Limestone Sales & Lettings Office Manager Paul Neale gives his top tips for moving home.
There is a time in everyone’s lives where you take the plunge and move home. Whether it be moving into a flat or your ideal family home, moving can be hard work! However, if executed correctly, the job can be made a whole lot easier. We share our top 10 tips fora (relatively) stress-free house move.
- Pack early
Seems like an obvious thing but is it crucial you make time to pack. If you leave it too late, you run the risk of ‘panic packing’, which would result in things not being packed as organised or as well as they could be. Set aside a small amount of time each day at least one month before the final move date to start packing away non-essential items – this will help significantly reduce the amount of packing you need to do before you move.
- Start with the things you use the least
Non-essential items are usually stored in the ‘spare room’, utility room or in lofts. By doing this, it also saves time so you can focus on packing your essential items and moving large pieces of furniture. Prioritising is the key to the whole process of moving home and choosing what rooms are most important to start packing helps everything else fall into place.
- Pack one room at a time
It is important to take time and ensure you pack one room at a time. This helps to make sure that you aren’t jumbling up your things, like kitchen utensils with duvet covers. This also means that when you move into your new property, you will be able to easily and quickly place each box to the right room instead of having to dart around the house trying to find the right room for your belongings.
- Label your boxes
This relates to the previous point, if you organise the boxes in a logical order (such as by each room within your current home), labeling them accordingly makes organising your new home a lot easier to do. If you are getting rid of a cluster of things labeling the boxes, they’re in helps to differentiate what you are taking to your new home and what you are parting with.
When sorting out your things, you are almost guaranteed to sift through things and find that you have a lot of unwanted or unused items. This is a prime opportunity to organise what items you want to get rid of and you can either donate the goods to a local charity shop or start selling them at car boot sales or online on Depop/eBay. By selling these things, it also helps to accumulate a few extra coins for things you may really need in your new home. Any items that aren’t fit for selling (e.g. if they are broken or missing parts) can either be recycled or disposed of.
- Do not make the boxes heavier than 30 pounds
Packing light will mean that you have more boxes to move, but overall it makes moving and handling your boxes safer. If you over pack and accumulate heavy boxes, you are putting yourself and others at risk of injury. Lighter boxes reduce the risk of injury and you are less likely to drop or break boxes because they are easier to hold.
- Heavy boxes at the bottom, lighter boxes at the top
Seems logical but having the heavier boxes at the bottom and the lighter boxes at the top when travelling means you are less at risk of accidents and breakages. If anything were to fall from the top, it is less likely to cause a problem and also means that the lighter items are not crushed by heavier things.
- Fill empty gaps within the boxes
Filling gaps in boxes, particularly with crockery or glasses with newspaper or polystyrene, helps to keep delicate things stable and secure. By preventing breakages within boxes, this also helps reduce injuries when moving, handling and unpacking boxes for those involved.
- Have an ‘essentials’ box
When you are finally ready to move out of your home, it is great to have an ‘essentials box’ full of the things you use every day, such as phone chargers, tea and coffee, cereal, milk, toilet rolls, body wash etc. This is the box you should load last and unload first. This box would essentially work as your overnight bag for the transition from your old home to your new home and is also great to have if you don’t manage to finish unpacking within your first day. It is also wise to try and assemble a bed or have an air mattress to hand so you have a comfortable place to sleep at the end of a hard day’s work.
- Take time to clean
Your mind may be completely fixated on moving everything out of boxes into your new blank canvas home, however, it would also be useful to take time to clean your new home, so your new and beloved furniture is sat within a clean home, rather than having to clean around them. Take advantage of the fact that the rooms are empty and easy to clean! Don’t forget to make sure your former home is also left in a clean and tidy state (especially if you are moving from rented accommodation) when you move out as it will add a nice touch to those moving into the new property and if you are moving out of a rented property, it will also help to recuperate your deposit money
As exciting as it is to move home, keeping these tips in mind will help you to make your moving home journey much smoother, easier and safer.
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