Handy Hints When Moving House
Moving home is always stressful. Whether you have hired the services of a professional removalists or have enlisted family and friends, by the end of the day you will be exhausted. So here are a few tips to help reduce the interference and possibly grief that you may experience after a long day of moving house.
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Before You Move
Try to throw out as much as you can at your previous home. This means that you will have fewer items to pack and you will not need to start at your new home by going through everything. There is also less to move, which makes it faster and cheaper.
- Always pack lighter items in large boxes and heavier items in small boxes.
- Use clean white paper for wrapping. Do not use newspaper as it can leave black newsprint on your possessions and makes cleaning difficult and time consuming when unpacking.
Label everything carefully on the outside of your boxes. Then at your new home, the boxes can be easily placed in their correct rooms, and you can find specific belongings promptly.
Remember to write on the tape and not the boxes if possible, so that you can reuse the boxes again later on.
Create a separate Valuables box
This should contain all those ‘easy to misplace’ and ‘hard to find’ items such as TV and stereo remote controls, bed legs, shelf supports, keys to furniture cabinets and manufacturers' instructions for reassembly of items. Pack a small tool kit for re-assembling items that couldn’t be moved whole.
- Try to get empty boxes from your local stores and warehouses
- Pack heavier items in small boxes and lighter objects in large boxes
- Use clean white paper for wrapping. Newspaper can leave marks and cleaning can be difficult
- Label everything so that you don’t have to open a million boxes to find what you are looking for
- Pack the house by room so that when you reach your new home, the boxes can be placed in the correct areas
- Write on the tape and not the boxes if possible so that you can reuse the boxes in the future
- Create a separate valuables box with items that are usually hard to find and easy to misplace such as keys, remotes, shelf supports and screwdrivers.
- Make sure you keep all your assembly instructions for all the furniture you have disassembled. If you can’t find them, make sure you take photos and label each section before you disassemble the item and write instructions as you go along
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