Moving and Packing Tips for a stress free move
Moving Home can be one of the most stressful events in your life, but it doesn’t have to be – follow these moving tips, and you’ll be relaxing in your new home before you know it.
Start collecting new addresses, rental or purchase papers, moving contracts, and more in one folder, so if any questions come up during the planning process or the move itself, you’ll have the answer (and records of agreements, payments, and more) on hand.
Sort through and get rid of unwanted items.
Now that you are sorting through all your things, it’s a perfect time to see what can be donated or chucked altogether! Make an effort to pare down your possessions so your move will be a little easier, you don’t want to pay to move items you don’t really need, and your new home will be a bit less cluttered.
Pack in advance as much possible
Ideally, you’ll know about a move weeks or even months in advance. Start by packing off-season items and the items you don’t really need for your first few weeks. When it’s time to pack everything up, many items will already be ready to go. In the stressful final weeks and days just before the move, you won’t be worried about not getting everything packed in time.
Pack a first night box
Most people don’t think to do this and end up rummaging through several boxes on moving day to get their pyjamas or the kettle. Pack yourself a “first night” box with all your toiletries, some clothes, and anything you’ll need the following morning such as dishes and silverware or your hairdryer.
Don’t overload boxes.
Use the correct size boxes. Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, in bigger ones. Please do not overload your boxes, if they are too heavy for you to lift then they are too heavy for our man to lift if a box is too heavy redistribute the items between two boxes, remember our man is just a man, not superman. Distribute your items evenly throughout your boxes.
If possible try to use suitcases, holdalls and other items of luggage to pack clothes etc, these are preferable to black plastic bags which are often over filled and tear easily. If you do have to use plastic sacks or bags try to use top quality bags or even garden refuse bags which are very thick and will not tear open in our man’s hand.
Always ensure that there is parking available outside of your premises on the day, this may mean talking to your neighbours in advance of the move and checking that they will move if necessary. If you have meters or permit parking, make sure you have plenty of change or the required permit available to hand.
It is a must to ensure that all doors, stairs, lifts, and hallways are clear of obstructions. This will create a steady flow for yourself and our man from the room to the vehicle.
Fridges and Freezers
Try not to buy any fridge or freezer food for at least two weeks before you are due to move, so nothing goes to waste, don’t forget to defrost, towel dry, and clean your refrigerator 24-48 hours before moving day.
The first thing you will need to do is strip the bed and remove the mattress. If your bed can be dismantled please ensure this is done prior to your move. Take note of how the bed is put together, and keep all the nuts, bolts, screws, and wooden dowels together in a labelled bag so they do not get lost. Once this is done, your bed will be easy to transport and when it comes to putting it together, everything you will need will be in one place.
Flat Pack Furniture Moving Advice
Make sure self-assembly furniture is dismantled in advance of your move and tape all the pieces together, this will not only make it easier for reassembly but stop them sliding around and separating in transit, keep all the loose screws and bolts organised! Put them in labelled plastic bags so you know which furniture they belong to.