If you have ever moved house, you will probably know just how stressful it can be. If you have never moved, and this is your first home, you can easily avoid the mistakes others have made.
Moving into a new home is the start of, what is supposed to be, a magical experience. However, many home movers have greatly suffered because of a lack of organisation and planning. This guide is designed to provide you with the best tips for moving home. The advice given is aimed at making the move into your new home a pleasurable one.
Organising Before Your House Move
See your big house move as an opportunity to organise your belongings. At this point you could donate or sell the items that you do not want to move across with you. After all, a home move gives you the chance to make a fresh start. To make things easier, simply create different piles of items you can either sell or donate. Try not to mix these items up with the things that you want to keep.
Paperwork and documentation can be heavy and time-consuming to pack. If you have time before your big move, set some aside to go through your paperwork and documentation. Try and keep documentation that is recent, or of importance. It is recommended that you keep the last three to five years if possible. Any longer, just take some time to think about whether the paperwork or documentation needs to come with you. For any unwanted paperwork and documentation, shred it. This avoids any potential identification theft and the problems that go with it.
Save time packing by being ruthless. Do not waste your time reminiscing over old pictures. Pack them away in an orderly fashion. You will always have time later on, once you have moved, to unpack and reminisce then.
Create a moving binder of all the important items in reference to your move.
When moving food related items from your kitchen, take the time to go through each item. Check each food item is safely within their useable date. There is no need to pack out-of-date items.
At this point you current home should only contain the items that you want to move into your new one. Pick a room to use as ‘storage’ for the bulkier items. A guest bedroom is ideal.
Within each room, create some space and create ‘packing zones’. You will need enough space so that packed boxes and other supplies can be left their. Try and be sensible and leave enough room and space for walking, and so you can use the room as it is intended. The last thing you want is the stress of not being able to do what you need to in the weeks leading up to your move.
Keep all your supplies at close quarters and in one place. Items such as; scissors, tape, labels and a notebook, are the main components of any moving home supply.
Ensure that you have polish, a duster and a cloth handy when you are packing. Wipe down and clean each item before it is packed. So your items are clean when you unpack your boxes.
Always use good, strong boxes when you move. Some moving companies will supply you with the boxes you require. However, the professionals will provide moving boxes in preparation for your big home move.
When packing, always use smaller boxes for heavier items. If you cannot do this, and you are using a bigger box, make sure that the heavier items are at the bottom of the box.
To keep your belongings safe and secure, start saving newspapers and purchase bubble-wrap. Newspaper print tends not to rub off onto your belongings. Bubble-wrap provides your valuables with a extra protection.
To wrap smaller items you should purchase coloured tissue paper. It has been known that some people rush when unpacking and throw the little items out with the trash. Using coloured tissue paper ensures that the items are kept safe and they are noticeable when unpacking.
One item that tends to be forgotten about is your mattress. This also needs to be protected when you are packing, so purchase a mattress bag. After all, there is nothing worse than sleeping on a dirty mattress, especially on the first night in your new home.
The same applies to large furniture items like your sofa. Moving house can be a very dirty business. Ensure that you properly cover and protect your upholstered items.
Packing glass, and other valuables, can be a tricky business. These items tend to be most out ‘at-risk’ items that will be moving with you. You should try and acquire special frame boxes that are designed to protect items such as glass. Once packed, make sure that you mark each item as ‘fragile’.
When you are packing items such as; duvets, pillows and cushions, make sure you pack them in clear plastic bags. This helps keep dirt and dust away from them. Once packed into clear plastic bags, you can then pack them into boxes.
Rather pack your clothes straight into a regular cardboard box, you could hire a clothes wardrobe for your move. The great professional moving companies may be able to hire you one, providing you return it in a good, reusable condition.
Once you have packed everything away, it is time to give your boxes a little shake. This may sound like a crazy idea, but it works. If you shake your boxes a little and you can hear things sliding and moving around, you can add some extra packing material to it. If items appear broken once you have unpacked your boxes, it tends to be because of this sliding and moving around of items in the box.
Moving home can be a pain, but if you use some or all of the above tips you will find that your move will go more smoothly. This may result in less items being broke, or you find you are more relaxed when you pack and unpack your boxes.