How to plan to move house
Moving house can be stressful, chaotic and a lot of work. Things can get lost and broken if a move is not planned properly. Our possessions are precious and precautions need to be taken so no damage may come to them.
When it comes to moving house you cannot plan enough. Not only does planning ahead allow things to run smoothly, it can save you quite a bit of money. Your local removals company should give you better rates for an early booking.
There are several ways to ensure all goes as smoothly as possible.
Before the packing
Before you pack you need to consider how much time you have before the move. In the best case scenario the moving process starts long before the actual move. This is because you can save yourself a lot of hassle before you even start packing. Do not try and move in one day unless you absolutely have to.
A move is an opportunity for a new beginning. It is an ideal time to get rid of anything you no longer need or want. Go through all your belongings and decide what you would like to keep. Also decide what needs to be thrown away and what can be sold or given to charity. You could even throw a garage sale and use the profits to help pay for your move.
Go through each room in your house and make note of all your large furniture items. Your local removals company will need to know what you’re taking with. This is to make sure they have enough room on their trucks for all your possessions.
The more you spend on quality packaging for your stuff the safe it will be. When moving you will generally need the following:
- Boxes – Now, you can use any boxes you can get your hands on. If you’re on a tight budget the more free boxes you can get the better. However, these boxes can be more easily squashed or broken. So, if you can afford to buy new reinforced boxes, you should. You can also get boxes specially designed for fragile items such as your dishes and frames.
- Brown Packing Tape – The best kind of tape for packing. Simply because it is designed to stick to boxes so well. When good quality, it is also quite a strong tape. Be warned : you’re going to need A LOT of it.
- Insulation – To properly insulate and protect your items you can use both bubble wrap and packing paper. Packing paper is brilliant to wrap things in or even bunched up for extra cushioning. It is recyclable and affordable. So you can use it in abundance guilt-free. Bubble-wrap on the other hand is more expensive and should be used more sparingly. It is best used for fragile items such as glassware and your fine china etc.
- Markers – This may seem obvious but in the chaos of a move little things can be forgotten. When packing it is important that you have a marker on hand. You need to label the boxes, this is best done on the side of the box. This is due to the fact the that boxes are very often stacked on top of one another. State what room the items in the box belong in. A vague description of what it in the box. Which way is the right way up. And whether or not the contents are fragile. An example would be : “Kitchen. Small appliances. Fragile.” These labels help immensely with unpacking.
Methods of Moving
There are several ways you can go about getting your things to your new place. The option you choose should be based on the following:
- How much stuff you have to move
- The distance you’re moving
- Your budget
- How much help you’re going to need
You can choose to do everything yourself. Including packing and the driving of a rented moving truck or van. Though driving a truck of this size can be intimidating to many people. Renting the truck may also be costly and insurance is required.
There is also the option of you packing and loading the truck. While the company provides the truck and a driver. This way you’re not paying for you things to be packed. Your objects are packed the way you want them to be and in an organised fashion.
The other option is having the removal company handle the entire move. They Pack. They drive. This can save you on big long distance moves. For local moves however, you may find there are better options.
Compare the different moving options available to you. And consider your budget. Your local removals company should be able to help you find the best option for your pocket. Once that is sorted out you can focus on the rest of your move. By planning as much as possible you can avoid the petty stresses of a move. Allowing you to enjoy your new venture.