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Moving Top Tips

Packing for a house move can be a complex task, but careful planning and organization can make the process smoother. Here's a list of things to consider when packing for a house move:

1. Declutter: Before you start packing, go through your belongings and decide what you want to keep, donate, sell, or discard. Moving is an excellent opportunity to downsize.

2. Create a Moving Timeline: Set a moving date and create a timeline to plan your packing, hiring movers, and other moving-related tasks.

3. Gather Supplies: Collect packing materials such as boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, markers, and labels. Consider using different box sizes for various items.

4. Pack Essentials Separately: Pack a "moving day" box with essential items you'll need immediately upon arrival at your new home, such as toiletries, a change of clothes, important documents, and basic kitchen items.

5. Room-by-Room Approach: Pack one room at a time to stay organized and make unpacking easier.

6. Label Boxes: Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. Use different colors or numbering systems to make it even more organized.

7. Fragile Items: Use ample padding and packing materials for fragile items like glassware, dishes, and electronics. Double-box fragile items for added protection.

8. Disassemble Furniture: Take apart furniture if possible to make it easier to move and to save space in the moving van. Keep all hardware in labeled bags.

9. Electronics: Pack electronics in their original boxes if available. Otherwise, use bubble wrap and packing paper to protect screens and components.

10. Secure Artwork and Mirrors: Use specialized boxes or create custom packaging for artwork and mirrors. Label them as fragile.

11. Don't Overpack Boxes: Keep the weight of each box manageable to prevent them from becoming too heavy to lift safely.

12. Wardrobe Boxes: Use wardrobe boxes for clothing to keep them hanging and wrinkle-free.

13. Seal Boxes Properly: Use sturdy packing tape to seal boxes securely, and reinforce the bottoms of boxes with extra tape.

14. Pack Room Essentials Together: Keep items from the same room together in the same boxes to simplify unpacking.

15. Create an Inventory: Make a list of all the boxes and their contents, and consider using a digital inventory app for easy tracking.

16. Hazardous Materials: Dispose of or properly pack and label hazardous materials, such as cleaning supplies or flammable items, separately.

17. Medications: Keep medications, important documents, and valuables with you rather than packing them in the moving van.

18. Plan for Pets: Ensure your pets are safe and secure on moving day. Consider boarding them or having someone watch them.

19. Address Change: Notify relevant parties of your change of address, including the post office, banks, utilities, and subscription services.

20. Pack an Overnight Bag: Prepare an overnight bag with clothing and toiletries for the first night in your new home.

21. Deep Clean: Clean your old home before moving out and your new home before moving in.

22. Measure Furniture and Doorways: Measure large furniture items and doorways to ensure they fit through and into your new home.

23. Stay Organized: Keep important documents, like contracts, receipts, and your inventory list, in a safe and easily accessible place.

24. Stay Hydrated and Take Breaks: Moving is physically demanding, so remember to drink water, take breaks, and pace yourself.

25. Stay Calm: Moving can be stressful, so try to stay calm and maintain a positive attitude. Seek help from friends and family if needed.

By considering these factors and planning ahead, you can make the packing process for your house move more organized and less stressful. The Glasgow Man With a Van does offer an all-inclusive service if you feel like you would rather leave the packing to us you can find more information here.


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