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Moving Home in South Wales? : Pain Free Packing Tips

Moving Home in South Wales? : Pain Free Packing Tips

When you ask most people what’s been the most stressful thing they’ve
gone through, many of them will put ‘moving house’ up there with changing jobs
or having a new baby. Not only do you have the long process of trying to find a
house to suit your needs, there’s months of paperwork and phone calls with
solicitors, switching your utility suppliers to a new house, and sorting out
things like new schools for the children. This is all before the actual moving
day, where you may find yourself running around trying to cram things into boxes.

One thing that can help with the stress of moving is being organised,
and this is especially important when it comes to packing. If you don’t want to
be dashing around on the morning of the move, follow these tips for pain-free
packing and a smooth move.

Declutter
first

A new home means a fresh start, so in the weeks before the move, spend
time decluttering and deciding what you really want to take with you. Garages,
sheds and lofts can be real clutter zones after you’ve lived in a house for a
few years, so you may want to get a skip or hire a van when you clear them out,
making it easy to get rid of junk.

Try not to send too much to landfill. Charity shops will usually be
grateful for donations, and some will even collect larger items such as
furniture. Once you’ve had a big declutter, the job of packing will seem much
less daunting.

Buy
supplies

Having the right supplies is important, so make sure you have:

  • Plenty of strong
    boxes

  • Tape and tape guns

  • Labels and
    permanent markers

  • Bubble wrap

  • Strong bin bags

You can buy packing boxes online, or pick them up free from Freecycle or
Facebook, as you’ll often find local people who’ve just moved and who want to
get rid of their boxes.

Start
early and pack things professionally

The earlier you start packing, the better the job you’ll do. Most people
have things in their house they don’t use often, from decorative items to
books, so start with these items that you won’t mind putting away for a while.

To pack properly, you should:

  • Find the right size
    box and assemble it with plenty of tape

  • Decide whether it
    will be used for fragile items, and if so, line it with bubble wrap

  • Put the heaviest
    items in first, then lighter items on top, wrapping in bubble wrap if
    needed

  • Don’t overfill boxes.
    If you have heavy items, pack them in a lot of small boxes rather than one
    very heavy, bulky box

  • Seal the top using
    plenty of tape

  • Clearly label the
    box with the name of the room and a brief description of the contents

  • Make sure the box
    is clearly labelled ‘fragile’ if your removal company need to take extra
    care

Pack
a suitcase each and an essentials box

A few days before the move, pack a suitcase for each member of the
family with the clothes they wear most often, not forgetting school and work
uniforms, and then start gathering essentials together in a big plastic box.
This box will contain the items you’ll need on the day of the move, from
paperwork and toys to teabags and a kettle, so you don’t need to unpack boxes
the minute you arrive.

Once you know which essentials to keep handy, you can go from room to
room and pack up, using the same tips as before. The aim is that by the night
before the move, the only things you’ll have left unpacked will be bedding, a
few clothes, and some kitchen essentials.

The
day of the move

When you’re getting ready on the day of the move, you can pack as you
go. For example, bedding can be rolled up and placed in thick bin bags, ready
to go to the new house. It’s worth having a couple of extra boxes made up so
that you can throw in any odd bits and bobs as the removal company do their
job.

It’s always recommended to hire a professional removal team, as they’ll
make moving day so much easier. If you’ve packed everything properly, then it
should be a smooth process to get everything in the van and ready to go. If you
really don’t like the thought of packing, then you may choose to use a
professional packing service, where everything is packed up for you a couple of
days before the move, saving you time and stress.

If you are planning on moving to the Bridgend area soon, why not
telephone us or call in. We’ll be happy to advise you on our available
properties in the area. Contact us on 03334041188 for more information.

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