Moving Tips - How to Pack for Moving House

  • Pack early. The time it will take you to pack all your items depends mainly on their number. So, for a large house, two months should be enough if you pack one box a day. For smaller homes, one month should be just fine. Of course, this is not an exact number, but you should get the idea.
  • Start with rooms you least need. It makes sense to pack the items you don’t use on a daily basis first. Seasonal items you’re currently not using such as garden tools, coats and Christmas lights are perfect examples.
  • Pack one room at a time. This is one of the most important packing tips which, for some reason, is often neglected. Doing this will help you stay organised and will later tell the removal company which box goes where.
  • Declutter. Have a car-boot sale or give your old unwanted items to charity. There is also eBay, so you have many options. If you have friends helping you with your move, ask them whether they need anything you’re planning to sell. After all, you’re not paying them and they should get something for all their troubles.
  • Do not exceed the weight limit for a box. You might get a back injury or one of the boxes might not be able to withstand the weight. Pack light items in large boxes and heavy items in small boxes. This packing tip alone will save you a great deal of pain… literally.
  • Fill empty gaps. Use old newspapers, packing papers, or just old cloths and towels to fill gaps in the boxes. This should secure the items for the journey.
  • Label your boxes. Write the contents on each box with a marker. Write on the sides of the boxes and not on top, as this will make it easier to recognise them if they are stacked. It’s also advisable to use a different colour for every room. Ask your children, if you have any, to help you. Kids love drawing and colouring, so what better way to reduce the stress of moving? This is just one method of helping your kids cope with the move.
  • Put heavier boxes on the bottom. Packing tips like this one might be common sense, but they are still important to mention. By putting your heavy boxes underneath the lighter boxes, you ensure no breakable items will get crushed during the move. Boxes full of books and furniture parts are great examples of what should be loaded first.
  • Dispose of hazardous materials. Just a good piece of information, as a professional removal company will not transport hazardous materials.
  • Prepare a box of essentials. One of the most important moving tips you will ever come across. Start packing it early, so it can be half way full by the time the moving day comes. Leave room so you could later add last minute items. Put this box last in the moving van, so you can later have easy access to it when you’re done relocating. Examples of what your box of essentials should contain: snacks, canned or boxed food; can opener; eating utensils; pans and pots; towels and dishcloth; toiletries; baby supplies; pet food (if you have a pet); instruction manuals for all your electric appliances remote controls; first aid kit; tool box.
  • Good luck! You now know how to pack for moving home.
  • Moving Tips - Moving Check List

    • Reduce the contents of your freezer.
    • Contact carpet fitters, if required.
    • Arrange for your mains services to be disconnected.
    • Remember that cooking appliances must be disconnected professionally.
    • Cancel all rental agreements, newspapers, magazines, etc.
    • Notify your doctor, dentist, hospital, vet, etc.
    • Notify your bank, building society, credit card and insurance companies.
    • Notify your telephone, mobile and internet service providers.
    • Notify TV licence, passport office and DVLA (drving licence).
    • Moving Tips - On your Moving Day

      • If the removal vehicle needs to park on the road, reserve a big space using bollards or large empty boxes. The nearer the van the quicker and easier the move saving you money if you have booked an hourly rate!
      • Consider dismantling any flat pack furniture if possible. It doesn’t travel very well and will be easier to remove from your existing place and into your new home.
      • Buy a big roll of cling film and use it to wrap around drawers and wardrobes to secure them from opening onto paint work or trapping fingers. Empty the items first!
      • Think about whether you need to clean any carpets in your old property if it is rented. Soiled carpets are a major reason for landlords retaining bond or deposit money.
      • If you have any items that are very precious to you, wrap them really well and point them out to the head of your removal team. He/she will take extra special care with these items. Try and pack flat screen TVs into their original boxes to protec from damage.
      • Take pets and young children to a friend's or relative’s house. Moving furniture can be a dangerous task, especially if there are animals or toddlers under your feet.
      • Last, but not least, keep tea and juice making facilities available at each end. Moving can be very thirsty work!
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