Moving Home in Essex: 6 Top Tips for Packing
Your moving day is one you should remember for all the right reasons. Whether it’s your first move or your fifth, you want to be excited about your new home, not dreading the details of how you get there. That’s why our team at Reliable Removals take care to make moving home, both in Essex and further afield, as stress-free as possible.
In our experience, the main source of stress when moving home is packing. Moving all of your belongings can feel like a daunting task, and you might have no idea where to start. If your next move is on the way and you’re suffering from a case of packing-panic, these six top tips will go a long way towards a smooth move!
Tip #1 – Start Early with a Priority Packing Checklist
Above all else, the key to peaceful packing is managing your time. As soon as you know your moving date, you should start a Priority Packing Checklist and Schedule. Rushing to pack at the last minute makes it likely your boxes will be disorganised or items will be missed, resulting in added stress when you unpack in the following days.
So, start early and work step-by-step. Don't pack every room at once, but work gradually from the top down (the attic is a good place to start). This way, you spend a more comfortable amount of time per day packing, you cover the entire house, and you leave only the essentials to be packed the day before your move. Also, be sure to assign a room in the house where your boxes will be kept for moving day.
Tip #2 – Assign Boxes from Room to Room
Making a Moving Checklist helps ensure you keep items separated by room, which will make unpacking much more manageable. So, be sure to label every box accordingly with what is in it AND what room they will be going to. This way, your removals team can leave the boxes wherever you need them to be.
Plus, writing a checklist and working room to room will help you see if you require storage or not. If you think you won't have enough time or space initially for everything in your home, using a storage facility like ours in Basildon means your belongings will be kept secure until you're ready to welcome them to your new home.
Tip #3 – Prepare an Essentials Box
Now you've prepared a checklist for every room of the house, it's time to consider your first night. Whether you're moving within Essex or setting up in another part of the country, you probably don't want to unpack everything the day you arrive. That is why you should pack an Essentials Box for the first day, so you’ll be ready to reward yourself with a nice cup of tea once you’ve arrived at your new home!
Everyone’s Essentials Box will vary, but here are a few ideas to start preparing yours:
- Change of clothes/sleepwear
- Tinned food/snacks
- Cutlery, plates and glasses
- Bin bags
- Important documents for your move
Tip #4 – How Many Boxes for Packing Perfection?
It may be tempting to stuff everything into as few boxes as possible, but choosing the right size boxes for the right items is crucial. For instance, books are deceptively heavy, so packing a large box to the brim with these is asking for a back injury. Large boxes should be saved for lighter items, like clothing, linen and bedding, while the smaller boxes are saved for the heavier things in your home. A good guide to follow is that no box weighs over 15kg.
If saving space is a concern for you, why not leave clothing in their respective drawers when you clear out your wardrobes? Little tricks like this mean there'll be less of a burden on your boxes.
Tip #5 – Protect Your Breakables
One of the biggest causes of packing panic surrounds breakables. From expensive electricals like televisions and computers to fragile family treasures, ensuring these will be safe on your journey can fill many with dread. So, when it comes to your breakables, it is better to be over-prepared than under.
Firstly, if you have the item's original packaging, store it in that, or a cardboard box of a similar size. Opt for smaller or medium-sized boxes to prevent them from being too heavy, and cover breakables thoroughly with bubble wrap, packing paper or Styrofoam peanuts (or a mixture of all three). If you're unsure about the strength of your box, double-boxing can be useful. Finally, label any boxes with fragile goods accordingly so your removals company knows to take extra care with them.
Tip #6 – Get Help from the Professionals
Finally, one of the best ways to avoid packing pandemonium is to ask for a helping hand. Of course, you could call on your family and friends, but simply having more hands doesn't mean the job will be done better. Plus, you'll have to keep in mind that they'll probably ask you to return the favour down the road!
Instead, consider support from the professionals. Our team at Reliable Removals can cover every aspect of moving in Essex, including a helpful wrap and packing service. We've managed hundreds of moves, so we know the right tools and approaches to secure your belongings for a safe arrival at your new home. Plus, getting professional support means your items will receive comprehensive insurance cover in case of any damages.
If you don't believe us, check out some reviews of our thorough packing service.
A 5-star removals service can be hard to find in Essex, so make your move a Reliable one. For a moving day minus the stress, from packing perfection to regular updates from our friendly team, call us on 01268 205 010. Or, get an instant estimate for your upcoming move.