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Before you start packing consider a few trips to the recycling centre, hiring a skip or having a car boot sale. This will make moving house much easier!
Try to avoid packing your unwanted items, it doesn't normally make sense to move old paint tins, dead car batteries or rusty bikes to your new house!
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Start planning early before your house move.
When you know you're moving house, plan to start your packing early - it normally takes much longer than you anticipate. Think about the type of items you'll be moving, which items will need careful packing and how you will organise the boxes.
Moving Valuable items.
Make sure particularly valuable and breakable items are sufficiently covered under your home insurance policy. Your treasured belongings are far more likely to be damaged when moving.
Make a moving house packing list.
Make a moving house packing list and keep items for each room in the new house together. Calculate how many boxes you will need and get these well in advance. Find boxes in a variety of sizes.
Boxes & tape for moving house.
Make sure you have the right boxes for moving house. Always use strong packing boxes, particularly for heavier items, otherwise your belongings may end up by on the pavement. Stronger boxes are normally made from corrugated cardboard. If youíre using a removal firm they should provide the boxes as part of their service.
Remember that most cardboard boxes are bought or delivered flat packed so make sure you allow time to make them up properly. When making your box, use plenty of parcel tape. This will ensure the box is strong and that there is no risk of the bottom falling out when you pick it up full of crockery!
Think about what else will be useful for example bubble wrap, and self-seal bags for keeping nuts and bolts together. Save old newspapers for lining boxes. You can buy a wide range of packaging supplies and equipment for your home move at Packability.co.uk
Moving house packing essentials box.
Think about packing an 'essentials' box for and make sure you take it with you in the the car when you move. A box containing coffee, tea, some light snacks, cups and a kettle may be welcome soon after you arrive!
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Follow our top 10 moving house packing tips for a smoother move:
Pack by rooms.
Try to keep similar room items together, for example books, CDs, clothes, kitchen utensils etc. This will make unpacking much easier.
Label the boxes.
Itís very important to label the box with the contents so you know where things are stored. If you don't label your boxes carefully you'll end up opening them before you know where they should go.
Keep important documents safe.
Pack important documents together, such as birth and marriage certificates, and keep them in a safe place. Once you arrive, make sure you unpack them before they get buried or sent to the loft.
Donít overfill your boxes and make them too heavy, this should reduce the risk of injury or breakage. Leaving space will allow you to add small items later if you need to keep things together
Pack heavier items individually and use smaller boxes to make lifting easier. If you pack with other items place the heavier ones at the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
Pack your fragile items individually with plenty of padding and label the boxes accordingly. Use newspaper, tissue or bubble wrap, and make sure the items canít move around inside the box.
Storing the boxes.
Use your garage as a pre-staging area ready for the move, this will help keep the house clear of clutter while you pack the rest of your stuff.
Use the new garage or spare bedroom to store boxes before unpacking, this will avoid too much clutter and enable you organise the furniture quickly.
Consider ordering your favourite takeaway to keep everyone happy and avoid the hassle of preparing food on your first night. Fish & chips with a bottle of champagne to celebrate is a good choice!
Recycle your cardboard.
Itís surprising just how much cardboard youíll have after the move. To avoid being surrounded by empty boxes for days, spend an hour dismantling them and take them to the recycling centre.