Moving houses? Then you maybe dreading the task of packing your belongings for the journey to your new home. However exciting a change can be, shifting your belongings can be quite a time consuming and tedious job that can lead to things getting misplaced or being damaged during transport, if not packed properly. A moving house checklist is essential to help you manage and organise your packing or you could even consider hiring packing services London to ease the process.
Importance of proper packing for a successful move
Proper packing makes a huge difference in a number of ways from helping you maximise space in the moving boxes, to ensuring that your items are organised, protected and survive the journey to their new destination. Using packing lists you can organise and pack your boxes in a way that will make it easy to unpack later on, because there will be a method to how the items are packed. For example you can place kitchen items in one box but place smaller items inside the bigger saucepans. You can use folded clothes or linen to wrap fragile items thereby reducing the amount of packing material you have to buy while also managing to pack more into the available space.
Using things you have at home, like soft blankets, towels, dishcloths is an excellent way of reducing on the amount of disposable packing supplies you will need. This will help your move be more eco friendly with less waste being sent to landfills. There will be times though, when you will have to get essential packing materials to pack certain items securely for the journey. Look for biodegradable options such as recycled paper tape, recyclable plastic bags, corrugated paper rolls and oxo-degradable bubble wrap. If you are unable to get sufficient carboard boxes then try hiring or borrowing reusable plastic crates.
Planning and organising
Planning in advance is the best way to experience a smooth house move because it gives you a checklist with tasks that need to be done, which you can tick off as completed. Thanks to this clear picture of the work that needs to be completed so you can organise your time properly. A realistic timeline will help you manage the tasks within a given period of time so that you can avoid the need for last minute rushing and potential mishaps then can prove to be costly. Moving into a new home means lots of corporation and coordination amongst everyone involved and having a set checklist and timeline will be very helpful.
Starting early gives you enough time to go through your stuff thoroughly and be brutal about decluttering and remove items that are no longer used or suit your new home. Deciding early on what to keep, sell, donate or discard will make a huge difference in how much you have to pack and transport. It gives you the opportunity to start life in your new home with less clutter and surrounded by items that you really need and love.
Once you have sorted through your possessions and decided on what to take with you, immediately start packing or preparing the items you do not use daily. Fragile items should be bubble wrapped and placed into a hard cover suitcase along with clothes or linen placed between for extra protection.
Bulkier items such as furniture, artwork, mirrors will need additional protection and preparation for transport. The corners should be secured with corner protects, while other exposed areas should be bubble wrapped. If the item can be dismantled then do being sure to bubble wrap each removable part to keep them safe from damage.
Electronics especially larger items will need special care as well. If you have the original box they came in it would be perfect, if not look for a box or crate of a similar size so that the items sits snugly inside. Place old newspaper or clothes in any spaces so that it will not move around at all during transit. Pack relevant cords in the box, if not possible then label correctly and keep in a separate box or bag with similar items.
Use packing cubes to keep clean clothes and accessories organised and in good condition for unpacking at the other end. Pack your pairs of shoes at the bottom of a suitcase or suitcases and use the extra space to place dirty laundry and other items that may not need a separate box for packing. Just be sure to list everything that goes into the suitcase for easy reference later.
Don’t forget to pack a suitcase and/or carry on luggage for your essentials and daily needs. Keep that aside so you have everything you need till the end of the move, at hand. Tightly rolling your clothes will give you more space so that you need not have multiple suitcases with your but just the one or two to deal with.
Using appropriate box sizes
As said using the correct box or crate sizes will prevent the items from moving around and minimise potential damage. You can also roll your clothes to use as buffers to keep the items from moving around and being damaged.
Labelling is essential because it will completely remove the stress when unpacking. When every box, crate or suitcase is clearly labelled with the contents, there is no need to rummage around looking for items when unpacking. Your house clearance in Watford service can place the boxes into the correct rooms so you can unpack later at your leisure. Knowing in which boxes or cases your things are makes a huge difference when settling into a new place.
Creating an inventory list
Keep an ongoing inventory list so that once the move does happen you will be able to account for everything and immediately spot if anything is missing.
Safely packing hazardous materials
You will have to inform your removals service team if hazardous materials need to be transported. Research to find out and identify if any of your possessions come under hazardous items and follow the stipulated guidelines and regulations on safe packing and transport. Make sure your chosen removals company has experience in moving hazardous items.
Loading and transportation
This is where it makes sense to have the assistance of professionals because they will have the experience, tools, equipment and manpower to ensure that loading and transportation happens smoothly and efficiently. If you find the tasks involved with packing overwhelming or you do not have time, consider hiring professionals packers so that you no longer have to stress about it. They will also know the correct weight limit for transporting boxes and pack each accordingly.
Search for removals company near me or office removals London and find a service that suits your needs and budget. Book them early to ensure they are free for your moving date as well as make use of any special rates they may offer. Adopt the art of efficient packing and make your move as simple as possible.