Will The Movers Move Things Not In Boxes

by | Jan 8, 2024

Now and then, we have customers asking the question ” Will our movers move things not in boxes?”. At Movivan Removals, we understand that time and money are of the essence during a move. One of the most efficient ways to save on both is by boxing up your smaller belongings. Packing items into boxes not only expedites the loading and unloading process, but also maximizes space in the moving truck, potentially reducing the overall cost of your move. From minimizing damage risks to facilitating quicker unpacking, using boxes can streamline your relocation, allowing you to settle into your new home faster and more comfortably.

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Why Small Things Must Be Placed In Boxes To Be Moved?

    Packing small items in boxes for a move offers several advantages that contribute to a more efficient, organized, and secure relocation process. Here are some compelling reasons why small things should be placed in boxes when you’re moving:

    Protection from Damage

    Small items are often fragile and can easily be damaged during the chaos of a move. When packed loosely, they are vulnerable to being crushed, scratched, or broken. Boxes offer a sturdy layer of protection, especially when cushioned with bubble wrap or packing paper.

    Easy Organization

    When your small items are sorted into boxes, it becomes much easier to label and categorize them. This not only makes it easier for movers to know where to place them in your new home but also simplifies the unpacking process for you.

    Efficient Use of Space

    Boxes can be stacked neatly in the moving truck, maximizing the use of available space. This optimized arrangement may reduce the number of trips needed between your old and new homes, saving both time and fuel costs.

    Speeds Up Loading and Unloading

    It’s much quicker to load and unload boxes into a moving truck than individual items, as boxes can be handled with dollies or hand trucks. This expedites the moving process, saving labor costs and reducing the hourly charges from your moving company.

    Reduces Risk of Loss

    Small items can easily be misplaced or lost during a move. Packing them into boxes reduces this risk, as each box can be accounted for during the inventory process, both before leaving the old home and upon arrival at the new one.

    Emotional Peace

    Knowing that your belongings are neatly organized and securely packed can reduce the stress often associated with moving. It gives you peace of mind to focus on other important aspects of the move, like setting up utilities or arranging your new living space.

    Regulatory Compliance

    Some moving companies have policies requiring that small items must be packed in boxes to be moved. This is both for the safety of the items and to comply with insurance requirements.

    Simplifies Last-Minute Moves

    If you find yourself having to move unexpectedly, having your small items already boxed up can make a last-minute move more manageable. You’re less likely to forget something important, and it’s easier to coordinate a quick relocation.

    In summary, boxing small items for a move offers multiple benefits that make the process more streamlined, secure, and cost-effective. It’s a step that shouldn’t be skipped in the planning stages of your relocation.

    List of things our movers prefer to be in boxes

    When it comes to ensuring a smooth and efficient moving process, placing specific items in boxes can make a big difference. Here’s a list of things that our movers at Movivan Removals prefer to see boxed up:


    Small and heavy, books are best moved when packed into small, sturdy boxes that can handle the weight. The boxes have to be no more than 20kg in weight to be moved safely.


    Dishes, cups, and utensils should be securely wrapped and boxed to prevent breakage. Using plenty of bubble wrap and packing paper is required.

    Small Electronics

    Items like laptops, tablets, and other small electronics are safer when boxed and cushioned properly.

    Fragile Decor

    Glassware, vases, and other delicate items should be cushioned and boxed to protect them from damage.

    Small Appliances

    Toasters, blenders, and similar small appliances should be boxed to avoid dents, scratches, or other potential damage.


    Folded clothing and linens are best moved when packed in medium-sized boxes, or specialized wardrobe boxes for hanging items. For the hanging clothes we use special wardrobe boxes to prevent them from folding and damages.

    Office Supplies

    Stationery, pens, and small office equipment should be boxed to prevent them from scattering or getting lost.

    Toys and Games

    To keep all pieces together and prevent loss or damage, toys and games should be securely packed in boxes.

    Tools and Hardware

    Smaller tools, nails, screws, and other hardware should be boxed to keep them organized and easy to find.

    Bathroom Items

    Toiletries, especially liquids, should be sealed in zip-lock bags and then boxed to prevent leaks and spills.

    Pantry Foods

    Non-perishable food items should be boxed to prevent spillage and make for easier transportation.

    CDs and DVDs

    These are best moved when boxed to prevent scratches or other damage to the discs.

    Art Supplies

    Small items like paints, brushes, and canvases should be boxed to prevent spills and keep everything organized.

    Pet Supplies

    Pet food, toys, and small equipment like leashes and bowls should be boxed for easy transport.

    Seasonal Decorations

    Delicate or small decorations like Christmas ornaments or Halloween trinkets should be carefully packed in boxes to prevent damage.

    By boxing these types of items, you not only protect them but also help our movers quickly and efficiently load and unload the moving truck. This speeds up the moving process and ultimately makes your entire move more streamlined and less stressful.

    Which Items Do Not Have to Be In Boxes To Be Moved?

    Technically all small or large items can be packed and moved in boxes. Just remember how your furniture and appliances arrive when you order something online. To avoid charging you extra, save time and do removals eco-friendly we use reusable removal blankets to protect the furniture. For the soft items, we have reusable mattress covers and protective folio. But still, what are the main items from your household which do not need to be in cardboard boxes?

    Large Furniture

    Items like sofas, beds, and dining tables usually don’t need to be boxed. They can be wrapped in moving blankets or shrink wrap for protection.

    Outdoor Equipment

    Items such as lawnmowers, grills, and patio furniture can usually be moved as-is, although they may require some disassembly or protective wrapping.


    While they can be boxed for long-distance moves, for short relocations, bikes often do not need to be boxed if they are secured properly in the moving truck.

    Large Appliances

    Washing machines, dryers, and refrigerators are usually moved as-is after being properly disconnected and secured.

    Gym Equipment

    Treadmills, weights, and other large gym equipment can typically be moved without a box. However, they might need to be disassembled or have certain components removed.

    Musical Instruments

    Larger musical instruments like pianos or drum sets often do not require boxes but do require specialized packing or padding.

    Artwork and Mirrors

    While smaller frames should be boxed, large pieces of artwork and mirrors can often be wrapped and moved without a box.


    A special mattress bag usually suffices for protecting your mattress during the move.

    Potted Plants

    Plants are usually best transported as-is, considering their need for light and air.

    Carpets and Rugs

    These can be rolled up and secured with plastic wrap or rope, without the need for a box.

    Large Electronics

    Items like big-screen TVs may not need a box if they can be adequately padded and securely placed in the moving truck.

    Strollers and Baby Gear

    These items can often be moved as-is or with minimal disassembly.

    Office Chairs

    These can usually be moved as-is or with minimal disassembly like removing the wheels or armrests.


    Well-made, sturdy luggage is designed for travel and often doesn’t need to be boxed.

    Small Vehicles

    Scooters, motorbikes, or other small vehicles generally don’t require boxes but do need proper securing for transport.

    It’s always a good idea to consult with your moving team ahead of time to determine the best way to move these items. Special care and handling may be required, even if boxes aren’t necessary.

    Will You Move Items In Bags Instead Of Packed In Boxes?

    Certainly, in most cases, we can move items that are packed in bags rather than boxes. However, the feasibility of doing so will depend on several factors, including the quality and durability of the bags, the weight of the items inside, and overall safety considerations during transit.

    That said, we strongly recommend using boxes for packing whenever possible. Boxes offer a more structured form of containment, making them easier to stack and secure inside the moving truck. This not only maximizes the use of space but also provides a sturdier shield against potential damage. With boxes, you also have the added benefit of easier labeling and sorting, which can significantly simplify the unpacking process at your new home.

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