How to Pack for Moving House
Moving house is known to be one of the most stressful events of our adult lives. Once the final papers are signed, utilities contacted, the garden shed cleared, and the moving truck booked, it’s time to think about packing – but for many this can be an incredibly daunting task.
It’s expensive enough to move without having to spend hundreds on a packaging company. That’s why we’ve put together this list of tips on how to pack efficiently and keep your valuables safe during transport.
Read on to read our packaging tips for the big move.
Make an eviction
Moving is a good excuse for a major clearance, and it will greatly reduce packing time and costs. Relax everything from the back of the garage, under the stairs, and in the loft. Hold a trunk sale, bring unwanted items for charity, or sell things online and use the money to move.
Invest in good packaging
Varied, high-quality packaging is essential to protect your belongings during the move. Invest in a good selection of small, medium, large, and closet-sized cardboard boxes, duct tape, bubble wrap, newspapers, permanent marker pens, labels, stretch wrap, and Corex. Make sure you order these items in good time before you plan to start packing.
Give yourself time
Having to speed up the packaging process is almost certainly stressful and disorderly and can lead to things breaking or forgotten. Be realistic with the time it takes to pack and think about how you will incorporate it into work and other commitments. For a 3 bedroom home, we recommend that you start packing at least 2 weeks before your move date.
Start with less used rooms
Not sure where to start? Start with the spaces that you use the least. Tools from the garden shed, the seasonal decorations, the unused chinaware in the attic, the old photos, and the furniture from the guest room can all be packed up first as you won’t need them for a while.
Work from room to room
The prospect of packing up an entire house can be overwhelming; Packing one room at a time makes the process more linear and methodical, and easier for you to sort out once you get there.
Wedge fragile things in place
To keep things from breaking, you need to minimize movement. Wedge breakable pieces in place with newspaper, bubble wrap and Corex and keep these boxes aside for stacking in the van.
Don’t fill large boxes
If you fill the larger boxes, they will only be harder to move and their contents will be more likely to be damaged. So keep this less than two-thirds full.
Label each box
There is nothing worse than arriving at your new home and not finding everything you need. Be sure to label each individual box with the contents and the room it came from – you will thank them later.
Keep the essentials aside
Don’t forget to save an important thing or two that you will need as soon as you move in. This includes clothing, toiletries, basic cooking utensils, the kettle, plates, and towels.
Follow these simple packing tips and the whole process will be much less stressful – it can even be a cathartic experience and a great way to disappoint your life.
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