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Moving house can bring with it chaos and stress but here are Compare My Move, we aim to alleviate some of that for you. Let’s get real.... Moving is a pain in the proverbial, it’s tough, it’s arduous and it’s laborious but fortunately – It’s short lived and once it’s done, you’re in your new home and everything is peachy. So we urge you to smile…Even if that smile is through gritted teeth and with false optimism. Follow our tried and tested list of life-saving Moving House Tips and you’ll be golden.
OK so we've gone over the basics but there is still a tonne of work to be done with the packing. Fear not…The Compare My Move Team have got your back on this one. Read on for some of the best packing hacks to get you through the daunting task of gathering all your worldly and loved possessions ready to be swiftly transported to your new digs.
Don’t Overload Boxes
One of the most basic packing tips for moving house is to not overload the boxes. It is easy to get a bit ‘pack happy’ and throw all your things into a box with little care or logic, you’ll cramp everything in making it fit perfectly... Well done Hotshot... Now try picking it up... A good tip if you reach a point where the box is about half full and it’s getting heavy, top it off with pillows or soft toys
Be Inventive with Packing
If you are using a removal company then they will supply you with boxes. If you are gathering your own boxes then it can be a tricky task getting enough box space to fit everything in. It is time to get creative. Look around you, what kind of containers do you already have?... The laundry baskets, the bins, your suitcases and large holdall bags. Cram stuff in everywhere.
Furniture and Home Accessories
Most of your furniture will just be carried to the van as it is, some may need dismantling. Don’t forget to put any screws, nuts, bolts and attachments into little sandwich bags and tape them to the piece of furniture they came.
Electronics Our electronic items are valuable and if we are being honest, we are pretty much reliant on technology so getting our devices to the new home in perfect condition is of great importance. For the TV or Computers, it is best to pack them up in their original packaging (if you still have it). Be sure to back up your devices, you may have important information or documentation on your computer or perhaps sentimental and irreplaceable.
Roll up your rugs, tape them closed and wrap it in plastic or cling film. Here is a clever packing hack for the rug… If you have a sound bar then you can roll it up in your rug. Once the rug is taped and wrapped in plastic, your sound bar is padded and secure. Don’t forget to add a label though so whoever is moving it is aware that it’s not just a soft rug that can be thrown into the van.
Mirrors and Glass Frames
For obvious reasons, mirrors and glass frames can easily be damaged in the move. The best thing you can do is put some tape in an ‘X’ across the glass. This should hopefully prevent shattering – or if the worst happens and it does smash, then you won’t be left with shards of glass all over the place. Wrap it in bubble wrap and then some.
Now, you can’t exactly pack your washing machine or dishwasher into a box, but it will be a good idea to tape everything closed to avoid doors swinging open when you’re lifting and shifting the items. Don’t forget to defrost the refrigerator/freezer before moving day either.
Let’s begin with the plates... Don’t waste your time wrapping them in newspaper, seriously, why do people do this? It’s hardly going to do much, is it? Thin paper is not going to stop an impact from breaking a plate. Baffling that this has become a known technique. The clever thing to do is to buy a pack of polystyrene plates and place one in between every one of your plates stacked up. Wrap the whole thing with bubble wrap. Paper? Give yourself a chance at least!
Guess what? Newspaper won’t do jack for your glasses either. So, again, get some polystyrene or plastic cups and apply the same stacking – A load of bubble wrap or tea towels are a simple choice for padding the box. Don’t overload – you will reach breaking point (no pun intended) if you pick up that box and the mad hatter's tea party comes crashing to the floor in devastation and chaos beneath you!
Items like the toaster and kettle are important for day 1 in the new place... ‘Toaster Tip’…. Go outside, tip the toaster upside down and shake like it’s nobody’s business because if that bad boy tips over, it’ll be crumb city and on moving day, you don’t need it!
Now, it is likely that your packing instincts tell you to empty every drawer in your room into a box and transport the drawers empty. Wrong!... If the drawers aren’t overstuffed and super heavy, you can secure the drawers closed with tape and move them as they are.
Use a wardrobe or fashion your own. Use a tall box with a pole inserted through. Use cable ties to secure clothes hangers together and wrap the clothes in plastic. Another clever way to pack your clothes is to use vacuum compression bags.
Your bedding is actually a great way to pad out boxes or wrap fragile items. You might need to keep one set of your bedding aside as you will want this for your first night in the new house but the rest can be put to good use.
It is a good idea to dismantle the beds ahead of moving day. This can be loads of fun. When you are sleeping on mattresses on the floor a night or two before the move, it can be exciting. Put all nuts, bolts and Allen keys into little bags and tape to the main frame of the bed.
In general, the best advice with toiletries if you are moving is to have all your items used up before the move or throw them out. If you do need to take opened toiletries with you then use zip lock bags and wrap tape around lids.
Like blankets, towels are great to use for extra padding on breakable items, then any leftover towels are best folded and packed on top of the clothes in the suitcase.
Put cotton wool on top of compressed powders, this should stop the powder cracking and breaking up in transit.
Soft toys and teddy bears are good for padding out some of the breakable toys so be tactical in the packing. For board games and sets with lots of parts, tape the lids to the boxes so that you don’t risk losing small parts.
Throw fiddly bits like wires and cables, important documents, chargers, adapters, headphones and medications into sandwich or zip lock bags.
Carry your important documents with you on the day of the move or alternatively, you can use a folder or plastic wallets in a carefully marked box.
You will find that you have a collection of miscellaneous items that just don’t fit in with any of your categorising. A good tip is to put all these things together in one room and then into one box, you can label it miscellaneous and you’ll know what’s in there.
That pretty much covers everything. We hope these packing tips for moving house will come in handy. It’s a big old job but you can do it – Happy Moving Day!