Make a checklist of everything you need to do and then create yourself a folder for this. Put any other relevant paperwork such as quotes or contact details in that folder too. It’s best that everything stays together. Book removal vans well in advance. It is worth getting a few prices to compare cost too as these can vary widely.
It’s important to stock up on all the supplies you’ll need, which may include sturdy boxes, heavy duty tape, bubble wrap, labels, permanent markers and robust bin liners for duvets, blankets and pillows. If you have all of this to hand before you start it’ll make your job much simpler.
Do not underestimate how long packing can take and do get started as soon as you know you are on the move. Get support from friends and family where you can, as it can be a long and boring job sometimes.
Try to make use of all packing materials available. Along with old newspapers and magazines, tea towels and dishcloths can be used to protect glassware and crockery. Clothes, linens and towels make a great alternative to bubble wrap for items like pictures and ornaments. Meanwhile laundry baskets, rucksacks and hat boxes can all be put to good use.
You can even place heavier objects such as books into wheeled suitcases to make them easier to manoeuvre.
One is for stuff you wish to throw away and the other is for items you wish to recycle and pass on. Decluttering as you go will mean you have less to take to your new property.
Start with the room with the least stuff in it, which you can then use as storage as you move from room to room. Pack up a cupboard at a time, a wardrobe at a time, and a room at a time. Items just thrown randomly into unlabelled boxes will make unpacking a nightmare.
Write on the side of each box instead of on the top, this way you can see exactly what each box is when they’re stacked on top of one another. This will help you get organised and tell your removal men exactly where everything needs to go on the day.
We recommended packing boxes of essentials that you can easily access on move day – it’ll save you time rummaging through boxes to find your kettle and mugs to make a cup of tea, or your toothbrushes and pyjamas at bedtime.
When moving heavy items, it’s easy to do damage. Avoid any nasty scratches on the floor by laying down cardboard. It’s especially effective when placed in front of large appliances as they can be slid onto it to avoid damaging flooring as they're moved into place. Scratches on wooden furniture can be removed by a rub from a shelled walnut. The natural oils from these nutritious nuts seep in and can help mask minor damage. Simply give it a rub then polish with a soft cloth.
It’s a good idea to check your home insurance policy to make sure you’re covered moving your belongings from one property to another or for contents kept in storage during the moving process. You can also check with your removal company to see if they offer removal and storage insurance as part of their home move service.
If time allows try to give your new home a clean before the removal van arrives with all your belongings. Without furniture in the way, it's a perfect opportunity to get to normally hard to reach areas and to tackle kitchen cupboards. Remember to pack your cleaning products in a separate box to take with you.
When you receive your completion date, make sure you notify all the utility services. Take final readings on the day of the move.
If you have children, ask someone to take care of them on moving day. Not only does it make packing harder if they are around, but it could also be dangerous for them with dismantled furniture and heavy boxes around.
For more guidance, check out MORE THAN’s Moving House Checklist.