Office and home-moving tips that we want you to know
Top tips for a seamless move
There's a reason why they say that moving office or house is one of the most exhausting and stress-inducing things you can do in life. Yet with a few savvy tricks up your sleeve, you can turn a stressful event into a seamless operation. From simple tips to genius hacks, we’ve sought out solutions to some of the common mistakes people make when moving home.
You NEED a moving checklist
In the same way a shopping list can help you avoid buying duplicates or forgetting essentials, a moving checklist will ensure you stay on track. Before you tackle any personal effects, or even pack your first box, write a clear plan of action for each room. This will not only help you get an idea of the packing materials you’ll need, but exactly how much work will be required, giving you plenty of time to rope in helpers, have a clear out and get prepared for moving day.
Begin packing as soon as possible
Packing up your home will always be a more time-consuming job than you expect it to be, so begin as soon as possible. Start with the things you don't use very often, such as seasonal clothes or kitchen appliances and tackle lesser-used rooms first, in order to make a head start. The longer you give yourself, the smoother the process will be.
Don't take clutter with you
There's no time like moving house to help you reassess your belongings and embark on a thorough declutter. Leave packing too late, though, and it can be tempting to chuck everything in boxes and worry about it later. But having a big clear out first will save both time and money. Mark up three boxes with "keep", "throw", "donate" and sort your belongings accordingly. Be as ruthless as you can. You'll be grateful when you're not paying to fill up another van load with boxes of stuff that you don't need.
Photograph room setups
Before you start packing up your life belongings, take photographs of your existing room setups – especially if you're fond of a gallery wall layout, or how you've organised your shelves. Keeping the interior of your kids' rooms the same will also help them make the transition. While you may vaguely remember where things went, a quick snap will come in very handy later down the line.
Pack like you're going on holiday…
There's no point in buying more packing boxes if you have empty suitcases, bags or wastepaper bins lying around. Use these to pack any non-hanging clothes, towels and bedding in, and be meticulous about how you arrange them. When it comes to maximising space, the rolling method has the edge. Space-saver vacuum bags are also very handy for helping you cram in all of your belongings.
Keep wardrobe clothes on hangers
There's absolutely no point in taking your wardrobe clothes off the hangers. Save time at both ends of the move by grabbing a section of clothes and tying the hangers together with cable ties or string. Poke the hangers through the bottom of a bin bag and pull down over the clothes to protect them during the move. A good removal company should also provide special wardrobe boxes for you to hang them up on.
Prep your packing boxes -- you can buy them her
Before you start packing breakable items such as glasses and crockery, always cushion boxes with a layer of packing paper and bubble wrap, suggests the experts at Pelican Movers. It's also a good idea to reinforce boxes by taping their bottoms thoroughly, before you start filling them. You could even double box for particularly heavy and valuable items.
Label your boxes
This common-sense suggestion is all too easily overlooked in the frenzy of the move. But when you're left facing a new home that's wall-to-wall with generic beige boxes you'll be very pleased that you took the time to write the contents on each box. Use a clear marker pen and make the list along the sides of the box as it will be easier to see when they're stacked.
Tape drawers shut
Don't waste time unpacking chests of drawers only to repack them once you've moved – unless they are too heavy to carry when full, that is. Instead, fill any empty drawers and tape them shut or wrap the entire piece of furniture in plastic film. This will stop the drawers from falling open when in transit, He also recommends taping wardrobes shut to stop the doors hitting you as you carry them downstairs during the move.
Think about box sizes --- boxit have moving kits for small and large house and offices
Make sure you get a selection of different-sized boxes. Larger boxes should be used to pack bulky but lightweight items, such as bedding and lamp bases, while small boxes are ideal for heavier items like books and kitchenware. Remember, don't make your boxes too heavy and instead, pad them out with soft items so everything stays snug.
Colour code your boxes
Take it one step further by sticking coloured stickers or pieces of coloured tape on your boxes to identify which room they were in and should be moved into. Share your colour-coding system with your movers and tape the correct colour label to each room's door, so they know exactly where to place the boxes. This will save you having to lug them into the right room later. You can buy colourful tapes to make the whole process much simpler.
Create an inventory
While it's essential that you or your professional movers know exactly where each box should go, it's also key that you know exactly where your belongings are. There's nothing worse than moving into a new home and spending weeks trying to find one particular item. Creating an inventory will help you to keep track of your belongings, and will mean you'll know if anything is broken or lost during the moving process.
Cut handles in boxes
If you're moving some of your belongings yourself, try this nifty tip from HouseLogic to help make your boxes easier to carry. Take a box cutter and remove a triangle or rectangular slot on each side to create some handles. Make sure you don't cut the hole too close to the top, or overload the box, as it could tear.
Single out first day essentials
Fill a clear plastic box full of essentials for the first few days as it'll be impossible to locate everything you need, This should contain basic things such as toilet paper, bin bags, cleaning materials, toiletries and light bulbs, as well as chargers, any pet or baby food, some cutlery and a couple of plates. Think of it as if you're camping in your new house. Make sure it's the last box to go in the van, so you can easily retrieve it.
Photograph electronic setups
Before you start dismantling your TV or disconnecting your computer, be sure to take a quick photograph of the back set-up, This way you'll know exactly how to reconnect all of the cables and cords when you're settled in your new pad. Unless you're an electronics pro, this will be a godsend at the end of the day when all you want to do is put your feet up and watch Netflix with a well-earned takeaway.
Don't mix up your nuts and bolts
You may have to dismantle some items of furniture to make moving easier. If that's the case, don't make the mistake of chucking all the nuts, bolts and Allen keys into one box. Instead, keep each item's parts separate in resealable plastic bags and tape securely onto the respective piece of furniture. Ideally with the manual, too. You may also want to label the bag, just in case it works its way loose during the move.
Don't get your electric cables in a tangle
Don't just shove your leads and cables in a box. putting empty toilet paper tubes to good use, as dividers for electronic wires. Place tubes vertically in your box or drawer and put one lead in each to avoid the box becoming one huge tangled mess.
Protect your mattresses
Setting up your bed should be one of the first things you do once you're in your new home, as you'll want nothing more than to sink into it after a long day on your feet. So don't arrive with a grubby mattress. If you don't have a mattress bag or large enough plastic sheet, cover it using a fitted sheet on either side instead. They'll be far easier to wash afterwards than the mattress itself.
Don't forget to wrap furniture legs
One thing that's often overlooked in the moving mix is protecting the legs of armchairs, sofas or wardrobes. Simply use some old newspaper or bubble wrap, if you have any spare, and secure it with tape. This not only stops them getting damaged but will also stop your new floors from being scratched when you or your movers push the furniture into place.
Don't pack the toolkit
There will be numerous moments during a house move when you will reach for a screw driver, spanner or box-cutter, so make sure you have your toolbox to hand, ideally stowed away in your car. You can also decant some key items into your first day essentials box, with all of the tools you'll need to reassemble your furniture or carry out any other jobs.
Get savvy with your wrapping
Savvy packing can be a life saver! placing a paper or polystyrene plate between your ceramic plates to help protect them. You can then wrap the stack in bubble wrap and tape. You can reuse the plates later on. While we're on the subject, a quick way to keep cutlery in place is by wrapping the entire tray in plastic film.
Cling film is your best friend
Plastic wrap or cling film is an extremely useful tool. From cutlery to boxes of toys, simply wrap up your items and you won't need to worry about losing anything en route. Plus, the kids will easily be able to locate their favourite playthings, without having to open endless boxes in search of them. Cling film is also ideal for large boxes, pieces of furniture and non-secure items.
Always pack plates and glasses vertically
In a similar way that eggs don't break when you squeeze the ends, but they will if you squeeze the sides, glasses and plates are far less likely to break when packed vertically. Always be sure to pack boxes from heavy to light too – so tumblers and vases go in first and delicate stem glasses should be packed towards the top then covered with a cushioning layer. Don't forget to write 'fragile' clearly on boxes that contain glass and crockery.
Use cushions or bedding to fill empty gaps
Make sure all of your boxes are full and feel sturdy so items don't move around or boxes get crushed. we suggests putting cushions or pillows at the top. Towels, bedding, blankets, and curtains can also be put to good use. "Use them as wrapping and padding for other items or pieces of furniture," they suggest.
Fill up empty containers with smaller items
No space should go unused when you're packing up your entire life. Kitchens can be the hardest room to pack up with an assortment of miscellaneous items. Hip2Save suggests filling slow cookers with spice jars. You can also stash sachets, tins and other store cupboard ingredients in saucepans and casserole dishes.
Put knives in oven gloves
Canny packers really do eye up everything as a potential packing opportunity, even an empty oven glove. this savvy and safe hack for transporting sharp knives. Wrap all your knives together with some tape, pop inside an oven glove and pack them pointy end down to avoid stabbing yourself when you go to reach into the box later.
The Frugal Girls recommend removing lampshades from tall floor lamps and putting them in separate boxes, as they are easily dented and torn. Pack shades in a box with soft linen or clothes inside and around them, to prevent them being crushed or creased. The lamp base should be wrapped carefully too, making sure you either bubble wrap the bulb or remove it and place it with the lampshade.
Tape a cross on large mirrors and glass frames
As well as wrapping large framed objects and mirrors in copious amounts of bubble wrap, a genius tip from a number of moving professionals is to tape an 'X' across the glass. This helps to stop them shattering – and should they break, the tape will also keep the broken shards in place.
Borrow a moving trolley
If you're not using a removal company, or a man with a van, then definitely consider hiring some essential moving equipment. A dolly or hand truck will save you time, energy and potential breakages. Another great tip when packing your own van is to face any drawer units or dressers towards the walls, so they can't swing open during transit.
Have an elastic band handy
The humble elastic band is an essential piece of kit for many life hacks and it definitely has its uses when it comes to moving day. You will be going in and out of your old and new home frequently and there's nothing more annoying than having to open the door each time. If you can't put your door on the latch, hook an elastic band over the handles and position it so it keeps the latch pressed in.