Everything you ever wanted to know about packing your home before you move (but were afraid to ask)
For many people, the thought of packing your move before moving house can seem like a daunting, almost impossible task. However, with the right packing materials and a little bit of forward planning you’ll find that the house packing process doesn’t have to be the headache you foresee it to be.
Step 1. Preparation
In order to have a stress-free move, A little bit of common sense is needed. Rule number 1 of this is ‘don’t leave everything to the day before the move!’.
Moving home is the perfect opportunity to have that big sort out you have been meaning to do for years. Go through your items deciding on what you want to keep, what can be sold, what can go to the charity shop and what can be taken to your local tip to be recycled or thrown away.
- Create an essentials packing list, placing your items in priority order
- Work out how many boxes you are going to need for all your items. Do this well in advance so that if you run out of boxes you still have time to pick up extras. Make sure you are also fully stocked up on heavy duty tape, bubble wrap and wrapping paper or newspapers.
- Don’t overfill large boxes as you will struggle to lift them on your moving day.
- Spend the extra money and buy good quality corrugated cardboard boxes. You don’t want your moving day to be ruined because your favourite valuables have fallen out of the bottom of your boxes.
- Ensure that your contents insurance will cover damage and breakages during the house move.
- Put all materials, such as paint, bleach and aerosols, into a separate box and keep them away from the rest of your items. Remember that many removal companies will not transport paints due to the possibility of spillages.
Step 2. Think ahead
Once you move into your new property, you’re not going to be able to unpack all of your items on the first day, so it’s important to set aside essential items for the first few days.
- Pack an ‘essentials’ box for the first night in your new home and carry it with you. Instant access to coffee, tea, snacks, cups and a kettle may be welcome soon after you arrive. As will plates, utensils and a kitchen cloth.
- Prepare an overnight bag for everyone in the family, and make sure that there is enough toilet paper and toiletries for everyone.
- Other useful items that should be kept close to hand are a torch, a first-aid kit including pain relievers, pencil and paper, and re-closable plastic bags, along with a small tool kit.
- If possible, finish any laundry well before you move to avoid packing damp clothes. Keep a separate box/bag for dirty washing.
- Make sure the boxes containing items you need the least are loaded up first.
Packing for your move
Step 3. Pack your items wisely
Before you rush in and start packing away the first items you lay your eyes on, take a time out and consider exactly how you are going to pack all of your possessions.
Spend some time considering how you are going to pack your possessions. Items such as books are easy to pack away, but are heavy, fragile items will need to be wrapped carefully and certain furniture such as beds and wardrobes will need to be dismantled before your removals company arrive.
- Start early. Packing always takes longer than anticipated, particularly when you start reminiscing over old photographs stored in the attic or you realise that you need to dismantle the wardrobe to get it downstairs.
- Begin at the top of the house and move downwards. If you have an attic, it’s a good idea to sort it out first.
- Always pack heavy items in small boxes. It will make transporting them easier. Also, keep the weight of all boxes to a minimum to avoid any back injuries.
- Pack one room at a time, clearly labelling each box with details of its contents and the room to which it belongs. Clearly label boxes that contain breakables and also those that are load-bearing and can be stacked in the van.
- Keep all boxes for each room together. This will save time unpacking.
- It may sound obvious but pack heavier items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
- Wrap items individually and place in a box that’s been lined with several layers of newspaper and a sheet of bubble wrap. Any breakables should also be wrapped in bubble wrap. Use clean tissue or wrapping paper for the first layer to prevent newspaper print leaving marks. Pillows and blankets are also useful for wrapping valuables and protecting furniture prone to dents and scratches.
- Pack important documents together, such as birth and marriage certificates, and keep them in a safe place.
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*Some aspects of this article have been taken from bbc.co.uk