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How to Pack When Moving House in 2019

How to Pack When Moving House in 2019

Moving house is a notoriously stressful experience. The logistical challenge of safely transporting all your worldly belongings from one property to another isn't a simple one. Luckily, there are ways you can prepare to make the transition easier. By following these simple tips, you can avoid the major pitfalls that cause many people unnecessary stress and concern.

1. Sort

First of all, you need to thoroughly sort through all your belongings and discard anything you don't want or can't have in your new home. You'll be amazed at how many superfluous items you've accrued over time. Disposing of anything you no longer need will cut your workload significantly and save you a tremendous amount of time, money, and effort during the move.

Ask every member of your household to sort through their own belongings and to add anything they don't need to a collective pile. Be ruthless and discard as much as possible. Start early and take as many trips as necessary to the waste disposal site or to charity shops in the weeks preceding the move.

2. Plan

Think ahead to plan how your belongings will fit into the new property. Acquire the floor-plans for your new home and imagine your furniture filling the space. By knowing what does and doesn't fit, you'll be able to discard even more items and streamline the move further.

Create lists detailing which items will go in individual rooms so you can group things from the same room together. When it comes to unpacking, the process will be massively more efficient and you'll be thankful for your forward thinking as you get to settle in your new home quicker.

3. Valuables

While sorting through your belongings and dividing them into rooms, put any breakable items to one side. Purchase extra packing materials and double down on protection for anything you especially don't want to be harmed. Breakages are a common occurrence during big house moves so any extra precautions you can take for your most valued possession will be worthwhile.

If you decide to use a removals company, read the terms of their insurance details closely. Often, insurance doesn't cover items over a certain value so it may be worth taking anything over the specified amount with you in your personal vehicle.

4. Pack

Once all the planning is complete, the only thing left to do is pack the boxes. It's well worth buying the best quality packing materials you can; the outlay pales in comparison to the cost of the goods they're transporting. If a more sturdy box is the difference between your belongings making it to their new home in one piece or not, then the cost is already justified.

Don't skimp on the padding and don't over-fill the boxes. Keep an eye on the weight of each box and spread the heaviest items around evenly. Finally, buy a marker to clearly identify what is in each box so it's easier to sort them out at the other end.

5. Removals

You should decide early on whether or not you want to use a professional removals company so that you can hire a reliable and well-recommended one for the dates of your move. 

If you have a larger property with a substantial amount of things to transport, you will not regret spending money on a removals company like Men That Move when you see the amount of physical effort it takes to transport an entire house full of belongings. Hiring an experienced team of movers can help with the practical side as well as the physical one as they'll know the best way to organise everything to maximise efficiency.

Packing your belongings and physically moving them to a new location is a strenuous and often underestimated aspect of moving house. By making a plan and giving yourself plenty of time, you can break the process down into smaller, more manageable chunks. If you know how to pack, moving house will seem a lot easier and you'll be settled in your new home in no time.

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