With signs of improvement in the property market and new housing developments such as Dargarvel Village in Bishopton being created, some of our clients are getting itchy feet. So we thought we’d share some tips to help your move go smoothly.
1. The number one rule is don’t leave everything to the last minute. The key to a hassle free house move is organisation and this should start weeks ahead of your entry date.
2. Check your home insurance – Does it cover for damage or breakages to contents during a house move?
3. Create a house move list, tackle each room individually and make a list of what’s ‘for keeps’, what’s ‘for the bin’ and what’s ‘for charity.’ You could even hold a car boot or garage sale and put the proceeds of your old goods towards decorating the new house.
4. From your list – calculate how many boxes you are going to need. Choose strong cardboard such as corrugated card and remember to include bubble wrap, heavy duty sellotape, and old newspapers for lining which you should start collecting as soon as your move is confirmed.
5. Keep all your important documents such as passports, birth and marriage certificates together and keep them in a safe place.
6. When packing, start at the top of your house and work your way down. Heavy items should go at the bottom of the box and lighter items to the top. Remember not to completely fill the boxes or they will be too heavy to carry. Keep any hazardous materials together, clearly mark the box ‘Hazardous Materials’ and keep away from your other stuff. Wrap items individually and place inside a box that is lined with newspaper (several sheets) and a layer of bubble wrap. Old pillows and t-shirts are also handy for wrapping your most precious items.
7. Label boxes with the name of the room they will be going to and keep boxes from each room together – this makes it easier for unpacking at the other end.
8. When dismantling furniture, put any screws into self-seal bags and tape them securely onto the item for safe keeping and to allow for easy assembly at the other side.
9. Think about what you’ll need access to on arrival at your new home… Make up an ‘Essentials’ box and include; tea, coffee, the kettle, some mugs, plates, cutlery and biscuits. In addition pack an overnight bag and include essential toiletries such as toothpaste.
10. If you are short for time and need a helping hand remember you can call on Take A Break Cleaning Solutions. We can offer you a packing service in addition to cleaning your home from top to toe before the new home owners move in.
Happy New Home!