Moving to a new house is a process we never look forward to. You must contact utility companies, clean your entire home before you leave, hire a removals firm in advance, not to mention pack all your belongings.
So, here are some tips on how to pack for your move to a new Loxley home!
Pack early. The time it will take you to pack all your items depends mainly on their number. For a large house, two months should be enough if you pack one box a day. For smaller homes, one month should be just fine. Of course, this is not an exact number and will vary per household!
Start with rooms you least need. Makes sense to pack the items you don’t use daily first. Seasonal items you’re currently not using such as garden tools, coats, and Christmas lights are perfect examples.
Pack one room at a time. This is one of the most important packing tips which for some reason often gets neglected. Doing this will help you stay organised and will later tell the movers, or anyone unloading, which box goes where.
Declutter, packing is the perfect time to have a clear out, if you’ve not used something for a year – will you need it again? Put items up for sale or give your old unwanted goods to charity. If you have friends helping you with your move, ask them whether they need anything you’re planning to sell. After all, you’re not paying them, and they should get something for their troubles!
Do not exceed the limit of 30 pounds for a box. You might get a back injury or one of the boxes might not be able to withstand the weight, and if you have any smashable items this could set you back a little! Pack light items in large boxes and heavy items in small boxes. This packing tip alone will save you a great deal of pain… literally!
Fill empty gaps. Use old newspapers, packing papers, or just old rags to fill gaps in the boxes. This should secure the items for the ride or in case your moving boxes are transported to a long-term storage facility.
Label your boxes. Write the contents of each box with a marker. Write on the sides of the boxes and not on top, as this will make it easier to recognise them if they are stacked. It’s also advisable to use a different colour for every room.
If you have children – as them to help you. Kids love drawing and colouring, so what better way to reduce the stress of moving? This is a method to help your youngsters cope with the move.
Put heavier boxes on the bottom. Packing tips like this might seem like common sense, but they’re still important to mention. By putting your heavy boxes below lighter boxes, you ensure no breakable items will get crushed during the move.
But most important of all, try and enjoy the move – you’re moving onwards and upwards into a new home – a fresh start!