Moving home has been named as one of the most stressful things that you can do due to all of the organisation and preparation that is required. However, there are plenty of things that you can do to ensure that you have the most hassle-free move possible.
Here, we share some top tips for moving home which will streamline the process for you and make moving day far easier to deal with.
Organise packing materials
Packing is never a simple task, but you’ll find that it is far less stressful if you have all of the materials that you need in advance. This way you can ensure that you won’t be delayed because you have forgotten something, and can just get on with the job in hand.
Items that you will definitely need include boxes in different sizes, packing tape, fragile tape, bubble wrap, old newspaper or packaging paper, polythene sofa and mattress covers, and a marker pen. Try to work out how much of each you need beforehand by calculating how much you will be moving.
Another way to get organised before you start packing is to book your removals company. Try to get a quote from a few different providers, and ask for references too – the cheapest option isn’t always the best one!
If you really don’t fancy packing, you can even ask the removals company to do this for you too, as many of them will provide this additional service. One thing that is great about this option is that they will be insured should anything get broken, whereas you won’t, so this can be good for peace of mind.
Start packing as soon as possible
Once you have all of your packing materials you should start packing as soon as possible, as quite often this process will take longer than you think. Start with the items that you use the least, so are less likely to require before you move, and try to pack one room at a time where possible to avoid any confusion.
Label boxes as you go with both the room that they belong in and a short description of what is inside each one. We suggest labelling the sides of the boxes rather than the tops so that the labels can be seen when the boxes are stacked. You could also choose to use coloured stickers to represent each room as this can make it easier to spot where they need to go in your new home.
As you pack, try to declutter as you go and get rid of anything that you don’t want to take with you. This could be items that you don’t use, or don’t like the look of anymore, and you can decide whether to throw them away, donate them to charity, or try to sell them. By sorting through these items as you pack, you reduce the amount that you have to move, which is way more convenient then packing it all and then sorting through it when you get to your new place.
Another thing to remember is that you need to pack sensibly to ensure that your items arrive in the condition that they left in. Boxes should not be made too heavy in weight, as these are then hard to lift and can be dropped, and you should use newspaper of packaging paper to stuff into any gaps so that items don’t shift and knock into each other while in transit.
Prepare a box of essentials
When you finally get to your new home, the last thing that you want is to be hunting through boxes for essentials, and putting all of these in one place and taking them in the car with you is the best way to avoid having this problem.
We suggest packing things such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, toilet roll, cutlery and a saucepan, the kettle and some mugs, phone chargers, and a few snacks. If you have young children you may also want to include some pyjamas and toys for them, plus baby wipes and jars of baby food too.
If there are bits and pieces you want to do as soon as your reach your new property you might want to have your tools in a convenient place too, but if you are just planning to relax for the first evening this won’t be necessary.
We hope that these top tips for moving home help you to have a relaxed moving day, and that you enjoy life in your new house.