10 Expert House Moving Tips
One survey conducted by online estate agent Yopa found that moving house was rated the most stressful event in a person’s life. We’d have to agree.
The good news is that whether you’re a serial renter or this is your first move, Stashbee has 10 tips that will help make it a bit easier on you - and the space to help you store all those extra things you want to keep but don’t want to take to your new home.
Stashbee’s Top 10 Moving Tips
From the start of the packing process all the way to moving into your new home, keep your stress to a minimum with our top moving tips.
1) Store extra or unwanted things
A huge source of stress can be dealing with the stuff you don’t need to move just yet but don’t want to get rid of, like your seasonal decorations. Why not consider renting cheap storage space through Stashbee? It’s a simple way to store things that might not be ready to come to your new house just yet.
2) Pack boxes up well in advance
Even if you’re a true procrastinator at heart, give yourself the gift of a less stressful moving day. Get as much as you can done the days (or weeks!) before. The last thing you want is to be trying to deconstruct your Ikea shelves while your removals company waits for you.
3) Organise your boxes with labels
This step helps both the packing and unpacking process. Use sticky notes, label makers, or whatever your preferred organisational method is to have all your stuff grouped in a way that makes sense for you. That way, when you get to your new home, you can immediately find your essentials.
4) Pack a survival bag
Think of the worst case scenario and prep for that - like if your moving van gets a flat tyre and can’t make it to your new home in time. What would you need? Think snacks, water bottles, a change of clothes, important documents, medications, and phone chargers. Even if all goes well, it’ll be great for your peace of mind.
Okay, maybe it’s not that serious, but you get the picture.
5) Use soft items to pack fragile things
Soft items tend to be quite bulky. You can use this to your advantage. Ditch the bubble wrap and packing paper - instead, use your sheets, linens, and towels as packing material. It’ll be the perfect way to wrap your more fragile items, like your fancy mug collection… and it’s eco-friendly!
6) Pack your toiletries last
There is nothing worse than getting to your new home and desperately wanting a shower, only to not be able to find your shampoo. Pack your toilet paper, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste last in some small boxes you’ve dedicated to your toiletries. That way, when you arrive, they’ll be the first things you see.
Don’t let this be you searching for your toothbrush.
7) Donate as much as you can ahead of time
Maybe you’ve already put everything you want to keep into cheap garage storage from Stashbee but you’re still overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stuff you have. If that’s the case, consider donating. Many donation centres will even pick up your items for you! Plus, sharing is caring, right?
8) Remember you’ll be exercising
On the big day, it’s a good idea to remember you’re going to be moving around a lot! Pack high-protein snacks and plenty of water, and dress in layers. Treat this like the marathon cardio session it is - and feel thankful you can give the gym a miss that day (you’ve already got your work out in, remember?).
9) Focus on unpacking the essentials
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of items you have to unpack once you arrive in your new home. Instead of unpacking the first moving boxes you see, make a list ahead of time. What do you need to survive your first night? Get your bedding, tea kettle, and pillows first. The rest can wait.
10) Keep box cutters to hand
It’s simple, but easy to overlook! You’ll need box cutters when you get to your new home. Make sure you’ve got them on hand. After you, you don’t want to be reduced to ripping cardboard boxes open with your bare hands like an animal.
As experts in the storage industry, we’ve seen our fair share of moves. Hopefully, these top 10 house moving tips (and our storage services!) will make your move into your new home as easy as possible. If you have any questions about moving or storage (or have some advice we missed), let us know on Twitter.
8th Jan 2021