Packing up your belongings ready to move house is a big undertaking and it can be very stressful if you aren’t sure where to start. That’s why we have put together the ultimate, easy-to-follow guide to packing your house in preparation for the big day.
Organise your belongings
When you’re getting ready to move house, the last thing you want to do is pay to move items that you ultimately end up getting rid of when you settle into your new home. It is a good idea to have a thorough sort through and declutter of your possessions before you start packing.
Make sure you clear items from anywhere you keep them, the loft, under the stairs, spare rooms, outbuildings, and the garden. You will be amazed at how many hidden items you might have collected over the years. It might be beneficial to make a list or inventory of what items you own and want to move to your new property.
When should you start packing?
Every move and situation is different, but it is generally recommended that you start packing to move house early, allowing you at least one month before your moving date. This should give you enough time to pack up your house at your own pace without having to rush, meaning you will be less stressed overall. However, if you are especially busy or you have a lot of belongings, it might be better to consider a month as the minimum amount of time you need.
Finding the right packing materials
Trying to move your house without the right number of moving boxes and other high-quality packing materials is a fruitless endeavour. This is where the list you created will come in handy, as you will be able to estimate the amount of packaging you need easily and accurately. In preparation for your move, you will need to have:
- Moving boxes
- Packing tape and a dispenser
- Packing paper or bubble wrap
- House removal blankets
- Markers and labels
If you are looking for more sustainable options to help with your packing you could use:
- Second-hand boxes
- Old clothes, linen, and bedsheets
Kings Removals can relieve this burden for you by providing high-quality packing materials that will ensure all of your belongings reach your new home safely and securely.
Consider where your furniture will go
Imagine the layout of your new home and consider how, and whether you can, use your current furniture in the new space. You should have been provided with a document from the previous owner, detailing the dimensions of each room, so you can work out what you can fit and what there won’t be enough space for. If you know it won’t fit, sell it, give it away, or bin it immediately before you even pack it.
It is advisable that you go to your new home before completion to double-check the measurements and see for yourself whether there is room for specific furniture items in each room. The sooner you start this job, the longer you will have to try and sell any items you don’t want at a fair price, instead of being forced to give away valuable possessions because you need to get rid of them before you move.
Create a packing plan
Organisation will lower the stress of your move, and there is no better way to be organised than with a packing plan. Knowing in advance what order you want to pack your belongings in will help to keep any stress away as well as avoid any confusion as to what has or hasn’t been packed already. Below are a few tips to help you with your packing plan.
- Start with the least used rooms first- If you’ve got a loft, spare room, or another area of your house that you don’t use frequently, it should be one of the first places you pack if you have not already fully cleared it out. The last things to be packed are the items you are using up until the day you move.
- Don’t do too much in one day- If you can help it, try not to plan too much packing in one day. Similar to the above, there are certain areas and items that can be packed first, and your back will appreciate you not doing all the heavy lifting in one go.
- Think about storage options- If you don’t have a lot of space, it may be worth putting some items into storage. This will help you create more space in your house to get a true idea of what you have left to pack, it is more accessible for a moving van, and you can leave items in a storage facility until your new property is ready for them.
- Separate the essentials- Moving day can be long and tiring. The last thing you want is to get to your new house and realise you have lost your keys. It is recommended that you think about all the essential items you will need during your move, a change of clothes, gadgets for the kids, chargers, a kettle so you can make a cup of tea, and anything else you will want to use on the first day in your new home. You don’t want the frustration of having to rifle through boxes and ruin your packing to find one item.
Identify your valuables and breakables
While the majority of your belongings can go straight into boxes, you will want to be extra careful with any items that are breakable. It is worthwhile packing these first and separately from the rest of your possessions. Wrap up anything that is likely to break in extra packaging or bubble wrap, then label these boxes as fragile. If you can, transport these items in your car instead of the moving van. The same applies to anything that is valuable, whether that is sentimental value or financial value.
Start packing your boxes
Now that you have some background information on how you can make packing easier, it is time to get stuck into the main tricks of the trade that will help you become a packing master.
Ask family and friends to help out
Not only will this help you get the packing finished quicker, but it can also help make it a much more enjoyable experience as they can share in the excitement of the move.
Create a packing station
This is an open space where you can put any boxes that you have finished packing, whilst ensuring your movers have enough room to get in and out when the big day arrives.
Clearly label everything
If you don’t want your toaster to end up in your bathroom, it is important to take extra care when labelling your boxes. This is a golden rule when you’re packing to move house.
Packing heavier items
For heavier objects, consider using smaller boxes. A good rule of thumb to follow is to never exceed a weight of 30lbs per box. If you weren’t able to get a more manageable size, only cover the bottom with heavier items and put lighter items on the top. You should try lifting the box as you fill it to make sure you can carry it.
The thought of packing all your clothes can be daunting, but if you have travelled you will know that the best way to pack clothes is to roll them up. This will leave you with more space to get as many clothes into one box as you can and save you time that you may have spent trying to carefully fold each item. Also, there are special wardrobe boxes that mean your clothes can stay on the hanger, which is useful for long dresses or clothes that will easily crease. If this isn’t an option for you, or you aren’t worried about your clothes being creased, you could simply use a black bin bag. You would just need to cut a hole in the bottom of the bag for the hanger.
You’re sure to have some leftover liquids before you move, it is important if you are packing liquids to protect them from leaking all over your other items. The best way to do this is to put them in a plastic bag and/or wrap them in a towel.
Don’t separate the screws from the item
When taking apart furniture or other household items, put all the right screws into a small bag, and stick them to the side of the relevant item.
You can save yourself a big headache by taking pictures of any furniture that you need to take apart, in order to make setting up again in your new home a more seamless and stress-free process. This also applies to cables and other electronic items.
What sets Kings Removals apart from other removals companies is our fully trained and highly experienced packing staff. Packing for a house move can be incredibly stressful, but by making the most of the team at Kings your possessions can be expertly packed so you can focus your attention on other important parts of your transition.
Notify companies of your move
Before you move to your new house, it is important that you let your utility provider know that you are changing your address. You should also inform your banks, insurers, doctors, and more organisations.
Hire a reliable removals company
If you have more than four rooms to empty and move the contents to a new property, there is probably too much for you to manage alone. Think about how many belongings you have. Now picture having to pick each one of them up and carry it across an obstacle course of a building and put it down without damaging your back, all to a fairly strict timeline as well. A removals company can take some pressure off and ease the physical and mental stress of loading and unloading on moving day.
If you are looking for a reliable and efficient removals company that you can trust, Kings Removals is here to help. We work in a timely manner to make sure all your possessions get to your new home quickly and safely.
Get the best products and services for your new home and garden
If you’re planning on doing work to your new home, be sure to invest in experienced and positively reviewed builders, plumbers, plasterers, locksmiths, and any other tradespeople you might need to ensure all work is completed to a high standard. Also, whether it is a new washing machine, dishwasher, lawn mower, TV, or more, the majority of new homeowners buy at least a few new items when moving house. Take care to read reviews and select your new household products carefully, making sure you get the best ones to suit your needs.
Unpacking your belongings in your new home
Knowing how to pack everything up when you are moving house is all well and good, but it is also helpful to know the best ways to get settled into your new property after the move. You might find the tips below useful, so you can enjoy your new home without any worries.
- Do the unpacking a little bit at a time- You have just finished a big overhaul of your life moving from one home to another, give yourself some time to relax. When you have unpacked your essentials, you can set realistic goals for unpacking and arranging the rest of your belongings.
- Start with the kitchen- Even though it is normally recommended to work top to bottom when packing your possessions to move house, unpacking can be a different story. Often the kitchen is the most fiddly and detailed room to unpack, so it would be best to tackle this when you’re rested and fresh to avoid any unnecessary frustration.
- Dispose of boxes straight away when they’re emptied- After all of the good work decluttering and organising your belongings ready for moving, it would be a shame to tarnish that with mountains of cardboard and sticky tape. You should get rid of your packing materials as soon as possible once they have served their purpose. The majority of it will likely be cardboard so can easily be recycled.
If you need to keep some items in storage while you organise your new home, we can help. We have various different storage options based on the requirements of our customers to ensure you have a seamless and stress-free moving process.
Hopefully, this ultimate guide has given you some useful information to help make your house-moving journey feel less overwhelming and more manageable. If you are looking to enquire about our removals services get in touch with our team at Kings Removals today.