When it comes to moving home, at first it seems like the actual buying is the most difficult part of the process. There’s all the solicitors and mortgage to sort out, dozens of forms to fill in, lots of back and forth and lots of hassle.
So when you finally get a moving day, it seems like a relief. But then you look around.
It’s only then, when you start planning the actual logistics of how you’re going to move, that you realise just how much stuff you have. You think you don’t have much, and that the move is going to be easy, but when you start looking around at all the shelves, all the cupboards, all the closets and the rooms you’ve kind of forgotten about, you realise it’s going to be a nightmare.
How are you going to get all of these items packed up and boxed away safely and securely? And how are you going to get those pieces of furniture out of your old house and into our new home?
One thing is for sure – you’re going to need some temporary protection.
Essential packaging and protection for a house move
Most of us have been through a big home move, and we know exactly the kinds of things you’re going to be needing to make sure everything goes as quickly as possible.
Besides boxes and a removal truck (preferably with people to help carry everything!) you should make sure you have:
- Good strong bubble wrap (and plenty of it)
- Tape for securing boxes and bubble wrap
- Carpet protection film for moving day
- Protective foam for the staircase handrail
- Protective foam for doorways
Trust us when we say these few items are going to make a huge difference to your move. In fact, they could even be life-savers when it comes to accidental damage!
Wrapping up anything remotely breakable
It’s amazing how many things can break at just the tiniest knock or the smallest bump. It’s not uncommon for something that looks solid and indestructible to be found in bits and pieces in a box after a move, if it’s not wrapped correctly.
But wrapping up individual items in pieces of bubble wrap and tissue paper can be really tedious. You’re moving house in a few days and you’re probably thinking you just don’t have the time.
All you need is one big roll of bubble wrap. Forget about individual pieces, and just get stuck in with a roll.
It means you can just pull out as much as you need, wrapping and cutting as you go along. You don’t need to worry about finding the right sizes, or getting extra pieces to fill in the gaps you’ve missed. Just roll and tape, and with plenty of bubble wrap to go at, you can use a bit extra to make sure everything is secure.
We’ve used it for everything. All the glasses, plates, bowls and mugs of course. Vases, picture frames, ornaments. Bottles (you don’t want to smash the celebratory champagne for your new house before you get there do you!). Electrical equipment like TV’s, speakers, routers and laptops. Literally everything. Because it’s better to be safe than sorry! We even wrapped sofas in the bubble wrap to protect the material from a rainy day and a damp truck!
Don’t move into a damaged home
Once you’ve got all the smaller items boxed up, you need to consider how you’re getting the larger furniture out and safely into your new home.
You’re probably not going to break these pieces, but you can certainly dent or scuff them. And, more likely, you’ll damage or dent walls and doorways as you’re trying to manoeuvre them out.
Even if a wardrobe or fridge/freezer came in easily, you’ll tend to find it’s a lot more difficult to get it out and move it to a new home. The last thing you want is to walk into a new home and take a chunk out of the wooden door frame, or scrape the bannister on your way upstairs.
So what you need is some simple protective materials, that don’t require any messing about or faffing around to put them in place. Quick and easy. Thankfully we’ve got just the solution, with our flame retardant handrail protector and door jamb protectors.
You can just simply slot them over the bannister in your new home (and your old one as you’re moving out) and then cut the door jamb protectors to size and just wrap them around the frame.
In two minutes, you don’t need to worry about dents or scuffs. We’ve heard from people who when moving house took a chunk out of their vintage wooden bannister as they tried to carry a bookshelf upstairs, so honestly it’s a really easy thing to do – but a really easy thing to protect against.
Start life in your new home with a clean carpet
Lastly, you wouldn’t believe how effective a simple roll of plastic film could be. It really is brilliant.
Because unless you get a completely dry day for your house move, with perfectly paved paths from the van to the front door, then you’re going to be walking in some dirt, some dust, some bits of grass – all the usual suspects.
And the last thing you want in your new home is dirty carpets (especially if they’re a light colour) or worse still, rips and tears caused by furniture.
All you need to do is roll the carpet protector film through doorways, along the paths the removals people will travel, and even up the stairs. They’ll have a route to stick to, and you don’t have to worry about the heavy footfall.
Just peel up when they’re done, and the carpet underneath will be like new. In fact, we still haven’t taken up the film yet, because it’s stopping the dog’s muddy paws on a cream carpet!
Opportunities to reuse after the move
Once your move is all done and dusted, you’ll actually find you can re-use a lot of the protective materials afterwards.
Bubble wrap always comes in handy for loads of different uses, and the foam protector tubes can be cut down to all kinds of sizes to protect and cover whatever you might need – now or in the future.
And the carpet protection film? Well the chances are you’ll be having a few parties to celebrate your move and show off your new home. Why risk drinks or food being spilt on the nice carpet, when you can just quickly roll out some protective film!
So before you move house – make sure you are prepared! Just get in touch with the expert team at Protec, and they’ll be more than happy to help make your move as safe and stress-free as possible.
Call on 0800 834 704 or drop them an email. They can even recommend specialist protection if you have any unusual items you need to secure for a damage-free move!Next post: DIY and Home Improvements: Is your house protected from accidents and mistakes?
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