It’s moving day! But while exciting, moving home can be a stressful experience for even the calmest of people. There are lots of things to consider, from arranging the moving van, to figuring out where everything is going to fit in your new home.
At Folio London, we strive to make sure our residents’ move-in days are as easy as possible, so here are our top tops for a stress-free moving day.
- Have all the necessary tools at the ready
Make sure that you have all the packing materials you might need well ahead of time, including boxes of varying size, tape, bubble wrap, tissue, scissors, and marker pens. Old newspapers and packing paper, or even old rags and clothing, can help to plug the gaps in boxes and ensure everything is a snug fit, helping to reduce breakages on the move.
- Give yourself plenty of time
The earlier you start, the less daunting a prospect it will seem. You can’t get everything done in a day, so give yourself a few weeks to arrange everything and pack it properly. This will also reduce the risk of things getting lost or broken. Work room by room so that when you unload the other side it’s easier to see which box goes where.
A good place to start is with the items you know you won’t need in the interim, such as seasonal items like Christmas decorations or gardening tools.
Moving home is a great chance to have a clear out. It’s only when you start emptying the cupboards that you realise how many sets of bedsheets you have, or how many shirts you haven’t worn in years.
Donate unwanted items to charity shops, give your friend that skirt she’s had her eye on for ages, or head to a boot sale with old DVDs. You can even list items on eBay, and make a few extra pounds that you can put towards items to decorate your new home with!
- Clearly label your boxes
Write the contents and which room it’s from on each box. Writing on the sides of the box and not on the top, helps to recognise them even if they’re stacked.
If you have children, this can be a great way to get them involved – if they love drawing and colour, ask them to help label with pictures or even a encourage a colour scheme for each room, which then helps to identify boxes at quick glance.
- Pack logically
When loading boxes into the van, make sure heavier ones, like those containing books, go at the bottom. It might seem like common sense, but it’s very important to ensure that breakable objects have less chance of being crushed.
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