If you are moving house there is one very important thing you must do once you have finished packing – you must clean the house from top to bottom!
If you own the home it’s always nice to leave it in a good condition for the new people that have bought it. If you rent the house it is even more important that you thoroughly clean the house because if you don’t you could be at risk of losing your deposit.
If you do rent your home or apartment it is a good idea to call the management company who will inspect the home once you have left, and ask them what their guidelines are on an ‘acceptable level of cleanliness’. Not that you should cut corners but it’s always good to know because the acceptable level can change from one management company to the next.
Whether you own or rent your home, it’s important you carry out a thorough deep clean before you leave. If you follow this checklist you can be rest assured you won’t miss a single nook or cranny!
Let’s take it room by room starting with the kitchen.
The Kitchen Checklist
Wipe down all the worktops and kitchen cabinets being sure to remove any stains
Wipe down any appliances that are being left in the home such as fridges, freezers, dishwashers and microwaves
Wipe down the stove including any grills or accessories that are used for cooking
If you have a microwave make sure you clean the inside, a lot of people forget about this!
Thoroughly clean the kitchen sink and draining board using hot, soapy water
Once all the above has been cleaned, it is time to sweep and mop the floor using hot, soapy water or a specialised floor cleaner
The Bedroom Checklist
Dust down any furniture that is staying in the bedroom and then remove it from the room, if possible
Once the room is clear dust the ceiling making sure you get in all the corners, then vacuum the floor
Return the furniture making sure everything is in the correct place
If the bed is too big to move or lift up, try your best to vacuum underneath it
The Bathroom Checklist
Get rid of any remaining rubbish and then remove the waste bin along with any mats or rugs that might be on the floor
Remove all items from the bath and shower such as shampoo bottles or cleaning products and also remove the bath/shower mat
Wipe down the walls of the shower/bath with hot water, then thoroughly clean the tiles with a tile cleaner taking care not to leave any marks or streaks
Use a good, all round bathroom cleaner and wipe down all surfaces including the walls (if tiled), sinks and mirrors but not the toilet
Don’t forget to clean the shower rack, any soap dishes, curtain rails and the curtain itself
Once all the surfaces have been cleaned use a dry, clean cloth to dry all the surfaces you have just cleaned taking care not to leave any streaks
Take extra care cleaning the sink and make sure you scrub the faucets and tap until they are clean and shiny
Scrub the toilet inside and out, then using a specialist toilet cleaner apply it to the inside of the toilet and leave for at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes flush the toilet, which will remove the cleaner and any nasty germs or bacteria
Sweep and mop the floor and allow it to dry naturally, then replace any rugs, mats or waste bins that belong in the bathroom
TIP: when cleaning the bathroom always keep a window open! You will be using a lot of chemicals so it is important to keep the room well ventilated
The Living Room Checklist
Dust down any furniture from the living room that you are leaving behind and then remove it temporarily from the room
Dust the ceiling, walls and fireplace taking care to remove any cobwebs that might be hiding in the corners
Vacuum the floor and any upholstered furniture that you are leaving behind
Move the furniture back into the living room and make sure everything is in the correct place
Your Deep Clean is Now Complete
If you follow this checklist step by step, room by room we guarantee your house will be spotless, all ready for the next family to move in.
Packing all of your belongings into boxes all day isn’t the most enjoyable job in the world but it has to be done if you are moving house.
Fortunately, we have a superb list of packing hacks that will turn this once tedious, laborious process into a breeze!
Here we go….
Use bin liners to store your clothes. While your clothes are on the hanger slide a bin liner over as many as possible and leave the hangers sticking out the top. Instantly, you have packed five or six (or more) items in a matter of seconds.
Use empty toilet rolls to store cables and wires. Simply wrap the cables into a ball by wrapping it around your hand, then stuff inside an empty toilet roll.
Cut handles into the sides of boxes. Not all boxes have pre-cut handles. If yours don’t, carefully use a sharp knife and cut a small rectangle into each end that is large enough to fit your fingers.
Stack plates like records. Stack them vertically instead of laying them flat in a box. You can fit more into each box this way, trust us!
Wrap plates in old clothes. This means you don’t have to go out and buy tonnes of bubble wrap. Wrap plates in your clothes and stack in a box as mentioned above.
Do not fold your clothes, roll them. By rolling your clothes you can fit more into a suitcase or box. Don’t believe us? Try it!
Label boxes on all sides including the top. If the box is only labeled on one side you can be sure it is that side that will be against a wall or somewhere where you can’t see it. Label all sides and you will avoid this problem.
Use cling film to keep drawers in place. Wrap your chest of drawers in cling film and leave the drawers where they are. As long as it’s not too heavy you can lift the entire chest of drawers in one go.
Don’t lose your screws. If you are dismantling furniture keep all the screws, bolts and any other objects in a clear, see through bag (a sandwich bag works great) and tape it to the piece of furniture it came from.
Place string under tape when sealing boxes. Leave a piece of string hanging out the end and when you need to open the box simply pull the string and the tape will fly off! No need for scissors or knives.
Use pillows as padding. Place any pillows in a garbage bag and seal it, then use them as padding in your van or car to stop other items falling around.
Stuff socks inside your shoes. Roll your socks into a ball and stuff them inside your shoes. Socks live in shoes anyway, a few more hours won’t hurt.
Protect your mattress. Buy some old bedding (or use old sheets you don’t mind getting messy) and cover both sides of your mattress. This will protect the mattress itself during the move.
Only pack what you want to take with you. Moving house can be a great way to get rid of any clutter you no longer need. Think of how much extra space you will have in your new house.
Eat everything in sight before moving! Packing food and drink is pointless, eat and drink as much as you can before you leave so you don’t have to take it with you.
Keep an eye on the box with your children’s toys. Trust me, when the kids arrive at the new house they will want something to do. Clearly label their toy box so they can play with their toys while you continue un-packing.
Use stuffed animals to protect fragile items in boxes. If you have anything fragile in a box, place a stuffed animal in with it to act as padding. You might want to wrap the stuffed animals in a plastic bag first.
Use a suitcase with wheels to carry heavy items. Things such as books can be stored in a suitcase and simply wheeled away. Much easier than carrying a heavy box full of books or magazines.
Pack picture frames vertically in boxes. If you lay them flat they are more prone to breaking.
Don’t fill large boxes with heavy items. Why? Because it will be too heavy to carry. The rule is this: put heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.
Wrap table legs with furniture. This will stop them from getting damaged during transit.
If you follow our advice moving day will be much easier, we guarantee it!
Protecting your furniture whilst moving home is obviously going to be a major concern for you. If you are hiring a fully insured, professional removals company such as Love Removals, they will take care of this task for you.
However, if you have decided to do the move yourself, you’ll need to follow a few simple rules to ensure that all your furniture is transported to your new home without succumbing to any damage.
Here are a few tips on how to protect your furniture when moving home:
Gather Your Packing Materials If you are carrying out the move yourself you’ll need bubble wrap, styrofoam pieces, old towels and pillow cases, strong tape and of course boxes. At Love Removals we offer a professional packing service and we will supply all these materials for you.
Clean Your Furniture – Cleaning your furniture before packing it for moving will help ensure you don’t transport dust to your new home. It will also prevent any large dirt particles from scratching the surfaces of your wooden furniture.
Empty Out Your Furniture – It may be tempting to leave those desk drawers full during transportation to your new home. However, you risk drawer contents being broken in transit. Emptying your furniture will also give you the opportunity to sort out which things you really need to be taking to your new home versus the things you can discard or give to charity
Disassemble Your Furniture – The next step is to disassemble your furniture as much as possible. Legs come off beds, tables and chairs. People often skip this step because of the time involved to disassemble and reassemble. However, pieces are easier to pack when disassembled. They take up less room and are less likely to get damaged if they are taken apart and shipped in pieces. If there are manuals, screws, nuts and bolts and other assembly pieces, and/or warranties, place these in zip lock bags and tape to the underside of furniture pieces for easy reassembly.
Wrap and Pack – Now your furniture has been disassembled, it is time to wrap up anything prone to scratching or breaking, in your protective packing materials – old towels, bubble wrap etc. Odd shaped objects such as glass vases can be packed away inside telescoping boxes, safely cocooned in styrofoam balls.
Wrap Upholstery – Cover mattresses and upholstered furniture with old sheets and blankets to prevent them from picking up dirt during the move to your new home. The last thing you want to be doing later is scrubbing dirt off your three piece suite!
Pack the Removals Vehicle – It is easiest to load the heaviest furniture and appliances and have a couple of people in the van to load the interior. Make sure any fragile items are adequately protected and all your belongings are firmly secured before setting off for your new home.
Moving day can often be a stressful experience, but with adequate planning, you can alleviate a lot of this worry and have peace of mind that all your furniture will arrive at your new home undamaged.
No matter how well prepared you are, moving home can be one of life’s stressful events. It is often a costly venture both emotionally and financially.
Here are 5 factors to consider when calculating the cost of moving home.
Distance You’re Moving – Obviously short moves are far less costly and can often be carried out without the need for a removals company if finances are tight. However moving across the country requires much more planning, so a call to the moving experts may be in order to help ameliorate the complex logistics of long distance moves.
Number and Nature of Items Being Moved – The moving costs incurred for a 1 bedroom flat move compared to those of a 4 bedroom family home, are going to be vastly different. The type of items being moved also plays an important factor. Moving a piano for example, will require specialised equipment and extra removal staff which may add to the overall cost. It is always advisable to get a fixed quote before any moving work is carried out so you don’t get any nasty surprises.
The Number of Helping Hands – If you have a close knit group of friends and family and access to suitable transport, you may be able to save on the costs of hiring removals professionals. However, be wary of friends expecting some kind of non-monetary payment for their hard work, such as a few drinks down your new local or a take away after the move.
How Much Time You Have – The run up to a move is often a very busy period. In addition to packing up your worldly goods, you need to inform utility companies of your move, organise new schools for the kids and take care of a plethora of other tasks that could make up the subject of a another blog post! As the adage goes, time is money and in the moving game, the more time you have, the less likely your need to pay for a packing service or to require moving professionals to help you move.
Your Physical Fitness – Moving large pieces of furniture from house to van requires physical strength and stamina. If you are physically challenged in any way, you are more likely to need the services of a moving company to help you.
We hope that this post has better informed you of the main considerations that need to be accounted for when it comes to calculating the cost of moving home. Of course giving you an exact cost is impossible and outside the scope of this blog, but feel free to request a no obligation quote by completing this form and we will get back to you with a fixed price for your move.
Brighton & Hove is located in East Sussex, a city of approximately 280,000 people that sits by one of the best stretches of coastline in the world (according to Lonely Plant 2013). It is regarded as one of the world’s best travel destinations according to TripAdvisor, and was in 2015 voted as one of the best places in the UK to start a business, making it appealing to holidaymakers and entrepreneurs alike.
It’s a city that can offer the winning combination of quality of life and a growing economy, the perfect foundation for those looking to start families or study outside the unaffordable capital. A Brighton are search through a popular property search website such as The House Shop will reveal a mix of attractive Edwardian, Regency and Victorian flat conversions, alongside more modern multiple story properties, means that there is something available to cater to any taste. Within a stone’s throw of the scenic Sussex countryside, you get the best of all worlds: a scenic seaside town, a growing city economy, and a view of the British countryside.
Why Choose Brighton
Brighton is one of the fastest growing markets for rentals in the UK, with some of the fastest growing returns for landlords. It is ranked third of 63 cities in the UK as having the most people in rental accommodation. An average yield of 6.16% in 2015 saw it claim one of the top 20 spots to invest in a buy-to-let property in the UK. In all, Brighton continues to appeal as young professionals are priced out of the capital, and young families seek out a place they can afford a simple, straightforward lifestyle with all the basic essentials, and without the London price tag. It all makes Brighton one of the best places to invest in the UK.
What Type of Property
Brighton is a student accommodation hotspot, with its varied, internationally well-respected educational institutions attracting international students from all over. According to Spareroom.co.uk, student housing costs have risen 21.7% for the past two years, well ahead of both Bath and Bristol. In this case, advice points to the value of selecting a more practical property, above the more architecturally glamorous, historical options. A new build that is easily maintained will serve the student need for value for money – the most important factors being proximity to transport and other amenities, as well as fast broadband. It’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage if your own child seeks out the world class education on offer at Brighton’s university, a return on investment that will certainly outlive their days in the union bar.
If you are less than keen on student housing, the other big target market is young professionals who are priced out of the capital. A good quality studio or 1 bedroom apartment will serve this target market well, and offer pleasing returns over a five to ten year period.
What Restrictions are There
The UK does not have restrictions on real estate ownership for overseas investors, unlike many other countries. However, there are tax obstacles in place that are important to consider. There are in fact five taxes of relevance, to be exact. Two are ‘indirect’, namely stamp duty based on the purchase price, which varies form 1 – 4% of the total value that must be paid in addition. The other is council tax, which is also dependent on the value, and varies from council to council.
Other taxes are ‘direct’, and include income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax. Income tax will be paid if you earn money on the property – enough to exceed the income tax threshold. This does not apply if you live in the property. Capital gains tax can be avoided; if you earn money selling the property and you are from the UK, this is required. However, as a non-resident, you are exempt if the property is simply an investment. Finally, inheritance tax is another that can be avoided with the help of a good advisor or lawyer, but for most people residing outside the UK this isn’t a concern.
These are not problems as such, but should be taken into account when considering what you are willing to outlay on a real estate investment in the United Kingdom. Examine the total cost carefully to ensure your investment yields successfully.
In all, the UK continues to be one of the most appealing places for foreign investors to capitalize on real estate investment, and Brighton in particular is primed as one of the most promising growth spots for investment across the isles.
Moving home is a practice that can be tough on the environment. Think of all the boxes and packing products that are used by people moving home each day. That’s before you start to consider the amount of fuel used by removal firms. We know that moving can be stressful enough without having to take time to think about being eco-friendly, but it can be worthwhile taking just a little time to make some adjustments that are helpful to the environment.
We are going to give you some tips about how you can recycle when you arrive at your new address. First, it’s worth mentioning a couple of things you may want to consider before you move. It’s a good idea to look up adverts for recycled moving products so that you make further use of products that have already been used by others. It’s also worth doing some research about green removal companies that use eco-friendly fuel and practices. Now let’s take a look at your recycling options after you arrive at your new property.
Re-cycle your moving materials
You used recycled moving materials in the first place so now it’s your turn to pass them on to someone else. You can just place an advert on sites such as Gumtree or Preloved and offer the materials to someone else who is moving home. If everyone continues to do this a chain of re-use can be created which can only be good news for the environment.
Set up a composter to re-cycle suitable refuse
Even if you did not use one at your previous address it’s a good idea to set up a composter in your new home. It’s an excellent way of using things such as food scraps, pruning remnants, coffee grounds and tea leaves to put some nutrients back into the soil around your new property. Composting is one of the best ways of recycling in order to give something back to the environment.
Check out your local recycling options
If you want to be serious about recycling in your new home then it’s a good idea to do some research about your recycling options. You can search online for local charity shops and recycling banks where you can dispose of items such as unwanted clothing and used bottles. Doing this is a much better for the environment than just throwing them away.
Make your new home recycling friendly
If you have been meaning to recycle more for ages then why not use the move to a new address as a catalyst for making it happen. Recycling is not difficult and you can start by setting up a recycling centre in your new home. You can set up containers to hold items including paper, glass and clothing items. If you separate these items in your home this makes it easier for you to recycle them in the appropriate manner. It’s a good idea to do this as soon as you have unpacked so that you can get straight into the idea of recycling as you embark on the next stage of your life.
Rationalise as you unpack
Most people tend to dispose of unwanted items before they embark on a move. This does not mean you cannot rationalise what you have even further as you unpack. It’s a good idea to have a box set aside for any items you no longer really need. Doing this not only means you start the new stage of your life with only the items you actually need in your home, it also means that someone can potentially benefit from the items you can no longer make use of.
All of our tips are aimed at helping you to start life in your new home with recycling in mind. It’s a good time to get into the green habit.
Moving office can be an event which is complicated and there are a lot of things you need to remember to do. It can be easy to forget about one of the most important aspects of an office move; letting your customers know that the move is taking place. You need to make sure you do this well in advance of the move so that you have time to notify everyone who needs to know.
We are going to take a look at some of the methods you should consider using if you need to notify customers of an office move. Hopefully, you should find this information useful in making the notification process as simple as possible.
Make an announcement on your website
This is an excellent way of getting the message across to a wide audience. In the lead up to your office move you can include a message on your website homepage keeping clients informed of your new office address and the date you are moving.
Send email notifications
Not every client will have reason to visit your website in the lead up to your move so it’s a good idea to send an email notification to all of the clients on your contact list. You need to make sure you include all of the relevant information, including your new office address, the date of the move and the arrangements for contacting you while the move is taking place.
Include flyers with invoices
You know that your clients pay attention to invoices when they receive them as they have to take action on them. For this reason it can be a good idea to include a flyer with any invoices you send prior to your moving date. This method of communicating details of your move has the added advantage of making sure the client has your information to hand in hard copy form, without having to find an email or check out your website to remind them of your new details.
Communicate with your clients on social media
Social media can be a very successful form of communication for businesses if used in the right way. Advising people of a new office location is an example of an occasion when social media is a very useful and appropriate tool. As soon as you know about the move you can start getting people used to the idea and you can keep them informed as the relocation process progresses. It can even be a good idea to turn the move into a story to keep people engaged. If you take clients on the journey with you it can be a good way of keeping them connected to your business.
Include notices at your physical location
So far we have concentrated on digital methods for informing clients of a change of office address but you should not forget the more traditional methods either. This includes putting notices up in your current offices. Doing this means that any clients who visit your current location can clearly see that you are relocating and get details of your new address. This is a simple way of making sure that clients know you are moving to a new office.
Moving office can be stressful and you have a lot of things to think about. Making sure that your clients know about the move should be at the top of your priority list. If you do not do this then clients will continue contacting you at the old address following your move and you could end up losing business. As you can see, there are several methods you can use to let clients know you are moving. Ideally, it’s a good idea to use a combination of these methods, both digital and hard copy.
Moving home can be stressful for all sorts of reasons, one of which can be the financial aspect of paying for the move. If you have a restricted budget with which to make the move happen it can be a real worry. At a time when you have a lot of things to think about, such as sorting utilities out and notifying the post office of your change of address, you want to make everything as straightforward as you possibly can.
That is why we have put together five tips that you will find useful if you are moving home with a limited budget. Hopefully you will find them useful in helping to reduce the stress of your move.
Choose Your Moving Date Wisely if You Can
Most people arrange house moves for the weekend so if you can arrange your move for during the week you may be able to secure a more beneficial rate from the removal firm. You should also consider the fact that the summer months tend to attract the highest premiums when it comes to moving as there is more demand. Holiday periods, such as Christmas, can also be more expensive times to relocate.
Collect Boxes Instead of Buying
It’s possible to save a significant amount of money if you collect boxes to use for the move instead of buying them. If you decide to do this then it’s best to start collecting as early as you can to ensure you have enough time to collect all of the boxes you need. You can ask around friends and local businesses. Many supermarkets have boxes to spare. Even if the boxes have been flattened as soon as they were emptied it’s easy to tape them back up again.
Use Household Items as Wrapping
It’s certainly true that bubble wrap is good for protecting your belongings during your move but it can also be expensive to buy. Of course, you want to make sure that items do not get damaged when you relocate; but there are ways of doing this while still being able to save money. If you want to protect items such as glass wear then why not consider using household items to do the job. You can utilise blankets, towels or even a few pairs of socks. You still get the protection you need for your belongings but you do not have to pay out for costly packing items.
Reduce the Amount of Stuff You Take With You
If you have to pay out for a removal firm to move your belongings you want to make sure that you reduce the cost involved as much as possible. One of the best ways of doing this is to make sure you only move items that you really need to take with you. Before you start to pack it’s a good idea to sit down and sort through your belongings. You should sort them into items you really need to take with you and those that you no longer require. Once you have decided which belongings you no longer need to keep, you then need to arrange to either recycle them or throw them away.
Consider Your Options for the Actual Move
Hiring a removal firm may seem like a costly expense that you do not really want to have to pay. However, before you decide on a DIY move, there are things you need to consider. You need to remember that removal firms are professional and they are fully insured. You also need to remember that they are likely to turn up on time and be coordinated. All of these apply if you hire a reputable removal firm and you need to do your research to make sure this happens. If you ask friends and family to help you move there is more chance that items will get damaged. You also have to rely on them all turning up at the same time and you will also probably have to feed them at some point. It’s important that you weigh up the potential money saving benefits against the possible pitfalls of a DIY move.
Hopefully these hints will help you complete a successful home move even if you have a limited budget.
In an ideal world most people would not choose to move home over the Christmas period. The problem is that the world is often not ideal. There may come a time when you have to move over Christmas and you need to be able to make the best of the situation. The fact is that you can still enjoy the festivities, and successfully complete the moving process; it is possible.
If you are faced with having to relocate over the holidays then you should try and make the move in between Christmas and New Year if you can. This way, you can at least celebrate Christmas in a familiar environment. We are going to take a look at some helpful tips if this is not possible, and you have to move just as Christmas is arriving.
Planning is Vital
Planning is important before any move but it’s even more vital when you are moving into a new home over the Christmas period. It’s essential that you ensure you have a removal firm booked well in advance. It’s also important that you ensure you have utilities connected; the last thing you want is to be without power over the holidays. It’s useful if you make sure you have researched the area you are moving to so that you know where you can buy items such as last minute food supplies, should you need to.
Keep up the Festive Atmosphere
Relocating is often a stressful experience at any time of year; add to this the pressure of Christmas preparation and it’s easy to be completely floored by the experience. This is why it’s important that you do not forget the Christmas spirit. Make sure that you take time to enjoy the lead-up to the celebrations; put the Christmas music on as you finish your packing and take some time out to watch your favourite shows on TV.
Pack Presents in the Right Way
If you are moving directly before Christmas then it’s likely you have already bought presents and you will need to take them with you. You do not want to have to search through a myriad of bags and boxes to find the present when you arrive at your destination. Make sure that you wrap the presents and pack them in such a way that you can identify them straight away.If you have children who are likely to be inquisitive then it’s obviously not a good idea to label a box “presents”. You need to be creative; children are probably not going to be tempted to look in a box marked “bedding” or “best dishes”.
Don’t Forget to Tell People
Normally it’s not that important if you do not tell people you know about your move immediately. This tends not to be the case at Christmas. Do not forget that this is a time of year when people send cards, and pay surprise visits. The last thing you need is to fall out with family or friends because you forgot to mention your move and they turn up to visit your old home on Christmas Eve.
Celebrate First in Your New Home
It’s important to remember that it’s Christmas and you still need to celebrate even though you have relocated. For this reason, the first thing you should do when you arrive at your new home is decorate. It may be tempting to try and do all the unpacking first but you only actually need the essentials. Once you have unpacked everything you need to get through Christmas then put up the decorations so that everyone can enjoy their first Christmas in the new home.
Hopefully, our tips will help make your Christmas home move a little easier. Just remember, it is possible to move and still enjoy Christmas, even if this means you have a carpet picnic for Christmas dinner, or book in advance to go to a restaurant in your new neighbourhood.
I don’t know anybody that enjoys moving house but it is one of those things that we all do probably more than once in our lifetime.
Packing and moving can be very stressful and tiring, which is why we have compiled the ultimate list of moving house hacks to ensure you stay sane!
Ready? Let’s begin!
1 Pack an overnight bag. After a busy day of moving you will be exhausted by the end of it. The last thing you want to be doing is pouring through boxes trying to find your pyjamas and a spare toothbrush. Pack all your essentials in an overnight bag so you have everything you need come bedtime.
2 Use plastic see-through boxes instead of cardboard boxes. Not only are they stronger but you won’t have to keep guessing what’s in each box and you’ll be able to see the contents making it easier to grab what you need when you need it.
3 Use old clothes to pack fragile items. Buying tonnes of bubble wrap can be an expensive option. Save some money and wrap any fragile items in any old clothes you have laying around.
4 Label each box with the room it’s intended for. If you are using a removal company they will love you for this! It will make their job a lot easier because each box along with its contents will be in the correct room all ready for you to unpack.
5 Use socks as storage. Just make sure they are clean! Socks are great for storing things like cutlery, stationary and anything else you can fit in them.
6 Wrap any liquid bottles in cling film. The last thing you want is for bottles of shampoo or shower gel to leak or explode and ruin everything in sight. Wrap them in cling film so if they leak or get damaged all the mess will be contained.
7 Seal drawers shut and leave them in the cabinets. As long as it’s not too heavy or the drawers contain anything that could be broken you can move the entire chest of drawers in one go – a huge time saver.
8 Use sandwich bags to store small objects. Sandwich bags are great for storing small items such as jewelry or screws for any furniture that has been dismantled.
9 Take photos of your electronics so you know where all the cables go. This will make reconnecting your TV or computer a breeze.
10 Use suitcase and other luggage instead of boxes. We all run out of boxes on moving day but don’t worry, use your existing luggage to store things such as clothes or any other non-fragile belongings.
11 Keep your clothes on the hanger. Either wrap your clothes around the hanger or lay everything flat. When you unpack your clothes they can be hung in your wardrobe straight away.
12 Number your boxes. This way you can keep an inventory and you will instantly know if any boxes have mysteriously gone missing!
13 Don’t move the piano yourself! Things like pianos, grandfather clocks and anything similar of great value should be left to the pros. Perform a quick Google search and hire a specialist removal company.
14 Sell any unwanted items before you move. There is no point in moving unwanted goods into a new home. eBay any unwanted items or set up a stall at your local car boot sale to get rid of anything you don’t need.
15 Get rid of your pets. Not forever, just during the move! The last thing you want is your dog or cat getting in everybody’s way. Either ask a friend to dog sit or hire a sitter for the day.
16 De-frost your fridge AT LEAST two days before moving. Ideally, three or four days before, this ensures it doesn’t contain any liquid that can cause a mess.
17 Place post it notes in your new home so you know what furniture needs to go where. You can take this a step further and create a floor plan of your new home to avoid any confusion.
18 Don’t go hungry. The day before you move pack a cool box full of easy to eat food such as sandwiches, crisps, fruit etc. You don’t want to go hungry but you won’t have time to prepare anything on the actual day.
19 Know where your tools are. Things like screw drivers, hammers, duct tape and scissors will certainly be needed on moving day. Keep your tools in a toolbox so everybody knows where they are if they need them.
20 ‘Borrow’ cardboard boxes from supermarkets. Most supermarkets have cardboard boxes that you can use for shopping. If you fall short of boxes try and sneak a few out of the supermarket without being caught!