Moving Tips

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 Supplies
  • Packing the Living Room
  • Packing the Bedroom
  • Packing the Kitchen
  • Packing a Box of Essentials
  • More Packing Tips

Containers

  • Small Boxes. The heavier the item, the smaller the box – a tip every homeowner should know. You need small boxes.
  • Large boxes. These are a great help if you need to collect lots of light items that would go in one room.
  • Wardrobe boxes. The genius of this box is that it mimics a wardrobe and it is perfect for transporting clothes without having to pack them in suitcases and worry if they will get wrinkled.
  • Plastic boxes. These are optional, but it never hurts to get a few of those. They’re great if you have a lot of detergents to store in one place. It’s a good idea to also use a plastic box for the essentials.

Additional

  • Packing tape. Another much-needed supply item. The packing tape is your most valuable helper, so get as much as you can.
  • Fillings. The boxes will have gaps of air that would increase the possibility of damage. To fill the gaps, you need bubble wrap, old newspapers, packing paper, packaging peanuts, old rags, or even items of clothing you have no place for.
  • Wardrobe boxes. The genius of this box is that it mimics a wardrobe and it is perfect for transporting clothes without having to pack them in suitcases and worry if they will get wrinkled.
  • Stretch wrap. For carefully wrapping your furniture to protect it from scratching during the move.
  • Marker or labels. This is convenient for the unpacking phase at the new property. You can do this with specific colour-coded labels, or by simply writing on the boxes with a permanent marker.
  • List. After the boxes are packed, closed and labelled, it’s a good idea to make a list of all the boxes to make sure none of them gets lost.

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.

  • Flat screen TV. Unplug the TV and place all detachable cords, wires and remotes in a single plastic bag. Use the cardboard box your TV came in, along with the protective foam. If you don’t have it anymore, find a different box and line it with a soft blanket, making sure there are no gaps. Place the plastic bag with all the cords inside and secure tightly with packing tape.
  • Couch and armrest. Use stretch wrap along the entire frame to protect the surface from scratches. You can also wrap the couch in soft blankets and secure it with packing tape for extra protection.
  • Table and chairs. Disassemble everything you can and put the screws of each table and chair in the aplastic back. Tape all the parts of each piece together, so you don’t mix them up and attach the screws to the respective piece. Wrap the parts of each piece in a blanket and secure with packing tape. Label each.
  • Framed pictures. Take each picture frame and wrap it three times in the shape of a six-pointed star. Place a soft cloth on the bottom of the box and place the frames vertically in the box.
  • Rugs. Roll each rug, until it takes up the least amount of space and secures with packing tape. You can also wrap with a blanket or stretch wrap to prevent it from getting dirty.
  • Books and bookcases. Choose a small box for books. Line the box with newspapers. Pack the books flat. Don’t overfill the box, leave a gap of about two centimetres between the books and the top. Fill the gaps with newspapers.

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.

  • Mattress Take out the mattress and make sure it is 100% dry. Place it in a thick polyethene mattress storage bag. You can purchase one from a specialised furniture store. Tape the plastic protector’s ends shut with packing tape. Consider having the mattress cleaned before installing it at your new place, here is how much it will approximately cost you.
  • Bed frame. Once the mattress is gone, it’s time to disassemble the bed frame. Tape all the parts together. Place the bolts in a small plastic bag and tape that bag to the bed frame parts. You can also take photos or a video of the way you disassembled the bed frame in order to see how to put it back together again.
  • Wardrobe. Take out all the clothes along with the hangers and place them in a wardrobe box. The wardrobe itself should be disassembled, much like the bed frame. You can take a video of the process, so you can easily put it back together later on.
  • Linen, bedding and curtains. Use three big cardboard boxes for each. Line the boxes with packing paper. Put all linen in a large plastic bag, the bedding in another large plastic bag and the curtains in a third plastic bag. Shut the bags tightly and place each in the cardboard boxes.
  • Lamps. Reinforce the bottom of the box with packing tape. Place a soft cloth on the bottom of the box. Disassemble the lamp, wrap the base with bubble wrap and secure with tape. Place the lamp in the box base down and fill the gaps.

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:

  • Toiletries. The worst part of packing toiletries is the fear of them spilling in the box. This is why toiletries are pest packed in plastic boxes. Additionally, you can avoid spillage by using a small piece of stretch wrap when closing the lids of each bottle.
  • Bathroom mirror. If you have a cupboard mirror in the bathroom, the best way to pack it is by finding a small cardboard box with approximately the same size. Line up the box with a soft cloth and place the mirror inside. Cover the upside with another cloth and close the box. Label the box “FRAGILE”.
  • Detachables. If you have a detachable shower head, you can easily remove it from the bathroom and wrap in stretch wrap, or a soft cloth. Place it in a box labelled “BATHROOM”.

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.

  • Plates. Use packing paper between each plate and stack them on top of each other by placing a plate over a sheet of paper. Wrap the loose ends and place in the box vertically. Fill the gaps in the box and label it “FRAGILE”.
  • Glasses, cups, bowls. Put a soft cloth on the bottom of the box and separate the tableware by shape and size. Like with the plates, place one over the other, and wrap in packing paper. Stack from the edges to the middle of the box, lips down. Fill the gaps.
  • Pots and pans.. Tape the bottom of a large box, making it as sturdy as you can. Place a soft cloth on the bottom. Choose a few pots or pans that can be nested inside each other, while separating them with packing paper or old newspapers. Wrap the entire bundle with a large piece of newsprint and seal with packing tape. Put in the box as many of these as you can and fill in the gaps.
  • Utensils. Separate the utensils and wrap them with a soft cloth. Secure with packing tape and put inside the box. If possible, use the bundle of utensils to fill in the gaps of another box with kitchen items.
  • Fridge. Leave the packing of the fridge for the second last day before the move. Eat or dispose of all the food inside, and make sure to defrost the appliance the night before the move. After that is done, clean the inside well and close the doors securely with packing tape. You can wrap the fridge with stretch wrap if you’re worried about scratches.
  • Washing machine. Make sure the machine is completely dry -do not use it for at least 24 hours. Next, shut off the water supply and unplug the washing machine. Disconnect and drain the hoses to make sure there is no residual water inside. Remove the water hoses from the washing machine. Secure the lid and attach the cords to the back of the machine with stretch wrap or packing tape. Wrap the entire washing machine with blankets to avoid scratches and secure those blankets with packing tape to keep in place.

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:

Food compartment

  • Packed snacks for everyone;
  • Canned or boxed food;
  • Eating utensils;
  • Baby food;
  • Packed pet food.

Cleaning compartment

  • Dish detergents;
  • Floor detergents;
  • Window cleaners;
  • Rags;
  • Mop.

Toiletries compartment

  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner;
  • Towels;
  • Cosmetics.

Other compartment

  • instruction manuals for all your electric appliances;
  • first aid kit;
  • toolbox.

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.

  • Piano. Pianos don’t need much packing, the best you can do is wrap in stretch wrap to avoid accidental scratches. Or you can resort to blankets fastened with packing tape.
  • Aquarium. First, take the fish out and empty the water and all of the decorations. Find a cardboard box that is relatively the same size. Line the bottom and the walls of the box with a soft cloth and place the aquarium inside. Secure with packing tape and label the box “FRAGILE”.
  • Irregularly shaped sculptures. Use bubble wrap to cover every part of your sculpture at least twice. Secure with packing tape. Place the sculpture оn a piece of cardboard, and bend as much as you can to cover all of your sculpture, wrapping it tightly in packing tape. Label the new irregularly shaped box “FRAGILE”.

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.