Time to plan your move
Before you start
You don’t need to leave everything to the day before the move. Consider what you don’t need to take with you, what will need careful packing, and that you are covered for potential breakages.
- Calculate how many boxes you will need and get these well in advance. Think about what else will be useful, such as packing tape, packing paper, and self-seal bags for keeping nuts and bolts together. Save old newspapers for lining boxes.
- Make a priority packing list
- Take some time to sift through your belongings and have a clear-out. You can make up a box for charity.
- Don’t completely fill large boxes, as they will be too heavy to move.
- Use specialist packing boxes, this will save you time and money, particularly for heavier items, or your belongings may end up strewn all over the pavement. Boxes made from corrugated cardboard are stronger than regular ones.
- Check that your contents insurance will cover damage and breakages during the move.
- Put all hazardous materials, such as paint, bleach and aerosols, into a separate box and keep them away from the rest of your stuff.
Unless you travel light, you won’t be able to unpack everything in the first day, so it’s worth deciding what you might need easy access to.
- Pack an ‘essentials’ box for the first night in your new home and carry it with you. Instant access to coffee, tea, snacks, cups and a kettle may be welcome soon after you arrive. As will plates, utensils and a kitchen cloth.
- Prepare an overnight bag for everyone in the family, and make sure that there is enough toilet paper and toiletries for everyone.
- Other useful items that should be kept close to hand are a torch, a first-aid kit including pain relievers, pencil and paper, and re-closable plastic bags, along with a small tool kit.
- If possible, finish any laundry well before you move to avoid packing damp clothes. Keep a separate box/bag for dirty washing.
- Make sure the boxes containing items you need the least are loaded up first.