Moving home Tips
Moving home any time soon? Follow these tips to make your life as stress-free as possible.
So, you’ve just found your dream home. What next? Chances are you’ve only a matter of weeks until you have to move your worldly belongings from A to B.
It’s a huge task, but with careful planning it doesn’t have to make you want to tear your hair out. Here are our top tips for a stress-free move.
1. Be organised
Create a ‘To Do’ list and keep any important information together in a file.
As soon as you know you are moving, start planning by writing down what you need to do and when. Obviously not everyone is that organised but try not to leave it more than three weeks before the big day.
2. Don’t leave packing to the last minute
This is a trap that a lot of people fall into simply because they can’t face starting such a mammoth task.
Breaking it down into achievable parts can make it a lot less daunting. Take each room separately and start with books and CDs (use small boxes for these) and other items you don’t use that often.
Alternatively, get the movers to do it all for you. They can sweep the entire contents of a house into boxes in a matter of hours.
3. Don’t forget to label your boxes
It sounds obvious but so many people forget. Put the labels on more than one side so you can see what’s what when they are piled high.
If you’re really organised, make an inventory of what is in each box, especially if some things are going into storage.
4. Arrange Professional Movers
Unless you are blessed with a very nice friend who has an empty van, you will probably need to arrange for a professional to help you move to a new house. People often underestimate the number of items they have in their house, and the experts cannot only help you lift the heavy furniture but give advice and get things
moved more efficiently and effectively. If you wish, you can request your movers to assist you with everything from packing to re-assembling.
5. Pick the Right Van
If you’re moving a short distance, you may be able to get away with using a small van and making more than one trip. However, it’s easier for everyone if you can manage your move in as few trips as possible. Bearing this in mind, it will be helpful to make sure you have the right size van to fit all your belongings safely.
Removals professionals will know how large a van to use, or if they even need multiple vans; but if you’re thinking of going it alone, you can contact us to find out what size van you’ll need.
6. Is your furniture too large to leave – or fit into your new house?
It sounds obvious but can catch you out. In theory, if you got it in, then you should be able to get it out, but flat pack furniture you built yourself is often the biggest cause of grief.
Leave yourself time to disassemble and check with the movers if you need to get a window removed or take a door off its hinges. They should be able to assist.
7. Create a ‘room plan’ for your new home
Do a rough sketch idea of where furniture will be placed in each room. You can always move it again if you want to, but it saves time while the movers struggle under the load.
8. Label your electricals
If you have a hundred wires going into one device use sticky coloured labels or number each part to match one end to the other.
9. Pack ‘essentials’ boxes
Pack the kettle, tea, coffee and milk last, so you can unpack it first. Also, know where your bed-clothes and duvet are (see next tip).
Keep remote controls, phones, mobile phone chargers and any other items you are likely to lose but need in the same ‘bits box’ so you know for sure where they are. Keep valuables and important papers with you too.
10. Make your bed as soon as possible
You’ll appreciate it at the end of the day when you don’t have to do that ‘one more thing’ before you can sleep.
11. Treat Your Movers
Whether hired movers or friends and family, be sure to have some snack and drinks readily available for everyone. On a hot summer day, your crew will appreciate a cold drink more than you can imagine!
If you feel ready to make the big move to your new home, why not talk to our home removals experts? Take your first step by speaking to our customer service team on 020 38875298 or get prices now!
21+ Packing Tips for Moving House
Moving house is a process that requires lots of time and hard work, not to mention strong nerves and willpower. This is why the Fantastic Services team has made this handy list of packing tips for moving house, to ease your day.
Table of Contents:
Packing Tips for Moving House – The Living Room
Once it’s time to pack, start with the most obvious place, the one you won’t mind being full of boxes for a while – the living room.
Packing Tips for Moving House – The Bedroom
The bedroom has a few tricky items that should be packed with care but the rest of it shouldn’t pose any difficulty.
Packing Tips for Moving House – The Bathroom
Since most things you find in the bathroom aren’t likely to be removed, there isn’t much you can do here. The most obvious are:
Packing Tips for Moving House – The Kitchen
The kitchen will be most difficult because, unlike the bathroom, everything is important for your new home. Start small.
Packing Tips for Moving House – Box of Essentials
The box of essentials is the first thing you will open in the new place. The box that has all the important items you need after the moving day has passed. This is why it’s recommended to use a plastic box with at least three compartments. Here’s what to put in each:
Moving out of an old place is never just moving out. As a tenant, you’re also obliged to bring the place back to the state you got it from your landlord. You can clean it up yourself and lose a full day, which unfortunately wouldn’t guarantee your deposit back. Or, you can book a professional company for the end of tenancy cleaning. From experience, we would say that a London landlord would prefer the latter.
More Packing Tips for Moving House
Last, but not least, here are a few packing tips for a few odd items, in case you have to deal with something unusual.
Hopefully, moving day will not make your day too problematic, and if you follow these rules, it will be easier. Of course, you can always leave this job to a professional moving team.