To help you plan your relocation there are a number of things to consider before you move:
Packing and unpacking
If you have decided to do your own packing, be sure to use strong containers and ensure they are not overfilled. We offer packing and wrapping materials, click here to find out more.
Be sure to dismantle self-assembly furniture, take down all curtains, fixtures and fittings prior to the arrival of our moving team.
Place all your important documents in a folder and keep separate from your household goods. Use a file box to keep such paperwork organized.
Clothing can remain on hangers. Sterling will provide special wardrobe cartons for packing and moving.
Prior to packing, tighten all lids of jars and screw tops of bottles. Remember that food items cannot be taken into storage.
Mark up a box with ‘Do Not Remove'. Put personal effects and miscellaneous items, which you will need immediately upon arrival, in a carton and leave it as one of the final items.
Moving your plants
Wrapping your plants in newspaper protects them from draughts and stops the leaves from being bruised. Once in your new home place them in a warm space and do not unwrap them until all moving activity has come to a conclusion. In the summer, it is advisable not to leave your plants in a hot car or in the sun.
Planning and Decision Making: Filter your belongings down by carefully going through them. Decide what to take with you and what to get rid of before you move. Moving is a great chance to weed your belongings down.
Packing Supplies: Do not use boxes from food stores or other such unprofessional packing supplies. Only use professional grade moving boxes. We offer packing and wrapping materials, click here to find out more.
Labeling: Label each box. The clearer your labeling is, the less confusion you and your mover will have on delivery day. Write where the box came from and what is mostly in it. Labeling them as 'kitchen/china' or 'living room/books' is more than enough.
Books: Pack books laying flat in book boxes.
Breakables and Electronics: When packing breakables and electronics leave a 2- to 4-inch layer of crumpled paper at the bottom, sides, and top of the boxes. When packing a box, place heavier items on the bottom, less heavy and lightest on top. Use china boxes and unprinted newspaper or packing paper.
Clothing: Wardrobe boxes can be used to move hanging clothing. Other clothing, blankets and linens can be folded and packed in medium size boxes. We recommend emptying all dressers and chests, as the added weight can make them difficult to move and more likely to get damaged.
Dishes and China: Wrap each piece separately in unprinted newspaper or packing paper. Place them in the box standing on edge in each box.
- Bowls: Wrap them individually, stack 2 to 4 together, and wrap them all again, and place them standing on edge in the boxes.
- Cups and Glassware: Wrap cup handles in paper, and then wrap the entire cup. Place cups in the boxes with all handles pointing in the same direction. Wrap everyday glasses individually.
- Pots and Pans: Pack them in china boxes, stacking them on top of each other with a few pieces of paper between them. Fill all empty spaces with newspaper.
Lamps and Lampshades: Remove shades and bulbs. Wrap lamps in layers of paper and place in boxes standing on their bases. Wrap lampshades lightly in paper, nest them one inside the other and pack them in separate boxes.
Paintings, Mirrors and Glass: Use picture boxes and bubble wrap. Leave a 2- to 4-inch layer of crumpled paper at the bottom, sides and top of each box. Do not use bubble wrap for oil paintings. Put corrugated corners for extra protection.