If you’re moving items in bulk and aren’t sure what is the best storage option to use, you could do with doing some research on the correct packing materials to use.
The first time you decide to move your possessions into storage can be a very stressful one and can even be money consuming if you’re spending on solutions that just do not work. Should you be overwhelmed by trying to select the perfect packing materials, just remember these basics:
1. Cardboard Boxes
The absolute bread and butter of moving practices. Cardboard boxes are often the go-to choice for people who are looking to transfer their goods from one place to another with little to no fuss.
Rather than opting for second-hand boxes, it’s always advised that you track down purpose-built ones instead as they’re far more likely to last longer.
They cost as little as £2 and are possibly your most hassle-free option.
2. Packing Tape
Very straightforward but still essential, packing tape is used to close your cardboard boxes so that nothing falls out during transportation. Add a tape gun so that you don’t have to close boxes by hand. Tape costs as little as £2.50.
3. Bubble Wrap
This is invaluable when it comes to protecting precious items from damage and general wear and tear. If dropped, your item will be protected by the wrap. The price depends on the amount of roll you require but going off the idea that one item to be bubble wrapped will be one metre of roll that costs £1.25, the price can soon stack up. It might be a better option to bubble wrap only your most prized possessions and use tissue paper or something similar on others. Estimated cost: £10-20.
4. Sofa Bags
These are essential for keeping the quality of your furnishings if they’re in storage as dust can be quite detrimental to fabric over time.
Simple to use and simple in nature, sofa bags start off from as little as £3.
5. Tissue Paper
A common household item which has been proving to help keep storage items clean over time, tissue paper is one of the best materials to wrap items such as crockery and other delicates. Also, it is widely used to act almost as a wedge for items that are stacked on top of each other so scratching and abrasion does not occur. Tissue paper costs as little as £3 for 4 sheets.
Estimated Total Cost: £20.50 – £30.50*
*Figure is just an example, variables may apply