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Moving Tips – How to reduce some of the stress.

1.You shouldn't leave everything to the last day before the move. Think about what you need to take with you, what will need careful packing.

2.Make a packing list.

3.Take time to go through your belongings and have a clear out. You can make up a box for charity and if you have time log on to an online auction then put the proceeds to your sold goods towards some redecorating or new carpet.

4.Calculate how many boxes you will need and get these well in advance. Find boxes in a variety of sizes. Think about what else will be useful such as strong tape bubble wrap and self-seal bags for keeping nuts and bolts together. 

5.Don’t completely fill large boxes as they will be too heavy to move.

6.Use sturdy packing boxes particularly for heavier items or your belongings my end up strewn all over the driveway. Boxes made from corrugated cardboard are stronger than regular ones. You can usually find these at supermarkets make sure they are clean. Or you can contact our office we have new boxes for sale.

7.Check that your contents insurance will cover damage and breakages during the move.

​8. Use empty suitcases for clothing from wardrobes, clothes in drawers can be left in them. It will save you time packing and unpacking.

9.Put all hazardous materials such as paint, bleach and aerosols in to a separate box and keep them away from the rest of your stuff. 

10.Unless you pack light or moving over several days you won’t be able to unpack everything in the first day so it’s worth deciding what you might need easy access to soon after you cross the threshold of your new home.

11.Pack an essentials box for the first night in your new home and carry it with you. Instant access to coffee, tea, snacks, cups and a kettle may be welcome soon after you arrive as will plate’s, utensils and a kitchen cloth.

12.Prepare an overnight bag with pjs, toiletries and toilet paper for everyone in the house.

13.Other useful items that should be kept close to hand are a torch, a first aid kit including pain relievers, pencil and paper and re-closable plastic bags along with a small tool kit.

14.If possible finish any laundry well before you move to avoid packing damp clothes. Keep a separate box/bag for dirty washing.

15.Take some time to think about how you are going to pack your possessions, books are easy but heavy, valuables need careful wrapping and will take time and some furniture may need to be dismantled.

16.Start early packing always takes longer than anticipated particularly when you start reminiscing over old photographs.

17.Begin at the top of the house and move downwards.

18.Always pack heavy items in small boxes it will make transporting them easier also keep the weight of all boxes to minimum to avoid any back injuries.

19.Pack one room at a time clearly labeling each box with details of its contents and the room to which it belongs. Clearly label boxes that contain breakables also those that are load bearing and can be stacked in the van.

20.Keep all boxes for each room together this will save time unpacking.

21.It may sound obvious but pack heavier items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on the top.

22.Wrap items individually and place in a box that’s been lined with towels or blankets this is a great way of packing your extra linen. Pillows and blankets are also useful for wrapping valuables and protecting furniture prone to dents and scratches.

23.Any breakables should also be wrapped in bubble wrap use clean tissue or wrapping paper for the first layer to prevent newspaper print leaving marks.

24.Pack important documents together such as birth and marriage certificates and keep them in a safe place.