Even if you’ve only lived somewhere for a short time, you’ll be surprised at how much stuff you’ll have squirrelled away in cupboards, lofts and sheds. Packing all of it up is one of the biggest jobs when you move home.
If we buy your house, one of the advantages is that we manage most of the selling process, such as arranging valuations and dealing with solicitors, so you can focus on decluttering wardrobes and filling boxes.
Before you get started, here are some packing tips.
Removal companies will usually provide boxes but if you’re packing up a home yourself you’ll need to get your hands on your own. Put the call out to family and friends, they might know somebody who has moved recently and has some spare. Also, search sites such as Freecycle and ask local supermarkets.
You’ll also need bubble wrap or newspaper to cushion any fragile items, lots of strong packing tape to secure the boxes and a permanent marker to label them with.
Start with a list
Don’t leave everything until the day before you’re due to leave. Write down what can be packed away in advance and what needs to be left out until the last minute. Then gradually start boxing up things you can temporarily live without such as spare bedding, towels and crockery.
It’s important not to go over the top – you don’t want to be sitting in an empty lounge for weeks or searching through boxes to find the frying pan.
Don’t keep what you don’t need
Moving home is a good time to get rid of things you don’t use anymore. There’s no point in using up valuable removal lorry space with something you’re just going to put in the back of a cupboard again.
If something has been gathering dust for years – that juicer you never opened – put it in a box for the charity shop or, if you’ve got time, earn a little extra cash by listing it on eBay or Facebook Marketplace.
Work to a plan
Decide where you’ll want things to go in your new home and pack accordingly. So don’t put items for the kitchen in a box with items going in the bedroom. Admittedly, the more you pack the keener you’ll become to finish as soon as possible, which can cause your good organisational intentions to waver. But putting mugs in with duvet covers just creates extra work at the other end.
Once you’ve filled a box write on it what’s inside and which room it’s going in. You might want to use coloured stickers (orange for the lounge, yellow for the bathroom and so on) if you’ve got to return the boxes.
When you arrive in your new home you probably won’t have the time or energy to unpack everything before the end of the day. That’s when labelling really comes into its own – you’ll know exactly where the knives and forks are when the traditional first night takeaway is delivered.
Pack fragile items carefully
As we mentioned above make sure you have lots of newspaper, bubble wrap or other packing material on hand to protect delicate items such as mirrors and glasses.
Wrap each item of tableware separately before putting them in a box with the heaviest items going in first. You can line the box with tea towels to further cushion their journey. A good packing tip for moving plates is to arrange them side-by-side, rather than stacking them on top of each other which could damage those at the bottom.
When it comes to valuable clothes, if you don’t have a wardrobe box for your jackets or dresses, slide them into bin bags and poke a hole in the top for the hanger.
Go small when things get heavy
Don’t overpack weighty possessions such as books. Put some at the bottom of a small box and use the rest of the space for lighter items. Otherwise, you’ll struggle to lift it out of your house.
Save time for fiddly flat packs
Dismantling and putting flat pack furniture back together is a time consuming job. It can be frustrating too, especially if you haven’t kept the instructions. And even if you have you’ll be working backwards.
Many removal firms will do this for you, but that’s an extra cost to consider. If you’d rather do it yourself, make sure you have plenty of time and ask someone to help. As you dismantle the furniture tape the nuts, bolts and screws to the relevant part so they’re right where you need them when you put it back together. Also, number each part so you know in what order the rebuild goes.
On the day
Save one box or bag for essential items you’ll need on moving day. This could include pyjamas, a change of clothes, your phone and its charger, a toothbrush and toothpaste, snacks, a mug, a kettle and a healthy supply of teabags.
Work with us
We can’t do your packing for you, but we can deal with many of the other stressful parts of moving home. We specialise in buying homes of all shapes, sizes and values quickly, in seven days if necessary. You don’t need an estate agent to sell your home to us, so you won’t be paying their fees. We also instruct solicitors as well as covering their costs.
This means you’ll spend less time dealing with the hassles of selling a home and have more time to pack up yours. If you’d like to find out how we can help, get in touch.