1. Avoid getting locked out of your house
I'm sure we have all suffered from that dreaded moment where your door closes behind you with no keys in sight. The last thing you want to be doing is carrying some heavy duty items, then discovering that you call out an expensive locksmith. Not to worry, here are some tips on how you can avoid this problem:
The "Elastic band technique" - This is quick and cheap technique which doesn't take much graft. All you will need to do is buy some thick and strong elastic bands and then tie the band around the door handle, ensuring the lock on the door is pushed in.
Keep on latch at all times - The majority of modern day homes have a latch mechanism installed, which allows you to open and close the door without it locking on to the door frame.
Invest in door stops - A door stop can not only be a great investment for the future, but they can also come in a number of beautiful designs which can beautifully compliment your brand new abode.
2. Protect all of your possessions
This may go without saying, but protecting your possessions in the correct method is so important during the move. The last thing you want is a cracked mirror or even a box breaking during its travels. So, here are a couple of creative touches you can add, to ensure all of your items are protected appropriately:
Make-shift box handles - If you are looking to cut some corners and save on slightly more expensive moving boxes, then there is a great alternative you can use. All you need to do is cut out two similar triangular shapes from a standard cardboard box and the result is really useful, as you can see below.
Buy the correct packaging equipment - If you have some truly delicate possessions which you are worried about packing, then invest in some moving packs, which have all of the essential materials you need for the move.
Create an X on all glass/mirrored objects - Using masking tape on mirrored/glass objects, will actually absorb the shock of an unexpected impact, making it less likely to cause damage during contact with other items.
3. Try and eat everything
It's staggering how much space food and drink can take up during the moving process. Frozen and chilled goods are in the fridge freezer for a reason, to maintain a safe consuming temperature, so leaving them in a different environment is going to ruin the food. So, we thought one of the best tips is to use up everything you have in weeks leading up to the move.
As we are on the topic of food in the new household, it's always a great idea to make sure you make a snack for the day of the move or even collecting some information on local takeaway spots. The last thing you probably want to do on moving day is cook, so it's always good idea to think ahead of the move, so it's one less thing to worry about during the day of the move.
Also, If you have a local supermarket that delivers to your new home then it's always a great idea to arrange a food delivery, this will save you precious unpacking time.
4. Don't clutter, Sell unwanted items
If you are packing personal possessions, which are going to be put straight into the attic or garage, then you might want to reconsider and think of selling these items. These items can take up some truly precious space in the moving van or car. So, why not consider getting rid of all of these items.
If you don't have time to organise a car boot sale, there are a number of online methods of selling/giving away these items. Freecycle, Gumtree, eBay are just a few sites, where you can list these items for money or giveaway, also the great thing about these particular sites is that you can arrange for people to collect the items.
5. Label everything
You really don't want to be digging through loads of boxes to find the important items, so make sure you label every single box clearly and effectively. Make sure you label your boxes on the side, rather than the top. This allows you to identify the contents of the box, even if it is at the bottom of the pile.
Another great little tip is to colour code each box, in accordance with the room the items will be placed in. Not only should you colour code the boxes, you should also label each of the wires you have throughout your household. The popularity of electronic items in homes is constantly growing and you can have up to 5 cables per item. So, it's always a good idea to group them in order to match them correctly.
6. Compile all important documents
Before the big move, it's a great idea to create an inventory list of all of the documents that you will need, in order to process the move. So, make sure you contact and notify all of your providers that you are about to change address. You do not want all of your private and confidential details and subscriptions going to the wrong address.
The Post Office can provide a fantastic Mail Redirection package. In this package you can organise where the post will be delivered to and how long you want this to carry on for, all for the small price of £29.99. Rather than logging into each online account you may have, this package will direct any deliveries to a new address.
7. Be snap happy!
Once all of the paper work has been sorted, it's always a great idea to visit your new home and take as many photos of possible. By using these images, you can assess your layout of your current property and then can help you decide where you want to put your existing belongings.
If you are renting a part furnished property, many agencies request that you place all of the existing furniture in the original space. Sp, these photos can really help you out with your last address and can help you regain your deposit (if you are renting) quickly.
At Wolfs estate agents we want to help you in every aspect of your move, we hope by giving you these top 7 tips, it will make moving house a pleasant, stress free experience.