We understand that moving house can be a stressful experience, so any tips you can gather before you embark on your packing mission are always helpful. Whether you're downsizing or moving to a bigger property for your family, you'll have belongings that need organising before you make the switch.
Here we've put together our top five tips for moving house to offer you a toolkit for getting through the process as stress-free as possible.
It may sound obvious, but you have a house full of belongings and it's going to be difficult to know where to start.
There's also a good chance there are things in your house you won't want to move with you and will need to sell/take them to charity shops/throw them away. The best place to start is to go through each room and make a list of what you need to keep and part with. You can then list everything and work through room-by-room.
Don't try and do it all at once
It's tempting to put off packing and organising your things as it seems like a daunting task. But leaving it to the last minute means you'll rush and there's then a higher risk of damaging your belongings or throwing away things you wanted to keep.
Start the process as soon as you dare and it will be far less stressful than a rushed effort. There's a temptation to rush through the process and power through once you start, but take your time.
Label everything clearly
This is so important for when you come to unpacking everything - don't try and play a guessing game when it comes to the contents of your boxes. When you've organised everything into what you need room-by-room, you can then place each box in its rightful room ready to be unpacked.
Another bonus tip is to gather the things you'll need first when you're in the process of moving. Phone chargers are always helpful to have around and if you're a tea drinker - have your kettle, a couple of mugs and some tea bags at the ready.
Whatever it is you think you'll need, pack them in a box and label it clearly to grab on the day.
Invest in storage
The previously mentioned labelling system also works amazingly if you need to keep some of your boxes in storage - if you then need to take boxes out one-by-one, you can see the labels clearly.
Storage is such a great option if you have a gap in between moving from one home to the next. Everything will be kept clean, dry and safe. Many storage facilities offer 24/7 access to your belongings, so it's convenient and the security is always top-notch for peace of mind.
Again, if you have a gap of time between moving out of your current property and into your new one, or if your circumstances allow it, take a day to get into your new home and clean.
When you're packing, get together a box of cleaning products, sponges and cloths, know where your vacuum cleaner is and you can make the place feel, and smell like home. The definition of a 'fresh start'.