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How to Pack to Move House

Maybe you’ve never moved house before, or perhaps you’re no newbie to the moving process and you know just how challenging it can be. Either way, the team here at Kiwi Movers has created a helpful guide on how to pack to move house, complete with answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

What are the first things to pack when moving?

Knowing what to pack first when moving is key to reducing stress during the packing and moving process. If you were to create a packing order checklist, children’s books and toys would come first, followed by ornaments, cushions and throws. Next would be out-of-season coats, clothes, shoes, and books, then unused kitchen gadgets or Tupperware and other dinnerware, mugs or glasses you can do without for a couple of weeks.

This is also a good time to remove items from garages, sheds, etc. as it’s unlikely you’ll be needing them.

How do you pack awkward items to move?

Some items simply require more than bubble wrap and a box to be moved efficiently. In addition to a team of fit and capable movers, Kiwi Movers also has a host of removals equipment that allows heavy, large and awkwardly shaped pieces of furniture to be moved, even when faced with obstacles such as narrow hallways or multiple flights of stairs.

How do you declutter before moving (declutter and donate)?

Consider how much space you’re going to have in your new home to help you decide whether to get rid of extras or move them with you. You can then eliminate unwanted items easily by sorting through items that are either still boxed, not used or expired.

Items that never made it out of boxes are unlikely to be precious enough to move. The same goes with clothes or items that you’re unlikely to use again. Food or medications past their expiry date just take up space and are dangerous – toss them at the first opportunity.

Packing supplies you need

Before you pack anything, you’ll need to ensure you have the right packing materials – bubble wrap, heavy-duty boxes, parcel tape etc. You can order boxes of various sizes and other essentials required to seal those boxes directly from us. 

Start with rooms and items you use less often

As mentioned above, starting with rooms you use less often takes some of the stress out of the moving process. Packing items from your spare room or from the back of your wardrobe allows you to get a head start on packing without leaving you scrambling for anything you may still need.

Make a detailed inventory list

Although this may seem a tedious process, making a detailed inventory list allows you to keep track of what you have, what you need, and what has already been done. Speaking of…

Pack one room at a time

For the same reasons mentioned above, packing one room at a time helps you to keep track of what still needs to be done, decreasing the chances of becoming overwhelmed. Kiwi Storage services may come in handy if you need a place to keep extras such as furniture during the packing process.

Use plastic bags for spillable items

We offer expert use of packaging materials and ensure that your items are properly looked after during the moving process but if you wish to package items yourself, we advise that you use plastic bags for spillable items.

When it comes to packing toiletry items, opt for a sturdy box and some plastic bags. You could simply place the items in plastic bags and seal them or you could unscrew the caps, place a plastic bag over the neck of each bottle and then screw the caps back on to secure the liquid.

Roll your clothes

Rolling your clothes is easier and more practical than folding them. Not only this, but it also reduces the amount of space they take and, bonus, makes it less likely that wrinkles will appear.

Use roll tubes to pack cables and appliance wiring

To avoid wires from getting tangled, use toilet roll tubes to pack them all individually. Once they’re packed, label them and store them in a single box to prevent them from getting lost.

Store all of your valuables in one place

Pack all of your valuables together and make an inventory so nothing gets lost or forgotten. Alternatively, consider renting a secure storage container. The containers at Kiwi are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can ensure maximum security for your most beloved items.

Take all of your documents with you

If you can fit all of your documents like passports and birth certificates into one box, pack them in a high-quality box and put them in your car to take with you. If you run a business or otherwise have a lot of documents to transport, consider an office removal service to help you.

Why choose Kiwi Movers to help you move?

At Kiwi Movers, we pride ourselves in being the best in the business, especially when it comes to understanding our city. We’ve spent a lot of time working and studying London and the surrounding areas to make us experts at moving and removals into, out of, and around the city. We aren’t just a removals team either – we provide comprehensive problem-solving services to help you get things done in the most efficient way possible.

It’s not just UK moves we can help with. We have got international expertise when it comes to removals, deliveries and shipping, so no matter where you’re coming from or going to, we’ll be able to assist in the process.

If you’re interested in making use of our professional removals process or finding out more about our storage spaces, or our shipping services, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team is always on hand to help answer any questions you may have or get the ball rolling on utilising our services.

Call us or enquire online today to discuss options relating to removals, storage, shipping, cleaning, and more!

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Man and Van: How We Can Help You Move

Our man and van service is an alternative to a complete, full-scale removals operation and is a lot more cost effective for those who don’t need an entire team to help them move.

We provide a fast and flexible service with big or small trucks to suit your requirements. We guarantee fair and competitive prices for all of our customers so you can rest assured that you’ll receive value for money with our movers.

If you’re interested in finding out about our man and van removal services here at Kiwi Movers, get in touch with us today. Or to get your man and van quote, just give us a call.

What is a man and van removal solution?

A mobile removal solution involves one of our small teams coming to your property and helping with all things house removal. Depending on your specific needs, our trained movers will arrive at your address and begin to help you with your move. The movers will move all items into their van and transport it to the new location for you. As part of our packing and unpacking service, we will make sure that any fragile items are protected during the relocation with bubble wrap and the right packing materials, and during the unloading process too.

Over our many years of operating man and van removal services in London, we know just how stressful the moving process can be, which is why we aim to make our service as convenient as possible for our clients. Kiwi can remove items, furniture and goods by coming to you at your home or business and assisting with the packing process, offering packing tips and ensuring reliable services.

Our services aren’t just limited to those looking to move home. One of the many benefits of our man and van service is that they can assist with office removal, domestic shifts or commercial moves and have the job complete in little to no time.

What makes Kiwi Movers stand out from the rest?

  • As a removal company, we pride ourselves on buying and operating the most modern and efficient equipment to really go the distance when assisting with moves.
  • We operate with the utmost integrity and follow safety policies rigorously to empower our teams to make the right decisions on the job.
  • We create value by forming alliances with our partners and putting our customers at the very core of what we do, at all times.
  • One thing that makes us stand out from other companies is that we know the importance of details. We will arrange everything you need to move as well as recommend agents for end-of-tenancy cleaning services or delivery of single items if necessary.

How does a man and van service work?

We’ve worked on making the entire process of using our man and van service as simple and efficient as possible. The first thing you’ll need to do is email us at [email protected] with your enquiry to get a quote for the move or call us on 020 8877 9682*. When you’re happy with the quote, all you need to do is arrange a booking by selecting the date on which you’d like to hire our man and van service.

On the selected date, our man and his van will arrive and begin to help you with your move, doing all the lifting work for you. Our men are trained in lifting heavy items and breakable items and can provide cardboard boxes and plastic boxes to help with packing if required. Once the van is loaded, they will transport your belongings to your new address. If it doesn’t all fit in the van the first time, don’t fret. Our man will come back and collect the rest of your items for you.

With heavier items and some of the more valuable items, it might feel impossible to plan how to move them safely. As experienced removals experts, we have the ability to solve any issues before or as they come up. Whether that’s issues with moving items that are large in size or particularly heavy like books, or problems on the busy roads, it’s likely that we’ve faced similar issues before and will be equipped to get the job done within just a few hours.

Why choose Kiwi Movers for your mobile removal solution?

There is a range of benefits to choosing our man and van service, the most important being that we are a team of trained professionals who can make use of many different methods to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. You can guarantee you’ll always have a good experience when dealing with our team because every member of our team is friendly and professional at all times.

Hiring Kiwi Movers for your mobile removal solution takes the stress out of the move for you. When you work with us, you don’t need to lift or carry any of your furniture, even the lighter items, because our movers will do it all for you. This also removes the risk of injuring yourself because, even with light items like towels or boxes for storage, if you haven’t been trained properly you can do yourself significant harm by lifting them incorrectly.

Similarly, our movers can get the job done without disturbing you, which is especially ideal for office moves. With only a single van, our mover can get to work without getting in your way. This is also massively beneficial for manoeuvring down busy or small streets. Getting a van down side roads isn’t easy at the best of times, but trying to get large trucks and multiple movers down a street with lots of traffic can be a very challenging task. 

We’re always happy to discuss any requirements or answer any questions you may have, so get in touch with us today to find out more or to receive your man and van quote directly.

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How Kiwi Movers’ cleaning service can protect you from Coronavirus

Currently, the world is gripped by the spread of COVID-19, better known as Coronavirus, a potentially fatal illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

With every passing day, it feels like the global pandemic hits new heights. As the number of cases (and fatalities) continues to rapidly rise — now surpassing 345,000 confirmed cases and 14,000 deaths worldwide — we’re witnessing several countries enter full lockdown mode, entire populations being urged to quarantine/self-isolate and socially distance themselves, schools and businesses being forced to temporarily close down, major sporting events being postponed and supermarket shelves being depleted.

In the UK, there have been over 8,000 confirmed Coronavirus cases and more than 400 deaths, according to the latest reports.  While these figures are less than those in countries like Italy, China and the United States, the Government has been forced to implement strict social distancing measures in an attempt to “flatten the curve.” With the highest number of cases of any region in the UK, London is a particular cause of concern.

How can you prevent the spread of Coronavirus?

There are preventative measures you can take, as an individual, to help combat the spread of Coronavirus and keep yourself safe. The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises you to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently; cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze; and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

While this is excellent advice for when you’re out and about, it’s also important to keep your home or office safe from the spread of Coronavirus. Just think how easy it is to carry germs inside without realising it, especially if you live in a busy city like London. So, how can you help to safeguard your home or place of work from Coronavirus? Through cleaning.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.” Therefore, “cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.”

Coronavirus-free cleaning service

If you live in London and are looking for a professional cleaning service to protect your home, office or place of work from Coronavirus, look no further than Kiwi Movers. Our cleaning service provides deep cleans to disinfect your building from top to bottom. We can also clean areas infected or possibly infected by COVID-19, safely and effectively.

Responsive, reliable and reasonably-priced, our cleaning service is available throughout London.

To safeguard your home or office from the spread of Coronavirus, get in touch with our friendly team on 020 8877 9682* or at [email protected]. Or you can get a free, no-obligation quote by filling out our enquiry form.

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