Moving House Guide - How to Handle the Stress
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Moving House Guide

03 Jun 2016

Moving House Guide

We know that storage moving and moving house can be tough, but Easistore are here to help. Not only do we provide exceptional removal and storage facilities, but what follows are some helpful hints and top moving tips to make your move an easy move.

Whether you are moving house permanently and need a place to store your items in between homes, or you are simply moving a few selected items into storage, Easistore are here to help and make your storage moving simple and painless. With local storage locations in Kent and Sussex located in Crawley, Edenbridge, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells, free van hire when moving in and helpful and experienced staff members, Easistore will assist you every step of the way when you take advantage of our storage solutions. That's why, if you are making a big move, we want to help as much as possible.

So, before you start, it's essential you create a moving checklist that will help to ensure that you don't miss deadlines or forget anything. We have the following moving house tips for every stage of your move:

One Month to Go

Some quick moving tips:

  • With one month to go, it is time to see if you will need domestic storage facilities during the moving process. Moving some of your items into local storage facilities in advance of the move may make things easier on the day or temporarily create more space in your new home while you redecorate.
  • By contacting Easistore early we can help with any enquiries, storage moving tips and advise you on which packing materials you are likely to need. To view a selection of the moving supplies we sell in-store or purchase your packing necessities online now, visit our packing supplies section.
  • Contact a few local removal firms and get a few quotes before you choose which firm to give your business to. View our recommended removers page for details of the reputable local removal and van hire firms our customers regularly use and trust for their storage moving general removals. Always make sure your removal firm is properly insured and establish exactly what they are prepared to do before you give them your business.
  • Order your packing materials – you can do this via our packing supplies shop and have your moving and storage supplies delivered to your door in good time! Our extensive product range is sold on a sale or return basis, so you don't need to worry about ordering more than you need because we'll take back what you don't use – as long as it comes back to us in a saleable condition within 28 days of purchase.
  • Start packing any non-essential items such as out-of-season clothing, together with your best china, glassware and ornaments. Mark the contents clearly on the side and the top of the storage boxes so that the details can still be seen if the box is stacked.
  • Clear out your loft, garage and shed if you have one.
  • Advise your friends, family and any business associates of your new address and the date of your move. Arrange to have post re-directed to your new address - there's always someone you will overlook when you send out your change-of-address notes!
  • Keep all correspondence connected to your move safely together for easy reference - for example information from your estate agent, your solicitor, self storage business and the removals company.
  • Contact the companies who insure your building and contents and arrange your cover to be transferred to your new home to commence on the day you move in.
  • Make sure you have written your moving house checklist!
  • Finally, if you haven't already, find your nearest Easistore storage location and get a quote today!

Two Weeks to Go

  • Get your moving checklist ready!
  • Review the progress of your moving checklist
  • Start running down food stocks in your freezer
  • Continue to pack any items you won't need before the move
  • Arrange for someone to look after any young children and pets during the move
  • Contact your gas, electric, telephone and water suppliers to inform them of the impending move

One Week to Go

  • Moving checklist - make sure you:
  • Review the progress of your moving checklist
  • Double-check the booking you've made with your removal firm
  • Keep your vacuum cleaner, dusters, polish etc., unpacked for that last once-over
  • Cancel any newspapers, milk and window cleaning, and settle any bills you may have overlooked
  • If you have any subscriptions, advise the suppliers of your new address and moving date

THE DAY BEFORE

  • Now is the time to ensure that you:
  • Prepare a moving day 'survival kit' containing your essentials, such as a kettle, mugs, tea, coffee, milk, sugar, teaspoons, sandwiches, snacks, biscuits, crisps, fruit, washing-up liquid, tea towels and a hand towel (not forgetting a toilet roll or two!)
  • Pack all your valuables together (such as jewellery) to carry securely with you.
  • Keep the file containing all valuable documents relating to the move accessible so that on the day of your move you can find it easily.
  • Advise the telephone company of the time you would like to disconnect your telephone or transfer the number (if you're keeping it).
  • Defrost the freezer and fridge, or if you intend to transport the freezer and its contents intact, put it on fast-freeze overnight.
  • Make a list of useful telephone numbers for the new occupiers of your home, including instructions for operating any appliances, central heating etc.
  • Make sure you have cash available for any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Telephone your insurance company to double-check that your new contents cover will be in place at the time of the move.

The Morning of the Move

They say that moving home, along with planning your wedding, is one of the most stressful times in your entire life. Keep stress levels down to a minimum with our checklist for moving house.

Make sure that you:

  • Telephone the gas and electric companies to give them your final meter readings
  • Pack the rest of your belongings
  • Use good quality storage boxes - we sell cardboard and plastic storage boxes
  • Fill boxes to capacity, not under or over - partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse
  • Heavy items should be packed into small boxes so that they are easy to lift
  • Label or number your boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your goods
  • Make an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place
  • Protect your fragile goods with bubble wrap
  • Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in tissue paper or bubble wrap before storing
  • Garden equipment should be cleaned before storing
  • Wrap table legs with bubble wrap before storing
  • Wardrobe boxes will allow you to store your clothing on hangers, keeping their shape
  • Always place a protective cover over your soft furnishings
When moving into storage units:
  • Organise your storage space - we offer storage tips for anyone who would like further assistance
  • When moving items into your storage space, place heavy or bulky items in first to provide a good stacking base
  • Plan your storage space - put the items that you need to get to most often near the front, near to the door, and place the least-used items nearer the back
  • To maximise space stack similar-sized boxes together
  • Do not place heavy items on sofas or mattresses
  • Stack chairs seat to seat with cloth or paper to separate them
  • Leave refrigerator or freezer doors open for ventilation
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in mirror boxes, marked fragile and stacked on their end
  • Avoid stacking or leaning furniture against outside walls to aid ventilation
  • Cover your goods with dust sheets to protect against dust

We hope our storage moving tips will help if you are planning a household move or simply storing some of your items in our storage facilities.

Even if you don't think you will need storage solutions when moving house, sometimes unforeseen circumstances mean you need a place to store items quickly. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation that you're unable to get into your new home, do not despair, contact Easistore and we will be able to provide you with a short-term, local storage solution.

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