Top Tips for Moving House (Part One)

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Moving house is almost always an improvement on your life. You usually move to suite your pocket or for that bit more space and sometimes to down size. As exciting planning a move can be it gets repetitive till you find the perfect place for you. Then there is the physical move which is draining! You don't know where to start or how to even start. I want to share my 'wisdom' with you as to move with as less stress as possible.

1. Plan Early!
Look around your house/apartment, there are things that you can live without. You don't need the pictures on the wall. Make a list of what can be packet very early on (two weeks before the move or earlier) that won’t make a huge impact on your life.

2. Boxes and Boxes and More!
 Start the hunt for boxes. It is harder to find boxes with the way leading supermarkets no longer use boxes in how they transport goods. Try small news agents and take any size! You will find a use for them. If you think you have enough boxes you don't! You will also need to get your hands on newspaper and a lot! Pick up some of the free newspaper that is in most shopping centres or the metro. Duck Tap is a must. It's the best way of giving boxes extra strength.

3. Start to pack what is on that list.
Be careful how you pack your items. You need to keep in mind “will it survive the trip?” This is the best way to ensure that when it’s time to unpack everything will be in one piece. Now what do you do will all these boxes that are taking up space?

4. Store your boxes.
If you are lucky enough to have storage under the stairs or an office you can move all of these in there.


If you are super-duper lucky and have the keys to your new pad (or the landlord’s permission to move a few boxes over) move them! It’s a great advantage and why not uses it! There is nothing worse than looking at a load of boxes and needing to get away from the mess.

5. Mark each box
This is the key to making sure the move is as stress free as possible. On each box mark what room it belongs to and exactly what’s in it.  

6. Bin that rubbish
You will find loads of odd bits that you won’t need any more. Even things that have never been opened! Throw them out! It's one less things that you have to move and saves more time. That is unless they may fetch a pretty penny on Adverts or eBay.

7. What's for dinner?
We all forget about food while moving, we end up being such busy bees that we forget to eat! Plan what you’re going to do for food for the last week in the aul gaff. Cook meals that can be stored in the freezer and defrosted. Buy some microwavable meals and put some money aside for a take out.

8. Only a week left. What now?
The Kitchen is one of the most time consuming rooms to pack. Each glass needs to be wrapped individually. To save time, throw out glasses that you don't need any more, the same goes for plates, bowls and cutlery. The best way to pack glasses is to line a box with newspaper balls, then put each glass in, if you feel that there needs to be more padding just add another newspaper ball.  Leave out one item per head of your household.


Start to pack you cloths. You know yourself you are not going to be wearing those short shorts in the middle of winter and vice versa. If you are in desperate need of a suit case ask around if anyone has one to spare.


To save yourself time and energy you should do your best to clean as you pack. This will mean that when you have finally moved you will be done with the clean in no time. That is unless you are going to a hire professional cleaning company.


You may have already started thinking of how you’re going to transport all your belongings. Personally if you are moving from one furnished apartment to another and have no large furniture I would go with my own transport even if it means having a few trips.
If you have anything like a 6ft book shelf I would strongly advice on hiring a van or a man with a van service. Just think "can that fit in my car with the boot closed?" It can be very dangerous having to transport items like that. You should also be able to do the move in one trip.

If you have any tips to add please add them in the comment box bellow.  I hope this helps you in making your move as stress free as possible and keep an eye out for part two on the best way to unpack.

To check out the best way to unpack click here

Happy Moving



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  2. Set up a specific area in your home for all items that are not to be moved and indentify these for the removalists when they arrive.


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