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Moving: 22 Helpful tips for a smooth move

When moving, there are many things to think about. For example, you must report your move to the municipality and arrange protective packaging materials on time. And there is still a tonne of other considerations. That is why you will find useful tips below that you can use for a move with as little stress as possible. Know what to look out for, don’t forget important things, and ensure a smooth move.

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1.      START ON TIME

Start well on time, and start packing as soon as you have moving boxes or storage space. Pack a few boxes every day.

2.      ORGANIZATION

Pack each room individually. Use separate boxes for each room. This will come in handy when you unpack again. Make sure you find frequently used items quickly by writing what’s in them on the boxes.

3.      MEASURE

Know what can and cannot go through the door. Measure large items such as a sofa and see if they can go through the door. It’s very frustrating when you have to figure this out afterward.

4.      NOT IN SUMMER

If you decide to move yourself, it is not wise to do so in the summer. It’s way too hot to carry your stuff up and down.

5.      NUMBERS

Give each box a number. Indicate to which room the box should be taken. List the boxes for each room while keeping track of the overall quantity. It’s a good idea to leave some space on the list for any comments and mention of valuables.

6.      IMPORTANT DETAILS

Only move the washing machine with the locked drum. Put small plants together in a moving box. Keep important papers in your hand luggage.

7.      FILLING MATERIAL

Fill incomplete boxes with filling material so that the contents of the box cannot shift. Make sure you have a sufficient filling.

8.      ORDER

Close all boxes and tape them shut. Make sure the boxes can support the weight. Put heavier items in a box at the bottom and lighter items at the top. Try not to make the boxes too heavy (maximum 20 kilos). This makes moving easier. A rule of thumb: the heavier the items, the smaller the box should be.

9.      DESK DRAWERS

Please don’t put too much in here, as it could cause damage. Remove breakable objects and objects that can leak. Lock lockers and keep the key in hand luggage.

10. GLASS AND DISHES

Glassware, mugs, and plates should all be individually wrapped in paper and placed in (small) boxes. Use clothes or towels to protect them from shock. The heavier items (plates) must be placed at the bottom of the box. Roll silverware in kitchen roll paper. Always place bottles upright in moving boxes, and do not pick up sharp objects from fragile items. Please indicate on the boxes that they contain breakable items.

11. FLAMMABLE GOODS

Flammable or highly flammable liquids and aerosols must not be packed. It is best to keep these and other hazardous substances separate. Changes in temperature and pressure can cause leakage or even explosion. If you pack them anyway and they injure people, you are liable for this.

12. LAMPS

Remove the bulb and lampshade. Roll up the cord. Do not use newspaper but a kitchen roll to wrap the lampshade. Place the lampshade upright in the box. Decorative buttons and the like are glued to the inside of the lampshade box.

13. CLOTHES AND CURTAINS

Pack precious rugs in neat boxes. Curtains, blankets, and clothing can also be placed in plastic bags. You can hang clothes straight out of the closet in wardrobe boxes.

14. MEDICINES

Seal the boxes with adhesive tape. Put them in small boxes. If you need medication, keep it aside for the day of the move.

15. MIRRORS AND PAINTINGS

Pack mirrors, frames and paintings and place them on their side in heavy, sturdy boxes. Carefully pack mirrors, picture frames, paintings, and other fragile items.

16. PC, VIDEO, AND HIFI

Pack valuable electronic devices in their original packaging if you still have them. Otherwise, use boxes and put protective padding in them. Wrap a blanket or sheet around the item and place it in the box. Put extra padding in the box to secure the computer/VCR. Pack cords separately and indicate what they are for. Put them in a plastic bag.

17. FRIDGE

Do not forget to empty the refrigerator and the shelves and drawers are also important to remove. A fridge contains refrigerant, so it is best to transport the refrigerator standing up. Do you have to transport the fridge horizontally? Then let it stand upright for about 10 hours before plugging it in the refrigerator. Store your fridge goods in chilled packaging boxes. You can buy them from Britwrap.

18. CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS ON TIME

It is important to change your new address in time so that mail is not sent to the old address.

19. USE ANY BENEFITS

In some cases, you may be eligible for a certain scheme. For example, you may be eligible for special assistance if you receive benefits. It may also be possible to receive a relocation allowance from your employer.

20. PLANS, PLANS, PLANS

Planning a move is very important. For an overview, go to the page: planning a move.

21. NOTHING IS FORGOTTEN?

There’s nothing worse than finding out at the last minute that you’ve forgotten something. So make a checklist, print it out, check what you’ve already done, and find out what you still need to do.

22. FINAL TIP

Perhaps the most important tip we can give you is to take your time. Then, you can move or outsource the move. It is wise to compare both options carefully. In many cases, outsourcing may even be a better option. This way, you can be sure that you will not pay too much for your move, whether you outsource the move or move yourself.

I really hope that the following 22 recommendations are of great use to you when you are moving and packing. Click here to read additional helpful writings just like this one.