Tips for packing food for your move

Perhaps the most challenging aspect of moving house is packing up what you’ve got in the kitchen, so it’s little wonder that many movers leave it until last. Moving house can be expensive at the best of times, and nobody wants to see good food go to waste, so what’s the best way to move food products safely, and cleanly, from one property to another?

As the top removal company in Cambridge, we’ve compiled the following tips to make moving food a little less of a hassle:

Cook it or chuck it

Once you know your moving date, take a look at the expiry dates on your various food items. Anything that’s due to expire before, or just after you move, probably isn’t worth holding onto. Either get creative in the kitchen and use them up before you go or bin them.

Secure your essentials

Pantry basics like flour, sugar, rice, and pasta are fairly hard-wearing, but their packaging isn’t. Paper and plastic bags (especially ones already opened) have a tendency to split in transit, so invest in some clip-top plastic boxes or heavy-duty freezer bags to protect them on the move.

Keep it small

Pack food items into small boxes, to spare the weight. If the bottom falls out of an overloaded box, even those items that don’t split, break or burst, are likely to be contaminated by the ones that do.

Protect your bottles

Whether its wine, spirits, or extra virgin olive oil, glass bottles will need extra protection for the trip. If it’s only a few choice bottles, it’s worth investing in wine boxes or bottle postage packages. For larger collections, remember to reinforce your boxes, and don’t worry about going overboard on the bubble wrap or packing peanuts.

If you’re planning to move house, remember that Cambridge Removals & Storage are the best removal company in Cambridge, providing residential removals services across the city. Get in touch with us today for a free, no-obligation quote.

Packing up books for your move

There are few things in life more pleasing than a book collection. Whatever your literary tastes, the sight of shelf upon shelf of books is something truly beautiful.

If your book collection has a drawback it is this: books are heavy! When it comes to your big move, even a modest collection of books is going to take some shifting, and it’s essential that you do so carefully to avoid torn pages, scuffed covers, and damaged spines.

As the top removal company in Cambridge, we have some experience in transporting books. Here are some of our top tips.

A little at a time

Books are heavy, so break your collection up into manageable chunks. Small shipping boxes (about half the size of a standard document archive box) are ideal, usually holding between 30 and 40 paperbacks apiece. This is enough to clear a shelf or two with each box, but not so many as to make it difficult for a single person to carry.

Lining, packing, and taping

Line your book boxes with packing paper, as this protects the dust covers on any hardback editions. Ensure that heavier books go at the bottom and be prepared to do some rearranging of your books to fill in the surrounding gaps as snugly as possible. Not only does this provide extra support to the books and the box, but it means you’re maximising your decision to go for smaller boxes in the first place. Finally, you will want to tape your boxes up well. Even smaller boxes are going to carry an impressive amount of weight, and you don’t want the bottom falling out during transit.

Wheeled suitcases

An alternative solution is to pack your books into wheeled suitcases for the move. After all, the only other thing you’re likely to use them for is clothing, and that’s something that is not only light, but can survive getting creased or knocked about a bit. Throw your clothes in boxes and wheel your books to their new home in style.

Here at Cambridge Removals and Storage, we offer a complete packing service, which ensures that any delicate, fragile, or precious items – including your book collection – are packed safely, prior to moving. Contact us today, for a free, no-obligation quote.

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Packing furniture for an overseas move

While we are one of the leading removals companies and storage unit providers in Cambridge, we can’t help you directly when it comes to shipping your furniture and other possessions overseas.

However, here are a few tips that might assist you.

Only take what you can’t do without

Whilst a lot depends on where you’re moving to, if it’s a metropolitan area within a major country, the odds are good that you’d be better off selling your old furniture prior to the move, and using the money made (not to mention the savings on shipping) to buy brand new stuff once you’re over there. In this age of cheap consumer furnishings, you should only be risking international transport on items that are irreplaceable.

Keep a photographic record

From the moment you pack away your furniture to the moment you reassemble it in your new home, you are leaving it in the hands of a series of third parties, from the UK removals firm, to the international shipping agent, to the delivery firm at the other end. That means plenty of opportunities for it to get knocked about. Taking a detailed series of photographs before packing will be essential should you need to put in an insurance claim later.

Break it up

Most international shipping companies charge either by size or weight. While there’s little you can do about the latter, you can reduce the amount of space taken up by that charming old Welsh dresser, for instance, by dismantling it and carefully strapping and wrapping the parts together. This is where your photos may come in handy, and don’t forget to label everything!

Of course, if your overseas adventure isn’t a permanent arrangement, you can always make use of a storage facility. At Cambridge Removals and Storage, we have a range of custom storage units in Cambridge, available on flexible and non-contractual packages, ideal for keeping your belongings safe whether you’re away on a long or short-term basis. Call us today on 01223 882 118 for a free quote.

What to include in an essentials box

As the premier providers of residential removals in Cambridge, we understand how hectic moving day can be for the average family. In order to make the transition easier, we recommend packing an essentials box a good week or so before the big day.

An essentials box includes all the things you’re likely to need during moving day and that first night. This can be put in your car on the day of the move, making it the first thing you bring into your new home.

Here are few suggestions of what to stock it with.

Snacks and drinks

Moving house can be thirsty and hungry work. Non-perishable snacks like crisps, nuts, and granola bars can help to fill the gap and, if you have time the night before, some sandwiches will make for a more substantial lunch. Tea-bags and instant coffee are good choices: just remember to throw in the kettle and something to drink out of.

Toiletries

Toilet paper is a must, as is washing-up liquid and a tea towel. Since moving can be dirty work, maybe include hand-sanitiser or wet wipes – enough to clean your hands before lunch.

Toolkit

The major stuff can wait until the next day, but a hammer, a set of screwdrivers, a torch, and some spare light bulbs are likely to come in handy.

Clothing

It’s worth packing a change of clothes for everyone, as well as pyjamas or other nightwear for the first night, especially if you have kids.

Papers

Birth certificates, passports, mortgage/tenancy documents, and other essential records should be put in a sealed plastic bag and included in your essentials box. This is less because you’re liable to need them, but more to ensure that you know where they are for the future.

Once your essentials box is packed, we even provide a full packing service for the rest of your belongings so you can be reassured that everything is expertly packed and easy to locate at the other end. Call us today for a free, no-obligation quote.

Labelling boxes during your house move

Labelling boxes during your house move

As the foremost removals company in Cambridgeshire, we’re often asked by our customers about the best way to label boxes when preparing for a move. Having given it some thought, we’ve come up with the following hints and tips to help you on your way:

Don’t rush

Take your time and plan ahead. Allow yourself plenty of opportunities between starting to pack up and the big day itself so you can do a little bit at a time. Packing up your belongings in a methodical manner can be boring – we’re not going to lie – but it will pay dividends when you come to unload and unpack at the other end.

Tops and sides

We’re going to cover a few labelling techniques, but they only really work if you mark the boxes on the lids and on all sides. Then it doesn’t matter how they’re stacked when you arrive in your new home, because you’ll be able to tell which box is which.

Make an inventory

Give each box a number and take your time filling it. As you go, compile a list of everything that’s in there. Yes, it will take time, but it’s better than rummaging through a dozen boxes to find that elusive toaster or phone charger.

Fragile items

Anything that’s particularly fragile or precious should be labelled as such. Not just for the removals team, but for yourself so you don’t pile a box of books on top of your best china by mistake.

Remember the basics

Label one box with OPEN FIRST. This will contain all the essentials for the first night and day in your new home – kettle, cups, tea bags or coffee, a change of clothes, toiletries and so on.

As the premier removals company in Cambridgeshire, we are here to help you with the full end-to-end house moving process. This includes our packing service, which ensures that all your belongings are safely and securely packed, prior to transit, and easy to locate again at the other end of your move. So why wait? Call Cambridge Removals and Storage today for a free, no-obligation quote.

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