Many people think that they are ready to start packing for a move. You just grab a box and put stuff in it, right? Well, not quite. There is more to moving than meets the eye. For example, how do you pack your lawnmower or your most breakable china? There are many techniques you’ll need to consider when packing up your home. Read this guide to moving to find out how to best pack for a move. And don’t forget to book Easymove’s expert movers to help you out!
The very first area you need to start packing for a move is the garage. There are a few reasons for this, the most important being that it’s probably the least organized area of your home. This can make it harder to pack, as things aren’t neatly contained in cupboards, and it’s likely to hold many of your larger items.
For example, you may have bikes, surfboards, old appliances, tools, and more to pack. It’s good to get these tricky items out of the way first.
- Properly dispose of all hazardous materials – do not throw them in your normal rubbish bin.
- If you have any petrol or diesel-powered equipment, drain the fuel from these before packing them away. This makes them less of a fire risk during the move.
- For tools, especially power tools, remove any detachable parts. Then pack these separately so they cannot get caught on anything.
You’ll need to first empty out your drawers and strip the bed of all sheets, pillows, and comforters. Luckily, in the bedroom, there are usually a lot of soft materials you can use to cushion other objects. For example, you can use your scarves to wrap delicate kitchen items.
- Fill up your suitcases with clothes! It may seem obvious, but some people focus on packing everything into boxes and forget to use things like suitcases to put their clothing in.
- To help your shoes keep their shape, crumple up some paper and put it in each shoe. That way, even if something presses on the shoe, it won’t lose as much shape. If you’re a footwear fan, you may decide to move your shoes in your car to keep them safe from harm.
- When packing for a move, don’t forget to pack the items on your bedside table. Although, you may want to leave this for the last minute if you still need your lamp and current reading material right until you move.
While the lounge is probably the largest room in your house, that doesn’t mean you need to pack it up first. In fact, it probably contains fewer items in total than any of your other rooms. But the pieces it does have will be some of your larger items such as couches, the tv, and coffee table.
- Unplug all cables and cords from your TV and keep these apart from the TV.
- If you have more devices to pack up, make sure that you know which cords go with which item. You could keep the cables for the Sky box, for example, all in one labelled bag.
- If your couch has removable cushions, you should take these off before your expert movers come to shift the sofa. They can be great to use as padding between other items as well!
- If any of your furniture was flatpack, it’s a good idea to break it down so that things like table legs cannot get caught on other items in the moving van. If not, make sure to wrap any parts that stick out so they cannot scratch other furniture.
The kitchen is another tricky area when packing for a move. You already know how to package glasses and plates – just be careful and use lots of soft wrapping materials to cushion them. What’s much harder is safely packing away your appliances.
- Clean and thoroughly dry all of your small appliances.
- Take out any attachments such as the blender blade, and wrap these up separately to the appliance itself.
- Find boxes just the right size for each one and add plenty of bubble wrap or newspaper crumpled up into the gaps. Putting appliances in with other items or boxes that are too big can cause them to bounce around and break.
How Our Expert Movers Can Help
EasyMove is proud to hire a team of expert movers who can not only help with actually shifting your possessions but also packing for a move. If you don’t have the time or energy for packing up your home, let us do it for you. Find out more by contacting us and having a chat about your moving needs.