Packing Tips for a Successful Move in 2024/ A helpful Guide

The Christmas markets are all running in Manchester; the clocks returned at the end of October, and autumn slowly faded into winter. Short days, long nights with a new year to look forward to.

Another curious fact about Christmas is this – Boxing Day sees the highest hits on the property website Rightmove.

As Napoleon once said, We are a nation of homeowners, and our appetite for moving shows no signs of easing.

Packing up your stuff before moving to a new place may be exciting but stressful. However, following a few helpful packing suggestions, you can guarantee successful and seamless moving house tips in 2024. Assemble premium moving boxes first, being careful to name each one accurately with the contents and room of the destination.

Packing should be done with an equitable weight distribution, with heavier objects at the bottom and lighter items at the top. For further protection, delicate objects like plates and ornaments should be gently wrapped in packing paper or bubble wrap.

Remember to use packing tape to seal the box bottoms to avoid spills or mishaps while in transit. If you adhere to these simple but efficient stress-free packing guide for movers, you’ll be fine.

How Should we Move and Pack for a Move in 2024?

The first step is to plan strategically for it. If you’re in rented accommodation, this will mean when your tenancy agreement ends – but you need to think ahead. Say you plan to move before January 2024 from your rented home; contact a removal firm like Murads Group, Salford, this week to reserve a slot provisionally. It’s never too early, but you can leave it too late.

Start Decluttering

Time for us and you is money, so if you’re downsizing, this is crucial. Take a long, objective look at your loft, garage, shed, kitchen, living rooms and bedrooms and decide what you love and need in your new home. Many apartments in Manchester now often come with fitted wardrobes and even included furniture, so do you need these when you move?

You can, of course, put stuff in storage at around £130 per month, but realistically, will you ever use this again? Would you be better off selling it on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree or donating it to charities like The Mustard Tree in Manchester?

Packing Tips

  • Pack heavy items at the bottom of boxes and lighter items on top
  • Distribute weight by not putting all heavy items like cast-iron pans in one box
  • Wrap fragile items like dishes, ornaments, and china in bubble wrap
  • Label boxes clearly with contents and destination room
  • Avoid overpacking boxes with too many books as they become very heavy
  • Skip asking supermarkets for boxes as they have recycling targets
  • Purchase moving boxes or have a removal company supply them
  • Secure bottoms of boxes with tape before packing items inside
  • Consider hiring professional packers if short on time
  • Allow friends and family to assist with the packing process

Eat your food!

You don’t want to see a moving day approach only to realise your fridge and freezer are full. If you’re moving far away, milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, vegetables, etc., should ideally be eaten. Plan your last week’s meals based on what remains, or only buy enough to get you to moving day. Stored cupboard stuff – pasta, rice, tinned vegetables, etc – can all be packed, but tape up packets that have been opened. Basmati rice may spill over your box if you are not careful!

Make a Checklist

  • Take meter readings
  • Inform the council of council tax
  • Tell your broadband provider
  • Set up mail forwarding with the Royal Mail
  • Tell friends and family and work your new address in advance
  • Check each room carefully before you close the door for a final time
  • Keep a small box to one side, with kettle, tea, coffee, long-life milk, soap, toilet rolls, etc, that you can unload at the other end

We hope this smart packing strategies for moving a house in this blog post has been useful. If you need help moving across the northwest or the UK, contact us today or fill out the contact form for a no-obligation quote.

Good luck, too!