Moving House Tips
13th Sep, 2016
The wait is finally over – it’s time to move into your brand new home! Whether this is your very first house or you’ve moved before, there are tons of moving house tips out there to make the whole process as simple and stress-free as possible. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite moving tips and tricks to help you along the way!
Pack essentials in clear boxes – you’re going to have a lot of cardboard boxes to shift, so save yourself the hassle of rummaging through them and pop the essentials in clear boxes. Why? Because you’ll be able to see exactly what is inside them and know where to find that pesky pair of scissors to open the rest of your boxes…
Spare the bubble wrap and use towels – rather than using metres and metres of bubble wrap and paper, a great moving tip is to wrap your valuables in towels that you need to move anyway. Make sure all your kitchenware is cosy inside fluffy towels, before packing them away into your boxes. For extra padding, don’t be afraid to use (clean) socks for things like glasses!
Pack plates vertically – speaking of kitchenware, you may want to instinctively pack your plates on top of one another, but packing them vertically will mean they’re less likely to break. Think of them like Vinyl records; you wouldn’t dream of laying them flat!
Label your boxes by room – sure, everyone knows to label their cardboard boxes in terms of contents, but a top moving tip is writing which room each belongs in on them too. Then, you can unpack your belongings room by room once you move in, which will feel a lot more manageable. Remember to label the side of the boxes, so you can tell where each belongs even when they’re stacked on top of each other.
Use sandwich bags for bits and bobs – remember what we said about clear boxes? The same goes for clear sandwich bags. If you’re dismantling furniture, pop all the essentials screws and hinges into sandwich bags so you don’t lose them, and be sure to name each bag so you don’t get mixed up.
Give your friends dibs on unwanted items – nothing says good friend like offering first dibs on anything you no longer need, want or can physically keep for your new home! Whether it’s a bit of furniture, kitchenware or even old clothes, be sure to ask your friends and family if they want any of it before sticking them on Gumtree. It’s a much quicker way of decluttering for your new home.
Decide if want to hire a removal company or do it yourself – this is a big decision, so choose wisely! It may make your life easier to hire a company to do all the heavy lifting for you, but if you’re on a budget or would prefer to do it yourself, hiring a van is your next best option. No matter which you choose, be sure to shop around for the best quotes before handing over any cash.
Think about parking – this may be the last thing on your mind, but if you’re moving to a place that has limited or restricted parking, it’s best to know this before the big day. If you need a permit, then try to get a hold of this before you actually start moving. If it looks like space might be tight for a removal van, approach a neighbour to see if they’ll move their car for the day – you can repay them later!
Do an online food shop – the last thing you’ll want to do after moving in is head down to the supermarket, so why not arrange for an online delivery on your move in day? There’s nothing quite like getting your groceries delivered to your door, especially if it’s a brand new one!
Or treat yourself to a takeaway – nothing says happy new home like eating takeaway on the living room floor! If you don’t want to commit to stocking the fridge on your first night, order yourself a takeaway instead. Be ahead of the game by scouting out your nearest takeaway before you settle in for the night.
Check the metres – this is a good practice to get into whenever you move into a new place. Be sure to check the gas and electricity metres and find out who your provider is – you don’t want to be paying the previous owner’s bills! It’s a good idea to take a picture of the metres, so you have physical proof, and get in touch with the supplier as soon as possible to arrange payment.
Remember to change your address – this one may seem obvious, but you’d be amazed how many people neglect to change their address for important things like bank accounts. This is often the case especially when renting, as it may not feel worthwhile to change everything to your new address if you don’t plan on staying for too long. Be sure to give all your essential companies a call or jump online if you can change your address there – trust us, you don’t want to miss anything important!