Labelling Boxes When Moving House

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Labelling boxes when moving house is probably one of the most important parts of the packing process. But it's surprising how many people don't do it properly - or worse still, forget to do it at all. If you're starting to think about packing then here's our giude to labelling your boxes correctly... 


Good labelling can save huge amounts of time and really help you prioritise or locate single items quickly when you unpack.Think about how you will unpack in your new home and what your plan of action is - how can you help yourself make this process easier through better information?

We would suggest labelling your boxes with:

  • Your Name
  • Which room the items belong in: means you can unload boxes into the right rooms to avoid moving around too much again.
  • Contents: especially if it is a mixed box with several different types of items in. (e.g. a small appliance, cutlery and place mats rather than all “china” which can be listed as one type of contents)
  • Special Instructions: indicate fragile boxes (I like to draw a picture of a glass), which way up the box should be stored if it’s important and if a box is particularly heavy (might require 2 people to lift or extra care to avoid injury/accident).

Another top tip for labelling boxes when moving house is to create an inventory. Number your boxes and make a list of the specific contents, this is especially useful if you have several boxes of the same sort of things i.e. clothes or books. This will help you to locate the item you need quickly. If you are already doing this for insurance purposes then remember to create a copy with the numbers on too.

House removals can be a challenging time for many people but a little thought and know how ahead of the move can make life a whole lot easier.

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Topics: Packing

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