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Packing up for your house move 2021

Mon 25th Jan 21

Spring and summer are Britain’s favourite times to move home and, despite the ongoing pandemic, many people are currently busy working towards a house move.

Most people move an average of eight times in their lifetime and, between the ages of 18 and 30, many of us will move three or four times. Planning to move home is still a daunting task, though, and there’s lots to remember. Especially as, over time, we accumulate more and more contents to move with us. This means that the process of moving changes every time – every house move is unique. But having a checklist is always a good start.

Declutter and organise…

When you’ve lived in a house for a while, you tend to accumulate ‘things’. And some of those things may no longer be needed, relevant or fit for purpose in your new home. Moving is a great opportunity to thin out your contents and to make sure that when you unpack and put them away again, they go away in places that make life easier. So, hire a skip, or book a few trips to the tip (remember, you may have to book your slot due to social distancing restrictions), and get rid of those ageing tins of paint, old ornaments and broken items. And while we may not be able to have a garage sale or car boot sale, we can still post things onto eBay, Gumtree and local selling sites. This will mean there’s not so much to box up for the move!

Start packing before you think you need to…

Packing takes time. And the time it takes you will depend on the volume of contents you have and the amount you pack each day. Starting before you think you need to, and certainly as soon as you have agreed to sell, is always a good idea.

Pack up by room…

Packing up by room will help you be more organised, especially when it comes to moving your boxes into your new home at the other end. You should also pack the things you need least, first. So, in the spring and summertime, packing your Christmas decorations and your winter clothes first makes a great deal of sense.

Label well...

It may seem like common sense but it might also get forgotten in your enthusiasm for packing. Writing the contents on the side and the top of each box with a marker, together with the room the box needs to go into, is really helpful – for your removal company and for you.

Prepare your box of essentials…

After your move – or even before it if you get delayed for any reason – it’s a good idea to have a box or two of essentials close at hand so that you can carry on with the day to day even when the rest of your life is packed away. Teabags, sugar, spoons and cups, your toothbrushes and toothpaste. Plan out one day and think carefully about what you really need to get going and keep going during that day. Make sure those things are readily accessible. Keep any paperwork and telephone numbers you may need with you, rather than packed away, as well.

Booking your removal company…

Once you’ve exchanged contracts, you’ll know the date you’re due to move and you can make sure your removal company is ready to move you. This is possible even during lockdown, as moves are still permitted and removal services are deemed essential. Always check most recent government guidance for updated information, though.

Check your insurance…

Your home insurance will need to change with your move. While you may have the same contents, you’ll probably have a new postcode, which might affect your premiums. Once you know the details of your new home, it’s a good idea to discuss these with your insurance company straight away. You can arrange your insurance a month in advance and schedule it to start on the day you complete. It’s also a good idea to check that your existing insurance will cover you during the move itself.

If you’re moving home and need to check your insurance or arrange new cover, please call our Private Clients Division on 01473 343300 or visit us online today.