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Packing tips

Moving is an exciting time, the day getting closer and you need to start packing all of your belongings.

By thinking ahead prior to beginning the process packing all of your possessions, and encountering problems such as shortage of boxes etc. you’ll be able to reduce the possibility of any forgotten items.

Before beginning

Instead of leaving everything till the last minute, consider what won’t need to be taken with you, what will need to be packed with care and that you have a cover for potential breakages.

– Prioritise items on your packing list
– Set aside time to clear-out unwanted/unused belongings
– Calculate the amount of boxes you will need and the variety of sizes, these will be needed well in advance to packing
– Obtain sealing and protective materials such as bubble wrap, tape, newspaper to line boxes etc.
– Refrain from the habit of overfilling large boxes; they do not need to be packed to the brim because they are large – they will be rather heavy and difficult to move
– Ensure that all of your boxes used for packing aren’t damaged or soiled (corrugated cardboard boxes will be sturdier than regular boxes)
– Check if your contents insurance covers any damages and breakages that may happen during the move
– Separate hazardous materials i.e. paint, bleach etc. into another box

Thinking ahead

Know that on the day of arrival to your house you will not be able to unpack everything, thus it worth the time to pack belongings that you will need immediate access to once you’re in your new home.

– Pack any essentials in a clear container, such as coffee, snacks, cups, tea and a kettle
– Pack an overnight bag for each member of the family containing toiletries and a change of clothes etc.
– Always keep important documents, medication and a first-aid kit on you at all times
– The boxes containing the items you need the least can be loaded first

Packing sensibly

Take time to consider how you will be packing your items, the wrapping and dismantling of furniture – books will be the easiest to pack, however they will be heavy.

– Begin early as packing will take much longer than expected
– Start at the top of the house and make your way down; if you have an attic, begin there
– Pack the heavier items in smaller boxes as it will be more convenient when transporting them
– Label your boxes as you move from room to room, also the fragile items, and pack one room at a time
– Group the boxes that belong to the same room together
– Stick to packing the heaviest items towards the bottom of the box and the lighter items towards the top
– Wrap each item individually before placing them in a lined box with newspaper and bubble wrap
– Breakable items should be wrapped in bubble wrap
– Store important documents such as birth certificates etc. and keep them on you at all times

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Top tips for moving house

Follow the these top tips in our blog for the moving process

Before you get started consider these thing

Moving house can be difficult for many people, but moving doesn’t have to be painful either. You don’t need to put everything off until the day before move. It’s always good to consider what you won’t need to take with you in the move, as this is a good chance to de clutter and rid of any unwanted items. Be sure that you prepare for any breakages.

Take your time to go through all of your belongings and have a proper clear out. A good idea is to make up a charity box filled with the items you no longer need and donate them to your nearest charity shop. If you’re looking to a raise a little bit more cash, always consider carrying out a car boot sale or post some items in an online auction, putting the resulting proceeds of your items to re-decorating your new home, buying new items, carpets etc.

Tally up what exactly you’ll need for the move. Things like storage boxes are necessary in the move, naturally, as this is where all of your items will be stored in the moving process. Get the storage boxes well in advance, finding a variety of sizes for all of your various item sizes. Think about what else will be needed, like bubble wrap, tape and self-seal bags for all of those nuts and bolts together in the moving process. There’s nothing more frustrating than a few missing screws! Old newspapers can be used for lining boxes. In the moving process, don’t completely fill those large boxes; they’ll become too heavy and can lead to damages.

Using sturdy packing boxes for your items is necessary, or all of your items may end up scattered all over the pavement during the moving period. Be sure to check that you have contents insurance, ensuring that this will cover any damages or breakages that will happen during the moving process.

The moving process is important for most people, so plan accordingly.

The moving process is important for most people, so plan accordingly.

Keeping hazardous materials, such as paint, bleach and aerosols, in separate boxes is necessary; keeping them away from the rest of your belongings is important for their safety.

Think ahead before the big move

Unless you travel light, which we doubt will happen as this is a big move; you will not be able to unpack all of your belongings in the first day of the moving process, so it’s worth making up your mind about what you might need to access as soon you cross the threshold of your new home. Packing a box exclusively for the storage of your essentials is important, as this will allow for you to access all of the important items on your first night in your new home. This will allow instant access to tea, coffee and snacks, along with your kettle.

Prepare an overnight bag for all in the family, making sure that there are enough toiletries for everybody in the moving process. Useful items that should be kept close to you are a torch, a small tool kit and other items. Be sure to finish any laundry before you the moving begins in order to avoid packing damp clothes. Keep a separate box for dirty washing in order to avoid unnecessary laundry. Make sure that the boxes which contain items you need the least are loaded up first.

Be sensible in your packing

Spend a considerable amount of time how you are going to pack all of your possessions. Books are easy to store but are heavy, whilst your valuables are in need of careful wrapping. This will take a considerable amount of time. There’s always one thing to remember: Start early. Packing will always take longer than you anticipate, particularly when you start viewing over old photographs stored in the attic.

Pack one room at a time, making sure to clearly label each box with the details of its contents and the room to which it is stored. Clearly mark up boxes that contain breakables and those that are load-bearing and can be stacked in the van.

The moving process doesn’t have to be hard, as long as you follow the above steps! For help in your big move, please visit our website.