If you are moving home, then you have probably been through a lengthy and stressful process. What this means is that when it comes to packing and moving to your new house, you want things to be as simple as possible. With all of your belongings to pack from many different rooms, it pays to be organised as this will make the process as streamlined and efficient as possible. We have some top tips that will help you to plan ahead and make the right choices when packing and preparing for your move. So, plan your packing around each room, create a checklist and you’ll find that packing becomes easier than you had imagined.

Packing Materials Needed

To ensure that you pack your items correctly and safely, you should make sure that you use the right packing materials. One of the top packing tips is to get all the materials you need as soon as possible as it can take time to build up enough packing materials. The aim is to use packing boxes that are strong and if you cannot get hold of free boxes, you can always purchase them from your removals company. These packing kits make things a lot easier and the boxes are new which makes them reliable and sturdy. If you do choose to use older boxes then our advice is to make sure that they are strong enough. Along with boxes, you will need old newspapers, bubble wrap and tape.

Before Packing

The process of packing should not be underestimated because it is a significant part of your move. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to plan beforehand by creating a checklist that will make your house move as simple as possible. Think about how you will pack each room and then make sure that all boxes are labelled so they can be placed in the right room when you get to your new home.

Decide how many boxes you will need and make sure you have more than you do actually need as this will ensure you can replace them should they break. Furthermore, you should look to get boxes in different sizes too. Additionally, go through your belongings and take the time to clear out any items that you don’t need. This will help to make your move and pack easier.

Labelling

Labelling is especially important because it will make everything more streamlined when it comes to settling into your new house. Your removal company will be able to place them in the right rooms and you can label them should they contain fragile items and which way up they should go. Your labelling should be specific and detailed because you don’t want to waste time going through the wrong boxes when you need to unpack essentials.

Packing Hacks

It might be tempting to just place all of your items in boxes and hope for the best but this is not the case. Therefore, you should make sure that you use small boxes for heavier items and larger boxes for those items that are light. If you don’t, you might find that you overfill the boxes which could cause them to break.

When packing, make sure you use bubble wrap as this can help to protect fragile items but you can also use towels and blankets to create padding. Along with this, make sure that heavy items are placed at the bottom of boxes as this will ensure that the boxes are weighed down during transport but it will also make sure that they are easier to carry.

Packing The Bedroom

A wardrobe box is a great option when packing your bedroom. This will enable you to move all hanging clothes with ease and it will provide some form of storage when you arrive at your new house. When you begin dismantling bedroom furniture, make sure that all screws and parts are kept together in a sandwich bag and then taped to the furniture they came from. Use a dust sheet to protect your mattress and make sure that your bed is ready to be reassembled in your new home by keeping all parts together.

Packing The Living Room

You’re likely to have furniture to dismantle, so make sure you protect this when taking it apart. Your TV will also need protection and if you have the original box then you can use that but if you don’t, make sure you protect it correctly. If you have a number of electrical items and cables, take a photo of all connections as that will enable you to know where everything goes when you unpack on a moving day. For any house plants, you might need to speak with your removal company as some won’t deliver these due to the mess they can make. If you transport them yourself then make sure you place them in a plastic container and secure it so it doesn’t move around.

Packing The Bathroom

Fortunately, the bathroom is one of those rooms that doesn’t have a lot of furniture but it does have bottles and containers as well as other belongings. If you have a medicine cabinet, make sure you throw out any old medicines and then pack all of your towels or use them to protect other belongings. However, make sure you leave out enough towels for you to use when you arrive at your new home.

Packing The Kitchen

Begin by washing your hands before you begin to pack away cutlery and utensils. Roll up all items in paper and then pack them in boxes. For sharp knives, it’s possible to purchase knife protectors to avoid injury and if you have a knife block, you can place them in there. You’re going to have a lot of glasses to pack and these have to be protected as much as possible, so wrap them in bubble wrap and then place them in boxes with the widest part of the glass facing down. You should then reinforce any boxes and avoid overloading them.

Where possible, pots and pans can be stacked although you might want to use paper between them. Plates can also be stacked but avoid overstacking them and overloading boxes. You can either wrap all plates individually or put disposable plates between them to protect them.

Packing Fragile Items

Everyone has fragile items and valuables that have to be taken care of when moving to a new home. Take the time to pack these items carefully because any breakages or losses could be devastating. Focus on jewellery and small valuables and make sure they don’t tangle, so where possible, use the original boxes. For delicate valuables, wrap them using bubble wrap or paper.

Antiques might require special protection so it could be worth speaking with your removals company as they might be able to offer advice. Furthermore, if the antiques have a high value then you might want to consider taking out insurance to ensure that you are protected. For all electrical items, you will need to think ahead before you start. Disconnect any washing machines and dishwashers as your removal team will not do this. Give your freezer enough time to defrost and make sure you clean them before they are taken to your new home.

If you have mirrors and artwork, then they should be wrapped in paper and then packed in mirror boxes. If pieces are too large, you can use cardboard and tape over them while you can use packing tape to create an X on the mirror to prevent them from cracking.

Packing Heavy Items

Heavy items can prove a challenge to pack but with the right planning, you can do this quite easily. You should pack books and other heavy items in small boxes as this will prevent you from overfilling them. It’s important to remember that heavy items go on the bottom and although this might seem like common sense, many people place them on top of lighter items or valuable items causing damage.

Need Packers and Movers? Call the Expert

When it comes to moving home, it makes sense to plan your move and think about the essentials. Packing might seem a simple process but there is more to it than you realise, especially when it comes to packing fragile items, cables and electrical items as well as dismantling furniture. So, if you are looking for a simple and stress-free solution, it makes sense to give us a call. We can help with packing and moving, enabling you to focus on what really matters.