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Commercial moves are hard work. They take a lot of pre-planning, time and commitment. However, with our commercial removal advice, you can expect an easier and more efficient move. Below are the 12 things that make commercial moves easier. Check them out and save yourself significant time, money, and stress.

1. Getting the Timings Right is Important

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When it comes to commercial moves, timings matter. At Simply Removals, we don’t want your business to fall to the wayside all because of a relocation. That’s why our removal company experts help ensure all your timings run smoothly on the day. We help you get back to work as soon as possible, so that you can keep producing results.

Our movers will work directly with you to determine a moving timeline that works. What’s more, we will do everything we can to get you all moved in, set up and ready to go as quickly and efficiently as possible. Great service and making commercial moves easier what we’re all about!

2. Package Your Technology Systematically

Office computers

Mishandled or mispacked technology could be your downfall when it comes to commercial moves. So, one of the things you need to prioritise is packaging and labelling your technology properly. This will help ensure your office can resume normal work as soon as possible.

Have each employee unplug all wires belonging to them, placing them together on their desk. Then assign the technical department the job of packing everything. This will ensure all technical equipment is properly packed and can be easily sorted out upon arrival at the news office.

3. Hire Trained and Professional Movers

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Commercial moves have numerous factors which, if not handled correctly, could easily go wrong. That’s why we advise you not to trust anyone with your move. Instead, hire a team of trained business removal experts. Our movers at Simply Removals have undergone specialised training to ensure they can tackle any commercial move safely and efficiently. Don’t trust just anyone to move your office, hire the best in the business!

4. Label Everything During the Packing Process

Labels

Our top tip for any move is to label everything during the packing process. Labelling boxes saves huge amounts of time, ensuring you know whose boxes are whose. And when it comes to commercial moves, there are a huge number of boxes!

So, save yourself significant time by properly labelling your employees’ things, itemising boxes, and writing room names on each label so our movers know where everything should go. Labelling everything will mean you have much less stress trying to sort everything out when you arrive at your new office.

5. Take the Time to Plan Your Move

Watch on a wrist

As soon as you have secured a new building for your office, it is time to start planning your move. As you know, planning a commercial move is one of the most important things to do in preparation for the big day. Most commercial spaces are large and require a lot of organising and prep work in advance of moving.

From booking moving services and packing, to facilitating the details of the move itself, there is so much to think about regarding commercial moves. So, logistically you need to have a plan of action. Take the time to plan ahead so that your move is as stress-free as possible.

6. Budget for Your Commercial Move

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When moving into a new office space, costs ca quickly mount up. Unfortunately, it can be very easy for budgets to be overshot due to delays, oversights, and unexpected problems arising. However, setting a moving budget can ensure you’re covered for the majority of complications and perhaps even a few surprises as well.

It is important to work out the full cost of your office relocation before committing to anything. This step alone could save you from making the wrong decision and jeopardising your employees’ salaries on unexpected costs. Our team at Simply Removals would be more than happy to discuss your move with you and shed light on any points you may not have considered. We move hundreds of people every day, so we know a lot about commercial moves!

7. Do You Require Commercial Storage Facilities?

Storage crates

A good question to ask yourself is whether you require any commercial storage facilities. Replacing your current office furniture with entirely new items is a popular choice for many people moving into a new space. However, what do you do with the old furniture items? Carrying out a successful commercial move is busy enough without having to sort out a furniture auction on the side. So, why not put your furniture into storage for the meantime?

At Simply Removals, we provide fantastic storage facilities ideal for storing your furniture items. What’s more, our storage facilities are secure so you can store filing cabinets, important documents, and so much more while you move. Contact us to enquire about our storage  services and facilities, what’s available to you, and how we can help make your move easier.

8. Encourage Everyone to Pack Their Own Desks

Employees standing in a line

Pulling off a successful commercial move is a big job. It’s time-consuming and can be stressful if you don’t get the support you need. So, we would advise that to make the job easier you assign employees the job of packing their own desks and labelling what’s theirs. It is a huge help having your employees pack their own desks, just try to encourage them not to pack everything right at the last minute.

9. Communicate All Plans with Your Employees

Boss sat at desk

One of the main things that will make your commercial move so much easier is communicating effectively with your employees. After announcing the move to the office, sit down and talk with your employees to hear their thoughts. Seek feedback and advice on all aspects of the move and do your best to make adjustments where you can. Communicating effectively with everyone helps the whole team feel involved, lets everyone prepare well in advance, and gives everyone time to organise their personal affairs.

10. Manage Workflow Strategies with Manager

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Commercial moves are a lot of hard work and, if not managed properly, they can occasionally upset the workflow of your company. So, prior to the move it is a good idea to sit down with department managers to establish move-related workflow strategies. This is particularly important if there are any critical deadlines that fall within the moving timeframe.

11. Create a Moving Committee

Office planning committee

When it comes to commercial moves, it is important you have as much support as possible. Commercial moves are a big job and having plenty of help can make the whole process significantly easier. Ask whether anyone wants to help with the move and then create a moving committee. Be sure to outline their responsibilities to ensure the move goes as smoothly as possible. Some common responsibilities would include organising the move, packing, unpacking, and office design. Don’t try to do everything on your own as this could be detrimental to your commercial move.

12. Make a Moving Checklist

Writing a checklist

The best way to avoid any mistakes during your commercial move is to make a moving checklist. This must include any tasks to be done ahead of the move, during, and after. Basically, the more detailed the better! At Simply Removals, we are experts in all types of domestic and commercial moves. That’s why we’ve taken the time to write down everything we’ve learnt about commercial moves over the years in our commercial moving checklist. Make sure you don’t miss anything important!

Click here to open our commercial move checklist.

Fully glass office buildingCommercial moves can be a daunting prospect. Whether your company has under 20 employees or whether your team is in the hundreds, spanning multiple floors in a commercial space our moving checklist will help your office relocation go smoothly.

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Here are some things you can start doing right now to begin your office move:

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On moving day, our expert team at Simply Removals will be there to support you every step of the way. Whether it be packing, transporting items to storage, furniture disassembly, or transportation, we can cover every aspect of your commercial move.

Once At Your New Office

Employee sitting happily in his new officeOnce you’ve arrived at your new office, it’s likely you’ll be tired but unfortunately there’s still a lot to do. Don’t worry though, we’ve got a checklist sorted to help make things easier:

Who to Send Your Change of Office Address Notice to:

As you would if you were moving house, you must inform all your existing suppliers that you’re moving out – everything from your food deliveries to cleaners and maintenance engineers. However, it can be difficult remembering everyone. So, to make things a little easier, we’ve made a list of key people and companies you need to notify about your change of address.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time for Your Office Move

Laptop on desk. Minimalist office design.The first, and most important point to make is to give yourself plenty of time. Relocating your office into a completely new space is a big job, so it’s important you give yourself a realistic deadline to get everything done by, otherwise you could end up running yourself into the ground.

If you take time to plan your move properly, you should be prepared for most eventualities. This will help make sure your office move goes as smoothly as possible.

The Benefits of Moving into a New Office

There are many reasons why companies choose to relocate, and they are commonly a combination of the following:

Whatever your reasons for moving into a new office, there are a number of significant benefits that can come from it. All you have to do is ensure the move is successful.

Simply Removal’s Top 4 Office Moving Tips

Cluttered office spaceMoving into a new office facility holds numerous benefits, but if the moving team and process is not planned or properly executed, it can prove detrimental to your business. To help prevent any serious problems, our professional commercial movers have come together to provide you with some moving advise. Take some time to consider the following office moving tips for a stress free move.

Plan Ahead for Your Office Move

Moving is ranked as one of the most stressful life events. So, what’s the key to a successful move?

Planning.

While the thought of moving an entire office to a new location may be entirely daunting, there are so many problems that can be avoided simply through proper planning. Our office move checklist is a really simple tool that should help make the planning process a little bit easier. Adopting a moving checklist can save you hours of preparation time and help make sure you don’t forget anything and can budget ahead of time.

Find the Right Office Space for Your Needs

This may seem like an obvious point, but you’d be surprised at just how many people fail to secure their new office space before planning their move. You must ensure that you find and secure the right building space that suit’s both your business as a whole, your financial requirements, and the needs of your employees. A few good factors to consider are:

Taking the time to consider the amount of space you need and the requirements of everyone using that space is extremely important. Planning ahead and taking everyone’s needs into consideration will help prevent feelings of upheaval and ensure everyone remains happy throughout the process.

Ensure All Computers, Telephones and Internet Connections are Working

Person working on a laptopIt is vital you ensure all computers, telephones and internet connections are working properly. The IT in your office is essential for the continued running of your business, so you must prioritise the relocation and set-up of these items before anything else.

Not planning ahead to get these things sorted in advance can cause a number of issues, including unhappy and unproductive employees. When you move into your new office space, you want everyone to commence their work as soon as possible.

Hire Professional Business Movers

Moving office facilities is daunting enough without having to do everything on your own. When it comes to commercial moves, it makes sense to hire professional business movers, such as the experts at Simply Removals, to assist you with this process.

Involve Your Employees in the Moving Process

Meeting with employeesOne of the best ways to keep your employees’ content during the moving process is by involving them in it. If possible, involving your employees during the moving process can make the process easier.

One of the easiest ways to involve your employees is to find out what they think. Help them voice their opinions through an online survey. Involving your employees in the office move will help everyone adapt more easily to the changes ahead.

At Simply Removals, we can help with every aspect of your commercial move, so you have one less thing to check off the list!

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Marie KondoIf you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo and her book the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising, where have you been? Marie Kondo’s decluttering, folding, and organisational tips have had the internet exploding with inspiration. Charity shops have seen a significant spike in donations and the popular Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo has inspired thousands of people around the globe to spark joy and declutter their lives.

So, in the spirit of tidying up our lives and our homes, we thought we’d share Marie Kondo’s top tips for decluttering.

Marie Kondo’s Order of Decluttering

Forget What You’ve Learned and Start Again

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We’ve all heard the decluttering tips and ‘rules’ for tidying up effectively: throw away anything you’ve not worn for a year, tidy before going to bed, and so on. But Marie Kondo challenges this notion by turning it upside down. The decluttering tips we’ve learnt from Marie Kondo are completely transformative.

Marie Kondo suggests making decluttering your home a special event. And as you will see below, that’s because there are so many things you need to achieve to affect lasting change. So, it’s important to get started as soon as possible!

Discard First, Put Away Later

Rubbish Bin

Marie Kondo tackles decluttering with her popular two-pronged approach: discard first, put away later. You’ve got to finish a task first before starting the next or you’ll never make any progress.
Once you’ve taken the time to go through your belongings one by one, discarding some and keeping others, Marie Kondo promises you’ll have plenty of room to store your things – regardless of how small your home is.

Always Tackle Categories, Not Rooms

Pile of books

When you’re decluttering your home, it can be tempting to tackle one room at a time. However, Marie Kondo breaks this notion of working room by room. She suggests that organising by category is far more effective. For example: remove all of the books from your home and put them in one place. That way you can effectively sort an entire category at once.

Show Respect at All Times

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If you’ve ever seen Marie Kondo on TV you know she seems like one of the loveliest people in the world. Not only does Marie Kondo remind us how to treat people well and respect their spaces, she also teaches us to show respect for our own belongings.

Marie Kondo advises you to consider the feelings of your belongings – do they enjoy being carelessly thrown into the back of the closet? Are your socks lonely when they’re not together in pairs? It may sound unusual, but as soon as you start considering the feelings of your belongings, you suddenly look at everything differently.

Keep Your End Goal in Mind

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Whether you want more space for your creative projects, or you simply want a more functional home, always keep your end goal in mind. Decluttering and tidying your home is a journey and you won’t get everything done in a day. So, remind yourself of your end goal and look at how far you’ve already come.

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Nostalgia Isn’t Necessarily a Good Thing

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Are you a hoarder? Thousands of people are extreme hoarders and there are even TV programmes dedicated to the subject because it is such an extensive problem.

Many people try to defend their hoarding as being a result of nostalgia. Marie Kondo really knows what she’s talking about when she insists putting your blinders on around nostalgic items so that you can focus on things one category at a time.

Clothing that Sparks Joy

Marie Kondo Organising a Drawer

Clothing is often something we all have a lot of and unfortunately it can be a real cause of clutter in the home. Many of us don’t wear half the clothing items in our closets!

Thankfully, Marie Kondo has a solution and while it involves emptying all of your clothing into one place, it’s one of the most effective decluttering processes we’ve discovered. With each item of clothing you pick up, Marie Kondo suggests you work out whether the item sparks joy for you or not. If it does, you can keep it. If it doesn’t, you thank it before throwing it in a pile to be donated or thrown.

This clothing purge is a great way to get rid of old clothes, things you bought but have never worn, items you’re not comfortable wearing but keep ‘just in case’. Trust us when we say, if you try this decluttering tip, you’ll end up with a closet you love.

Don’t Hang Your Clothes, Fold Them

Clothes hung up in a wardrobe

Marie Kondo is perhaps most well-known for her method of folding clothes. The best way to reduce clutter in your closet is to fold items away in drawers rather than hanging them. The only clothing items you should hand are those that absolutely require it.

The basic Marie Kondo clothing fold can be applied to everything from your tights and underwear, to your socks, trousers, and shirts. The great thing about the Marie Kondo folding method is that everything is folded vertically, making it easy to spot each individual piece of clothing. What’s more, the tidy stacks make it nearly impossible for clutter to build up or your drawers to become a mess again!

Use Boxes of All Shapes and Sizes

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Boxes are the secret to decluttering and keeping your space tidy and functional. Use drawer dividers or old shoe boxes as drawer sections to organise your belongings. You can store just about anything in boxes and it looks tidy.

Find a Home for All Your Belongings

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Throughout all of her decluttering and tidying up advice, Marie Kondo suggests that every item in your home should have a place to live. And no, hiding things under the bed or stacking items at the back of your closet does not count. By ensuring everything in your home has its place, you won’t end up purchasing more than you need – making it far harder for clutter to build up!

Stay Focused on Your Belongings

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Do you live with other people? If you do, decluttering may be more difficult. Dealing with other people’s clutter can be very frustrating. However, Marie Kondo recommends that you don’t interfere with other people’s belongings. Instead, focus only on the task at hand. Act as a role model for others by sorting out your own belongings. Sorting out your own space will hopefully inspire similar actions from those around you.

You Don’t Have to be a Minimalist

Minimalist living room

We all have different amounts of stuff we keep in our lives. So, it isn’t possible for everyone to live as minimalists with capsule wardrobes and next to no miscellaneous items.

Marie Kondo knows this and that’s why she doesn’t suggest certain limits, such as one drawer for every item of clothing you own. Instead, she suggests that if you genuinely love something and want to keep it, you absolutely should.

Declutter Your Papers

Pile of paperwork

Just the thought of this make most people recoil slightly. After all, we’re all guilty of opening bank statements and bills and just storing them in a drawer. However, what we don’t realise without sorting through half of this stuff is that we’ve accumulated hundreds of papers we don’t actually need. Old warranties? An out of date bank statement? You don’t need to keep those.

Since most things can now be accessed digitally, there isn’t much need anymore to store papers. So, declutter your life by sorting through your filing. It may be a big job but you’ll be grateful you took the time to do it.

Store Everything Vertically

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Marie Kondo suggests that storing and arranging all your belongings vertically is one of the best ways to save space, allow for easy access, and make your home more eye-catching. Don’t just store your clothing vertically, but store everything vertically – even items in your fridge and food cupboards.

Stop Cluttering Your Home with Coins

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Marie Kondo doesn’t understand why we have a tendency to store our loose change in jars and piggy banks around our homes (rendering the cash useless or forgotten about). It’s certainly a good point when you think about it. After all, how many times have you been caught short of cash for the bus?

To declutter around your home, put all loose coins lying around your house into your wallet so that you can spend it instead of storing it in various places around your home.

Commit to Making a Mess at the Start

The Marie Kondo method requires making a mess. In fact, Marie Kondo’s basic rule is that you have to commit. Once you’ve started decluttering, there’s no going back. You have to commit to making a mess from the start. But don’t worry, if you stick with it, things will get better!

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Moving into a new house is a big job and packing is one of the things you definitely shouldn’t leave until the last minute. Packing up all your belongings gives you the chance to consider what you will need, what you want to get rid of, and what you want to put into storage. As packing and home removal experts, we thought we’d share our expert tips on packing for moving house because there are some tips and tricks that can make the moving process significantly easier!

Always Label Your Boxes

Cardboard boxLabelling is something that only takes a minute but can save you hours of rummaging through boxes in your new place. All you need to do to label boxes successfully is note which room the box belongs to and a rough list of the contents.

Labelling your moving boxes is one of the easiest ways to make sure your belongings end up in the right room. Here at Simply Removals, our expert movers benefit significantly from labelled boxes as it helps them complete their job efficiently.

Pack Important Items Together

One of the most important packing tips we can give you is to always pack important documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, and passports together. If you do this, it will be so much easier to keep them in a safe place. This prevents the likelihood of lost documents and helps ensure you don’t find yourself applying for a passport replacement after you move in.

Top tip: keep all your important documents with you in an essentials box to avoid misplacing anything while you travel between properties.

Prioritise Packing an Essentials Box

Passport, watch, money, and a diaryWhen it comes to packing efficiently, we always recommend that the best thing you can do is pack an essentials box. This is a clearly labelled box that is full of all the things you’ll need to resume normal life right away. So, examples of these items would be things such as phone chargers, toothbrushes, clean clothes, and loo roll. Packing an essentials box is a significant time saver.

How to Pack Heavy Items

Packing heavy items is often something people worry about. However, there is no need to feel stressed or overwhelmed at the thought of safely packing heavy items. Our advice would be to pack all heavy items at the bottom of boxes. If there are some items that are too heavy or too big to fit in cardboard moving boxes, try wrapping them up in bubble wrap so they are protected but can be easily transported.

Top tip: always store heavier boxes at the bottom and lighter boxes on top to ensure no breakable items are crushed during your home move.

How to Pack Cables

Person plugging plug in to an extension leadPacking cables is a job many people simply don’t want to deal with because it seems nearly impossible to pack cables without turning them into a knotted mess!

However, our packing experts suggest using used toilet rolls to transport cables easily. Just be sure to label each toilet roll to help identify the cables from each other.

Pack Your Clothes Easily

Packing your clothes easily and efficiently may seem like a difficult job but it doesn’t have to be. Rather than removing every clothing from its hanger, slide clothes and hangers directly into rubbish bags, put a hole in the bag to pull the hangers through, and then tie together with string. This simple technique prevents your clothes and hangers from coming apart in transport and is far more efficient and time-saving than removing items from hangers, folding, and boxing!

Pack Fragile Items with Care

Glass vase with water and flowers insidePacking fragile items is often a bit of a gamble. However, with our expert packing tips you don’t need to worry about finding broken items when you arrive at your new home.

One of the easiest ways to pack your fragile items easily and transport them safely is to remove all the drawers from your furniture and pack the fragile items amongst your clothes. Once you’ve carefully wrapped all your fragile items, secure the drawers by covering your furniture with cling film or furniture wrap.

How to Pack Your Plates

One of the rooms in your home that takes the longest to pack is, without a doubt, the kitchen. However, to make things easier and prevent any breakages, we thought we’d share how to pack your plates effectively. Do not stack plates so that they are flat on top of each other as this can put a lot of pressure on the bottom plate, often leading to breakages. Instead, wrap each plate individually in bubble wrap or newspaper and store them vertically. This will help ensure your plates get to your new home in one piece.

Hire Professional Packing Services

Do you need help packing your belongings? Simply Removals are London’s premier removal company and have decades of experience in home removals. Hire our professional packing services and let our experts take the stress out of moving for you.

Our experienced removal packers are experts in packing efficiency, safe lifting, and transportation. What’s more, we also sell all the moving boxes and packing materials you’ll need for your move! Let our moving experts help you complete your home move quickly, easily, and effectively.

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Moving into a new house is a big job and there are many things you need to take into consideration. However, the process of moving house is unthinkable without any cardboard boxes and packing materials. Aside from the larger furniture items, such as sofas, beds, and tables, most of your belongings need to be packed into boxes for protection and easy transportation.

Calculating exactly how many boxes you need for your move can be a huge time saver. So, we thought we’d let you know how many boxes you need to move a 3 bedroom house.

So How Many Boxes Will you Need?

Stack of Cardboard BoxesThere are a number of factors that affect the number of cardboard boxes you’ll need to move house successfully. The average number of cardboard boxes needed for a successful house move are around 60.

And that’s all well and good, but how many boxes do you need to pack and move your belongings? It is very common for people to underestimate the number of boxes needed to successfully move. Below are the common factors you need to consider:

Number of Rooms: it goes without saying that the more rooms there are in a property, the more cardboard packing boxes will be needed.

Number of People: do you live with a lot of other people? The more people live in a property, the more personal belongings there will be that require packing and moving.

How Long You’ve Lived There: the longer you’ve lived in the property, the more items you have likely accumulated over time.

What Kind of Lifestyle You Lead: are you a minimalist when it comes to material possessions or would you label yourself as a hoarder? Either way, the number of boxes you need will depend on the type of lifestyle you lead.

Have You Decluttered Your Home? Decluttering your home before moving into a new property can make a huge difference to the number of boxes you will need. Have you got rid of unwanted furniture or taken bags of clothes and items to the charity shop? Then you’ll definitely need fewer boxes.

Purchase Your Moving Boxes from Simply Removals

Cardboard Boxes Stacked in a LoungeAt Simply Removals, we are proud to provide professional cardboard packing boxes. As London’s premier removals company, we provide the packing boxes you’ll need as part of our service.

Do you want your home move to go off without a hitch? Purchase all your moving boxes from Simply Removals. We sell quality moving boxes in a variety of sizes:

The ‘Little’ One:

Ideal for 1st time movers or studio flats – £48 (inc VAT).
This includes: 10 standard boxes, 5 meters of bubble wrap, 100 sheets of packing paper and 1 roll of tape.

The ‘Middle’ One:

Ideal for 1/2 bedroom properties – £94.80 (inc VAT).
This includes: 15 standard boxes, 10 large boxes, 10 meters of bubble wrap, 100 sheets of packing paper and 2 rolls of tape.

The ‘Big’ One:

Ideal for 3/4 bedroom properties- £202.80 (inc VAT).
This includes: 25 standard boxes, 20 large boxes, 2 wardrobe boxes, 25 meters of bubble wrap, 250 sheets of packing paper and 5 rolls of tape.

We Sell Packing Materials for Moving House

Here at Simply Removals we also provide all our customers with packing materials and tape. Using the right packing supplies will help ensure all your belongings arrive at your new home in one piece. Whether you only require moving boxes, or you need packing supplies as well, we provide a variety of appropriate solutions. So, whatever you need to move, we can provide it.

Standard Box – £3.60 (inc VAT)
(18” x 12” x 12”)

Large Box – £5.16 (inc VAT)
(18” x 12” x 18”)

Wardrobe Box – £18.00 (inc VAT)
(Holds between 20/30 hangers)

Bubble Wrap – £24.00 (inc VAT)
(75 cm x 1000 cm)

Packing Paper – £18.00 (inc VAT)
(250 sheets)

You can collect all of our packing materials and boxes from our Enfield branch. Alternatively, you can have your packing orders delivered for £17.50 (including VAT).

Simply Removals Offer Packing Services

We offer packing services to eliminate the time and effort spent on home moving. So, if you’re moving home soon and the thought of sorting packing materials and packing up all your belongings is stressful, our professional team can help everything go smoothly. So, you can rest assured that your move is being managed and taken care of by our expert and professional team.

Make sure you don’t miss anything by following our moving house checklist.