Two things you can do to make moving house easier

Posted on: 28 April 2017

Moving house can be stressful. However, there are things that can be done to make this experience less challenging. Read on to find out more.

Take a sensible approach to packing

In their eagerness to get the packing process over and done with, many people make the mistake of simply tossing all of their belongings into boxes haphazardly, without giving any thought as to what impact this approach will have on their moving experience. Mistakes such as failing to properly wrap fragile goods or not bothering to add labels to boxes, for example, are both sure-fire ways to make a house move more stressful.

If you want this experience to be simple and straightforward, make sure to take a sensible approach to packing. Try to start this process at the earliest possible stage so that you're not forced to rush around, throwing possessions into boxes in a disorganised manner a day or two before the removalists are due to arrive. A few weeks before moving day, begin to set yourself daily packing goals; you might, for example, commit to spending 30 minutes every evening on this task or decide to fill up one box per day.

Additionally, be methodical when packing; do your best to put items that belong in the same room into the same boxes, so that it will be easier to unpack them. For example, put all of your cooking utensils, pots, pans, plates, cups and cutlery into one or two boxes.

Rather than putting a collection of heavy items (such as books or sports equipment) into a single box, distribute them between multiple containers, so that the boxes are easier to lift and less likely to break open when they're being carried. Label every single box, making sure to put the word 'fragile' in large, clear lettering on any ones that contain breakable items, like glasses, crystal, antiques, etc; this will reduce the chances of your removalists handling these boxes carelessly and damaging their contents.

Be safety conscious

Slips and trips that result in you sustaining an injury will almost certainly make your moving experience a lot harder than it needs to be. As such, it's crucial to remain safety conscious throughout this process.

First and foremost, make sure that you are wearing appropriate clothing. If it's a rainy day and you'll be carrying items across wet paths, make sure that you wear a pair of shoes with plenty of grip, so that you'll be less likely to slip and fall over. If you'll be loading a lot of heavy goods into the moving van, it might be worth investing in a pair of steel-toe boots, which will protect your toes from being injured by, should a heavyweight item be dropped on your foot. Additionally, consider purchasing a pair of thick, gardener gloves, to prevent cuts and blisters on your hands.

Lastly, don't attempt to carry heavy boxes on your own; this will inevitably result in a back injury which could leave you incapacitated for several days, or even weeks. Make sure to hire removalists to assist you.