Packing For Moving House: 8 Tips For Your Next Move

Here are our top tips for packing for moving house, to make the process way less stressful and more comfortable and convenient for both you and your moving company.  So you are moving houses soon – we get it, this can be both an exciting and a very stressful time. At Now We’re Moving, we are experts in helping our clients move both locally and nationally, and after completing thousands of moves, we can give you the best tips on packing for moving house. We can’t guarantee that packing everything will be a walk in the park, but if you follow these tips and tricks for moving houses, it will certainly be much easier. 
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1. Pack early

If you are wondering how to start packing for moving houses, consider starting as early as you can. For a large house, two months should be enough if you pack one box a day. For smaller homes, one month should be just fine. You don’t want to have to pack everything the last week, as you would end up having to rush things and it would all probably end up in disorganised boxes, which would make unpacking much more difficult once you get to your new house. 

2. Start with rooms you least need

When it comes to packing for moving house, it is important to be methodical about the process that you follow. For instance, it makes sense to pack the items you don’t use on a daily basis first. Seasonal items you’re currently not using such as garden tools, coats and Christmas lights are perfect examples. Leave the stuff that you use more often for the last few boxes. 

3. Pack one room at a time

Doing this will help you stay organised and will later tell the movers, or anyone unloading, which box goes where. Also, try to label all your boxes so that there are no mistakes. Make sure you also make it obvious if you need some of the boxes to be treated with special care if they contain more fragile objects. 

4. Declutter

Moving houses is the best moment for ‘Marie Kondoing’ your life and your new house. A few months before you leave your house, start looking at everything you have in your wardrobes and storage areas. Select the objects that you haven’t been using in the last year and any other objects that you’d prefer to not have in your new house. Once you’ve done this, you can hold a garage sale or give your old unwanted items to charity. There is also eBay, and other specialised apps for selling second-hand clothes, like Vinted or Depop, so your options are plenty. 

5. Do not exceed the limit of 30 pounds for a box

It might be tempting to fill in the boxes with as much stuff as possible, however, try not to exceed the limit of 30 pounds per box. You might get a back injury or one of the boxes might not be able to withstand the weight. Pack light items in large boxes and heavy items in small boxes. 

6. Fill empty gaps

Use old newspapers, packing papers, or just old rags to fill gaps in the boxes. This should secure the items for the ride. Also, take extra care with more delicate or fragile items, especially if they are made of glass. Make sure you have plenty of bubble wrap available for them. 

7. Label your boxes

Write the contents of each box with a marker. Write on the sides of the boxes and not on top, as this will make it easier to recognise them if they are stacked. This will guarantee that every box goes to the right room, which will make unpacking much easier than if you need to open each box to see what it is inside and then having to move everything around the house. 

8. Put heavier boxes on the bottom

By putting your heavy boxes under the lighter boxes, you ensure no breakable items will get crushed during the move. Again, make sure you protect the boxes with fragile content by putting them on top of the other boxes.  Are you moving soon? Contact us for more information or a quick quote and see how we can help you make your move safe, quick and easy. 

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