Packing when moving houseGemma Greaves
We know moving house is stressful and one of the biggest single tasks is safely packing all your valuables and belongings and then unpacking at the other end. Your task can be made a little less stressful and possibly cheaper thanks to a little planning. It is worth mentioning that the cost of moving house can vary a lot depending if you will be doing it yourself or if you are going to hire a specialist company and finally, the type of company you will chose. f course a man with a van will be cheaper option than a full service removals company.
Here are our top tips to help with easing your tensions when it comes to the big move.
Begin your packing early, some would suggest months beforehand but this would depend upon how many items you intend to pack. We would say allocate at least 1 week for each average sized room you intend to clear out and tackle one room at a time, starting with the rooms used less frequently. This will help with the clutter created from boxes and packing material getting in the way.
Begin with packing items that are not used on a daily basis, this way you can pack and forget about them. Packing items you are likely to need regularly will only mean wasting time unpacking and repacking them. This will also give you an opportunity to re-evaluate the items you intend on keeping.
Now is the perfect time to begin putting aside items that can be sold at carboot/garage sales or given to charity. Be ruthless in your approach and dispose of any items you cannot accommodate easily in your new home. Do you really need that old rug which has been gathering dust in the loft? Moving house is a good way to do a bit of decluttering. If you need a bit of inspiration, check out “The life-changing magic of tidying.” by Marie Kondo
Pack each box lightly so lifting and moving the boxes around is easy. Attempt to keep the weight of each box under 15 kg and fill in voids and gaps within the box with newspaper or biodegradable loose fill to help avoid items shifting in transit. You can use additional packing tape and bubble wrap to line the sides and bottom of your boxes for additional cushioning and safety. Remember as a general rule, small to medium sized boxes are ideal for heavier items, larger boxes are more suited to lighter items. Also, pack heavier items such as books first, heavier boxes will hold up stacks of lighter boxes freeing up valuable floor space.
You may find it useful to employ a packing and removal company (preferably one that does both) on the day of the move. They are unlikely to get sidetracked with nostalgia every time they pick up an old photo album. This will speed up the process and make it less painful on the day of the move. It is worth mentioning that the cost of moving house can vary a lot depending if you will be doing it yourself or if you are going to hire a specialist company and finally, the type of company you will chose. The cost vary a lot: from £20 an hour for a man with a van to thousands of pounds when you have a big house and hire a professional company.
Labels, labels, labels.. You will be thankful for this one when you begin to unpack, saving you time when looking for items you will need access to right away. Place labels and notices to the sides of boxes and not the top. Also, colour code your box labels for different rooms to help make sure the boxes are moved to the correct location. For example all packed kitchen items should be colour coded in one colour, bedrooms items in another and so on.
Be sure to pack an essentials box, this should include snacks and other essential items such phone chargers, kettle, tea/coffee, details of local take aways and contact details of your Utility suppliers.
Keep the kids busy on the day, if you can get help with looking after young children on the day of the move then this will certainly help. However, you can get them involved with certain tasks such as writing and colour coding your box labels to keep them occupied whilst everything is going on.
Last but certainly not least we suggest having a good supply of packing material to hand, items such as heavy duty packing tape, bubble wrap, biodegradable loose fill and cardboard boxes of various types.
Here are some handy packing hacks to help further:
- Don’t skimp on packaging materials as they will be used for storing your valuable items for a few weeks at least, so invest in quality material that will stand the test of time.
- Use paper or styrofoam plates in between your ceramic dinner plates to help with cushioning.
- Use resealable bags to pack liquids and gels to avoid unwanted spillages
- Books can be extremely heavy once boxed away, be sure to stack books spine down and the opening of the book facing upwards.
- Clothing can be used as effective space fillers for voids in boxes.
- Use wardrobe boxes which allow you to hang your clothing items for easy access and efficient unpacking at the other end. Remember it is unlikely you will be able to unpack all your items right away. Having quick and easy access to your clothes will be essential.