Packing tips: The ultimate guide to moving house
“Home is where the heart is, even if you can’t remember which box you packed it in”. Like many things, moving is one of those processes that whilst doing it, is rather stressful but the end is so, so rewarding.
We can assure you that moving house is worth the stress, though it doesn’t have to be stressful. We have witnessed hundreds of clients move homes and provided them with advice to help ease their move and now we’re going to supply you with a few packing tips to simplify your move.
So, before you pack up all of your odds and ends, you’re going to need some packing supplies. It’s generally a good idea accumulate a large variety of boxes including; small, medium, large, heavy duty and wardrobe boxes. With your boxes you’re going to need some things to ensure their contents doesn’t break and some sort of colour coding system to ensure everything can be located. Grab some packing tape, bubble wrap, old newspapers, marker pens, labels and stretch wrap for things like furniture.
If you have your move date then it’s usually a good idea to start packing around eight weeks prior to this date. This will give you plenty of time to slowly pack up everything and will mean you aren’t rushing around one week before you move trying to cram everything into whatever boxes you can find. When you do start to pack, pack one room at a time as this will help you to stay organised and will mean everything is easier to locate. It’s also a good idea to start with the stuff you need least as this will mean you aren’t rifling through boxes, having to unpack before you’ve even left your old home.
Also, if you’re packing and notice an abundance of items that you haven’t seen or used in months but throw them in anyway “just in case” – don’t. The last thing you want is for your new home to be amassed with your old junk, have a full on clear out and declutter everything. You can take your unwanted items to a charity shop or even make some cash at a car boot sale, or list them on auction sites such as eBay. This will mean you’re rid of things you don’t need and can make some cash to help with the move, or treat yourself after a busy day of packing.
Whilst packing, create an essentials box and carry this with you on moving day. This box should be filled with things you’re going to need during the process of unpacking everything and getting your new home ready. Fill this with the likes of snacks such as canned and boxed food, cutlery, kettle, a pot and pan or two, towels, toiletries, first aid kit, a change of clothes, lingerie, nightwear and any phone or laptop chargers. This will mean you can easily locate the things you need most for the first few days in your new home.