Where Do I Start When Moving House?
When moving house the enormity of the task ahead can seem overwhelming, here’s a few useful tips to help you get started.
Start with a sort out. Get the process underway by sorting out the loft, any sheds and garages first. The best approach is to decide on what you no longer have need for and arrange to donate them to charity, arrange to sell them or dispose of where necessary and then pack these areas first.
Take the same approach within the property; de-clutter the rooms first and then pack up one room at a time.
Be advised that you need to allow ample time for packing. People often underestimate the volume of possessions they’ve accrued in their homes and the time it takes to carefully pack these up to minimise damage in transit.
The other option, of course, is to opt for a packing service from a removal company. Most companies will offer either a full pack service or just the packing of fragile items.
If you do decide to pack yourself, you’ll need to calculate how many boxes you need and have these lined up in advance. It’s well worth purchasing the professional grade boxes to best protect your items. You can buy these durable boxes from removal companies in a range of different sizes, for example larger boxes for linen and lighter items, smaller boxes for books, boxes for bikes etc. You’ll also need bubble wrap, packing chips and its worth buying the proper packing paper, as using newspaper can sometimes lead to the print transferring onto surfaces.
Pack important documents and forms of identification together eg birth and marriage certificates, passports etc and keep them in a safe place.
Labelling boxes as you pack them is also incredibly useful. Indicate the contents, whether they are fragile and the room to which it needs to be taken in the new house.
Prepare a box of ‘essentials’ for the first night in your new home and keep it separate from the rest of the packing and close at hand during moving day so you know where it is once you’re in the new property. Include essentials like coffee, tea, mugs, a kettle and toilet paper.
Run down the contents of your fridge and freezer in the weeks/days before the move and de-frost the freezer. Try to finish laundry well in advance of the moving day as trying to pack wet clothes will be troublesome.
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