Moving home is never easy, there are so many things going on at the same time that it can be a very stressful experience. However, there are certain things that can be done to make the moving process a lot simpler. Here at RCM, we use efficient techniques to make moving easier, and we have put together our top 20 tips to make your home move a stress-free one.
Tip 1: Declutter Before You Pack
Decluttering is quite important, you should start decluttering around 2-4 weeks before you pack as this will ensure that you will have enough time to pack after you declutter. Don’t throw away the stuff you don’t need, instead, donate to someone who is in need; there are many charities that would happily take your old belongings – for example the British Heart Foundation.
Tip 2: Create a Packing Schedule
Make a packing schedule beforehand as it will keep you on track and make the whole packing process much smoother. A well structured packing schedule for moving will help keep you on track throughout the entire moving process and will help ensure that you’re ready for the big day.
Tip 3: Organise Before You Pack
Make sure that your closet, drawers, etc, are organized. Get everything in their designated sections, so that when it come to packing them, everything will be where they are supposed to be and you won’t accidentally leave anything behind.
Tip 4: Use Your Pots to Pack
A two-in-one! Pack your spices or similar items into your pots, that way you will save yourself from having to use extra boxes.
Tip 5: Get Free Home Moving Boxes
As the whole home moving process can be very costly, you might want to find yourself some free home moving boxes — you will be able to find them online at various websites such as Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace, and Freecycle.org.
Tip 6: Use A Home Moving Checklist
It is super essential to use a home moving checklist as it will keep you on track and organized. Check out this Moving Checklist by realsimple.
Tip 7: Use Packing Labels
It is very important to use labels on your boxes, so when you move you then know what each box contains. Giving each room a different color packing label is also a great idea too, and will help you when it comes to unpacking in your new home.
Tip 8: Never Overpack A Moving Box
To avoid picking up a heavy box, don’t overpack your boxes as you will make it harder for yourself or for the people who are going to pick them up.
Tip 9: Use The Right Size Moving Boxes
Use small boxes for things like books, and bigger boxes to pack items like clothes. This will make your home moving a lot more efficient.
Tip 10: Don’t Leave Empty Spaces in Your Boxes
Always make sure that your moving boxes are completely full. If a home mover picks up your boxes and things are shifting around, the possibility of them breaking is very high. Try to use foam or plastic to fill any gaps.
Tip 11: Bundle Breakable Things
Ensure your items that contain glass or plates are carefully bundled in foam or similar materials that will protect them as you don’t want such things to break during the house move.
Tip 12: Save Space When Packing Clothes
If your clothes are opened out while you are packing them, they will take up lots of space in the boxes. Roll up your clothes, and make them smaller as you will have more space and therefore more items to fit into the box.
Tip 13: Take Photos Of Your Electronic Devices
Before you unplug your devices, take photos of how they are wired up so that when you wire them back again, you know what should be where.
Tip 14: Keep Hazardous Items in Separate Boxes
Never pack hazardous materials with other household items. Things like fire extinguishers, ammonia, or even acids should never be with things like clothes, etc. You don’t want to mess up those things, right?
Tip 15: Use Plastic Wraps to Avoid Leaks
You should use plastic wraps on liquid bottles such as shampoos, lotions, and toothpaste. This will help prevent these items from leaking.
Tip 16: Pack Jewelry in Small Boxes
Never put them in big boxes as you don’t want to have chances of them being lost. Put your valuable items in small secure boxes and try to keep them in your possession during the move, you don’t want these cherished items from getting lost or damaged.
Tip 17: Use Thick Boxes
Using thin boxes can cause more stress than their worth. Items may fall through if the boxes get to heavy or if they are not help correctly. Try to always use thick plastic boxes as it will make your life a lot easier in the long run.
Tip 18: Use Plastic Bin Bags For Clothes
Place your clothes into plastic bin bags, as clothes generally can take a lot of space, placing them in plastic bin bags can save you money as well space in your boxes for items that can break.
Tip 19: Never Rush While You Are Moving
The old saying is definetly true; “slow and steady wins the race”. If you rush while the moving process, it is most likely result in you forgetting a few things. Start packing early and follow your packing schedule and checklist and everything should work out perfectly!
Tip 20: Hire A Professional Home Removals Company
Why not hire a reliable home removals company that will help you move your belongins safely and quickly? If you are considering that option, you should search for a company that handles the entire removals process including: packaging, dismantling furniture and storing your items if required. This way you can take care of all the other tasks required for your house move, such as speaking to your gas, water, electricity and internet providers to inform them of your move.
As you know, there are so many things that need to be done, not just the move itself, so why not focus on that and hire a team of experts who can do the heavy lifting for you. If you are in Manchester and searching for a fast and friendly removal company, get in touch with us now for a free removals quote.