Moving to a new house is never a process that most people look forward to. You may have to get in touch with a house clearance company, hire a removals company and clean the whole home before you move. Another activity which most people find so daunting during the whole process is packing all the belongings.
Here are some of the top tips to make the experience more economical with time and less stressful for you:
The amount of time you’ll need for packing all your items largely depends on the number of the items to be packed. The trick here is to start the process early to avoid any time constraints, irrespective of the number of items you have. If your house is large, you can begin by packing a box each day and you’ll be done in roughly two months. A smaller home may take a month, but these numbers are estimates.
Begin with the rooms you use the least
It’s a great idea to begin packing items that you normally don’t need to use daily. Examples of these items include seasonal items like coats, Christmas lights, and garden tools because you won’t need to use them at that moment of time.
Do a room at a time
Among the most useful packing tip is going room by room. Unfortunately, it’s the tip that most home movers neglect without realising how vital it is. Mark each box as you pack it with the room name on it. When you do this, the process of moving to a new house will always be more organised and easy. When you finally get people to help with unloading or the movers, they’ll be able to know where each box is supposed to go.
Declutter your home
You may either give old items that you no longer need to charity or hold a boot sale. There are also online platforms where you can sell some of your items.
Each box shouldn’t exceed 30 pounds
If you make your boxes too heavy, you risk damaging your items as a box may not be able to withstand the weight. The excess weight may also cause a back injury to the person carrying it.
Fill any empty gaps inside the boxes
In order to protect the contents of the boxes for the ride, you can use old rugs, old newspapers or packing papers to fill the gaps inside your boxes.
Label all your boxes
Use a marker to label the boxes with items contained in them. Do this on the sides and not at the top for easy recognition when they’re stacked. For each room, you could even use a different coloured marker for the boxes.
Stack the heavier boxes at the bottom
Although this tip may be obvious, it’s still important to mention it. When this is done, the breakable items won’t be broken under the weight of the heavier boxes over them.
Dispose of any hazardous materials sensibly
House movers will normally not move hazardous materials unless they have a specific permit for it. The best thing to do is to find an eco-friendly way to dispose of them.
Have a box of handy essentials
This box should contain all the items that you’re likely to need the moment the process of moving is completed. For example a couple of glasses, plates, snacks and kitchen towels etc.