Whether you’re moving between rentals or buying a house, moving is without a doubt one of the most stressful things you will go through. There is so much to keep on top of and prepare for, as well as the physical moving, that it can best even the most seasoned mover. It’s no surprise that so many people dread moving, even if they’re excited about the new house! So to make the big day run as smoothly as possible for you, we’ve put together these 4 top moving day tips.
If you think about moving as packing up your entire house, it can suddenly feel a little daunting. After all, we have a tendency to accumulate ‘stuff’ to fill the space we’re in – which might mean you have a 4 bed house full of stuff to move! So rather than let that overwhelm you, we recommend you break it down into a room-by-room project.
Oh, and make sure you start at least 3 weeks before you’re due to move. Start in the bigger rooms, like the living room and the kitchen, before heading into the smaller rooms, and go through decluttering. Sort through all of your belongings and put them into boxes labelled ‘sell’, ‘donate’, ‘bin’ and ‘keep’. This will make the process of packing much simpler and easier for you, as you will have less to pack closer to moving day.
When it comes to actually packing, do the same thing. Start in the bigger rooms and work through things a bit at a time, leaving yourself room for breaks so that the big task doesn’t seem quite so overwhelming. Pack away everything but the essentials – the things you’re going to absolutely need access to during the week of the move. You can then hand the packed boxes to your removals company, or put them into self storage to make your home easier to navigate.
At Blue Box Storage we love a good label – but then show us anyone who works in self storage who doesn’t! And by the end of the moving process, you will too. It seems simple, but the basic act of labelling your boxes correctly can make life so much easier during and after a move. Plus it stops you having to frantically search through every unpacked box to find that one specific thing you didn’t think you’d need on moving day. It doesn’t have to be a complicated process – just grab a sharpie and keep it with you as you move through the house packing. Write a label on at least three sides of each box (top and 2 sides) that says what is in the box and what room it needs to go into. You don’t need to go into huge detail, but knowing that the box labelled ‘dinnerware’ probably doesn’t have a screwdriver in it will save you a lot of time! If you’re moving a lot of things, or mixing lots of bits in a single box, then it can be worth creating a bullet point list of what’s in each box, just so that it’s easier to find everything.
If you’re struggling to find time to get everything done for your move, then you could always consider extending it. That doesn’t mean you can’t get into your new home on move in day, but it does mean you can spread out the move a little bit. By utilising self storage units, you can spend longer packing your belongings before the move and putting the boxes into storage, and spend longer unpacking on the other side. We often see customers who use their storage units to store non-essential items during a move. You know, the things in your home that you don’t use every day, and that you wouldn’t miss if they spent a few weeks away in storage. That way all you need to focus on when it comes to moving day is the essentials to get you up and running, knowing that the rest is in a storage unit ready for you to tackle at a convenient time.
We know that choosing a moving company can seem like a quick job to tick off the list – but this is one that should take some time. Not all moving companies are created equally, and you need to choose one that can meet your needs and has a good reputation. For example, you might need a company to provide a lorry, load it up and drive it to your new home for you. Or you might need a more comprehensive level of service, where the movers actually help you pack your belongings, wrap up delicate items and protect furniture, put it onto the moving lorry and transport it to your new home.
At Blue Box Self Storage, we can’t help you move, but we can make the process a little easier for you. Our storage facilities are perfectly placed to provide you somewhere to store your belongings during a move, or give you a space to get things organised before or after the move. Our teams can also help you with any sort of packaging you could need, from reinforced boxes to wardrobe boxes, bubble wrap to tape – we’ve got you covered. If you’d like to know more, you can drop into one of our units, or get in touch to talk to one of our experts today.