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Packing Tips for Moving House

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Moving house can be exciting but also stressful, no matter what the circumstances. When you need to pack your belongings into boxes, there is a chance that things can go missing and things can get broken. It can also take much longer than you think to pack up a home for moving, even if you live on your own. In this article, we take a look at several tips you can use for packing when you’re moving house.

Start early

Don’t leave everything until a few days before you move; starting early will give you a head start and make the process much less stressful. You can pack things you know you won’t need again until you move, a couple of weeks or even months before the moving date. Items you have in your loft for Christmas or suitcases you only use when you travel are examples of things you probably won’t need until you move. Don’t pack anything you’ll be using day-to-day as you’ll need to unpack it again, which can cause things to get lost.

Sell or donate old items

Instead of blindly packing everything you have to take with you to your new house, you should use the move as an opportunity to sort through your belongings. If there are things you no longer need or use, sell them or donate them to a charity organisation. As a last resort, you can also throw things away that won’t be useful for anyone else. This will mean you have much fewer items to pack, and you won’t be taking unnecessary belongings with you to your new home. In addition, you can make some money to help pay for the cost of moving. Try to start this process a few months before you move, as sorting through everything and selling things can take a lot of time and effort. 

Get the right boxes 

You need to have the right boxes, so all of your items are protected during transit. Flimsy or old boxes might break, and as a result, you could lose some precious belongings. Invest in good quality moving boxes; the ones with handles can make things much easier when it comes to transporting all of your stuff to your new home.

Hire a professional moving company

If you live in a large city such as Hong Kong, you might not own or have access to a vehicle you can use to move your belongings. Many Hong Kong property owners use professional movers to do most of the work for them. Depending on your budget, they can pack up all of your belongings and move them, or they can just take the boxes and drive them to your new home. Look around at different moving companies and make sure you read the reviews. You need to trust the moving company to take care of all of your items and ensure nothing gets damaged or broken during transit. 

Label and number your boxes 

If you’re doing all of the packing yourself, make sure you label your boxes, so you know where to put everything in your new home. This will save you lots of time and effort as you won’t need to open all your boxes to find something you need. In addition, numbering your boxes is a good idea; this can prevent you from losing one or leaving one behind. You can count the boxes as they go into the moving van and come back off the other side. 

Move things carefully

When carrying large pieces of furniture out of doorways or downstairs, it is important you do this carefully and slowly. It's very easy to knock on the walls or doors and leave a scratch or hole in the wall. If you’re moving out of a rented apartment, this could cost you your deposit money. You will also want to avoid damaging the walls and doors of your new home; therefore, it is critical that you move carefully and slowly when moving furniture. If items have very hard or sharp edges, you can pad them to prevent damage to your walls and doors. 

These are just a few tips you can use when moving home; there are also lots of other things that can make a move less stressful. Try to get help from all of your friends and family members where possible and do things slowly and carefully to avoid damage. 

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