Tips for moving house

  1. Order enough packing material and cardboard boxes, and have them delivered early. As a rule of thumb, one day of packing is needed for each room.
  2. Items you don’t need daily, such as books, tablecloths, bed linen, records, CDs, seasonal items, wine stocks etc. can be packed up and labelled early on.
  3. Seal your moving boxes using tape in a criss-cross direction – it will be more secure!
  4. Pack home electronics for transport in their original boxes.
  5. Do not overload removal boxes: small boxes for heavy items – large boxes for light items.
  6. Code packed boxes with coloured dots for the rooms/floors in your new home.
  7. For fragile contents, place an additional layer of bubble wrap on the floor and under the covers of removal boxes. Important: place fragile items separately and label well.
  8. In the crockery box, plates go at the bottom and glasses at the top. Pack glasses upside down (less risk of the base of the glass breaking).
  9. Hang clothes in special wardrobe boxes, and then you won’t have to iron them again after moving!
  10. Do not use newspaper for packing and cushioning (the black ink will rub off); paper carrier bags are also unsuitable: They cannot be stacked and they tear easily!
  11. Protect screens against dust and damage.
  12. Records and CDs should be packed vertically.
  13. Fill empty drawers, chests etc. with light material (duvets, pillows etc.)
  14. Plants are best transported in an open removal box; protect leaves by wrapping them loosely in foil (use insulating bubble wrap in cold weather).
  15. Allow professional packers to prepare crystal chandeliers, relief frames, paintings, exhibits, and valuable porcelain for transport.
  16. For furniture that cannot be taken apart, do not lock cupboard doors/drawers with a key; instead, use special tape (furniture-friendly).
  17. Remove cupboard and drawer keys before the move, label them and keep them in separate key bags.