Tips for moving

 Preparation and planning are essential components of a successful, cost-effective move

The easiest way to save money is to do the packing yourself. Call at

WARD & SON CARRIERS for packing materials and friendly, professional advice.



Try to fill the boxes to the top and close and seal the lid flat. This enables the boxes to be stacked safely on top of each other.

Never make boxes so heavy that they cannot be lifted safely. If, during packing, the box is becoming heavy fill it up with lighter things such as soft toys, cushions, towels etc. If you can lift it then so can we.  Books are the worst items for making a box heavy - use smaller boxes! Remember also one plate is light - a stack of twenty starts to become heavy!

Make sure that sharp objects, such as knives, are well wrapped or placed inside some sort of container before they are put into a box as they can easily cut through the cardboard and could do some serious damage to the person carrying the box.

                Always use parcel tape to secure the bottom and the top of your boxes. Do not just fold the flaps in, in a criss cross way. If a box is folded in this fashion then any weight will just push the flaps apart when the box is lifted and the contents will crash to the floor, if not immediately then, more than likely, before it reaches the van.

Fold the flaps down square and secure along the joint with parcel tape. For extra strength and durability you can also put a length of parcel tape along the open edge joint as well.

               Write clearly on the tape on the top of the box which room the box is to be left in at your new home. By writing on the tape we know that this is your instruction as well as leaving the box able to be used again by another customer.

When the boxes have been unpacked slit the tape along the joints and the boxes can be flat packed for storage until you have finished unpacking all your boxes and they are ready for collection. Do not rip the tape off as this weakens the box, usually by ripping the outer layer of paper off along with the length of tape.

Remember the heavier the items then the smaller the boxes to be used!

We can supply portable wardrobe boxes on the day of your removal.



                A removal van is typically the size of a double-decker bus and when parked outside your house will need the back doors outside your front gate or door and, if your house is on a hill, facing downhill. Please let your neighbours know that there is going to be a removal van needing to park outside your house and ask them to keep the road clear of parked cars on removal day. Let them know in advance and remind them a couple of days before the removal day and again, maybe, the night before. There is nothing worse than turning up for a removal and not being able to park outside the house because the owner of a car cannot be found.

                If there are parking restrictions outside your current or new address you need to contact the local authorities to arrange for a suspension of the restrictions outside your property/ies for the day of the removal. Remember - extra time equates to extra cost.



                Please ensure that gateways, paths and doorways are clear of overhanging plants, branches etc. If it is wet then it will wet your furniture as well as the porters. If there are trailing plants across pathways please clear them as you could be liable for any injury if someone slips on your path. Not to mention the potential damage inside the dropped box.



                If you defrost the fridge/freezer either make sure it is done at least two days prior to moving day and thoroughly dried out or, if it is still being used, switched back on and not disconnected until it is time to put it on the van. For long distance moves, or if moving via storage, defrosting is essential as the fridge/freezer will defrost by itself in the back of the van and leak onto anything and everything around it. If the freezer is not being defrosted then put frozen food into plastic bags so that, if necessary, the food can be taken out while the freezer is put on the van and then put back into the freezer for the (short) journey. The fridge should be emptied, preferably into a cool bag if possible.



                Not only is it unpleasant for the porters to have to carry slimy wet woodwork or pots full of wet foliage, but these items may be added to the back of the van containing your household furniture etc. where, during transit, vibration could transfer water from leaves and flowers and garden seats to the floor of the van and, ultimately, to anything stood on the floor of the van. Therefore, outdoor items such as garden furniture and plant pots etc. should, if possible, be placed somewhere dry a couple of days or so prior to moving day.

THE IMPORTANT BITS (small print?)


                Unless otherwise arranged with ourselves, you will be expected to dismantle any self-assembly or other furniture that is not able to be removed in one piece i.e.; wardrobes, beds etc., and disconnect your washer and/or dishwasher. Any items we agree to dismantle will be re-assembled. Whilst we will take as much care as possible when dismantling your furniture we are not covered by our insurance to do so and, consequently, will not accept responsibility for any accidental damage whilst dismantling furniture.


                Whilst we are willing to remove pictures and mirrors, and will take as much care as is possible with them, we cannot guarantee the safety of unframed or unbacked sheets of mirror glass or the glass in clipped glass frames (as from Ikea), as these are easily chipped and can flex in transit (or even whilst being carried) and break. When being packed it is advisable to pack pictures face to face and back to back. This prevents any hooks on the back being pushed into, and breaking, the glass on the front.


LONG CASE CLOCKS (Grandfather)               

Whilst we are willing to dismantle and move these clocks, quite often just moving them can cause them to cease functioning properly due to the delicateness of their workings and their usual age. Whilst we will treat them with the utmost care we cannot accept responsibility for them ceasing to work when delivered.



                Pianos will only be moved out of and in to ground floor rooms unless agreement with us has been arranged prior to the removal for delivery onto other floors.



                Please ensure your loft is empty as our insurance does not cover us for removing items, through a trapdoor, from lofts that do not have a fixed staircase.


                The carriage of tins of flammables, i.e. Paint, wood preservative, petrol etc. or gas cylinders and such, invalidates our goods in transit insurance. Please do not expect us to carry anything of a flammable nature on the van.





                Moving house is very thirsty work and everybody appreciates a drink of tea or coffee now and again to help with re-hydration (biscuits are also much appreciated) but, remember to keep a box to put the cups, kettle, tea etc. into, to keep them all together, when the loading is finished. You may also like to add such things as a towel, soap, toilet roll etc. to this box as these items may not otherwise be readily available at your new house. This box is guaranteed to be one of the last items into the van and one of the first out.




Try to treat your removal as an exciting adventure not a chore to be suffered!