So you have decided to move home and looked at the things you have to pack but concerned with how to move your items carefully without breaking things or the piggy bank!
Many of us have been there, so to help, the Locovan team have collected a list of easy moving and packing tips collected from our expert movers and packers to help make your move much easier!
1. Time to throw things away, sell them or give the to charity!
Have a discipline and cool head and get rid of everything you feel you no longer need or is excess to the things you need.
The more you give away to charity or recycle the less you will have the pack and the better you will feel!
Old jackets sitting in the storage pile or an old blender you have kept incase your new one breaks. Be ruthless about it and give it to charity or make some extra cash and sell it on sites such as eBay!
2. Schedule a pick up from a donation charity
Save yourself some time and a trip by organizing a pick up from your local charity of items you do not plan to bring to your new home. Pack these into categories and into one area to make it easy for you to donate when they come to pick it up.
3. Jot down a moving to do list and set up calendar reminders
There are so many things to do and remember when you are moving home and even some of the most basic things may slip your mind and you forget to complete them.
Make sure you write the down somewhere, perhaps on your phone and tick these off/cross them out as you complete them. Try not to delete these tasks as may forget later on if you have even completed this task!
For important tasks, e.g. cancelling phone contracts, informing electricity company, call removal company, it may be useful to put calendar reminders in your phone or work calendar to remind you to complete these tasks by a certain date.
Any task big or small should be noted down!
4. Get moving boxes from your local off license or supermarket
On your next visit to pick up some milk or do a grocery shop, ask your local off license or supermarket whether there are any space boxes you are able to take home. This can save you a little bit of cash as you may have to buy less moving boxes.
Just make sure the boxes are sturdy enough to hold whatever items you plan on placing in their. You don’t want your items falling out of it!
5. Dig up all your old boxes for electronics and fragile items
Go through your attic and garden shed to dig up any old boxes you have stashed away for your electronics or fragile items. Putting your electronics and fragile items back in their original boxes is the best way to transport them safely.
If you cannot find them, not to worry, using quilts and blankets to cover your 40” tv can provide adequate protection!
6. Make one trip and buy everything you need in advance
Make a list of everything you need to buy for the big move and go to the hardware store to pick it all up in one go! Make sure you jot down everything that might possibly be needed, e.g. packing tape, extra boxes, post-it notes, extra screws, dustpan and brush, measuring tape, screwdriver set, light bulbs, anything!
7. Schedule migration or disconnection times
Call your electricity, gas, internet, telephone providers and schedule either a cancellation or transfer.
Ensure this is before the next cut off date, this way you can ensure you are not paying an extra months charge for no reason!
Give yourself enough time to return all the required equipment.
8. Book your friends in advance!
If you are using your friends or family try to give them as much notice as possible to ensure they can make time for you on the day.
Do something nice and tell them pizza is on you to ensure they turn up on the day 🙂
Create an email group or messenger group and let your friends and family know of all the details on the day and what they should bring e.g. time to meet, where to meet, clothes to wear.
9. Start packing early
Don’t leave everything to the last minute. Organize your boxes in advance and start packing non-essential items slowly and in advance one bit at a time. This allows you to think about what else you may need to buy to help the move but also makes the task more manageable.
10. Change your address a few weeks before the move and arrange for postal re-delivery
Make sure you inform all relevant companies of your new address to make sure everything arrives in time for when you move to your new home and ask for a re-delivery service from Royal Mail for a short period. You don’t want to miss important statements from your bank, credit card company, service providers etc.
11. Label and number your boxes and create a list for your boxes
Labelling your boxes by room and then also by category (e.g. bed linen, cutlery) can make finding your things and unpacking so much easier when you move in your new home.
Make sure you label them clearly and use a numbering system e.g. Box 2 of 20, Master Bedroom, Bed Linen).
Finally, create a list for your boxes so you tick them off as you pack them into the van or unload them into your new home.
12. Small boxes for heavy items and large boxes for light items
Carry a large box full bricks can be a very difficult task even for the strongest people, but packing many smaller boxes with heavy items will make it easier for you to move.
Keep your large boxes for things like bed linens, duvets, kitchenware, as these are typically easier to transport.
13. Protect fragile items thoroughly
Pack your fragile items carefully with packing paper, bubble wrap or blankets. Do not be shy with using extra packing paper of bubble wrap, you don’t want all that expensive china broken once you arrive in your new home!
Stuff the inside of the glasses, wrap it around the plates, put cusions at the bottom of the boxes.
14. Pack a personal overnight luggage
Pack a small bag to help you for the first few nights as you unpack your things and get acquainted with your new home. Pack as if you are taking a small weekend trip on holiday and you will find you have everything you need for the first few nights.
15. Attach cables to electronic items in same box
If it’s possible, keep the cables to your electronics connected to them (e.g. keep power cable attached to TV and tie up the cable with a cable tie, or keep one end of the HDMI cable connected to your TV) and pack these away in their boxes. This allows you to upload and set up your electronics in a much faster time. The last thing you want is to be spending hours plugging all the endless amount of cables between your electronic items on the day you move in!
16. Pack all important papers into an ‘important documents folder’
Use a briefcase or organizer to pack all your important documents into the same place to make sure you do not misplace these items when you move. Carry this folder with you personally to ensure these are kept safe.
All precious documents such as birth certificate, passport, national insurance card, insurance documents, tax forms. Don’t take the risk of damaging or misplacing these items during your move.
17. Unload boxes into the rooms together
As you unload into your new home, make sure the labels boxes are put in the right rooms. For example, all boxes for bedroom one should be placed in bedroom 1. This make is much easier as you unpack the boxes.
18. Load heavy furniture into the moving van first
Load your heavy furniture first, like sofas and sectionals. Then finish with lighter items.
19. Pack your suits, shirts, clothes on a rail
Get yourself a cheap clothes rail or clothes rail box to hang all the clothes you do not wish to be creased/damaged when folded into a box. For added safety when moving, you can wrap cling wrap around the clothes rail as you transport it.
20. Schedule your van driver in advance with Locovan
Make sure you schedule and book a van driver at least a week in advance of your moving day, you don’t want be stuck on moving day with no van to help you move your things! Locovan allows you to book your van driver in advance, giving you an opportunity to ensure he/she has everything you need.