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Getting Ready For Moving House
Some of these may seem obvious but you would be
surprised how many people forget them when they
have so many other things related to the move on
Make lists and label your boxes
Make a list to help you record what's in each box
or container. Devise your own system but keep it
simple to ensure it allows you to identify where
everything is packed. E.g. Label Box 6. Note box
6 has DVD's
Ensure that you don't overfill your boxes and cartons,
remember they have to be lifted. Your removal men
are fully trained but they are not supermen. Also,
boxes that are overfilled may break.
Don't under fill
This may seem strange after the previous tip, but
partially filled boxes may collapse if heavy items
are placed on top of them. Try to distribute your
things evenly in available boxes.
Ensure that you have sufficient packing material
It is essential that you have plenty of paper,
bubble wrap, cartons and containers. You will also
need lots of string and adhesive tape.
Beware of News print
When packing your valuable and fragile possessions,
please remember that newsprint will rub off. Use
plain paper where this may be a problem. Your
ornaments, glassware and other delicate items can
first be wrapped in kitchen roll before using
newspaper. The containers holding these items
should be clearly marked as 'Fragile'
Consider a colour code system
You may want to consider using coloured labels
or otherwise marking your containers with a
different colour for each room in the house.
This will allow the removal men to place the
containers in the appropriate room.
Take care with you soft furnishings
Ensure that you don't place heavy items with
sharp corners on top of sofas and other upholstery
that can be damaged quite easily.
Start packing 2 o 3 weeks in advance. Keep only
essential items aside until the last day or two.
Boxes are preferred to bags for small items.
Bags are easily torn and difficult to stack.
Suitcases and luggage
Where possible use your suitcases and other luggage
to pack some of your things.
Don't pack important documents
Remember to keep important documents aside,
This will obviously include any documents related
to the house sale and your removal.
Food should be removed from cupboards and packed
efore the move. Ensure that all caps and screw
fittings on jars and bottles are secured.
Paint and other liquids
Ensure that any paint and other liquids are contained
in leak proof containers. Pack in plastic bags
before placing in boxes to minimise the effect of
If you have young children it would be advisable
to look for baby sitters while the move is taking
place. You will be stressed enough without having
to look after children.
If you have pets you should consider what happens
with them on the day of moving. It is generally
better to have them removed from the premises before
the move takes place.
Fridge and Freezer
Remember to defrost you fridge and freezer no later
than the day before your move. Ideally you should run
the contents of these down over the last few weeks
before you move.
Kitchen appliances such as fridges, freezers or
washing machines that contain water should be drained
and allowed to dry before removal.
Garden Tools and equipment
Ensure that any petrol driven equipment is cleaned
and drained of fuel well before the move.
You should make arrangements for your evening meal in
advance of your move. You don't want to be trying to
cook whilst the place is in turmoil. People can get
short tempered when hungry so treat yourself to a
take away if necessary.
Painting and carpet fitting
It goes without saying that it is far easier if you
can get your decorating and carpet fitting done in
advance where possible.
Remove all lamp shades before the move, this would
include table lampshades, ceiling and wall lamps if
you are taking these with you.
Most beds require to be dismantled before they can be
moved, consider this and plan accordingly
Elevator and parking
If you need to use an elevator or if parking spaces are
a problem ensure that you get these organised beforehand.
Flat pack (Self-assembly) furniture
Self-assembly furniture does not usually move well. It is
better if you can make arrangements to have it dismantled
before your move. You should also arrange for someone to
reassemble it in your new property.
If you have plants you may want to consider leaving
these with a friend or neighbour. Some plants are
delicate and may be affected by dust and paint
fumes. It is better to leave these until you are