose fittings from the cooker and pack separately. The glass base plate from your microwave oven should also be removed and packed separately.

Curtain/Shower Rods: Remove the hardware from the walls and put in small plastic bag. Tape bag around rod and place in dresser drawer.

Cycles & Baby Carriages: Loosen, lower and turn handlebars at right angles to save space. Clean and cover chains and pedals to protect other items from being snagged or soiled. Pedals can also be removed with a simple wrench on most bikes.

Dishes: Individually wrap each piece. If you use newspaper, wrap first in plastic bags to save dish washing later. Place saucers, plates and platters on edge - do not stack flat. Cups and bowls can be placed inside each other with wrapped paper on all and wrapped three or four in a bundle.

Drawers: in chests can be left filled with linen and clothes but ensure that any heavy, fragile or valuable items are emptied. Drawers in divan beds should be emptied. Plastic bags can be provided for linen and clothes. If possible, try to secure drawers with string or tape.

Electronic Equipment, Computer, Hi-Fi, DVD, Radios and TVs: should be padded and boxed so that knobs are not broken off and the finish is not scratched. The drawers should be empty of all disks, as when they are re-started they may jam. Record players should have the turntable and playing arm secured. Box upright in carton well padded on all sides. Mark with and arrow pointing up and write UP on all sides. For console equipment, surround with furniture pads and then move and load upright.

ELECTRICAL/GAS SUPPLIES: You should arrange for these items to be disconnected from mains supply by an appropriate professional, prior to removal. Refer to the manufacturers instructions (check with local dealer).

Fragile: Thoroughly wrap fragile items individually with paper, bubble wrap or foam wrap depending on the item (newspaper print residue must be hand washed off of all things it touches, dishwasher washing will not take it off). Special care must be taken with small items so as not to lose them in the packing materials. Taping over the wrapping is a good technique to highlight a small item as not being merely a bunched up piece of paper. Glassware and china should be wrapped so as not to clatter within the box. Use plenty of paper to line the top, bottom and side of each box. Plates should be individually wrapped and then stood on their side in the box- NEVER lay them flat; all the weight would be on the bottom plate, and if the box is set down too strongly the bottom plate could break. Glasses should also be individually wrapped and packed standing up; they're stronger when standing than if laid on their side All staples in boxes should be removed so as to safeguard surfaces such as wood floors, counter tops, and furniture where cartons may be stacked prior to pickup and after delivery. Do not interlock box flaps together - always tape bottoms and tops with at least three strips of tape and at least halfway up or down the sides of the box for strength. Remember that taping reinforces the strength of the box, and yet can be easily cut with a blade later when unpacking.

Fridges & Freezers: should be emptied and defrosted. Fridges and freezers should be washed out with detergent and dried thoroughly inside. If any of the items are not cleaned and dried thoroughly, mildew will form during long-term storage. After the move fridge or freezers should be turned on next day (be sure to let the unit stand upright for at least 24 hours before plugging it back in.), you must let the liquid settle properly before it is used again. Contents may be left in freezers provided they are bagged and the journey is short. The bags will be taken out immediately prior to the freezer being moved and replaced when the freezer is in the van.

Garden Tools: and equipment should be cleaned, as they will be going in the same van as your furniture.
Glasses: Wrap each glass separately in paper or bubble wrap. Wrap first in plastic to save dishwashing later! Pack in sturdy carton with dividers. Dish packs are perfect for glassware as well as dishes. They may cost a bit more than regular boxes, but it doesn't take many pieces of "saved" glassware to make up for the cost.

Gas Dryers: Have the gas company disconnect. (Most will do this for free.)

Irons, Fryers, Tea/Coffee Makers: Empty, drain and dry out prior to your removal.

Items Not Moving: Please use 'Do not Move' stickers on items that you are leaving behind or are taking with you in the car, they should be clearly marked with the coloured stickers or use marker pen to write on the items.

Knives: Place knives and other sharp objects inside a container, such as an old biscuit tin.

Lamp Shades: should be removed and packed separately. You can leave normal light bulbs. Tall lamps must be dismantled and when all lamps are packed in the carton, fill out the carton with plenty of wadded-up packing paper. Be generous. Mark "FRAGILE" and "LAMPS" in large, clear letters on all sides of the carton. DO NOT just bubble wrap a lamp and consider it packed.

Mirrors: Use mirror pack boxes

Pictures: Oil pictures should be covered over with a no acidic clear wrap and then bubble wrapped or wrapped in blankets, and then placed in a picture box or a flattened out box with the ends taped. Pictures in glass frames or mirrors should be wrapped in blankets and packed in picture cartons or flattened out cartons. Lamps and lampshades should each be placed in separate boxes. If two lamp shades are put together a piece of plain paper should be put between them so that they can be easily pulled apart. Do not use newspapers with print or it will permanently mark the shades.

Sheds & Greenhouses: should be dismantled in advance. Wrap the glass individually and tie in manageable bundles. Furniture is highly inflammable and so no fuel or gas bottles can be loaded. See the storage section page for details of items that cannot be stored.

Sofa Beds: Please ensure that you secure your sofa beds so it will not spring out while moving. Unsecured sofa bed can cause terrible and serious accidents and can also harm the persons carrying it. For large tables, remove legs (if possible) and tie together. Put hardware in small plastic bag and tape around one of the legs or to underside of table top. Pad tabletop all around and position it upright against the side of the truck. Pad and tie spare table leaves. For smaller tables, pad top and strap legs to prevent scratching.

Stereos, CD Players, and other Electronic Equipment Separately pack components and pack in well-padded cartons marked FRAGILE. Pack CDs upright in their cases in a sturdy carton with a reinforced bottom. They get heave so use small boxes. Tie CDs is small bundles when packing, the fill air with wadded paper. Mark FRAGILE. Cassettes can be packed in the same manner, although you can group them in larger bundles. Cables should be placed in the same cartons as the component they are for to avoid misplacing them later.

Swings & Slides: will have to be dismantled. Squirt penetrating oil into the nuts a few days before you intend dismantling them.

Washing Machines & Dishwashers: should be disconnected and contents emptied. Washing machine drums must be secured with brackets to prevent damage. A drum-locking bar should be fitted to automatic machines. Whilst we move thousands of machines without locking bars and have no problems, it should be noted that fitting the bar is part of the manufacturer’s warranty.

Wardrobes/Clothes Rails: or wardrobe cartons can be provided for clothes with hangers to prevent re-ironing. Please make sure all hangers are the same way round as this makes transferring them onto the rails much easier. All other small effects in wardrobes should be packed into boxes. However another way is to take approximately ten items on hangers, place a black plastic liner upside down over them with a hole for the hooks to come through, and then place packing tape around the hooks of the hangers to keep them together.

Stack all cartons neatly against a wall, and create clear, unobstructed paths to prevent the possibility of tripping. When possible disassemble beds, remove mirrors from dressers or walls etc. Do these things if needed, but if you do them you will save time, remember that saving time will saves you money.

Load Last: Items that you will need immediately upon arrival at your new property (kettle etc) should be placed in a box/carton and clearly marked "Load Last".

Do a walk through of each residence from which you are moving after the truck has been loaded with its contents. Double-check all cabinets, drawers, and basement, garage or storage lockers. Make sure you have all hardware to disassembled pieces. Look at all inside or outside places where things been left sitting (including windowsills). Get your ladders, hoses, and toolboxes. Be absolutely certain that everything has been loaded onto the truck before releasing the moving crew to the next location.

Hazards should be noted ahead of time. You should advise your mover of damaged or fragile furniture, weak or broken stairs, or impediments which may affect the move.

Valuables Set aside jewellery, important papers and safe deposit box contents. To pack it yourself so that you can keep with you throughout your journey. Don't pack your chequebook, passport, visas or airline tickets! If you are going to our storage facility, don't pack important papers like passports, driver's licenses, birth certificates, etc.

  • Car registration certificate
  • Irreplaceable photos and snapshots (negatives)
  • Car ownership records
  • Tax return records
  • Children's school records
  • Passports
  • Insurance policies
  • Traveler's checks
  • Medical / Dental records
  • Contact phone numbers

If you are not on the ground floor or may have access problems, please advice the movers well in advance. Advise them of potential problems, and special needs such as clothing wardrobes, extra cartons, last minute packing, etc.

Beverly Hills Storage provides packing services or materials for your move at a competitive cost. Preparation and organization are the determining factors in having an efficient move. Pre-move planning will go a long way in making your move trouble-free.

Parking near your residence should be easily accessible for the purpose of moving. Do whatever you can to reserve parking for your movers, remember the moving vehicle cannot block the street. Also, if the movers have to walk extra distance with your furniture, the move will take longer and may cost you more.

If you have yellow lines or parking bays outside your property, parking may be a problem. Parking dispensation will be required. This unfortunately is something only you as a resident can arrange, but the movers can help by supplying you with all the necessary information and relevant telephone numbers for your local council.

Children: are always excited by the idea of moving and you may want them to be present, but please make sure they are well supervised, and stay off the van.

Presence during the Moving: It is your responsibility to be present throughout the moving to ensure that nothing that should be removed is left behind and nothing is taken away in error.

Proper Packing is the most important thing that you the shipper can do to save time, money, and aggravation! Basically, use common sense when packing. Pack heavier things like books into smaller boxes, and pack lighter things in progressively larger boxes. Never make a box heavier than one person can handle.

Don't save all your packing for the last day. Begin packing items not needed well in advance. Packing gets more and more tiresome over a period of time, so it is good to jump-start the packing endeavour as much as possible. Disassemble items that need to be taken apart and carefully save any hardware involved. Sometimes lost hardware is virtually impossible to replace, so be very careful where you save it.

Insurance: Before you buy extra insurance from your moving company, check with your household policy; most cover this already. 

Avoid Fridays: Try and avoid moving on a Friday, this could save you money. Although it is the most logical day for moving. However, if you do experience delays regarding transaction of monies then you will have to wait till Monday to sort the inconvenience. Worst may not end here, then you may find that the moving vehicle full of your personal belongings and no where to go. This normally results in having to pay for storage and another day of moving costs. 

Your previous property: If your previous property is going to be left empty for a period of time, ensure that all lights and appliances are turned off, windows and doors are closed, and the alarms is on. Also, make sure that there are no leaks that are a result of disconnecting appliances.

Best of luck: We at Beverly Hills Storage hope you find these moving tips useful throughout your upcoming moving experience and wish you success in your new venture.


 checklist  Checklist Of Companies & People To Be Informed.

Post Office
Insurance Companies
Banks and Financial Institutions
Current Account
Change of address For Licence & Registration
Internet Service Provider

Call Beverly Hills Storage
Permit For Vehicles At New Property
Government Offices 
Book Club
Record Club
Church/Place Of Worship
Mobile Phone

Cable Company
TV Licensing Authority
Temporary Permit For Removal Van

 london removals  Carry The Following Items On The Day Of The Move:
E.g. Overnight bag
Mobile phone
Home/office sale/Transfer documents
Pack any personal/essential items

Credit - Debit Cards
Bed linen
Important telephone numbers
This Checklist

 moving company london  A Day Before Your Move:
Arrange collection of keys of new place.
Complete any packing and label boxes.
Dispose of anything you don't want.
Empty fridge and defrost freezer.
Take all meter readings.
Plan where things go in new home