Moving Tips & Advice

Useful tips and information to help with your home or office move.

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Moving day tips

1. Start packing as soon as you can

Packing, even for a modest 3 bedroom house, can take a long time, and unless you have a minimalist zen home, you are likely to have far more belongings than you initially think about or realise. With this in mind, it's never to early to start packing for your move, and getting things done in advance is a great way of relieving stress. Start by packing the things you don't use often or won't need until after you move, for example, if it's summer, pack all of your winter clothes first.

2. Label everything

Once you do start packing, it's easy to forget where you have put things. A simple sticky label on a plastic box telling you what's inside will really help when it comes to unpacking, and is also useful in case you pack something you end up needing before you move!

3. Mark room locations on boxes

As well as labelling what's inside boxes, also mark on the outside where the box needs to go. If you have a moving company or friends and family helping, it means that instead of just dumping all of your boxes in the living room, they can be immediately distributed around the house and left in the correct room, ready for when you come to unpack them.

4. Get rid of junk

Before you start packing, make sure that you have a good clear out. Sort out what items you want to keep and those that you no longer want. This helps you cut down on the volume of belongings that you need to take with you when you move, so you'll end up using less packaging and you'll need buy or hire fewer crates, boxes and packaging materials. Find out more about sorting the keepers form the junk here.

5. Use plastic crates

Consider using reusable plastic crates instead of traditional cardboard boxes as they are much sturdier and are quicker and easier to pack than boxes, which typically have to be assembled and taped at both the bottom and top. Read more about Moving using cardboard boxes versus plastic Crates here.

6. Recognise stress in your pets

Cats and dogs in particular are sensitive to change, and as soon as the boxes are out and you begin packing, they will know that change is afoot. Learn to look out for the warning signs of a stressed out pet so you can help them cope and keep them stress free and happy before, during and after the move. Find out more about moving home with pets.

7. Stay motivated

Stressful or exciting, however you regard moving, you'll need to maintain motivation to get through everything that needs to be done. A great way of doing this is by creating a mood board which will give you ideas and inspiration on how to decorate and style your new home. Check out our Pinterest boards featuring sophisticated & classic interior ideas or take a look at our collection of funky home interiors.

8. Sort out your documentation

Ahead of moving, make sure you have all of your relevant documentation together, from the deeds of your current property through to everyday documents like household bills and receipts. keeping them all together is one safe place will help if anything needs to be quickly and easily found during the move.

9. Plan a celebration

Making sure you have something lovely to look forward to after your move is a great way of staying motivated. Plan a house warming party, but don't be over ambitious and make sure you arrange it for a time when you are more settled, typically several weeks after your move. You don't want to add to your existing stress, so don't make the party too soon!

10. Tell people you've moved

Make sure that you send close family and friends an email or text with your new address details or send them 'we've moved' cards through the post. You'll also need to update your bank, insurance and mobile phone provider, so do this ahead of your move if you can.

11. Sort out services a.s.a.p

Sitting in a new home without a TV aerial or broadband connection is no fun, so as soon as you know your moving date, make sure you book any relevant installations and set up new subscriptions so they are available as soon as you move, or at worst a day or two after.

12. Make lists

There are so many things to do when it comes to moving that it is easy to overlook or forget things altogether. Start off by making a master list of everything that needs to be done, from de-cluttering before you pack through to cancelling you subscriptions and setting up mail forwarding.

13. Make time to move

Don't assume you can move and get settled in 24 hours or even over a weekend. Whilst it is possible to move over a weekend, it is likely to take days to get round to unpacking and getting yourself properly settled. If you have to go straight to work the day after you move, it's going to take you even longer to get yourself sorted, so consider booking an extra day or two off. Having a long weekend (Friday to Monday) is ideal for moving.

14. Empty and defrost the freezer

Unless you are only moving down the road, in the time it takes to move, your freezer is likely to defrost en-route which can leads to drips and water damage. Defrost your freezer the day before you are due to move and for a few days before your move, work through using the contents of your freezer so nothing goes to waste. The same logic applies to the contents of your fridge.

15. Pack essentials last

Don't pack things you will need on moving day until the very last minute. Things like mugs and a kettle are best left until last which means if they are at the top of a box, they are easier to get your hands on when you get to your new property.

16. Consider child care

If you have a baby or very small children, consider having them spend the day with a friend or relative. Moving day is generally a long and stressful day, so taking little ones out of the equation really can help.

17. Don't over pack

It's often temping to pack moving boxes as full as they can possibly be, but as you pack, make sure you are testing the weight of the box as you go. If a cardboard box is over packed you'll find the bottom can give way leading to spilled and damaged contents. If you have an awful lot of belongings and prefer to use fewer boxes, consider going for plastic crates instead as they are much stronger and will take more weight.

18. Pack a moving day box

A moving day box might go with you in the car rather than in the back of the van and could include things like bottled water, tea bags, kettle, sandwiches and cleaning materials. A moving day box means you can easily put your hands on whatever you are likely to need most.

19. Buy in advance

When you move there are likely to be new things to purchase, from kitchen appliances through to curtains and lampshades so don't leave it all until after you move. Try and spread the load (and the cost!) by buying things for your new home before you actually move in.

20. Get some help

Many hands make light work, and that really is true when it comes to moving. The more people you have helping, then the quicker you'll be able to get packed, loaded and unpacked again at the other end. Rope in family and friends to help on moving day, to help unpack or to help you decorate your new place. Reward them with a slap up meal or promise to do the same for them.

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Crate Hire UK - 20 Epic Moving Day Tips To Make Your Move A Breeze

  Crate Hire UK Ad Banner" ["post_title"]=> string(46) "20 Epic Moving Tips To Make Your Move A Breeze" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(114) "Moving home or office? Don't miss our top 20 moving related tips to help you move with the minimum of hassle!" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(46) "20-epic-moving-tips-to-make-your-move-a-breeze" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-03-19 12:07:34" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-03-19 12:07:34" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(48) "http://cratehire-v2.local/crate-hire-blog/?p=251" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [1]=> object(WP_Post)#6790 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(249) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "1" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2014-03-05 11:52:13" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2014-03-05 11:52:13" ["post_content"]=> string(6077) "When it comes to selling a property, you'll face a large and daunting 'to-do' list, packed full of everything from securing schooling or employment in a new area, making financial arrangements, finding a new home right through to the stressful task of putting your home on the market and actually selling it. But when speed is of the essence, how can you make sure you sell your home as fast as possible? Read on for our top tips. Fast Home Sales Tips Crate Hire UK On Friday 28th February 2014, a report from the Nationwide showed that the average price of a home was 9.4% higher than a year ago, the biggest increase since 2010, whilst first time buyer numbers are thought to be up by a third. More people are putting their houses on the market and more people are competing to buy those properties. With so much competition, it's critical that your home stands out from the rest and creates a strong first impression, something that we've discussed previously in our article The Importance of Kerb Appeal. Sometimes though attracting prospective buyers and making a sale just isn't enough. Perhaps a change in personal circumstances or in your professional life means you need to move pronto. Perhaps you've just had enough and need a change of scene to happen sooner rather than later. Whatever your reasons, no one wants their house languishing on the market for months or even years.

5 Tips To Help You Sell Your Property Faster

1. Present your home in its best light

This goes without saying and means taking care of the obvious things like making sure your home is clean, tidy and in a good general state of repair, through to the not so obvious things like planting a welcoming hanging basket, painting your fence and getting rid of manky smelly pet bedding. It's easy to ignore or overlook any superficial flaws your property has, but you can rest assured that prospective buyers will be hyper-alert and will spot any niggles. Appraise your home from their point of view, what looks slightly tatty? How does it smell? Does your home look cluttered? Remember a cluttered house indicates to buyers that the property simply isn't big enough or have enough storage for its inhabitants, a negative message you want to avoid sending at all costs! For more advice on how to present your home, take a look at Tips To Help You Declutter Before You Move.

2. Consider listing with multiple estate agents

Listing with more than one agent is a great way of increasing the reach of your property. The theory is that your home will end up in front of more prospective buyers, giving you a better chance of a fast sale. It also gives competing estate agents more incentive to pull their fingers out and get you more viewings than the other agency. Do remember however that at a local level this is likely to have some effect, but generally instead of walking into an estate agents office or looking at the local paper, people these days will go to a property aggregation website like Zoopla or Prime Location, in which case given the right search criteria, they'll see your property anyway.

3. Offer a buyer incentive

Offer something to any buyer who is able to make an offer and complete quickly. Selling your property to first time buyers with finance in place, cash buyers or those who aren't part of a chain all increase your chances of shifting your property quicker. As far as incentives go, it's best to think in terms of fixtures, fittings and appliances. Perhaps you've got a brand new fitted dishwasher and washing machine you were planning to take with you? Offer to include them (or anything else the buyer might have expressed an interest in), in return for a quick sale.

4. Be ready

Make sure that all appropriate paperwork, from your deeds through to Energy Performance Certificate and ensure that your finances are in place to enable you to accept and act on an offer as quickly as possible. Did you too that know that when it comes to floorplans,  you're likely to attract more potential buyers if you have a floor plan for your property rather than just the usual property photos? Try and have a new property lined up and ready and make sure you've done everything necessary to expedite the sale process.

5. Try using an online conveyancing service

Whilst selling your home will typically take around 8 to 12 weeks, it's very common for it to take longer. You can help speed up the process and even save on conveyancing costs if you use an online conveyancing service. For more advice on selling your home, take a look at our Step by Step Guide to Selling Your Home.

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Crate Hire UK - How To Sell Your Home Faster

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Finding A Local Moving Crates Company

Here at Crate Hire UK, we understand that people want to have a smooth and hassle-free crate service. One of the things that help us to do that is our regionally located crate hire depots. For anyone moving and looking for a way of reducing the cost, hiring your moving crates from us is an excellent way of achieving this.

The Cost Effective Way To Move!

Customers wanting to keep the cost of moving to a minimum are highly likely to think about hiring a van. However, with transportation sorted, you'll also need to look at arranging suitable moving boxes to pack all of your household belongings. Sturdier than boxes, plastic crates when rented from a local supplier, can provide an excellent, cost-effective option. As well as ordering and paying for crates online, we provide the option of picking them up at a local depot. Crate Hire UK Depot Locations

Avoid Delivery Charges By Using A Local Crate Rental Depot

Customers who do this benefit from the fact that they don't need to pay for delivery or collection. This solution helps to keep the cost of hiring down. For example, a typical hire period might be three weeks. This crate rental can work out from as little as £19.95 per week* to hire ten crates, including packaging and labels. By choosing to pick up your moving boxes at one of our depots and returning them at the end of the rental period, customers can save a substantial amount of money.

Keep it Local To Keep Costs Down

We have numerous depots located all over the country which are conveniently situated to give our customers the option of picking up their moving boxes from us direct. We currently have depots in Birmingham, BristolLondon, Manchester and Scotland. Use our depot finder tool here. *This rental figure refers to our Plastic Crate Hire Package 1.

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Sorting The Keepers From The Junk - Handy House Moving Tips

Moving house is a mammoth undertaking and the more prepared you are for it, the smoother your actual move day will go – well that's the theory at least! With so many things to think about, breaking down your move into individual tasks will help stop you feeling overwhelmed and makes it easier to get things done in an organised way. Sorting The Keepers From The Junk - Handy House Moving Tips Crate Hire UK

What to do with the junk?

If you have items that are in poor repair, dirty, broken or missing parts, then they are going to be little use to anyone, however, you may still be able to recycle them so at least they aren't going to landfill. Even if you have things are in a good state of repair, if you've not used it for a year, the chances are you won't use it again, it makes little sense to keep hold of things like this unless they are intrinsically valuable. Being brutal when it's time to move is often a good idea as the fewer things you need to move the better. You'll save time on packing and unpacking and you'll also save on the cost of associated packaging materials and moving costs.

What to do with the good stuff?

Once you've identified the items that are in good nick and are of some value, you need to decide what you want to do with them. Items with sentimental value are most likely going to be packed and moved with you, but you might have some other perfectly good items that you just don't use, need or want any more. First, separate everything you've been left with into two piles and create one for the things you definitely want to hold on to, and another for the things that are valuable or could potentially be sold. If you have anything old, or any notable items then make sure that you do some research on them to find out their value. The last thing that you want to do is to end up selling a design classic or a rare antique on eBay for a few pounds when you could have sold it for much more at a specialist auction house.

Options for selling your valuables

  • Sell through a classified advert online or in a local publication
  • Sell through a classified advert online or in a local publication
  • Auction House (for antiques or other valuables)
  • Do a car boot or table top sale
  • Donate to charity
It is worth noting that in order to sell some of your belongings there will be an associated charge to factor in, and of course, you'll need to dedicate some time to the activity too, which might not always be practical when you are moving and have lots of other things that you need to be doing too! In order to decide if it really is worthwhile to sell some of the things you no longer want, you'll need to get an idea of their potential value and the time and effort it will take you to sell them; you might conclude that it would be better to simply donate them to charity instead.

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Moving Using Cardboard Boxes Versus Plastic Crates

Moving from one location to another is a real pain and regardless of how you go about completing your move, you'll need to pack your belongings ahead of the move in order to transport them safely to their new location. There are two main options when it comes to deciding on how to pack your belongings; you can choose to us either plastic crates which will typically be rented for an agreed period of time, or you can choose to buy traditional cardboard boxes. Rental Crates Vs Cardboard Boxes Crate Hire UK
*Above image shows IT2 computer moving crate
Both types of packaging have their own strengths and weaknesses, so this article looks at the things you'll need to consider in order to make a decision as to which will be the most suitable way for you to pack ahead of your move.

What Are You Moving?

Plastic lidded crates are particularly ideal for universities, schools, libraries and commercial offices as they are so robust and easy to stack, so they save space. Due to the added strength and ridgitidy of plastic crates they are also ideal for storing important files and documents in. Anything that is valuable or that could easily break should be moved inside a plastic crate as cardboard boxes are less ridgid and as such more flexible, meaning items inside can much more easily be damaged during the moving process.

Where Are You Moving?

If you are moving a long distance and have a lot of valuables, then choosing more robust plastic crates is probably a better choice for you. If access is limited at either end of the move, there may be the potential of bottlenecks forming as you attempt to get in or out of the building making it ncessary to leave boxes outside for short periods of time, or you may need to stack them up outside your property as you unload the van. If you are only moving to a different office in the same buildling, then cardboard boxes may well be adequate. Likewise if you don't have an awful lot to move (for example students moving dorm rooms) then cardboard boxes could be a good choice for you and they can be reused for storage after the move too.

When Are You Moving?

If you are moving in the middle of winter then you are more likely to have ot contend with moving your crates or boxes in wet, sleet or snowy weather conditions. Cardboard boxes can very quickly become soaked through which not only means the items inside can risk being water damaged, but a wet box is much weaker and far more likely to split or burst.

What is Your Budget?

Your budget will also play a role in determining which option you go for as plastic rental crates can be a little more expensive if you choose to have them delivered direct to you. However, If you choose to pick them up straight from your regional depot, the cost is greatly reduced, in some cases making them a better value choice than cardboard boxes.

BENEFITS OF RENTING PLASTIC CRATES

  • Strong enough to pack heavy items
  • Plastic crates can be used over and over again
  • Rigid boxes will help to stop the contents being damaged
  • Easier to stack than cardboard boxes so you can maximise space
  • Quicker to use plastic crates as no assembly is needed
  • No need to use packing tape
  • Ideal for commercial movers

BENEFITS OF BUYING CARDBOARD BOXES

  • Great choice for those on a budget
  • Because you buy the boxes, you don't have to think about renatl periods
  • No additional box handling equipment needed as cardboard boxes can't hold much weight and so are easier to carry
  • Great for kids to use for play/craft projects once emptied and no longer required
  • Ideal for light items
For more information take a look at our range of plastic rental crates you can hire from us or alternatively take a look at our range of cardboard moving boxes.

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To Move or Not To Move?  How to Make a Big Decision

Moving is a big decision regardless of whether you are moving home, job or are a business owner thinking about relocating the business. No matter what decision you need to make, there are some universal considerations you should take into account and a few things you can do that will help you figure out what step to take. Decision Making Crate Hire UK

1. Find a good reason

First things first, why are you considering moving? If your move has been forced by practical reasons, for example an expansion which means you need more space or a new family member on the way, that makes the decision a little easier. You might have financial reasons to move, for example you might want to decrease your monthly outgoings and so moving to a cheaper area or smaller property might be a priority. Moving is a big commitment, both financially and emotionally so it's not something you are going to want to do on a whim. Being bored of your surroundings might be an influencing factor but don't let impulse dictate such a big decision. Once you have identified your reasons to move, the next thing that you need to do is to look at the options available to you.

2. Evaluate your options

You've got this far and you now know why you want or need to move. Next you need to figure out what options are available to you, what kind of property will be suitable?  How will you fund it?  When is the best time for you to move? This next step is often heavily influenced by financial constraints and more practical, logistical considerations and you might find that weighing up the alternatives is often easier said then done; so one way to approach this is to write a list that clearly shows all of the options available to you. Looking at the alternatives in black and white on a page or on a screen can often help make your options clearer and putting your time and attention on the task can often mean new options reveal themselves to you that you might not have previously considered.

3. Make your decision

Beside each of the options you've identified and laid out, you now need to evaluate them to determine which of these is the optimum solution for you. Criteria for evaluation will differ from person to person and depending on the nature of the decision to be made. Do your research and don't ignore any negative implications, they will only come back and bite you at some point in the future! Be wary of taking advice per se, advice is very different to hard facts and information. Advice is driven by emotional responses and don't forget, people on the whole dislike change and as a result will react negatively to even the merest hint of change!

"Getting someone else perspective is usually a good idea, but don't take their views or advice as gospel"

When it comes to moving you are going to need to fulfil lots of different criteria. For example location, size, cost, future potential will all need to be taken into account. What's the point of moving the entire business to a new location that's barely big enough and won't cope with any future expansion? Likewise, why move to a property in an area with poor schools which means you'll need to move again in a few years time?

Identify the 'opportunity cost'

Think about what is important to you personally if you are considering a domestic move and think about what matters commercially if you are considering moving your business. You also need to think about what will happen if you decide not to move - what are the implications of doing nothing at all?

Listen to your heart, but don't let it be your sole influence

Thinking logically and being brutally analytical during this kind of process is thoroughly recommended, but that doesn't mean you can't leave room to listen to your intuition or be guided by your heart to some extent, just make sure it is not the only thing influencing your decision.

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Using Social Media to Deliver Great Customer Service

Social media is essential to attract new customers, to make sure your business is being talked about, to spread brand awareness and it's also a vital SEO signal that Google uses to help it decide how relevant your website is. Social Media Customer Service Crate Hire UK Bearing all of this in mind then, there are already plenty of compelling reasons why your business should be investing in social media, and here is another. Using social media is an excellent tool that you can use to help increase customer satisfaction. This article looks at the benefits of providing customer service via social media also gives you some handy tips that will help you to do it well. Customers ready to buy from you will often have a simple, final question they need answering before diving in and making their purchasing decision. They might, for example, require the reassurance of knowing they can return an item if it is not right, or the customer might have a technical question about comparability, or they might want to know about your delivery options. Sure, most of this information will be or certainly should be available on your website, but for a lot of people who are connected to social media 24/7 via their smartphone, asking a quick question on either Twitter or Facebook is often a lot more convenient for them. Providing quick answers to your customer is critical. This component can determine if they choose to complete a purchase with you, or turn to a competitor instead. Force people to go and hunt this information down for themselves and you could very quickly lose a potential sale so don't believe anything you read that tells you social media doesn't have a direct effect on sales. Even though it can sometimes be hard to measure, social media really can and does have a direct influence on sales.

Reasons to Use Social Media for Provide Customer Service

  • Your business is  being helpful which aids positive brand perception and drives trust in your brand
  • Customers expect to be able to connect with companies 24/7
  • Problems can be resolved quickly and effectively as they arise minimising any inconvenience to your customers
  • Real-time responses can have a direct influence on sales
  • Reputation management is facilitated and helps to reduce negative sentiment

How to use Social Media to Provide Great Customer Service

The most important thing to do is to frequently monitor your social networks for brand mentions, questions and comments. This doesn't mean checking your Facebook wall once a day or your Twitter account every few days. You will need to be actively monitoring all of your channels multiple times throughout the day, every day. When dealing with any complaints or questions posted on social media, make sure you remain professional and courteous at all times. It's okay to be a little less formal but keep in your mind that these are customers or potential customers you are dealing with and their perception of you needs to remain positive so show empathy and understanding. Always offer a solution to customers, especially if they are complaining rather than asking a simple question. With regards to complaints, don't encourage customers to post full details of their claim on your Facebook wall or Twitter, instead, quickly provide them with a direct email address or ask for their phone number so you can deal with their issue privately. Once dealt with, you are likely to find that the same customer will return to social media to post a thank you. This shows other followers that you are committed to solving problems, which will make them trust you more and will improve their perception of your brand. Deal with all customer questions or problems quickly and effectively, and that customer will have a positive experience, making them more likely to use you again or spread positive rather than a negative word of mouth.

Summary

Don't be scared of customers contacting you to resolve service related issues on social networks. They will naturally contact you in the way that is most convenient to them;, so closing a channel down and refusing to deal with customer service issues will only result in adding to the negative perception of dealing with your business to the customer concerned. Resolving customer service problems publicly can be an excellent move because you have the chance to turn a negative experience around for the individual concerned and you get to demonstrate to all of your followers how good you are at customer service.

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10 Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

Let's face it, running a small business isn't easy; with so much to do and often with limited resources, marketing your business effectively can often be overlooked.  These top 10 marketing tips will help you to keep your marketing on track and ensure strategically driven activities, resulting in higher efficiency. 10 Marketing Tips For Small Businesses Crate Hire UK

1. Give your business some personality!

By giving your business some personality, your customers will find it easier to identify with you.

2. Use consistent visual styling and branding

A clear brand helps to build trust in consumers and makes you stand out from your competitors.

3. Define your USPs, core services, goals and vision

Figuring out and clearly defining what your USPs and goals are will help you to identify and connect with your target audience.

4. Use social media to raise brand awareness

Social media makes it easy to reach past and potential customers, allowing you to nurture relationships and drive trust & interest in your brand.

5. Multi-channel communications give you power

Amplify your messaging and reach by using all the marketing channels available to you.  Don't just promote something on Facebook. The same promotion will have much greater reach if you push it across all your social networks, on your website, in your blog and via email.

6. Make sure your website is usable

Driving customers to your site would be pointless if your website doesn’t provide visitors with a positive user experience.  Make your website clear and easy to use. Make sure it's easy for customers to contact you, find what they are looking for and make a purchase or enquiry.

7. Track and measure everything you do

Use tracking tools like Google Analytics and define KPIs so you can measure the results of activities to determine those who are most effective.  Once you track what you do, you'll see which of your activities work and where to invest in the future.

8. Calls to action are important

Make it super easy for your customers to complete desired goals. By using strong calls to action to attract their attention and influence their actions.

9. Improve the clarity and intent of messaging

Make sure your message is clear and concise; giving people too much information can lead to confusion.

10. Define your objectives

Take a strategic approach to set objectives before you start activities. This approach will help you to plan how to achieve your goals and measure results best.

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Moving day tips

1. Start packing as soon as you can

Packing, even for a modest 3 bedroom house, can take a long time, and unless you have a minimalist zen home, you are likely to have far more belongings than you initially think about or realise. With this in mind, it's never to early to start packing for your move, and getting things done in advance is a great way of relieving stress. Start by packing the things you don't use often or won't need until after you move, for example, if it's summer, pack all of your winter clothes first.

2. Label everything

Once you do start packing, it's easy to forget where you have put things. A simple sticky label on a plastic box telling you what's inside will really help when it comes to unpacking, and is also useful in case you pack something you end up needing before you move!

3. Mark room locations on boxes

As well as labelling what's inside boxes, also mark on the outside where the box needs to go. If you have a moving company or friends and family helping, it means that instead of just dumping all of your boxes in the living room, they can be immediately distributed around the house and left in the correct room, ready for when you come to unpack them.

4. Get rid of junk

Before you start packing, make sure that you have a good clear out. Sort out what items you want to keep and those that you no longer want. This helps you cut down on the volume of belongings that you need to take with you when you move, so you'll end up using less packaging and you'll need buy or hire fewer crates, boxes and packaging materials. Find out more about sorting the keepers form the junk here.

5. Use plastic crates

Consider using reusable plastic crates instead of traditional cardboard boxes as they are much sturdier and are quicker and easier to pack than boxes, which typically have to be assembled and taped at both the bottom and top. Read more about Moving using cardboard boxes versus plastic Crates here.

6. Recognise stress in your pets

Cats and dogs in particular are sensitive to change, and as soon as the boxes are out and you begin packing, they will know that change is afoot. Learn to look out for the warning signs of a stressed out pet so you can help them cope and keep them stress free and happy before, during and after the move. Find out more about moving home with pets.

7. Stay motivated

Stressful or exciting, however you regard moving, you'll need to maintain motivation to get through everything that needs to be done. A great way of doing this is by creating a mood board which will give you ideas and inspiration on how to decorate and style your new home. Check out our Pinterest boards featuring sophisticated & classic interior ideas or take a look at our collection of funky home interiors.

8. Sort out your documentation

Ahead of moving, make sure you have all of your relevant documentation together, from the deeds of your current property through to everyday documents like household bills and receipts. keeping them all together is one safe place will help if anything needs to be quickly and easily found during the move.

9. Plan a celebration

Making sure you have something lovely to look forward to after your move is a great way of staying motivated. Plan a house warming party, but don't be over ambitious and make sure you arrange it for a time when you are more settled, typically several weeks after your move. You don't want to add to your existing stress, so don't make the party too soon!

10. Tell people you've moved

Make sure that you send close family and friends an email or text with your new address details or send them 'we've moved' cards through the post. You'll also need to update your bank, insurance and mobile phone provider, so do this ahead of your move if you can.

11. Sort out services a.s.a.p

Sitting in a new home without a TV aerial or broadband connection is no fun, so as soon as you know your moving date, make sure you book any relevant installations and set up new subscriptions so they are available as soon as you move, or at worst a day or two after.

12. Make lists

There are so many things to do when it comes to moving that it is easy to overlook or forget things altogether. Start off by making a master list of everything that needs to be done, from de-cluttering before you pack through to cancelling you subscriptions and setting up mail forwarding.

13. Make time to move

Don't assume you can move and get settled in 24 hours or even over a weekend. Whilst it is possible to move over a weekend, it is likely to take days to get round to unpacking and getting yourself properly settled. If you have to go straight to work the day after you move, it's going to take you even longer to get yourself sorted, so consider booking an extra day or two off. Having a long weekend (Friday to Monday) is ideal for moving.

14. Empty and defrost the freezer

Unless you are only moving down the road, in the time it takes to move, your freezer is likely to defrost en-route which can leads to drips and water damage. Defrost your freezer the day before you are due to move and for a few days before your move, work through using the contents of your freezer so nothing goes to waste. The same logic applies to the contents of your fridge.

15. Pack essentials last

Don't pack things you will need on moving day until the very last minute. Things like mugs and a kettle are best left until last which means if they are at the top of a box, they are easier to get your hands on when you get to your new property.

16. Consider child care

If you have a baby or very small children, consider having them spend the day with a friend or relative. Moving day is generally a long and stressful day, so taking little ones out of the equation really can help.

17. Don't over pack

It's often temping to pack moving boxes as full as they can possibly be, but as you pack, make sure you are testing the weight of the box as you go. If a cardboard box is over packed you'll find the bottom can give way leading to spilled and damaged contents. If you have an awful lot of belongings and prefer to use fewer boxes, consider going for plastic crates instead as they are much stronger and will take more weight.

18. Pack a moving day box

A moving day box might go with you in the car rather than in the back of the van and could include things like bottled water, tea bags, kettle, sandwiches and cleaning materials. A moving day box means you can easily put your hands on whatever you are likely to need most.

19. Buy in advance

When you move there are likely to be new things to purchase, from kitchen appliances through to curtains and lampshades so don't leave it all until after you move. Try and spread the load (and the cost!) by buying things for your new home before you actually move in.

20. Get some help

Many hands make light work, and that really is true when it comes to moving. The more people you have helping, then the quicker you'll be able to get packed, loaded and unpacked again at the other end. Rope in family and friends to help on moving day, to help unpack or to help you decorate your new place. Reward them with a slap up meal or promise to do the same for them.

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