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Moving Tips

How to take the stress out of moving house

Moving house can be one of the most stressful things you can do, but if you plan ahead and use the right packaging, you can make the job far less strenuous. By following our guide, you’ll soon have all of your possessions moved into your new home with minimum fuss.

Packing ideas

Despite the excitement and buzz surrounding your move, the thought of hauling all of your belongings into moving boxes and packing up your whole life can easily rain on your parade. Forward planning is key and you’ll thank yourself for doing things in an organised manner once you’ve started your big move.

  • One step at a time

Don’t wait till the night before you move to tidy away all of your belongings. When you rush, you’ll make big mistakes. Make sure in the weeks leading up to the move, you do a little bit of packing per night to slowly make it through your workload.

  • Weight limits

Try to sort your cardboard boxes by weight. Even if you have an experienced moving team, or some particularly strong family members to help you, there’s no need to cram everything into as few boxes as possible. Whereas using a few large boxes may seem more efficient than loads of smaller ones, you simply won’t be able to carry them if they’re full to the brim, especially if you have an igneous rock collection.

  • Room labels

Make sure each box is labelled with which room it belongs in. It makes the moving process much easier as you’ll be able to drop each box off in the designated room instead of cluttering up the corridor of your new home.

  • Fixed items

Take down fixed items, such as curtain and light fittings as you leave the room and keep them together with the other components.

  • Disassembling furniture

Removal companies are not normally obliged or contracted to disassemble your furniture, so the more you can do yourself in preparation for them, the better. If you take it down yourself, you’ll also have a better knowledge of how to put it back together again.

  • Transporting clothes

If you haven't time to iron clothes that have been squashed into your suitcase, make life easier by using our wardrobe boxes. You can easily hang your clothing during transport to ensure a crease-free arrival. After all, who wants to start ironing their clothes after a big move?

  • White goods

You may need professional help when it comes to moving your white goods, especially your fridge which is full of delicate components and gasses. It will also need settling before you turn your appliance on again in your new home, so don’t be hasty. This one tip alone can save you a few hundred pounds.

  • Calming your pets

The trick is to keep your pets calm and ensure your new setting is safe for them. Show them round your new home room by room so that they can explore and get used to their new environment, and limit the number of visitors as this can increase their anxiety.

Planning the job

There are plenty of easily forgotten tasks that can come back to haunt you when you move home. Once you’ve got all your storage boxes through the door and settled, it may suddenly dawn on you that in your haste, you’ve made some vital errors. Forgetting to change addresses and obtaining important info from your old property are amongst the most common mistakes.

Here are some tasks you can’t afford to forget when you move home.

  • Television license

Ensure you change the address and register all media appliances at your new address, before you receive an unexpected knock at the door.

  • Communication

It’s easy to forget that your home phone will change as we mainly use our mobile phones these days, however you’ll need to update your details with your bank and family.

  • Doctors & dentists

You’ll need to register for new local services as soon as possible. Relying on an emergency walk in centre could lead to further issues as you won’t have a regular GP watching over you.

  • Changing address

There are countless organisations that will need to contact you via post, so ensure that you leave a polite note with the new tenants of your previous property or where they can forward any forgotten post on.

  • Banking

Of course you’ll remember to change your bank details, but what about those accounts you’ve forgotten about? Perhaps you set up a savings account or credit card with another company and have used neither. Make sure they’re all updated even if you don’t use them. Failure to do so can harm your credit rating.

  • Regular services

Milk rounds and window cleaning services are amongst those that are easily forgotten about, so tell them far in advance what day you’ll be leaving the property. You can use our address cards/labels to make this job even easier.

  • Vehicle registration and driving license

You could run the risk of a fine if your current home address is wrong on these documents, so don’t make this common mistake!

Moving tips

Many of these tips are simple, yet they can be the difference between an easy, seamless move and a stressful disaster.

  • Use a checklist

It may seem obvious, but plenty of us are guilty of not using this simple method to keep on top of our moving process. List all of your jobs and make a note of what’s in each box. You’ll be glad you did when you get the inevitable last-minute “I’ve forgotten something” panic.

  • Declutter

As you sort everything into moving boxes, you must ensure you’re only keeping the things you need. A new home is a fresh start so don’t keep hold of clutter that simply collects dust.

  • Get by with a little help from your friends

Whilst you may need to use a removal service for your white goods, your family and friends can be rallied to assist you when moving day comes. Say thanks by providing dinner at the end of the hard day’s work. After all, who could say no to free takeaway food?

  • Don’t reuse supermarket boxes

Specially-designed moving boxes are far safer to use. Supermarket storage boxes have already been used and battered during shipping and are nowhere near as durable as our products.

  • Night in a box

Prepare a box specifically for the first night with tea and coffee supplies and anything you’ll need when you first move in.

  • Protect your possessions

Much like the supermarket cardboard boxes, newspaper and scrap materials are not suitable to protect your belongings. Invest in bubble wrap and packaging materials that will keep your possessions in one piece.

You can peruse our catalogue of removals packaging here.

  • Mark your boxes

It takes a few seconds to mark what's in each moving box, so don’t skip this vital step!

  • Pack and unpack room by room

Reduce stress and increase organisation by unpacking room by room. You’ll soon know if something is missing by using this method.

  • Make sure your home is pet safe

If you’re bringing pets into your home, let them explore room by room and make sure there aren’t any hazards that could cause issues, such as packing materials they could swallow and spaces they could crawl into.

  • Bring a tool kit

Together with your overnight kit and your essential box of coffee and snacks, you will also need a toolkit. There is always going to be a few odd jobs that need to be done, and you will be glad to have the tools at hand.

  • Assemble your biggest furniture first

Before your room becomes cluttered with possessions, make sure you assemble the biggest components first.

 

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