While the prospect of eventually moving into your new home is exciting (especially after weeks of negotiations and filling out mountains of paperwork), the mere concept of preparing for such a large move can make even the most composed and calm person stressed and worried. We’re sharing our best moving house tips so you can lighten the load and get settled in your new house in no time!
Preparation is key
Don’t put off tidying and packing until the last few days; you’ll make things much more difficult for yourself (and your family). Begin the ‘purging’ procedure two to four weeks prior to packing. After you’ve gotten rid of the stuff you won’t be taking with you to the new home, you should start packing your belongings, room by room. However, if you don’t want to live out of boxes for an extended amount of time, don’t be too eager to pack!
Create a moving checklist
To begin, make a moving checklist with a timeline. Depending on how much warning is given before the relocation, everyone’s timing will be different. Some will get two months, while others may just have two weeks. Try not to panic, being this organised will help no matter what your timescale is.
Be ruthless when you declutter
Whether you’ve been in your present home for a year or 20 years, you’ve most likely gathered a lot of stuff you don’t use or need. Don’t carry that extra stuff into your new home, where it will most certainly build up. Only pack what you really need and get rid of items you know you won’t need or use.
Sort by room
Begin by packing and then unpacking one room at a time. Keeping the items of each room together can greatly speed up the process and reduce any confusion or frustration. When packing, start with the most important room and work your way down. Remember, the first items that go into the moving van will be the last off, so think about what you want to unpack first.
Be sure to label all of your boxes with the room in the new house to which they’ll be delivered, and that anything with fragile goods is properly marked. Separate your essential items from the rest of your possessions and pack them in your car instead of on the moving truck, just in case there’s something you require straight away.
Try not to leave empty spaces in boxes
To prevent your belongings from shifting around during the transfer, fill any holes with packing paper, fabric, or foam. Close the base and top seams, as well as the edges where pressure is concentrated, with strong tape.
Save space when packing clothing
One of the most time-consuming aspects of packing is clothing. The most important thing is to preserve as much room as possible with clothes since if you’re not careful, excessive clothing can take up the majority of the moving van. Invest in some vacuum bags or roll your clothes instead of folding to save space.
Label and take photos of furniture parts and accessories.
Before you move, take the effort to secure larger items of furniture. Before you begin, dismantle and secure all drawers and doors. Label cables, drawers, doors, and anything else you need to take apart so you know where everything goes when you reassemble it. Place screws and nuts in plastic bags and tape them to the furniture’s back.
Take a photo of the rear layout when packing electronics so you can remember where each cord goes. Take pictures of any furniture you disassemble to use as a reference for reassembling it. Also, label any doors, screws, or other items you dismantle.
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