Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in your lifetime. In a Sunday Express poll of 2,000 adults, 61% said it was more stressful than breaking up with a partner or starting a new job.
But there are plenty of moving hacks that’ll make the weeks coming up to the move and your move day itself a little more manageable. Our 11 years of experience with removals in Oxford and the surrounding areas has taught us a lot. Here we share some of our best moving advice:
- Pack yourself overnight bags with toiletries, pyjamas and snacks, and create and label an essentials box with all the things you’ll need as soon as you arrive
This is key advice as there’s nothing worse than getting to your new home to find that you’ve packed the kettle, mug and tea bags in different boxes, and you can’t have a nice, relaxing cuppa in your new home. Make sure everything you need for that night and the morning after is either with you in the car, or packed and labelled clearly as essentials.
- Try to label your boxes carefully
Don’t just pile your belongings into boxes and label them in a rush - you’ll have you or your movers scratching their heads once you get your items to the next house. Use a clear labelling system that states what the box contains and where you’d like it to go. Always try to label the sides of the boxes, not the top. That way if they’re stacked, you can still see what each one contains.
- Pre-clean your home before you move in
If you can get your keys early, it’s always a good idea to get into the house beforehand and clean up a bit, particularly in areas like shelving in the kitchen and bathroom. That way you can start to unpack your food, plates, cutlery and toiletries without having to do a deep clean before you put them away.
- If you’re planning on doing the packing yourself, think about weight
Consider how heavy a collection of items is. For example, books shouldn’t be put into massive boxes as the weight will make transporting them difficult. Also, you could potentially break the box. Choose smaller boxes that take around 30kg weight in total. Make sure the boxes are sturdily constructed and filled right to the top so they stack on top of one another without getting crushed.
- Not packing boxes yourself? Make it easier for the removals company
We’ve been working with removals in Oxford and the surrounding areas for a long time and know what will make your move quicker. Our removals team will happily pack everything for you, making sure all your breakables are well-cared for. And by ensuring your house is tidy before the removals team arrive, you can save valuable time during the packing process. Being clutter free means they won’t have to spend time clearing space to work in, and they’ll be able to easily locate and pack your things.
- Defrost your fridge and freezer beforehand
Fridges and freezers can leak very badly during a move; you don’t want nasty smells emanating from your fridge while it's being transported. Do a complete defrost and clean in advance. Make sure you buy comestible products that can be used right up to the move day to eliminate throwing good food away.
- Make a plan of where your furniture will go
We are known as being one of the most flexible removals companies around Oxford and we often dismantle furniture to get it through doors, and move furniture from room to room, when it just doesn’t go. But to make the move simpler, it’s always a good idea to plan what each of your rooms will look like beforehand and measure the spaces to ensure that beds, wardrobes, sofas etc. will fit in.
- Make one last check before you leave
Switch off all your lights and the electrical appliances that you’re leaving behind, as well as your heating. You don’t want to get a bill for utilities that you haven’t been using. Lock the doors and either post the keys through the letterbox or give them to your agent to pass on to the new owners. Check every room, just in case there’s something you’ve left behind.
- Unpack room by room
Once you get to the other house and your boxes have been unloaded by our Oxfordshire removals team, start to unpack room by room. If you start to open a box here and there, things can get messy and hectic. Start with the kitchen as that’s the most used room in the house and then kit out a bathroom with towels and toiletries. The rest of the rooms you can choose in order of relevance.
- Smart movers store
So you don’t have to move everything into your new house at once, it might be wise to invest in some temporary self-storage in Oxfordshire to keep belongings safe until you’re ready to bring them in. This can help you to decide when to introduce more into your space, or when to store items for the longer term. You might also want to decorate some rooms when you move, so keeping belongings to a minimum could give you a real advantage.
Keep calm and use House & Carriage
We all know that moving can be stressful so finding a reliable removals company near Oxford that can take some of the pressure off. House & Carriage has comprehensive packing services and a helpful moving team. We pride ourselves on offering a professional and flexible service. With our team you will feel that everything is completely in hand.
Contact us today for a friendly and informative chat to find out about removals in Oxfordshire and beyond.We are always happy to hear from you if you have any questions →