The stress of packing takes the fun out of moving to a new house. This is especially true when you find yourself overwhelmed and clueless as to where to begin. The good news is that there is always a way to do things quickly and efficiently so that packing won’t be as stressful as it usually is.
Here are our essential packing tips for moving house that you can’t afford to skip.
Moving and packing tips from a pro
1. Budget and use checklists
Packing to move can be expensive if you don’t have a plan. Purchasing boxes and other packing necessities such as vacuum pack storage bags, one at a time, can easily lead to you spending a considerable sum in the long run. To avoid this, create a checklist of what you will need. Go through each room and estimate how many boxes, rolls of bubble wrap and adhesive tape you’ll need. Then purchase extra. Look for suppliers and removal companies that sell these in bulk at affordable rates. Apart from getting a good deal on all your packing materials, you’ll also be saving on petrol and time by eliminating the need to continually buy the items as they run out.
Search your local Facebook, Freecycle and Nextdoor groups to see if anyone is offering moving crates and packing boxes for free following their own move.
2. Declutter wisely before packing and moving
You don’t want to pay to transport unused or broken items into your new home before you declutter. Relocating provides an excellent opportunity for every homeowner to determine exactly what they need and don’t need, while they pack. Plus, you’ll save time when unpacking in your new home. Therefore, take the time to declutter thoroughly before you move house.
Another helpful tip is to take careful measurements of your new home. This will give you a better idea of which furniture and decorations fit best, and which need to be disposed of, sold, or donated. You might be surprised at just how much this will impact the quantity of the packing materials you will have to buy.
3. Colour code your packing boxes
Organisation is crucial in every step of the moving process. While labelling is a must, sometimes it’s not enough to make the entire process quicker, especially while unloading the boxes to your new home. Colour code the rooms of your new home and use them as reference for labelling each box. If you are hiring a moving company or seeking out the help of friends, they’ll know exactly where to put the boxes.
4. Avoid overpacking for your move
Cramming all your belongings into a few large boxes may seem efficient at first, but not when you start moving them. Overpacking boxes increases the likelihood of damaging your belongings (and injuring yourself). A better way to go about this is by having boxes of all sizes at hand and filling the smaller ones with the heavy items. Doing so will make all the boxes easier to lift and therefore more manageable for transport.
5. Pack heavy items first
Always place the heavier items at the bottom of the box and the lighter ones at the top. Ordering your goods the other way around places a lot of pressure at the bottom, making the lower items more susceptible to damage.
Another good way to keep your things from breaking is by ensuring that there are no empty spaces inside each box. Air pockets give your belongings room to move around while they are being transported. By filling each gap with bubble wrap or crumpled newspapers (or even socks!), you can keep them in place and guarantee their safety.
6. Take photographs before disassembling and packing
What’s more stressful than assembling devices and furniture without knowing where to start? A lot of homeowners make the mistake of disassembling things without first taking pictures of what they look like as a whole. This often leads to substandard assembly that can make them unreliable for use at best and dangerous at worst.
Photos provide a good reference that will spare you from this inconvenience. Take photos of the item fully constructed and at each stage of disassembly. Don’t rely too much on this, however. Take the extra precaution of bagging and labelling cords and screws so that they don’t get mixed up with the parts of your other furniture. If you haven’t kept flat pack assembly instructions, be sure to download and print them in advance so that you have them to hand on arrival.
7. Prepare and pack a moving day essentials bag
Let’s face it. You won’t have time to cook, take out all the toiletries, and unpack a quarter of your boxes on the same day as your big move. Preparing a moving day bag filled with your family’s essentials will help you get on top of things. Its contents will vary depending on your lifestyle, but some fundamentals remain the same (take a look at our suggested list here). Pack a change of clothes, toiletries, snacks, and even boxed lunches so that you don’t have to wait for the food delivery to arrive when you’re already starving.
Be as methodical as possible when moving and packing
When it comes to packing for a house move, having a strategy is key to minimising your stress. Be as methodical as possible, from purchasing your packing materials and decluttering, to the actual packing. You’ll find that this will significantly reduce the time you spend settling into your new home.
More help with moving & packing
- Find out how to make your moving day super easy
- Follow our Help for Homebuyers Pinterest board
- Everything you need to know about clever kitchen organisation
Finally, once you’ve moved in, take a look at our tips, trends and inspiration for interiors to make your new place feel like home.
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