It might seem obvious to say that the best people to ask for advice about moving home are removalists, but that’s exactly who you should be asking for efficient and cheap removals. Removalists are helping people move house every single day so it is certain that because of their experiences they know what you should and should not be doing to make your house move go as smoothly as possible.
Rather than focusing on the negatives of what not to do, let us be more positive and look at 7 of the top tips that removalists have said every person who is moving house should follow.
Tip #1: Plan Well In Advance
Most removalists say that this is the number one tip which if followed will make moving home so much easier for everyone involved. From the moment you decide to move, you should be planning ahead and getting organised, down to the smallest detail.
Tip #2: Use the Opportunity To Declutter
Like when you move office building, there is no better opportunity for everyone to declutter than when you are about to move house. All those old clothes, toys, ornaments, paperwork, magazines and so on can be thrown out or sent for recycling, and it also means that you have a lot less to pack and unpack when the move happens.
Tip #3: Split Your Move Over Two Or More Days
Instead of everyone rushing about, and stress levels rising because the house move is happening on a single day, where possible split it over two or more days. That way it is less frantic for you and your family, there is less chance of breakages, and you can take the time to rest and recover in between moving days.
Tip #4: Use Only Quality Packing Materials
More items have been broken during a house move due to a box splitting and everything falling out of it, than any other. There is nothing to be gained by using old, or cheap packing boxes, so spend that little bit extra to ensure the packing materials you use are the best available.
Tip #5: Pack By Weight, Not Size
To make all your boxes easier to carry the rule of thumb should be that you pack based on the weight of items rather than their size. In practice, this means lighter items should be packed in larger boxes, and heavier items should go in smaller boxes. Also, make sure you mark ‘Fragile’ on the side of boxes which have glassware and other breakable items.
Tip #6: Packing Should Be Outsourced
If truth be told, you should not really be doing the packing yourself anyway. The best advice is to outsource it, preferably to the removalists who are helping you to move. They will do it faster, and more effectively, plus it also saves you the time and effort of doing it all yourself. Removalists will also be able to supply all the quality packing materials we mentioned previously.
Tip #7: Keep The Essentials Nearby
There are certain items that you and your family should keep nearby in a bag or backpack, rather than being placed in a packing box. Each person’s list might be slightly different, but in the main, it will be items such as keys, medications, mobile phones, phone chargers, basic toiletries, pet essentials, and if you wish, some light snacks and drinks.