5 Top Tips for Moving Home Successfully

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  1. Declutter

Many of us often do not realise how much clutter we have amassed until we are preparing to move. Hence, if you are moving house or preparing to, now is the perfect time to declutter.

A good and manageable means of avoiding taking clutter with us or becoming overwhelmed at the task of decluttering is to declutter room-by-room. Do not attempt to declutter a whole house in a weekend or only once a move date is already looming – this will only add pressure that is likely to result in confusing what you want to keep, keeping everything or doing away with things you might later regret. Instead, and well ahead of moving home, begin by picking a room and a day. One day each week is a good idea as this enables you to break the task down, minimise stress and either sell or donate your unwanted items. What’s more, if you do decide to donate your unwanted furniture items, many charities will collect furniture free of charge, saving you even more time and effort, and saving your unwanted items from ending up on the tip.

  1. Pack and Store Unneeded Items Ahead of Moving

Decluttering well ahead of time can also be coupled up with moving any items you need, but no currently, ahead of actually leaving your home. Packing up and moving out any items, such as large furniture items, the contents of an attic (Christmas decorations , for example) and things you can live without into a storage facility, such as provided by The Storage Works, can also help you to create an uncluttered space in which to invite potential buyers – and permitting potential buyers to get a better idea of the space and scope your home provides for them and their belongings. You may even realise some of the items you intended to keep you actually no longer use and can part with. Equally, by moving items you aren’t sure whether you still want into a storage facility you may determine whether you do want to keep those items. Lastly, you can leave said items in storage (already knowing you can live without them in the short term) whilst you unpack and organise your new home.

  1. Pre-packing Organisation

Having decluttered and stored away many items already, it should now be easier to go from room to room calculating the amount of boxes and the size of the boxes you will need. Once you have done that and acquired said amount of boxes, prioritise what to put in them. Remember also to invest in some durable packing tape, keep a pair of scissors handy and to also purchase some small plastic bags for screws, bolts and fixtures belong to furniture that needs to be fully or partly disassembled before moving.

  1. Pack Strategically

Strategic packing is where most of us fall down. Sure, we all begin with a clear idea of what needs doing, what needs packing where and why, but after a few hours the temptation is to just start flinging things into boxes and to ‘deal with it later’. To avoid this, pack strategically.

  • Always label boxes – but only once they are filled, and before the box is sealed. Labelling then filling usually requires crossing out and creating confusion when things refuse to fit. Labelling after sealing a box can lead to forgetting to label boxes, which can create its own nightmare when your belongings arrive at your new home.
  • Do not completely fill large boxes – this will only mean that you cannot lift or move them or cause the box itself to break / give way.
  • Use corrugated cardboard boxes for heavy items – corrugated reinforced boxes provide the strongest means of safely moving heavy items.
  • Quarantine any Hazardous items – that is, anything flammable or any hazardous items such as paint, aerosols, bleach from the rest of your items, just in case.
  • Prepare a tonightbox for when you first move in – you will not be unpacking fully the first night, so keep the bare essentials to hand. These items might include tea and coffee, a kettle, some plates and cutlery and a few essential cleaning items such as cloths and a tea towel.
  • Lastly, check the terms of your contents insurance – if you do not do this and anything gets damaged or broken during the move you may not be able to claim for that or those items.
  1. Make Use of a Last-Minute Checklist

When it comes to the actual moving (the stressful bit), a checklist is a must. Fortunately, the Money Saving Expert website features a ready-made Moving House Checklist, to minimise even the stress of drawing up a list. So, you needn’t kick yourself for forgetting to ask those all important and last minute questions, such as: where is the stop-cock? or what day do the bin men come?