Moving Home Guide

Moving house is considered to be one of life's most stressful experiences. For this reason, we have provided you with a guide to help ease the stress and make your move as simple as possible.

Where to start?

Getting started is often one of the hardest parts of moving house, but take heart in the knowledge that once you get going, things will become easier and start to take place.

To get things started buy a load of heavy duty bin bags such as our black refuse bags. These will come in very handy for sorting through your belongings and deciding what to take and what not to. When looking at items consider if you have used it in the last year, if it is sentimental or if you will be using it in the immediate future. If you can see that it will not have a place in your new home donate the item to charity if it is still of a good quality, if not put it in the bin.

To ease yourself into packing start with a room which is not used very often, such as a spare room. You can then go through the house packing rooms or items that will not be missed when boxed up. You may want to plan to pack rooms such as the kitchen or the bedroom last, as they will be in constant use up to the day of moving.

When to start?

It is often a good idea to draw up a plan with time estimates, for example how long it will take to pack up each room, to get the removal men in, to buy all the packaging products you need etc. Remember, some removal companies like to come to the house before they start packing – this allows them to get an idea of what they are going to be moving and how much moving boxes, etc they are going to doing. Packability offers a large number of packaging materials with next day delivery, however, some more obscure products may take a little longer. Check it out and make sure you have ordered everything that you need in good time.

Remember to leave yourself enough time before the move date! Depending on how large your house is and how long you have until 'move day', you may need to start a good few months before the day. It will help to make a start as soon as you can, even if the day seems far off. It may also be worth considering taking some time off work in the interval leading up to the move day.

Choosing a Removals Company

It is not essential to use a removal company but unless you have very few possessions, it is highly recommended. Using a company can help take some of the strain, with some companies even offering the service of packing your belongings for you. This can be ideal if you have a larger house and a lot to pack!

Before you choose a removals company, it is a good idea to do some research:

•Use a removals company who is a member of the British Association of Removers
•Ask friends or family to recommend any companies they may have used in the past
•Get at least three quotes before deciding on a company
•Ensure you have read all the small print in the moving insurance
•Compile a list of possessions (or at least important ones) so that you can double check if you have forgotten anything
•Check if the company you have chosen offers discounts on weekdays (some do)

The company you decide upon will need to be notified at least 2 weeks before your move date.

Notifying people of the move

It might feel like the list of people to notify is endless! Here are a few of the key ones to get you going….

•Water •Gas •Electricity •Banks •DVLA •Vehicle insurance •TV licensing •Employer •Milk delivery •Schools •Subscriptions to magazines or charities etc •Doctor Surgery

Moving with Children and/or Pets

Depending on the age of the children, moving can be a very distressing time for them as well as you. The change of routine and the lack of their belongings may upset them. Ensure you involve them with your decisions surrounding the move and make sure they understand exactly why and where you’re moving. Encourage them to help with the packing and other aspects of the move so that they don’t feel left out. On the actual day of the move, it might be a good idea to ask a babysitter/friend/family member to look after them.

Pets, similarly to children may find the move strange, unfamiliar and a bit frightening or daunting. It’s a good idea to put any dogs or cats into a kennels or cattery or to a friend or family member to look after for the few days surrounding the move. Due to the nature of moving your pet may benefit to be well cared for somewhere else, until the move is complete. If you have cats, consider buying some pheromone spray which will help to keep them calm. And remember not to let the cats out the new house for a few weeks to ensure they don’t get confused and try to find their way back to the old house.

How to pack efficiently and safely

Try to calculate how many boxes for moving house you will need and any accompaniments, such as bubble wrap, packaging tape and self-seal bags for smaller items such as nuts and bolts. Our range of moving packs are ideal and come with a variety of boxes as well as tapes, bubble wraps etc. When packing boxes for moving, consider the following:

•Don’t ‘over-fill’ moving house boxes and make sure the boxes are sturdy enough to take the weight of the contents.
•Check that your contents insurance will cover any damage or breakages which take place over the move.
•Pack similar items together, i.e. bleaches, paints, detergents and aerosols should be packed together and kept away from other items such as clothes and valuables.
•Pack anything you will need over the next week or so together and in well-marked boxes. You won’t be able to unpack everything in one go and any essential items need to be packed together and in easy reach.
•Make sure all boxes are marked with the room name of where the contents came from. This will make un-packing a lot easier.
•Pack any important documents such as passports and birth certificates together and keep them in a safe place.
•Wrap items individually and ensure all breakables are wrapped in bubble wrap.
•Try to finish any laundry before you move to avoid having to pack damp clothes – keep all the dirty washing together in a separate box or bag.
•Pack heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter ones on top.
•Pack heavy items in smaller boxes to help avoid any back injuries.
•Protect any valuable items with sofa cover/mattress covers or blankets to prevent any dust or dirt damaging the items.
•Use edge protectors on tables and other furniture as these will easily get damaged.
•Use a hand held tape dispenser for sealing u boxes – this will make your packing much less time consuming and easier
•Consider buying wardrobe boxes for your clothes – these allow for your clothes to stay hanging and so prevent them being damaged or just getting very creased!
•Don’t interlock the flaps of the boxes as this will reduce the box strength.

The Move Day

By now you should have packed everything apart from some final personal belongings. On the morning of the move day, it’s a good idea to go over the last few windows, surfaces etc with a duster to ensure everything’s clean and tidy for the new people to move in. Make sure you phone all the utility companies with a note of all your metre readings.

Before you leave the house for the last time make sure nothing has been left. Check in cupboards, wardrobes, under beds, in the garage/attic etc. Once you are happy you have got everything make sure the removal men know where they are going, and notify them of any special parking arrangements at the new house.

Lock all the windows and doors, turn off all the electricity and water supplies and start your journey to the new house!

Once you arrive at the new house start instructing the removal men with where to place the boxes. Make sure you are present to tick off any items against the inventory.

It is a good idea to check all the items as soon as you can after the move to check for any breakages or damage.

That’s it! By this stage you are bound to be shattered. So find out where the nearest take away is, buy some food and crack open some champagne! You deserve it after your move!