We’ve all heard that moving house can be one of the most stressful things we’ll ever do. Not anymore! Here are our top tips to make your move as stress-free as possible.
Have a Big Clear-Out
Be ruthless. Don’t take up costly space in a removals van by transporting items you don’t need. Well in advance, pack up clothes, books, kitchenware etc. that you no longer use and bring them to your favourite charity shop. You may even make some money for certain items that may be saleable on classifieds websites.
Source Cardboard Boxes
Before you buy boxes, think about how you can source them otherwise. Many workplaces and shops are happy to give away boxes – it saves them having to dispose of them.
Start Immediately with Items you won’t need
Pack items that will definitely not be needed before the move, such as ornaments, seasonal clothes or attic items. Allocate a space to stack your packed boxes.
Use the Right Sized Box
Don’t pack heavy items, such as hard-backed books, into a large box. It will only be half full when it’s already too heavy to lift.
Pack by Room or Pack by Category?
The age-old advice is to pack everything room by room. This may not be the best approach depending on how you will be unpacking in your new home. Will the mirror in your hallway be in the hallway in your new home – or in a different room altogether? It may work better for you to pack by category. For example, pack all the pictures from the entire house together, toys together, books together etc.
Label the top and sides of all boxes so that you can identify any box, regardless of how they are stacked. Label your boxes by both category and room, e.g. Books Kitchen and Books Bedroom.
Protect Fragile Items
Bubble wrap will be your best friend for fragile items. Stuff it inside these items and wrap it around them. Line the boxes of fragile items with your towels or blankets.
Pack Dishes Vertically
Most of us would stack plates and dishes on top of one another. They are less likely to break if after they have been wrapped that they are placed into a box on their sides like records. Then fill the empty spaces in between with bubble wrap.
Cover Liquid Bottles
Put, for example, shampoo bottles individually into Ziploc bags. That way if it bursts or the lid comes loose during transportation, the liquid is contained in the bag.
The average house has multiple TV’s, tablets, phones etc. Put their cables into individual Ziploc bags and label them. Take photos before you unplug them. Set-up will be much simpler that way.
Employing a Removals Company?
When the movers arrive, show them around pointing out everything that has to go, emphasizing fragile or heavy items. Once you have done this, stay out of their way! Have one person at the front door of your new home directing the movers as to where each box goes.
Relying on Friends or Family?
Give at least a couple of weeks’ notice if you are asking other people to help you. You have a much better chance of getting people on board to help and less of a chance of being let down.
Pack a Box of Supplies
Light bulbs, toilet rolls, soap, cleaning products and coffee! Think about what you’ll need for your first night and pack them separately.
Pack a Suitcase
Moving day will be a very long day. Make life simpler by packing a suitcase with all the items you would need for a weekend away! Clothes, toiletries, towels, pyjamas – after a long day, you won’t want to be going to various boxes to find these essential items.
Keep Important Documents with you
Accidents happen and the last thing you want is to lose an important document like a passport, medical card etc. Pack a separate bag or briefcase that contain all of your most important documents.