There are simple things you can do to make packing – as well as moving and unpacking – easier for yourself: buy quality packing materials, including enough boxes, bubble wrap and tissue paper put layers of crumpled paper or protective material between each item to prevent scratching don’t overpack boxes spread heavy items out between boxes write on each box what the contents are and indicate which is the right way up. If this sounds like too much hassle, getting your removals company to pack your belongings for you can add surprisingly little to the cost of your move. Not only will it mean your items are insured against breakage, but they’ll also be packed by specialists who will do it quickly and carefully. You can even go the whole hog and ask them to unpack for you, too. It generally takes professional removal companies between half a day and two days to pack your items, depending on how much stuff you own, and a day or two to deliver them.