Master the Move: 11 Essential Moving Tips Everyone Should Know

Moving House | 27.10.23

When it comes to changing residences, having the right moving tips up your sleeve can make all the difference. The process of relocating, often seen as daunting, can be made considerably simpler with the right preparation and organisation. It’s not just about boxing up items and transporting them; it’s about ensuring that each phase, from packing to unpacking, goes off without a hitch. With careful planning and a methodical approach, moving can be a straightforward, even enjoyable, experience. If you’re preparing for a move and wondering where to start, here’s a list to ensure you’re on the right track.

Moving Tips for Every Step of the Way

1. Declutter and Simplify

Our first tip revolves around the age-old wisdom of decluttering. Now is the perfect opportunity to rid yourself of items you haven’t used in ages. Fewer things to pack and move means less stress for you. Go through your belongings and ask yourself: “Do I really need this?” If the answer is no, then it’s time to let go. Consider donating to the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK or Samaritans, or selling items that are in good condition but no longer serve a purpose in your life. The more you declutter, the easier it will be to settle into your new home.

“The first step in getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” – J.P. Morgan

2. Invest in Quality Packing Materials

Protect your precious belongings with sturdy packing materials. It’s a small investment that can prevent potential damages. Invest in strong boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, and packing tape. If possible, try to get your hands on professional-grade materials as they tend to be more durable and reliable. Remember to label each box with its contents and which room it belongs in for easier unpacking.

3. Organise, Organise, Organise

As the saying goes, “A place for everything, and everything in its place”. Keeping an organised inventory and labelling boxes will make unpacking a breeze. It will also help you keep track of your belongings during the move, making sure everything arrives safely to your new home.

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4. Efficient Packing is Key

Packing efficiently is an art. Think of it as playing real-life Tetris, where the objective is to fit your belongings safely and snugly. Start by packing larger items first and filling gaps with smaller ones. Place heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter ones on top, balancing out the weight. This will make carrying boxes easier for you or your movers.

5. Consider a Storage Facility

Can’t move everything at once? A storage facility, like Space Centre Self Storage, can be a lifesaver, offering a secure place for your items. It’s an ideal option if you’re downsizing or temporarily relocating. You can also use this opportunity to store items you don’t need but can’t bring yourself to part with.

6. Hire Professional Movers

Consider hiring professional movers, especially if you have large and heavy furniture or fragile items. A reputable moving company can save you time and effort by handling all. Engaging a reliable moving company can alleviate much of the stress associated with moving.

7. Remember Your Essentials

Pack a separate box or bag with essential items you’ll need immediately after moving. This can include toiletries, a change of clothes, and important documents. This way, you won’t have to rummage through boxes looking for essentials.

8. Take Care of Utilities

Don’t overlook the logistics of moving! Ensure that utilities are set up at your new home before moving in. Contact service providers to arrange for electricity, gas, water, internet and other essential services to be connected on the day of your move.

9. Notify Relevant Parties

Update your address with important service providers like banks, insurance companies and any subscriptions you may have. It’s also crucial to inform friends and family about your change of address.

10. Take Care of Fragile Items

When packing delicate items, such as glassware or electronics, provide ample cushioning and mark boxes as ‘fragile’ to prevent breakages. Use bubble wrap or packing paper to protect fragile items and fill empty spaces in boxes with clothing or towels for extra padding. For valuable or irreplaceable items, consider taking them with you during the move.

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11. Keep a Positive Mindset

Moving can be challenging, but remember the exciting new beginnings that await. Stay positive and look forward to setting up your new home.

Moving Tips and Self Storage Advice from Space Centre

When transitioning between homes, utilizing a self storage facility can be a game-changer. A common challenge during moves is the management of items that might not have an immediate place in your new residence or things that you’re not ready to part with just yet. Many removal companies also offer storage but it’s nearly always cheaper to organise your own. If you do you need a safe place to keep some of your belongings whether short-term or long-term, Space Centre Self Storage can help.

With these helpful tips, your moving experience can be considerably less stressful and even enjoyable. Remember to stay organised, declutter, and take care of yourself during this exciting time of change. You’ll be settling into your new home before you know it! Happy moving! And if you need a safe place to store some of your belongings, we have storage units of various sizes at our facilities in BristolStroudGloucester, Cheltenham, and Stonehouse.

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