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Moving to a new home is a significant undertaking, and effective packing is key to being organised and reducing stress levels when moving. To help you, we have written this article outlining 25 packing tips when moving house so you know when to start packing, what to pack first and even how to save money […]
15 November 2023
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Moving to a new home is a significant undertaking, and effective packing is key to being organised and reducing stress levels when moving. To help you, we have written this article outlining 25 packing tips when moving house so you know when to start packing, what to pack first and even how to save money on packing so you can easily navigate the packing process:
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Start early to avoid last-minute stress. Begin the packing process at least six weeks before your moving date; first, focus on non-essential items that you won’t need before you move house. Leave the essential items that you need the most until the week of the move.
You will need packing supplies, including sturdy boxes (reinforce with joints with tape where possible), packing tape, bubble wrap (but towels and other fabric items can be used for the same purpose), packing paper, labels and markers for labelling. You will also need to create an inventory of items so you know what you have packed into boxes. This should be done on a room-by-room basis, and you can then use this to check off items as you unpack in your new home.
Begin with items you rarely use, such as things stored in the loft like Christmas decorations, out-of-season clothing, and books. Gradually work your way to everyday essentials and then the things you most need and use most frequently, such as laptops and cooking items.
Top tip: Allocate space in one room to start collecting your boxes so all rooms in the house are not taken over by boxes.
Avoid packing hazardous materials such as aerosols, perishable items that might go off, and any important documents you might need for the move. Keep these items with you during the move and separate them from other things.
Sort items, first by room and then by category, and label boxes accordingly and even consider colour coding labels. This will make the unpacking process in your new home much easier.
As you approach moving day, don’t forget to pack a moving essentials box for the first few nights at your new home.
Keep this box separate, and make sure you load it last. Essentials that should be packed separately could include:
Utilise existing household items as packing materials, such as towels and linens, to protect delicate items and reduce the need for extra supplies like bubble wrap. One tip is transporting kitchen utensils and cutlery inside padded items such as oven gloves. If you do need to buy packing materials, compare prices and opt, don’t just opt for the most expensive options. Instead of spending money on cardboard boxes, ask family and friends who have moved recently if they have any and consider asking supermarkets if they have any boxes they can take off their hands from deliveries.
If time is a concern, consider hiring a removal company that offers a packing service. Professional packers can efficiently and securely pack your belongings, saving you time and effort. Packing companies may offer a full or part packing service, so you can opt for just furniture or valuables to be packed or sit back and let them pack up your entire home. This will cost more than just removal hire, and costs will vary according to which package you opt for. Most removal companies will conduct a survey and provide a quote based on the items in your home and any additional services, such as packing or disassembling furniture.
By following these tips, you’ll ensure a more efficient and organised packing process, making your move to a new home a more enjoyable experience.
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