Are You Moving for the First Time? How to Properly Prepare and Pack for Your Move

Is this your very first time to move? If it is, you may be understandably anxious. But don’t worry – it’s not rocket science, and anyone can do it with the right knowledge and organisation. First of all, what the experts will tell you is: you need to start planning for your move at least six weeks prior to moving day. This way, you don’t have to be in a rush and you can make good decisions regarding various items and tasks. With the right planning and packing, your move need not be as stressful as you imagine. Here’s how to properly prepare and pack for your move.

Make a decision

First, decide which items you will bring and which items will stay. Take a look at your belongings and decide which ones are worth taking. Some items may need to be placed in storage, whilst other items can already be packed (especially those you are not regularly using).

Preparing for packing

Once you have decided which items you will take, you need to start gathering your packing materials. If you are on a budget, try to get packing boxes from local shops or from friends and neighbours. If you want to make sure your packing boxes are sturdy, it’s best to buy them from a removals firm. Don’t forget to purchase other packing materials such as tape, bubble wrap, and so on. You also have the option to buy complete packing kits from removals companies, such as Cheltenham removals companies like Advanced Removals & Storage.

Packing properly

Now you can begin packing. To make it easier, pack from room to room. When you pack, make sure each and every box is labeled properly. Label both the top of the box and its side. You should also write down the room where the box will be placed, such as ‘Kitchen,’ ‘Bedroom 1,’ etc. One more tip: write down the entire contents of the box on the outside. This will help save you time when you unpack as you can clearly see which boxes need to be unpacked first. For instance, if you have the tin opener in one particular box and you need to open tins once you arrive at your new home, then you can open this box first.

Tips on moving furniture and fragile items

When you are moving your furniture, it would be best to take them apart. Wrap each furniture component with padding or linen, and make sure nuts, screws, and bolts are kept in a plastic bag and taped to the side of the furniture where it comes from.

Fragile items such as breakables should be individually wrapped – not with newspaper, but with linen. If you have thick blankets and jumpers, stuff these into the crevices of the box where glasses and plates are placed, so the items will be better protected.

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