Pre-house move planning – PART 2
In our first article in this series, we highlighted a few questions you should consider asking your seller… just to make life a little easier once you’re in your new house. This time we’re focusing on the preamble to the dreaded ‘P’ word… Packing. It has to be said, a little pre-packing planning goes a long way.
Top Ten Pre-Pack Planning Tips
Once you’ve poured a glass, cleared your mind of day-to-day concerns, and decided to think about packing, that’s the time to grab a pen and paper and start making the next list. Get the pre-packing planning just half right, and you’ll make the whole process A LOT smoother on the big day. So, what should you be thinking about? Here are some thoughts…
- Declutter first – seriously. Yes, it’s a daunting job, but remind yourself that the more you declutter now, the less you’ll have to pack. Imagine how much lighter you’ll feel if you can ditch a quarter of what you currently have. It’s so worth it.
- Buy packing boxes in a variety of sizes – And when you do pack, don’t use the big ones for books!
- Also buy bubble wrap, strong tape, small bags, marker pens and packing paper (newspaper does an excellent job too) – And buy a bit more of each than you think you’ll need. When you’re in the packing groove, you don’t want anything to break the flow.
- Check your contents insurance will cover you for loss and breakages whilst you’re on the move – You can tell your insurance company your new address at the same time. Oooh, it’s so nice to tick two boxes at a time, eh?
- Pack hazardous and corrosive materials separately – No explanation needed.
- Pack an Essentials Box for your first day/night – Think of it as a weekend bag for a house. This will include things like a kettle, coffee, tea etc. Plus plates, cutlery, cleaning cloths and washing up liquid. And don’t forget to pack a spare LOO ROLL!
- Pack an overnight bag for everyone else too – You know, washing kit, towels, PJs, fresh clothes etc. Even a hair dryer, if that is an essential.
- Consider adding a tool kit, first aid kit, torch and rubbish bags in your essentials box – Or at least make them part of an Essentials Box B.
- Make sure your Essentials Box(es) and overnight bag(s) are easily accessible – In fact, we’d recommend you transport them in your own car, rather than the removal van.
- Never lose sight of the fact that this is all in aid of something great – Because believe us, at times you’ll lose the will to live. Nothing’s forever, as they say. Hold onto that thought.
Hopefully the above has given you a few ideas, perhaps even prompted you to think about things you hadn’t yet thought about. And, as we said before, if you have any top tips yourselves, please do share them with us. Part 3 – Top Ten Packing-Beware Tips – coming next!