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Moving and Packing Made Easy
Have you ever wondered how the pros make house moving look so effortless? This infographic offers a guide on how to package up your belongs with minimum fuss, less breakages and stress.
It suggests that your plan and organise well in advance of the move day. De-cluttering means you will probably have less to move, so it is well worth getting rid of old, unwanted or unneeded belongings well ahead of the big day. Don’t leave things until the last moment!
The infographic also suggests choosing the right type of packing, boxes and size of removal transport. These things need to be carefully considered if you are going to make life easier for yourself.
If you have children get them to help with packing their toys, it will make the move less daunting. Likewise, pets also need to be factored into the equation, so to speak, if they are going to have a stress free time during the topsy-turvydom a house move creates.
You will see that there is a lot to think about when packing for a house move. Think ahead, follow the advice and guidance highlighted on the infographic and the whole process should be less stressful for all involved.
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PACKING, MOVING & STORING LIKE A PRO
The golden rule of packing up your house: no matter how much stuff you think you have, you actually have much more. This can make packing up and moving your possessions a daunting task requiring military levels of precession. This guide gives you easy to follow and practical advice to help you pack, move, and store your stuff.
BEFORE YOU START TO PACK
TIDY AND DECLUTTER
If you can’t be bothered to take it, then let it go:
- Charity shops
- The skip
GETTING READY TO PACK
Take an inventory of what you’re taking and what’s going into storage
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Different size cardboard boxes
- Heavy duty boxes
- Strong tape
- Bubble wrap
- Self Seal Bags
Corrugated cardboard boxes are stronger than regular ones
Overestimate how many boxes you will need
- Start from the top of the house and work downwards
- Put heavy items in small boxes
- Keep all boxes to a reasonable weight
- Spread books out across boxes (they can get very heavy when put together)
- Label as you go
- Create tow important document files
- One for house move documents
- One for other important personal documents
- Wrap in bubble wrap and newspaper or ask removal men to do it
- Mark box as fragile
HOW BIG A VEHICLE WILL YOU NEED?
ROUGH SIZE GUIDE
- Estate Car 20×25 sq. ft.
- Transit Van 45 – 70 sq. ft.
- Luton Van 80 – 100 sq. ft.
- 7.5 T. Lorry 125 – 175 sq. ft.
- Removal Lorry 200 – 250 sq. ft.
USING A REMOVAL COMPANY
Questions to Ask
- What level and type of insurance cover is offered?
- Are they members of the British Association of Removers?
- Can they supply references?
- How will they pack and protect your belongings and house?
- What will security be like if your goods are on a vehicle overnight?
- Do they have an office or depot you can visit?
- Inform the removal company of any changes in completion date
- Let your neighbours know that a van will be parked outside
- Consider access and logistics
- Ask if they will be helping load or just driving
PUTTING STUFF INTO STORAGE
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- Flexible Contracts
- Transport Assistance
- Contents Insurance
- 24 Hour Security Including CCTV
- Separate the possessions going into storage from those not in your apartment before the removal men come
- Make sure white goods are thoroughly cleaned and dried
- Do not pack sofas into small spaces or lean other heavy items on cushions
- Keep electrical goods in original box if possible
- You cannot store anything toxic flammable
WHAT TO DO ON THE DAY
- Keep yourself fed: Make sandwiches in advance, buy fruit, and have bottles of water to hand
- Prepare for your first night and day in your new property: Keep bed linen, towels, and toiletries close to hand
Take meter readings and check that electricity, gas, water, heating, phone, and intruder alarms work
MOVING WITH CHILDREN TIPS
- Let children pack their own toys
- Keep some toys close to hand
- Let children pick their own rooms if you can
MOVING WITH PET TIPS
- Make sure your pet is chipped in case they run away
- Ask your vet about travel sickness medication
- If you can, have them stay with a friend or kennel/cattery