Moving Home and Storage: Tips and Advice

Planning Your Move

Create a Moving Checklist: Start with a comprehensive moving checklist. Break down tasks into weekly segments to manage time effectively.

  • 8 Weeks Before: Start sorting and decluttering.
  • 6 Weeks Before: Gather packing supplies.
  • 4 Weeks Before: Notify utilities and services.
  • 2 Weeks Before: Start packing non-essential items.
  • Moving Week: Confirm moving details, pack essentials.

Budgeting: Plan your budget for the move, including costs for moving services, packing materials, and potential storage solutions.

Hiring Movers vs. DIY: Decide whether to hire professional movers or rent a truck and enlist friends and family. Professionals can save time and effort but come at a cost.

Packing Tips

Declutter First: Reduce the amount of stuff you have to move by selling, donating, or discarding items you no longer need.

Gather Supplies: Stock up on boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, tape, and markers.

Pack Smart:
Pack room by room to stay organised.
Label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to.
Use smaller boxes for heavier items and larger boxes for lighter ones.

Protect Fragile Items: Wrap fragile items individually in bubble wrap or packing paper and label boxes containing them as “Fragile”.

Essentials Box: Pack a box with essentials like toiletries, a change of clothes, basic kitchen items, and important documents. Keep this box with you during the move.

Storage Solutions

Short-Term vs. Long-Term Storage: Determine whether you need temporary storage (a few weeks to a few months) or long-term storage (several months to years).

Choosing a Storage Facility:

We have storage facilities in Birtley, Boldon, Sunderland and Wallsend.

Packing for Storage:
Use sturdy, uniform boxes for easy stacking.
Label all boxes clearly.
Keep an inventory of stored items.
Place frequently needed items near the front of the unit.

Insurance: Check if your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance covers stored items. If not, consider purchasing insurance through the storage facility.

Moving Day Tips

Early Start: Begin early to maximise daylight hours and minimise stress.

Stay Organized: Keep important documents, keys, and your essentials box in a safe and accessible place.

Supervise the Movers: If you hired movers, supervise them to ensure items are handled carefully and instructions are followed.

Final Walkthrough: Do a final walkthrough of your old home to ensure nothing is left behind.

Settling into Your New Home

Unpack Essentials First: Start with essential rooms like the kitchen and bathroom.

Room by Room: Unpack one room at a time to stay organised and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Update Address: Notify the post office, banks, insurance companies, and other important contacts of your new address.

Explore Your New Area: Take some time to familiarise yourself with your new neighborhood, locate important services, and meet your neighbors.

Conclusion

Moving can be a daunting task, but with careful planning and organisation, it can be a smooth and stress-free process. By following these tips, you can ensure that both your move and your transition into your new home are successful.

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