Top 5 tips for packing when moving house

Deciding to pack up your belongings and move to a new home is a positive and beneficial step in most people’s lives, but the experience of moving house itself can be stressful, time-consuming and expensive. There are a myriad of things to remember to ensure a trouble-free move, so this article will serve to explain the top 5 tips for packing to ensure you have the main areas covered.

1. Preparation

Do not leave everything until the last minute! Although the thought of packing up your home may not be the most exciting of tasks, it cannot be emphasised enough how important it is to organise your belongings and throw out the things you no longer need. This doesn’t have to be a chore – for clothes which may still have some value, why not consider selling the items or donating them to charity rather than letting them go to waste? Disposing of the things you won’t need to take with you will mean there will be less things to transport and will make unpacking easier.

2. Order of packing

Packing up all your belongings from each room can be an unnecessarily chaotic experience.  Carefully consider which room you will pack up first and then utilise this cleared space as an area to store items out of the way. This will make packing a much easier process as you will not need to be weaving your way through piles of boxes throughout your home.

3. Pack wisely

It may be obvious but you will be doing a lot of carrying on moving day so be sure to pack efficiently to avoid overloading the boxes. It is imperative to use the right size boxes, as large boxes packed with heavy items will not only make the job much more difficult, but there is also a higher chance of breakages. So, remember to use smaller boxes for heavier items and larger boxes for lighter objects to ensure a smooth transition on moving day.

Make sure you are prepared with the correct supplies for packing the boxes, including:

– Padding materials

– Scissors

– Heavy duty packaging tape

By stocking up on the necessary equipment well in advance of moving day, you will be avoiding a last minute dash to the shops in a panic to buy packing materials, ensuring an organised and trouble-free move.

4. Fragile items

Handling your fragile items with total care is essential to avoid any breakages. Make sure you prepare sufficiently for packing such objects by purchasing plenty of bubble wrap for extra padding. It is also worth remembering to clearly label all the boxes which need to be handled carefully, as not everyone on moving day will be aware of the fragile items they are carrying.

5. Clear and careful labelling

Once again, organisation is key when marking up your boxes to ensure a smooth transition when they arrive at your new home. Labelling the boxes with their contents and room destination can save a great deal of time and effort when unpacking at the other end. The last thing you will want to be doing when you have transported everything to your new property is rifling through all the boxes trying to find one essential item.

To really keep on top of things, it is worth numbering each box and keeping an inventory list to keep track of what you’ve packed and which box certain items can be located in. This is a brilliant time-saving technique as you and the movers helping you will know where every box needs to be placed in your new home.

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, our team of experts here at Harradines Removals have the knowledge and expertise to ensure a quick and trouble-free move. We pride ourselves on going the extra mile for all our customers and will be on hand every step of the way to make sure the entire process goes to plan. We offer a professional packing service so you can rest assured all of your items will be safe and secure during transit. For more information about any of our home removals services, simply give us a ring or contact us online today!