How to Pack For The Big Move

Moving can be one of the most stressful processes in buying a new home

Trying to figure out how to get the sofa out the window and in through the new front door can add a large amount of time and pressure on the day.

Before you reach for the wads of old newspapers and brown tape, read our five top tips that will make your moving day go as smoothly as possible. 

1.    Planning is Key
Before packing a single thing write a list. Or lots of lists. It may take a little time to do, but being organised in the early stages will ultimately save you time in the long run- trust me. During the planning phase you will need to start collecting cardboard boxes, old newspapers and get an understanding of just how much you will need to move so you can research moving vans. Look at furniture and decide how you will get it from your old house to new with as little damage as possible. Measure, re-measure and compare against entryways to the new property.   

Top Tip: Instead of buying all your cardboard boxes, save some money and head to your local supermarket and ask if they have any going spare.

2.    Room by Room
One of the best pieces of advice I was given when moving house was to pack room by room and to make sure you write what room the box is destined for in big letters on the front. It may sound obvious but you would be surprised at the amount of people who don’t do this and then have a load of unnamed boxes to wade through once they've moved in. Clearly labelling your boxes will save you time and means that the movers can take the boxes straight to their intended rooms instead of stock piling a heap in the living room. Make sure you clearly wrap fragile items and that you have labelled the box as ‘Fragile’.

Top Tip: Alongside room name, put a quick reminder on each box of its contents. This will help you determine what boxes to unpack first when settled into your new home. Frantically going through box after box to find PJ's isnt the best start to your first night in your new home.

3.    Dismantle Furniture in Advance
Trust me this will save you so much time on the day! Not all furniture needs dismantling but for those pieces that do (if it won’t fit down the stairs or out the door) get organised a few days before and start flat packing as much of it as possible. If you bought your furniture in flat pack to move into your current home, chances are you will need to re-flatten it to get it back out. Make sure you keep all the correct screws and parts for each product in a plastic bag and staple it to the box you put the dismantled product in.

Top Tip: Remember bed frames often will need dismantling as they won’t fit down the stairs. Plan ahead and sleep on the mattress for the night before. You will save so much time on the day!

4.    Pack the van backwards
Packing the van is a key stage in the move. Prioritise the load by room. Putting all the upstairs stuff in last means that when you arrive at your new property it can be unloaded first, letting people get on with putting the beds up whilst the rest is unloaded. It also means you are not wading through all the boxes and furniture for downstairs to get furniture upstairs.

Top Tip: Hiring movers means you won’t struggle with heavy loads by yourself. If you can’t afford movers, make sure you have plenty of keen friends and family to help.

5.    Hire a cleaner
Once everything is cleared out and you are ready to go, the last thing you will want to do is clean your old home from top to bottom for the new owner. Hire a cleaner or a good friend to stay behind and give it a quick once over. If you are leaving a rented property, you will be expected to leave the property immaculate as per conditions and if you are leaving an owned home, you will want to leave the right impression for the person who has just bought the property. 

Top Tip: Make sure the cleaning is done way in advance to hand over time. The last thing you want to happpen is to run out of time to clean before handing the keys in.  

Publish date: 07/11/2017