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Where To Start When Packing A House

Moving house is a daunting task, with so many different things to organise and worry about. Even getting around to having a completion date at all seems like a miracle and it can take forever to get to that moment, with solicitors, mortgage advisors, banks and estate agents to constantly chase and provide documents to. So when you have finally been given a completion date this can seem like a huge weight off your shoulders; however now is the time to plan your actual house move. 

You are going to need packaging materials to help you to move, which will include a variety of different packing boxes, along with bubble wrap for protection, strong tape to hold everything securely and packing tissue paper for protection of delicates too. You might need a permanent marker pen to label each box, as well as a tape dispenser gun to make your job of packing much easier and faster, plus you might want some furniture protection covers to keep sofas and bed mattresses clean.

So where should you start when packing a house? 

What are the packaging solutions?

  • You should always start packing a house giving yourself plenty of time before the actual moving date. This is to ensure that by the time the day comes, you have definitely packed up absolutely everything and you can focus on the move itself without having to waste time packing. We recommend starting a week before the actual moving day.
  • As you will be packing before moving, it is a good idea to leave the most important items that you use on a daily basis until last. You don’t want to be packing up your washing bag or cooking equipment a week before moving and then having nothing to wash or cook with for that week. It is therefore best to start with general objects that you don’t rely on to live with. Pictures and mirrors are a great place to start, because they take a lot of time to wrap up in bubble wrap and pack into cardboard boxes and they are not a necessity for day to day use.
  • Books and DVD’s are another good place to start as they too will take some time to pack up into boxes. You should pack these into medium sized boxes so that they do not become too heavy to carry when full, which can seem a little tedious at times. Always use strong double walled boxes for packing and moving.
  • Anything from spare bedrooms can be packed away from the start as well providing you are not planning to have any guests in the next week. All of the bedding and furniture can be prepared to move in packing boxes near me.
  • When it comes to chest of drawers, there is no need to empty the drawers out into boxes as this is a waste of time. Just move the entire chest of drawers with the drawers in, as this is simply and easy to do. If you find the chest of drawers weighs a lot, just remove each individual drawer, carry them into the removal van one by one and then put them back into the chest afterwards. You could also use a sack truck to help.
  • Anything from your garage or sheds outside can be packed up ready to go. Some of this does not need packing into boxes because it can simply go into the removal van as it is, for example a lawn mower or gardening tools, but other objects can go into boxes first. Just tidying and organising things first is a good idea, especially if you have a very messy garage.
  • You could start packing up your clothes as long as you leave enough for the week. You can pack clothing into wardrobe boxes or ordinary boxes for packing too folded up.
The rest of your household possessions can be packed up the day or two before your move, such as the kitchen cooking equipment and your clothing and washing equipment too. This is the stuff that you are going to want to unpack first too, so make sure that those boxes are put into the removal van last, or in a place that you can easily get to. The kettle should be the very last thing that you pack up, because when you have just arrived at your new home, the first thing you will want to do is make a cup of tea or coffee and have a well deserved break! Food should also be last on the list; because it will go off if you take too long moving food from one fridge to another.
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