If you are thinking of doing a self-move, there are some things that you should consider before planning the whole process. The major part of every house move is the packing process. Although unpacking is just as hard, time-consuming and tiresome, it is packing that takes up the longest amount of time and turns a good-looking home into a bit of a mess, making everyone frustrated and worried about the amount of stuff that has to be packed and moved. All the clutter, the old stuff and every tiny item needs to be dealt with. Doing the packing is not an easy task and it's advisable to get as much help as you can - friends, relatives, anyone who you trust who is willing to help you out for a few hours or longer if necessary. Think of the safety of your items and how to get the job done as quickly as possible. If you have friends who have recently moved, ask them for advice - these are the people who know what could go wrong with a move and know how to relocate in the best way possible.
The first and most important part of getting the packing process right is finding the right packing materials and making sure you have plenty of supplies. Lots of people believe that simply hiring the moving truck is all you need, as it will transport all their belongings to their new house or flat. However, you can't simply throw everything on to the truck and then move it. You need proper packing materials, supplies and organisation before you can relocate your items. Here are the basics of what you will need:
• Moving boxes: Quality cardboard moving boxes are essential for every house or office move. They are sturdy and each size is made for different items - the smaller ones for heavier items and the bigger ones for lighter items. You need small, medium, large and extra-large boxes and you may also need special boxes - for china and glassware, for paintings and artwork, for electronics, for clothes, etc. The boxes should be packed up to their lid and then sealed and labelled with what is inside and which room their content belongs to.
• Bubble wrap: This magical packing material does wonders for wrapping fragile items and all sorts of breakables: figurines, photo frames, plates, electronics, etc. Bubble wrap is also used for cushioning - you can fill the voids in the boxes with it. It's not always cheap to buy loads of rolls of bubble wrap, but it's a very useful material.
• Plain paper: It's good to have plenty of plain paper which can be used for wrapping items and for cushioning. It's better than newspaper, because there is not ink on it and therefore it will not rub off in to your belongings.
• Cellophane wrap: Another miraculous packing material, which the movers would definitely use. You can use it for wrapping all the furniture pieces (especially upholstery), electronics and major appliances. It's easy to use and if you buy it in bulk you may get a good discount.
• Trolleys: Trolleys are really useful for moving hard and large furniture pieces (wardrobes, beds, tables, sofas, armchairs, cabinets, etc.) and major appliances (fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, stove, etc.) It's best to get at least two trolleys, especially if you are doing everything without the help of movers.
Having the right packing materials will ensure an easy packing process and will ensure the safety of your items when they are being relocated.