Whether you are in the final stages of sale and feel the need to mentally prepare for the moving madness to come or the moving date is set and all that’s left is to get all your furniture, clothes and belongings sorted into boxes and bags for the big move.
Packing up pretty much everything you own ready for moving can be almost as stressful as buying and selling your home.
At Peach Properties we’ve been talking to people at all stages of their move for over 15 years. This means we have picked up some great advice and clever tips to help make packing for moving home nice and easy.
Here is our round up of ways to get you packed in 10 days flat, trust us you will thank us later.
Pre-house sell preparations
Starting to prepare for moving can begin as early as you like. In fact, the sooner the better. It’ll save a lot of unnecessary stress later on.
Out with the old
Get rid of anything you really don’t need. We all have some random things we accumulate in the home. Old issues of magazines, a box of clothes you don’t wear anymore, that broken chair you never got around to fixing. Whatever it is you don’t need to be carrying this across in your new home.
Go through those kitchen drawers, look under the stairs and be ruthless in the attic. If you don’t use it or love it (no need to throw out your grandmother’s antique vase) get rid of it.
Either throw it out, or better still, sell it on eBay and put any money made towards decorating in your new home.
Don’t buy extra food or toiletries
In the weeks and days leading up to your big move don’t go on a big food shop. You’ll only end up having to pack everything up and move it.
Instead try and use everything up in your fridge, freezer and cupboards. See it as a challenge and try and make a meal out of the tins of food and frozen veg you’ve got.
Similarly with toiletries, use them or lose them. If you don’t use it often, throw it. Use up those nearly empty bottles of shampoo. The more things you get to use up, the less things you’ll have to pack, move and unpack.
During the countdown to moving start to gather cardboard boxes to put things in. Good places to get boxes from are supermarkets and local corner stores.
Ask if a member of staff could keep some from you after the next delivery. You’ll soon have all the boxes you need, and for free!
Additional packing materials
Along with boxes you’ll need parcel/packaging tape, bubble wrap, old newspapers to protect glasses, plates and other breakables.
After house sell
With your house sold you can officially start to get your moving plans underway.
Look for a man with a van
Whether you’re hiring a professional removal company, getting a friend with a van to help or are doing it yourself, you’ll need to do a bit of research and planning.
Get quotes from different companies and ask what is included in the service. Is labour included in the price? Do they help load the vehicle?
Make sure everyone involved with the move is clear of the day and time of the move. The last thing you want is crossed wires when your entire home is in boxes.
There are a few different ways to pack strategically. Many people like to pack room by room, I.E. living room, kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom. This can be done alone with packing like items together (such as books) instead of separating entire rooms.
Packing one room at a time helps you stay organised amid the chaos, and will later tell those doing the moving (whether hired or by yourself) which box goes where.
It may seem like common sense but put the heavier boxes under the lighter ones. This way you’re making sure breakables are not crushed under the weight of a heavy box.
Allocate a box with “essentials” written on. This box can be filled with things you’ll need straight away in your new home. Things like a kettle, cutlery, toilet paper, etc.
Either keep this box with you in your own car or label it clearly to help you find it easily when you need it.
Label, label, label
Mark boxes clearly. Whatever method is best for you will make the whole process easier. For example, write ‘living room’ on one box and ‘cutlery’ on another.
You can be as specific or broad as you wish. But the more specific you are the easier it’ll be to find things when you do move.
Label boxes of breakables clearly. You don’t want to get to your new home with a lot of broken dishes.
Keep to a weight limit
Don’t pack your boxes with a weight of more than 30lbs. You could injure your back or the box may not be able to take the weight.
A good tip is to pack heavy items in small boxes and light items in large boxes.
Fill in the gaps
Between the items in your moving boxes there are bound to be gaps between the objects. Fill these gaps with newspaper, bubble wrap or even old rags and T-shirts. This will keep your things snug and secure during transit.
Pack empty spaces
Allot of people will clear dresser drawers and keep suitcases empty. Don’t. It’ll save packing and unpacking time. If a drawer, suitcase etc. is empty, put in some towels.
Keep records together
Allocate a box for important papers such as banking documents, mortgage papers, birth certificates, passport, driving licence etc. Perhaps keep this box with you in your car or van during the actual move to prevent it from being lost in the process.
Pack an overnight bag
To avoid a lot of stress at the new house end fill a weekend bag with some essential toiletries, medication, a towel and a change of clothes.
You don’t want to be searching through tens of boxes looking for a toothbrush on your first night in your new home.
Notify of change of address
Make sure work, your bank, council, insurance providers etc. are notified of your new address.
You may have made all the right people aware of your move but there are bound to be the odd letter sent to your now old address.
Inform Royal Mail and organise for a mail redirection service to forward mail to your new home.
If you’ve found somewhere new to call home and you need to sell your property quickly then let Peach get you that speedy sale you’re after.
Contact our agents on 0207 739 6969 to get advice on buying and selling your property.