Moving house tips please?(59 Posts)
It’s likely I will be moving house in the next month or two. Can I ask for your top tips to make it as easy and painless as possible?
Lots of great advice here but definitely second the one where you pack a suitcase with pyjamas, towels, essentials (toothbrushes etc) and also a set of clothes each for the next day. You don't want to be rootling around in lots of different places for all these items. Have them together so you can all get dressed and ready to go. Also good to have kettle/cups/tea/coffee at hand if (like me) you can't function without a brew
Also make sure you know exactly where the all the pillows and bedding are. Moving house can go on and on when suddenly you realise it really is bedtime and you will be tired and ready for bed - no use if the bedding is packed "somewhere" or, in a box buried behind a lot of other boxes somewhere awkward to reach
Pack the kettle, mugs and tea bags in a separate box and keep it with you.
Also when putting stuff into a van remember the first things in come out last. So pack your bedding etc last so it's out first. Then you can make up your bed etc while others are unpacking the rest and have everything ready to collapse when you're done (and drunk your cup of tea)!
Do a major de-clutter, if you have time then think about where in the new house each item will go so you don't have a ton of surplus stuff that doesn't fit in the new house. Pack up your absolutely favourite breakables in a squillion tonnes of bubble wrap then hand the rest over to a removal company. Totally worth the cost, as it's stressful enough already and you can concentrate on cleaning, unless you can stump up for a deep clean with an agency as well. Take a couple of favourite plants at least from the garden. Then pack as though you are going on holiday self catering for a week. Keep one room completely clear in the new house so that you can shut the doors on the mess when you need to relax.
Give each room a number eg kitchen 1, living room 2. When you arrive stick the numbers in the doors.
Number the boxes, so the first kitchen box is 101, second 102, third 103 etc. Keep a notebook with a list of what is in each box eg 101 - plates, 102 - pan, 103 - bakeware.
You want your helpers to move any item once and only once.
So decide in advance where you want large pieces of furniture to go, and draw a plan of each room and blutac it to the door.
Then when you're busy sorting stuff in the kitchen, they don't need to call you to ask where you want it.
Equally important, identify a space in each room where no furniture will be sited, and put a couple of sheets of newspaper down. Then tell movers to put boxes on the paper.
I discovered that one the hard way-- I had to move the wardrobe to the right position on my own after I'd unpacked all the boxes that were in the way
ask around youll be surprised how many people have or know someone who can help with a van or bigger carss
number each new room in the house.bedroom 1 bedroom 2.and then pack boxes with the numbers on it.then you know where its going
have a move in box. kettle,a few plates.knife fork spoon cereals bread.then order in the first night or two.
pack a suitcase as if your going on holiday.easy access to clothes.toiletries etc close to hand.
pack a cleaning box.sprays.wipes.bleach.scrubbers rubber gloves.again easy move in access.
get the beds set up first
have you checked things are moved across like wifi or sky plan.it can take weeks to forward the plan and address
do you have dc.get them to help.unpack their own rooms.
My absolute best tip is tidy and sort out your drawers. When the van arrives, take the drawers out, put the chest on the van. Put the drawers back in, reverse the process at the other end.
I made a public appeal for cardboard boxes. We moved six months ago. I packed as much as I could possibly into large boxes supplied by our church and the moving company. I also made sure to check insurance in case.
My partner helped me. We also had to tell the doctors and therapists of our new address. Anything that I didn’t want or need was given to friends, family members or neighbors or sold online.
Keep a eye on the property market. Phone numbers or email addresses are good to have. Prepare yourself well. Things like medication and chargers were packed in my handbag. I also labelled the boxes using numbers. We moved on a weekend.
Can the children assist you or not? My stepdaughter helped me by clearing her room and labelling boxes. She is five years old. We sold things we didn’t want like a old fashioned grandfather clock and my reading lamp.
Definitely pay for packers. If you don't want them to do everything, just get them to do all breakables as this includes all china, crockery, lamps, mirrors and a few pieces of furniture that I needed protective wrapping on. .
Tape the remote control to the back of the tv.
Group hangers together with an elastic band and cover with bin bags or dry cleaning plastic bags. It makes loading them into wardrobe boxes easier and quicker.
Moving house is definitely something that's easier if professionals are doing it for you. It's money well spent!
Ditto pack things like books, ornaments into boxes and label them but be prepared for helpers asking, 'where does this go?' instead of actually reading them.
Don't pack all unseasonal clothes away just in case the move takes longer than it should or you'll have to unpack some again.
Rely upon yourself to go round the place you're leaving to ensure nothing has been left behind. Get into the van and check that everything really has been taken out - if there's an old blanket or some such - pick it up and make sure it's not hiding anything.
Best of luck and keep calm.
Check that your home contents insurance covers you for the move and if not, ask if it can be added. If not, the removal company should offer you transit insurance as an add on. You will find in the small print of your removal contract that anything damaged or lost, even if by the removal company has a very limited liability. Generally up to £40.
If you need to clean I would get cleaners to do that and save money on packing . It's really not that hard , hits do a box every night from now on . I've packed up 3 houses myself as dh always seems to be away with work before any move . Start early and get rid of anything you don't need as you go along.
as well as the other tips that you have had i find that with clothes hanging in wardrobes what i have done in the past is make sure all the hangers are the same way round and then scoop say 5/6 items together on the bed put a bin bag over them with the hooks hanging out, then back in wardrobe till you move then on moving day all you have to do is scoop up the individual parcels and the clothes can be laiud flat on top of things and when you get to the new place. bin bag off clothes straight back into the wardrobe the other end
Thank you for the plates tip redredrobins. I will certainly bear that in mind. Hopefully I’ll hear next week if I’ve got the house I’m trying for and can really get cracking on the packing.
If packing yourself wrap plates in paper and pack standing on their edge, not flat in the box, much less likely to break that way.
Never fill a box with books, half fill with books then other half with lightweight stuff like pillows, cushions etc.
If you have young children put their old curtains up in new room (even if they don't fit) as the first thing they will see in the morning is light shining behind old curtains (so safe and familiar).
Enjoy your new home!
Pack one box a day between now and moving day, you’ll be surprised how many things you can manage without. Just keep out the bare minimum of plates and pots and pans you need for example. It would be worth going to your local moving supply company (uhaul here in USA not sure what the equivalent there would be) and buying boxes and packing material, bubble wrap, paper, tape etc from them, they have dedicated boxes for everything and will often buy back unused ones. Ones we found useful from them were wardrobe boxes, they have a hanging rail so you just transfer all your clothes still on their hangers into the box, and a dish ‘barrel’ which has cardboard dividers for cups, glasses, plates etc.
Oh and label the boxes, it makes life so much easier to know which ones are for bedroom, living room, kitchen when you get to the other house.
Thank you for that website link needcoffee. I will have a good look through it when the kids give me a minute later.
That’s an excellent tip about writing what’s in the box when packing as well nocanoe. It will save me searching 6 kitchen boxes to try and find the toaster or something.
I’m looking into movers. If I can afford them I will get them. If not I plan to at least get someone with a van who can help out with the big things.
I found it helpful to write on the boxes the exact location they needed to go, kitchen, bedroom etc. And also a quick synopsis of what box contained.
It saved time as all boxes were immediately put into appropriate room and I could then just tell at a glance what was in them and could prioritise the unpacking.
I found the above website really useful last time we moved.
You're not having packers but are you having professional movers?
Write a list of all the places you need to inform a change of address, get changing them as soon as possible and get a postal redirection service in necessary.
Also, don't forget to take a photo of your electric meter and gas (if you have it) readings before you leave for the last time.
Pack as much kitchen stuff as you can,it's frightening how much is in a even a small kitchen as a lot of it needs wrapping.
Label which rooms you want things to go in.As above have an essential box and an essential kitchen box with kettle,cups,wine and corkscrew in.
Ask any local shops for boxes though. They have to pay to get them taken away so they’d sooner give them to you. Also check Facebook selling or gumtree. I gave away my moving boxes on gumtree.
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